For the last four years the fair was held at the Royal Academy’s 6 Burlington Garden. But now that Haunch of Venison, a contemporary art gallery owned by Christie’s, have taken over the tenancy of the building, a number of fairs have been forced to find alternative venues for 2009.
The London Original Print Fair, held on April 22-26, is to move to the main galleries of the Royal Academy in Burlington House on Piccadilly, whilst the LAPADA fair from September 24-27 will move to a marquee on Berkeley Square, as announced in ATG last week.
The Flower Cellars, a 3500 square metre space next to the Royal Opera House, was part of the old flower market and until recently housed the Theatre Museum. This will be the first ever art fair held in Covent Garden.
Commenting on the move, fair director Richard Hodgson said: “More than ever in the current conditions, we have to keep the fair fresh, and to reach a new audience in addition to our established visitors. The location and flexibility of the new space will enable us to do all this, while keeping costs for exhibitors down.”