Below is a selection of some of the events taking place in the capital where visitors can browse art or buy it for themselves.
Draw Art Fair
Chelsea’s Saatchi Gallery hosts the first Draw Art Fair, where a group of UK and international exhibitors display drawings as well as the works resulting from them – including sculptures and video installations. Spread over three floors, it offers a range of modern and contemporary art as well as a programme of talks and lectures on the market for drawings and its collectors.
Photo London is London’s largest single photography event. Timed to coincide with photography auctions in the capital, the fair runs from May 16-19 in Somerset House. Though the focus is on contemporary works, a handful of historic dealers offer 19th and early 20th century photos as well. For this staging, Robert Herskowitz, a specialist in early European photography, has curated a show on the works of Roger Fenton.
London Photograph Fair
Running at Kings College on the Strand, close to Photo London, the special two-day edition of The London Photograph Fair takes place from May 18-19. The event offers works from the entire history of photography from the 1860s through the 20th century. This year’s staging features contemporary photographer Jonathan Keys who will be producing Ambrotype portraits on site using the technique invented by Frederic Scott Archer in 1851.
Over in St James’s, Guy Peppiatt Fine Art holds and exhibition of tradition British Drawings and Watercolours, including works by William Hogarth, Francis Towne and David Cox. Running until June 7, the show features works at prices up to £30,000, though most are in the four-figure region.
For those interested in more modern British art, Osborne Samuel holds just such an exhibition until May 31. The gallery highlights its recent acquisitions, some of which will be taken from its Mayfair premises to its stand in Masterpiece in the summer. This year’s selection features work by Frank Auerbach as well as Keith Vaughan, ahead of a major exhibition the gallery will hold on that artist.
Running until May 25 at Gallery 8 in Duke Street, Jenna Burlingham stages Digging Deep, an exhibition of paintings by contemporary artist Peter Joyce. His abstract landscapes combine real and invented views of the marshlands of his adopted home in western France. The 41 paintings on offer are available from £1400-25,000.