The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art returns to The Truman Brewery this March, offering switched-on Londoners the chance to buy artwork directly from over 150 of the most exciting independent artists working today. Continuing its bold intention to reframe art and how it is enjoyed; the Fair offers a platform that is inclusive, evocative, and challenges convention.
With independent artists at the forefront of the Fair, collectors and art enthusiasts can experience art buying and viewing in an illuminating new way whilst supporting the artists directly.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, the March edition boasts an impressive 69% female-identifying artist line-up and will include several unique new female-focused features. Highlights include an art fair debut from the East London Strippers Collective, who will present a curated hang and life drawing workshop series. Founded in 2014, the ELSC are committed to supporting and promoting self-organisation among strippers and lap dancers, challenging the stigma around sex work, standing up to exploitation and fighting for improved safety and harm reduction in the wider sex industry.
Visitors are invited to partake in a thrilling rendition of a classic life drawing workshop complete with high-octane aerial poses and pole tricks, as stripping and erotic performance collide with the art world in a forty-five-minute slot costing just £15 per person. This is the first time the East London Strippers Collective have ever featured at an art fair and their curated hang will comprise works created by members of the collective responding to the theme of sex work, with most of the artists currently or formerly stripping to help fund their artistic practice.
“I started The Other Art Fair to be the antithesis of the art world as we know it, here we give creatives the chance to showcase work that challenges stereotypes and preconceived notions. The East London Strippers Collective is taking the age-old tradition of drawing artistic nudes and turning it on its head with their Life Drawing residency at the Fair.” said Ryan Stanier, Founder of The Other Art Fair.
Making her debut at The Other Art Fair is Purple Diamond Tarot who uses her bespoke hand-painted tarot deck to empower and promote aligned wellbeing. Visitors are welcome to a free drop-in on Friday between 7-9 pm with a twenty-minute session costing between £20 and £25.
The award-winning English Winemakers, Black Chalk Wine, will be hosting their very own Pairing Room – a creative workshop space with (complimentary) wine pairing sessions like no other. Visitors can look forward to crisp and wine pairing sessions, speed dating and charcoal sketching tutorials inspired by their bottle artwork hosted by abstract artist Shumaiya Khan – all whilst sipping their Classic Sparkling Wine 2020 and Dancer in Pink still Rose 2022.
Visitors are invited to explore the world of tattoos with hand-poke artist Samuel Mead, aka BEG4CRED, who connects the ancient practice of tattooing with the symbolism and styles of contemporary art and culture, interpreted through the lens of his unique artistic vision. Making tattoos without the use of a machine, employing the traditional hand-poke method of marking skin, Sam intends to create a peaceful, connective and meaningful experience, as well as a piece of original art that you will wear for life.