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The fair returns to the Mall Galleries for the first time since January 2020 (subsequent stagings were called off in the face of coronavirus restrictions) and runs from March 23-27. The dealer-led event focuses on 20th and 21st century paintings and prints.

One of several dealerships new both to the fair and the trade, Middlemarch was set up by Belinda Allen Agar, daughter of Pat and Penny Allen whose collection of Post-war British art went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in 2019. Agar bought her first Keith Vaughan at age 18 and now specialises in affordable Mid-century British artists, particularly works on paper.

Works by Aubrey Williams are currently on show at the Tate Britain exhibition Life Between Islands – Caribbean Art: 1950s to Now.

Agar joins other newcomers to Connect including Nonesuch Gallery, Oliver Brooke-Walder and Geoff Everson Modern Pictures.

Also showing are Elizabeth Harvey-Lee, Blondes Fine Art and Emma Mason.

Organisers and exhibitors Anna Wakerley of Oriel Fine Art and James Manning said in a statement: “Some dealers have traded happily online during the past two years, and this has awakened everyone to the importance of virtual platforms, but nothing can take the place of actually ‘seeing’ an artwork in person.”