The trade association’s flagship event last ran in 2019. Suspended during the years of lockdown, it was cancelled earlier this year in the face of rising costs.
However, following a new partnership backed by Stable Events, the event is now set to run in autumn 2023.
Details including exhibitor names, firm dates and sponsors and are still to follow. A new steering committee is to be put in place, but crucially the scale of the event is set to match its pre-lockdown identity. More than 100 dealers are expected to stand.
Freya Simms, LAPADA CEO, said: “We know how much both dealers and collectors have missed this annual event and we are thrilled to have partnered with Stable Events not only to return the fair to its former glory, but to deliver something even better – watch this space.”
Stable Events, a member of luxury group Walpole, is owner of The Game Fair and other events such as The Northern Shooting Show.
Last year LAPADA launched a partnership with the organisation, taking out a section of The Game Fair where its members stalled out. It returned to the event this summer.
The return of LAPADA is good news for dealers keen for more London-centric dealer events.
Although the Chelsea Antiques Fair was scrapped recently, The Open Art Fair is set to return next April 19-23.