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Collect moves to Somerset House

2020 will see new home for leading craft fair

The Crafts Council's annual fair Collect: International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design is moving to Somerset House next year. The fair will take place from 27 February to 1 March 2020.

Collect will be taking over a large number of beautiful rooms at Somerset House, presenting a new environment for Collect exhibitors to contextualise and curate their artists’ work. The fair was established in 2004 and ran for five years at the Victoria & Albert Museum before moving to the Saatchi Gallery for a subsequent ten years.  Collect 2019 was the largest edition to date with 45 galleries selling the work of over 400 international artists.   At Somerset House, Collect will occupy the galleries that surround the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court.

Collect 2019. Photo: Ioana Wolff

Over the last 15 years Collect has established itself as the pre-eminent fair for collectable craft. It gives collectors and craft enthusiasts the opportunity to discover and buy pieces produced in the last five years by living artists, many made exclusively for the fair.

“We are excited to move Collect to such an iconic arts and cultural centre. Somerset House will provide a beautiful Grade 1-listed Neoclassical backdrop to the exceptional modern craft and design presented each year at Collect.” Isobel Dennis, Collect Fair Director

We’re delighted to be welcoming Collect to Somerset House this winter, and showcasing the best of British and international contemporary craft and design to the public. It will be a perfect addition to our existing programme of design-led exhibitions and events – a highlight including the London Design Biennale. 

Jonathan Reekie, Director, Somerset House 

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