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Collect

The International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design is at Somerset House from 27 February - 1 March, 2020.

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Collect is the only gallery-presented art fair dedicated to modern craft and design. Now in its 16th year, Collect has been instrumental in defining and growing the market for contemporary craft.

This year, Collect brings together international galleries from across the globe, each curating their own displays to sell work made in the last five years by the world’s leading contemporary artists and designers. With artists represented from over 25 nations from Sweden to Uganda to Japan, the breadth of exceptional work on show will range from ceramics, glass, metal, wood and textiles to makers working in non-traditional materials with experimental techniques.

For 2020, Collect is moving to a striking new home at Somerset House and is excited to be taking over a large number of beautiful rooms presenting a new environment for Collect exhibitors to contextualise and curate modern craft.

In addition to the main fair, this year's Collect Open presents a platform for 12 new ambitious craft-led installations by individual artists and collectives which will be showcased around Somerset House. The annual Collect talks programme will also return, exploring contemporary craft with leading voices from the worlds of craft, design, architecture, fashion and art. Access to the Talks Programme is included with any purchased ticket.

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Galleries exhibiting in Collect 2020:

Over 40 galleries from the UK and around the world have been selected by a team of experts in the field to exhibit at this year's Collect.

Gallery list correct as of 25.10.19 and may be subject to change.

 

Artists and Collectives participating in Collect Open 2020:

In addition to the main fair, Collect Open presents an important platformfor new ambitious craft-led installations from 12 selected artists and collectives.

  • Adi Toch and Edmond Byrne UK, a fusion of metal and glass
  • Lorraine Robson UK, ceramic installation
  • Annette Marie Townsend UK, handmade beeswax sculptures
  • Sarah Pulvertaft, Jed Green & Beatrice Mayfield UK, jewellery and embroidery
  • Jacky Oliver UK, metalwork 
  • Lucie Gledhill and Kasia Wozniak UK, metal and photography installation
  • Julia Griffiths Jones UK, ‘Tutto: Everything I saw in India’, metal, printed enamel and large-scale textiles
  • Margo Selby UK, large scale textile installation
  • Liana Pattihis and Sofia Bjorkman UK, a vertical jewellery installation, 3D drawings and enamelled chain
  • Paula Reason UK, embroidered silk panel installation
  • Linda Bloomfield UK, lichen effect glazes on porcelain
  • Tal Batit Israel, ‘Ethnic Synthetic’, ceramic carpet wall installations
Artist and collective list correct as of 25.10.19 and may be subject to change.

Plan Your Visit

Collect: International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design
Thursday 27 February - Sunday 1 March 2020

Venue:
Somerset House
Strand, London WC2R 1LA
+44 (0)20 7845 4600

Opening Times:

Thu 27 Feb: 11.00-17.00
Private View Thu 27 Feb: 18.00-21.00

Fri 28 Feb: 11.00-18.00

Sat 29 Feb: 11.00-18.00

Sun 1 Mar: 11.00-18.00


Getting to Somerset House:

By London Underground
Nearest stations:
Temple (Circle & District lines; 250 metres, 5-minute walk)
Covent Garden (Piccadilly line; 650m, 8min)
Charing Cross (Bakerloo & Northern lines; 700m, 10min)
Embankment (Circle & District lines; 700m, 10min)

By rail
Nearest stations:
Charing Cross (700m, 10min)
Blackfriars (1km, 13min)
Waterloo (1km, 13min)

By bus
Buses 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 59, 68, 76, 87, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, RV1 and X68 all pass along the Strand and/or Aldwych, stopping within 100-200 metres of Somerset House.

By river
River Bus Services RB1, RB2 and RB6 all stop at Embankment Pier, roughly 600 metres from Somerset House.

By bicycle
There are bike stands on the Strand, Aldwych and Victoria Embankment, close to Somerset House. Please note that there is no bike parking in The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court or within Somerset House itself, and all bikes attached to our buildings or railings will be removed
There are several Santander Cycles docking stations near Somerset House.

By car
There’s no car parking at Somerset House, and very little on-street parking nearby. The closest car park is on Parker Street, WC2B 5NT. Our Accessibility page contains details of accessible parking for Blue Badge-holders.
Somerset House sits within the Congestion Charge zone.


Accessibility:

All areas of Somerset House area are accessible via certain routes. Please note there is cobble stone paving’s from the Strand into and in the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court with a flat pavement around the edges.

Borrow a wheelchair:
Standard sized manual wheelchairs are available for visitors with mobility impairments. These can be booked in advance by calling 020 7845 4600
Monday – Friday 10.00 – 17.00 (excluding public holidays).
On the day you may borrow a wheelchair (subject to availability) by speaking to any Receptionist at one of our entrances.

Accessible parking:
Somerset House parking spaces are not currently available. This is due to a works at the Strand entrance which are part of the major redevelopment project, Courtauld Connects.
The closest Disabled Badge parking spaces;
Wellington Street WC2E 7BB (159.85 METERS). For visiting via the Strand Entrance or New Wing Entrance.
Temple Place WC2R 2PH (266.53 METERS). For visiting the Embankment Entrance.
For more Disabled Badge parking nearby please visit
https://www.westminster.gov.uk/where-you-can-park-disabled-badge

Accessible toilets:

-New Wing (please advise reception staff who will show you the route)

-South Wing Strand Level:
2 Accessible Toilets (one next to Hej café, one opposite the end of the terrace rooms)

-South Wing Embankment Level (next to the Great Arch Hall)
-East Wing via Fernandez and Wells entrance

 

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