BADA

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) is a trade association for antique dealers in Britain. Founded in 1918, BADA’s main aim is to ‘establish and maintain confidence between its members and the public, both in buying and selling’.

The association campaigns on issues affecting the trade and also stages an annual fair in London for its members.


Kelmscott Manor

Funding call for Cotswold retreat of Arts and Crafts pioneer William Morris

20 May 2021

A funding call for the restoration of the Cotswold retreat of William Morris (1834-96) is underway and the trade have already helped the campaign.

Elton Hall

BADA Friends returns to in-person events this summer

27 March 2021

BADA Friends, part of The British Antique Dealers' Association, ran a virtual schedule through lockdown but is returning to physical events.

The Open Art Fair

The Open Art Fair loses court appeal over early closure

15 March 2021

BADA Ltd, the organiser of The Open Art Fair, has lost an appeal against a small claims court ruling that said two dealers need pay only part of their stand fee as the event was cut short.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

The Brexit effect: Dealers learning to live with complicated new trading rules for the vital EU market

01 March 2021

When Freya Simms presented at a European art market conference in late January, forecasting what dealers should expect in 2021, the LAPADA chief executive illustrated her slides with an image of someone dragging a ball of red tape up the hill.

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News in Brief – including BADA's election of council members

01 March 2021

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including the British Antique Dealers’ Association's election of council members

A BADA Friends virtual tour

Visit palaces, museums and private collections from the comfort of your armchair with BADA Friends online events

28 February 2021

BADA Friends, part of The British Antique Dealers' Association, has continued its events virtually until in-person versions can take place later this year.

ATG letters: Trade bodies merger plea: one Jeremy for, one against…

22 February 2021

MADAM – At the risk of boring your readers with yet another letter from me, I would like to endorse Kay Michie’s very sensible suggestion that one organisation representing the antiques trade would be better than two (Letters, ATG No 2479).

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ATG letter: Brexit makes single trade body a vital step

15 February 2021

MADAM – It will come as no surprise that I, for one, wholeheartedly support the proposal from Kaye Michie (see Letters & Opinion, ATG No 2479) that the two antiques dealer associations, BADA and LAPADA, should be merged.

ATG letter: Time to ask the members for their opinions

15 February 2021

MADAM – It has been a rough sea for BADA of late and I sincerely hope that BADA will not become ‘The Flying Dutchman’ of the Art and Antique world: endlessly at sea, talking to itself with neither destination nor home port.

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‘Time has come to act’ on merger of two antiques trade associations

08 February 2021

A merger of the two major antiques trade associations, The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) and LAPADA, is again up for discussion.

ATG letter: Trade associations must be inclusive and streamlined

08 February 2021

MADAM – I would like to open up the discussion on merging the two major antique trade associations BADA and LAPADA.

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BADA appoints director of strategy and operations to new-look team

18 January 2021

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) has reorganised its team and created a new role of director of strategy and operations.

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Open Art Fair appeals court ruling on stand fee

11 January 2021

The organiser of The Open Art Fair is to appeal a small claims court ruling that said two dealers need pay only part of their stand fee as the event was cut short.

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BADA’s first female chairman looks to virtual world with a human touch

11 January 2021

New BADA chairman feels personal contact is still vital for firms in a Covid-19 environment

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The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) appoints new chairman

02 December 2020

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) has appointed Louise Phillips as its new chairman, taking over from Michael Cohen.

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Open Art Fair: BADA to refund 20% stand cost

13 April 2020

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) Council is giving members who exhibited at the curtailed The Open Art Fair (TOAF) sums equivalent to 20% of their stand rental charges.

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Trade moves online as Covid-19 bites

23 March 2020

Fair organisers were forced into making dramatic changes to their schedule as almost every event in the UK and Ireland was either cancelled or postponed last week, while many dealers were left facing the most challenging conditions for trading in living memory.

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Interviews: First-time exhibitors and returning dealers at The Open Art Fair 2020

09 March 2020

The first edition of 'The Open Art Fair' opens this month having morphed out of the BADA Fair. Here we speak to three dealers who have previously stood at the BADA event and another who has signed up for the first time.

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The Open Art Fair: Open for business in every sense

09 March 2020

Organisers of the new fair launching this month aim for an atmosphere welcoming to all

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SOAS students awarded inaugural BADA Friends prize

29 January 2020

Corrina Ellis and Chih-En Chen, students from London School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), have been awarded the inaugural BADA Friends Brian Morgan Prize.

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