The dates for the trio of major London summer fairs have now been released.
The sequence of the three events sees the
Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques
Fair (June 7-17) overlapped by Art Antiques
London (June 13-20) followed just over a week later
by Masterpiece (June 28 to July 4).
The calendar is subtly different from last
year when Olympia and Art Antiques London
(incorporating The International Ceramics Fair and
Seminar) both opened on June 9. This year they will overlap
rather than clash. The new dates also mean there will be less clear
air between the first two fairs and Masterpiece at
the end of the month.
Talk of the disjointed London summer season
abounded at last year's fairs. Two events opening on the same day
proved unpopular, while overseas visitors in particular were asked
to make a choice between an early or a late June trip.
Haughton Fairs, organisers of Art
Antiques London, held since 2010 in a purpose-built pavilion
in Kensington Gardens next to the Albert Memorial,were the last of
the three organisers to declare their hand for 2012. Theysay the
new dates have been well received by exhibitors.
After celebrating its tenth anniversary last year, Master
Drawings London is returning once again to Mayfair, St
James's and Bloomsbury from June 27 to July 5.