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Connect Art Fair announces both Winter and Summer Editions for 2020

The inaugural Connect – The Independent Art Fair at the Mall Galleries which opened on 29 January 2019 was very well received by art collectors and dealers alike. The event has quickly established itself as an essential event in the arts calendar and the dealer organiser committee have now announced that the The Mall Galleries have been booked for another Winter Fair in 2020 and summer dates have also been added.

The Winter Fair will take place from Thursday 30 January until Sunday 2 February 2020 with the preview opening on Wednesday 29 January 2020. The organisers managed to push the Fair back by a day to allow for it to be open all weekend. The Summer Fair dates are from Thursday, 25 until Sunday, 28 June 2020 with the opening on Wednesday, 24 June.

Antiques News & Fairs - Connect Art Fair announces both Winter and Summer Editions for 2020

The Connect Art Fair at the Mall Galleries.


Connect – The Independent Art Fair was ther brainchild of dealers James Manning and Anna Wakerley (Oriel Fine Art) which took shape over a converstaion at another fair. They both agreed there was room for a fair that provides a sensible price opportunity for collectors, galleries and dealers by working as a dealer co-operative.  Given recent gaps in the fair calendar they saw an opportunity to give dealers of all means, interests and addresses a chance to show in Central London. 

Anna Wakerley says: “The success of throwing together a new fair absolutely correlated with the enthusiasm of everyone involved. We were thrilled with such a positive reception.  I can't deny that it was hard work organising a Fair from scratch, but we had a great team and the Mall Galleries were extremely supportive as were all the participating dealers. Its success speaks for itself and we have been encouraged by both the visitor and dealer feedback that London definitely has appetite for a new art fair.”

A committee was quickly formed with Freya Mitton, Matthew Hall (Panter & Hall) and Guy Saunders (Saunders Fine Art) together with Anna and James, supported by all the dealers who signed up, impressed with the co-operative climate of the fair.Visitors and participants were impressed by its friendliness and variety of high quality works at a wide range of price points.

James Manning adds: “We have been encouraged to look at organising two fairs a year and June seems the obvious choice. It has already established itself as the month when London turns into the art capital. Art lovers come from all over the world to see some of the best art, and we feel that there is room to engage with all collectors, including younger collectors who appreciate art. They may not be in the market to spend five or six figure sums on art yet, but are attracted to learning about art and start at a more modest level.”

The inaugural Fair provided a wide platform with no overall designation of genre or era other than the criteria being good vetted quality at sensible prices. The 32 dealers were showing a wide array of all styles, from the traditional qualities of the 16th century to the current contemporary, with a good backbone of the much loved 20th century schools - from St Ives to British Abstract with a sprinkling of Scandinavian mid-century modern.





News & Fairs Previews

Connect Art Fair announces both Winter and Summer Editions for 2020

The inaugural Connect – The Independent Art Fair at the Mall Galleries which opened on 29 January 2019 was very well received by art collectors and dealers alike. The event has quickly established itself as an essential event in the arts calendar and the dealer organiser committee have now announced that the The Mall Galleries have been booked for another Winter Fair in 2020 and summer dates have also been added.

The Winter Fair will take place from Thursday 30 January until Sunday 2 February 2020 with the preview opening on Wednesday 29 January 2020. The organisers managed to push the Fair back by a day to allow for it to be open all weekend. The Summer Fair dates are from Thursday, 25 until Sunday, 28 June 2020 with the opening on Wednesday, 24 June.

Antiques News & Fairs - Connect Art Fair announces both Winter and Summer Editions for 2020

The Connect Art Fair at the Mall Galleries.


Connect – The Independent Art Fair was ther brainchild of dealers James Manning and Anna Wakerley (Oriel Fine Art) which took shape over a converstaion at another fair. They both agreed there was room for a fair that provides a sensible price opportunity for collectors, galleries and dealers by working as a dealer co-operative.  Given recent gaps in the fair calendar they saw an opportunity to give dealers of all means, interests and addresses a chance to show in Central London. 

Anna Wakerley says: “The success of throwing together a new fair absolutely correlated with the enthusiasm of everyone involved. We were thrilled with such a positive reception.  I can't deny that it was hard work organising a Fair from scratch, but we had a great team and the Mall Galleries were extremely supportive as were all the participating dealers. Its success speaks for itself and we have been encouraged by both the visitor and dealer feedback that London definitely has appetite for a new art fair.”

A committee was quickly formed with Freya Mitton, Matthew Hall (Panter & Hall) and Guy Saunders (Saunders Fine Art) together with Anna and James, supported by all the dealers who signed up, impressed with the co-operative climate of the fair.Visitors and participants were impressed by its friendliness and variety of high quality works at a wide range of price points.

James Manning adds: “We have been encouraged to look at organising two fairs a year and June seems the obvious choice. It has already established itself as the month when London turns into the art capital. Art lovers come from all over the world to see some of the best art, and we feel that there is room to engage with all collectors, including younger collectors who appreciate art. They may not be in the market to spend five or six figure sums on art yet, but are attracted to learning about art and start at a more modest level.”

The inaugural Fair provided a wide platform with no overall designation of genre or era other than the criteria being good vetted quality at sensible prices. The 32 dealers were showing a wide array of all styles, from the traditional qualities of the 16th century to the current contemporary, with a good backbone of the much loved 20th century schools - from St Ives to British Abstract with a sprinkling of Scandinavian mid-century modern.