2024 marks twenty years of Collect as the leading authority on collectable contemporary craft and design, presented by the UK’s Crafts Council and taking place at London’s landmark destination Somerset House from 1-3 March 2024.
Launched in 2004 as the first international fair dedicated to contemporary craft and design, Collect is committed and continues to raise the profile of exceptional contemporary craft to the collectors’ market on an annual basis.
At a time when contemporary craft has "never been more sought after with an active buying market", Collect continues to offer an unparalleled opportunity to acquire new, museum-quality work from living artists internationally – all made within the last five years, and many commissioned especially for the fair.
Focusing on exclusivity, reputation, rich narrative and thoughtful curation - seeking variety and diversity in its content and vision, a line-up of close to 40 specialist galleries from across the globe, representing over 400 artist makers, have been selected by an expert advisory panel for March's milestone edition.
Visitors including collectors, interior designers, art advisors and wider enthusiasts, will be vying with arts institutions, such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, to buy and commission the very best in contemporary craft. As well as the seasoned collectors buying at the luxury end of the market, Collect encourages visitors at the beginning of their collecting journey with works starting from £500.
The range of disciplines and materials at Collect spreads widely - from ceramics, glass, lacquer, furniture, art jewellery, and metalwork, to textile and fibre, wood and paper, and pieces embracing more unusual materials such as resin, mica, corn-starch and plastics - as well as reused, repurposed, and recycled materials.
Alongside the international galleries, Collect Open, the fair’s platform for experimental proposals and installations by individual artists and collectives, will present 14 exciting new projects by artists hailing from Canada, Portugal, and from all over the UK. Collect Open participants are selected by a separate expert advisory panel and are invited to produce work that challenges material, social, political or personal perceptions.
“Reaching this milestone edition reinforces not only Collect’s pivotal position as the authority for contemporary craft and design but also strengthens London as a leading cultural destination for the craft and design sector. The fair has continuously pushed boundaries to bring the best in class of new artworks to the market allowing collectors to buy with confidence. The diverse range of galleries for this edition, representing the most exciting international artists making work today, provide yet again exceptional rich content to explore" - Isobel Dennis, Collect Fair Director.
In addition to the exhibited work, the Collect 2024 talks programme will bring together leading experts and voices to "celebrate craft, explore contemporary issues and inspire audiences". View the full programme.
Welcoming guests is a piece designed especially for Collect 2024 by British textile artist Margo Selby, represented by Cynthia Corbett Gallery (England) comprising a large-scale hand-woven artwork, which will hang down the impressive, architecturally distinct Stamp Stair, a five-storey period staircase at Somerset House.
To find out more about Collect 2024, and to plan your visit, click here.