From 1 to 3 March 2024, Collect 2024 will bring together a curated presentation of 40 international galleries, showcasing over 400 artists. Launched in 2004 as the first international fair dedicated to contemporary craft and design, Collect continues to raise the profile of exceptional contemporary craft to the collectors’ market.
At a time when contemporary craft has never been more sought after with an active buying market, Collect offers an unparalleled opportunity to acquire new, museum-quality work from living artists internationally – all made within the last five years, and many commissioned especially for the fair.
Focusing on exclusivity, reputation, rich narrative and thoughtful curation – seeking variety and diversity in its content and vision, a line-up of close to 40 specialist galleries from across the globe, representing over 400 artist makers, have been selected by an expert advisory panel for this milestone edition.
Collectors, interior designers, art advisors and wider enthusiasts, will be vying with arts institutions, such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, to buy and commission the very best in contemporary craft. As well as the seasoned collectors buying at the luxury end of the market, Collect encourages visitors at the beginning of their collecting journey with works starting as low as £500 presented side by side with pieces ranging up to £50,000+.
The range of disciplines and materials at Collect spreads widely including ceramics, glass, lacquer, furniture, art jewellery, metalwork, textile and fibre, wood and paper, and pieces embracing more unusual materials such as resin, mica, corn-starch and plastics – as well as reused, repurposed, and recycled materials.
Alongside the international galleries, Collect Open, the fair’s platform for experimental proposals and installations by individual artists and collectives, will present 14 exciting new projects by artists hailing from Canada, Portugal, and from all over the UK including Northern Ireland. Collect Open participants are selected by a separate expert advisory panel and are invited to produce work that challenges material, social, political or personal perceptions.
“Reaching this milestone edition reinforces not only Collect’s pivotal position as the authority for contemporary craft and design but also strengthens London as a leading cultural destination for the craft and design sector. The fair has continuously pushed boundaries to bring the best in class of new artworks to the market allowing collectors to buy with confidence. The diverse range of galleries for this edition, representing the most exciting international artists making work today, provide yet again exceptional rich content to explore,” shares Isobel Dennis, Collect Fair Director.
The Collect 2024 talks programme will bring together leading experts and voices to celebrate craft, explore contemporary issues and inspire audiences. The talks programme will be announced in due course.
Alongside the exhibitors, the fair is delighted to welcome back longstanding partners including Brookfield Properties who will announce the winner of the Brookfield Properties Craft Award during Collect, the 5th year of its collaboration at the Crafts Council and selected from artists presented at Collect.
Long-standing partner, LOEWE FOUNDATION returns for its 7th year of partnership. The alignment between the LOEWE FOUNDATION and Collect is strong as evidenced year-on year by the growing numbers of LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize alumni who are presented at Collect. LOEWE FOUNDATION will once again present its very popular talk as part of Collect Talks Programme.
In addition, an exciting new partner to the fair is OCHRE, designers of furniture, lighting and accessories for interiors who will design a luxury space for the Collect VIP Lounge at Somerset House.
Designed especially for Collect 2024, British textile artist Margo Selby, represented by Cynthia Corbett Gallery (England) will present a large-scale hand-woven artwork, which will hang down the impressive, architecturally distinct Stamp Stair, a five-storey period staircase at Somerset House.
Tickets available from week beginning January 15, 2024 at collectfair.org.uk
Location: Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
SEE COLLECT 2023 REVIEW HERE.
Cover image features: Maud & Mabel (Muluvenice 3 by Marco Bellini) | Ruup & Form (Seed Pods by Rachna Garodia) |(Untitled #15 by Herchan Kim) Charles Burnand Gallery
Photographer: Jake Curtis | Stylist: Alex Kristal