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BADA Fair Acquired by 2 Masterpiece Founders

BADA (The British Antique Dealers’ Association) has announced the sale of a majority stake in the Association’s flagship event, the annual BADA Fair, to 2 of the original founders of Masterpiece Fair, British antiques dealer and former director at Mallett, Thomas Woodham-Smith and Dutch national Harry van der Hoorn, owner of prestigious art fair building company Stabilo.

Antiques news & Fairs - BADA Thomas Woodham Smith

Thomas Woodham Smith - photocredit BADA.


The fair will be renamed Open Art Fair with no mention of antiques in the title although Mr Woodham Smith confirmed that the new look fair will include a larger presence of exhibitors from the wider art and antiques community, in addition to participating BADA members.  He said: “We will bring a fresh approach, making the fair into an unmissable event in London. The ordinary is not acceptable. We have big plans and every aspect of the fair will be examined and weighed for its contribution. Having been a dealer all my career the exhibitors are at the forefront of my mind. It is crucial that we keep the costs down and give everyone value for money.”

Harry van der Hoorn added: “I have lived and breathed art fairs all my life. This is for me a challenging and thrilling opportunity to design and help build a fair that is really relevant to our time. Our motto is excellence without excess.”

BADA retains a 20% stake in the fair and members will receive a discount of up to £1,750 off their stand. The funds raised by the sale will be used to invest in expanding bada.org to attract a greater international audience as well as in developing the BADA Collection events.

Antiques News & Fairs - BADA Thomas Woodham Smith

BADA Fair 2018



News & Fairs Previews

BADA Fair Acquired by 2 Masterpiece Founders

BADA (The British Antique Dealers’ Association) has announced the sale of a majority stake in the Association’s flagship event, the annual BADA Fair, to 2 of the original founders of Masterpiece Fair, British antiques dealer and former director at Mallett, Thomas Woodham-Smith and Dutch national Harry van der Hoorn, owner of prestigious art fair building company Stabilo.

Antiques news & Fairs - BADA Thomas Woodham Smith

Thomas Woodham Smith - photocredit BADA.


The fair will be renamed Open Art Fair with no mention of antiques in the title although Mr Woodham Smith confirmed that the new look fair will include a larger presence of exhibitors from the wider art and antiques community, in addition to participating BADA members.  He said: “We will bring a fresh approach, making the fair into an unmissable event in London. The ordinary is not acceptable. We have big plans and every aspect of the fair will be examined and weighed for its contribution. Having been a dealer all my career the exhibitors are at the forefront of my mind. It is crucial that we keep the costs down and give everyone value for money.”

Harry van der Hoorn added: “I have lived and breathed art fairs all my life. This is for me a challenging and thrilling opportunity to design and help build a fair that is really relevant to our time. Our motto is excellence without excess.”

BADA retains a 20% stake in the fair and members will receive a discount of up to £1,750 off their stand. The funds raised by the sale will be used to invest in expanding bada.org to attract a greater international audience as well as in developing the BADA Collection events.

Antiques News & Fairs - BADA Thomas Woodham Smith

BADA Fair 2018