Coronavirus

The outbreak of coronavirus that began in China and seriously impacted many countries around the world in early 2020 led to challenging times the art and antiques industry, with numerous fairs and auctions being rescheduled and cancelled.


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Coronavirus: Battersea Decorative adjusts dates and adds virtual features for autumn staging

12 August 2020

The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair has confirmed it will go ahead as a physical fair with new digital features.

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Welsh auction houses to continue to host virtual auctions despite room bidding now permitted

06 August 2020

The Welsh government has given auction houses the green light to open premises to the public this month.

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Government makes face-coverings mandatory at auction houses in England

05 August 2020

Wearing a face-covering when attending an auction house in England will become mandatory from Saturday August 8.

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‘Outdoor’ Petworth can go ahead in September as indoor events cancelled until October

03 August 2020

The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair can go ahead as planned in September after the National Trust deemed it an ‘outdoor’ event.

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Dealers get busy and hope for August uplift as post-lockdown trade resumes

03 August 2020

Normally a quiet month, this August dealerships across the UK are reacting to a world changed by coronavirus.

Organisers frustrated by venue rules

03 August 2020

Fairs held at conference and events venues that involve more than 30 people at any one time will not be possible under government legislation until October 1.

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Temperature checks and wide aisles: Olympia unveils plans for safety at winter fair

31 July 2020

Organisers of the Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia have reiterated that the event will go ahead and have announced measures to ensure safety for visitors and exhibitors.

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Coronavirus: Adams fairs and IACF postpone London events under government regulations

28 July 2020

Two more UK fair organisers have called off events as the closure of conference and event venues has been prolonged.

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Penman calls off Petersfield fair in September

24 July 2020

The Petersfield Antiques Fair, which was scheduled to take place this autumn, has been called off.

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Two more Galloway Fairs cancelled due to coronavirus

23 July 2020

Galloway Fairs has called off two upcoming events due to continuing complications over coronavirus.

Welsh auction houses must wait to fully reopen – but online trading continues

20 July 2020

Although auction house premises in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland can (under restrictions) be open to the public, the official green light is yet to be received in Wales.

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Eye of the Collector latest London fair to be rescheduled

18 July 2020

The inaugural 'Eye of the Collector' fair in London has been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus.

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TEFAF New York autumn fair cancelled due to coronavirus

17 July 2020

The delayed TEFAF New York 2020, postponed from spring to autumn, has now been officially cancelled.

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Auctions do their bit for charity with more than £379,000 raised during lockdown

17 July 2020

Auction houses did their bit for charity during lockdown – regional UK salerooms raised at least £379,597 (mainly for NHS related causes) during the period.

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Frieze London and Frieze Masters fairs cancelled this autumn

14 July 2020

Frieze London and Frieze Masters fairs have been cancelled this year due to the ongoing issues relating to coronavirus.

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PAD and Coinex fairs are latest to call off autumn events

10 July 2020

Two more stagings of London fairs have been cancelled due to Covid-19.

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Antiques Roadshow to become invitation-only to ensure production meets coronavirus guidelines

07 July 2020

For the first time in more than four decades, the BBC series 'Antiques Roadshow' will be filmed on a closed set with a small invited audience only.

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IACF hails success at Newark as fairs go back to business

06 July 2020

International Antiques and Collectors Fairs (IACF) kicked off its return to business with its first event after lockdown.

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Francis Bacon stars at Sotheby's in the first summer ‘super sale’

06 July 2020

Sotheby’s held the first of this summer’s ‘super sales’ last week as it combined a series of three Modern and Contemporary art auctions into a marathon four-and-a-half hour live-streamed event.

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Sanity returns (with sanitisers)

06 July 2020

Focus on two centres and a Cheshire fair as dealers and organisers encourage visitors

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