Parallel Contemporary Art and Saatchi Gallery have announced that the second edition of START, presented by Prudential, will take place between 10 – 13 September, previewing on Wednesday 9th September 2015.
Delivering a high profile platform for emerging artists and new art scenes from around the world, START is a new annual art fair that takes place across all three floors of the Saatchi Gallery in London. By providing an elegant environment with museum-quality spaces, START aims to shine a spotlight on emerging artists and new art scenes,creating a program that enables collectors, curators and the greater public to discover new artistic talent.
Nigel Hurst, Chief Executive of the Saatchi Gallery and Co-Founder of START, said, “The Saatchi Gallery’s role is not only to bring contemporary art wherever it is being made to the widest possible audience, but also to help legitimise the making and collecting of art. START provides a wonderful platform for new galleries and young artists from all over the world so we’re delighted to be hosting this exciting initiative in its second year.”
The ground and first floors at Saatchi Gallery will host 38 galleries from across the globe – with representation from cities that range from Seoul to New York, Cape Town to Riga – all of whom will showcase the best of their gallery rosters with an emphasis on artists who are new to London.
Regarding the galleries participating, Fair Director Niru Ratnam says that she is confident that collectors, curators and critics will go away from START having made significant discoveries of artists and gallerists. “I’m delighted that we’ve built on the foundations of our inaugural edition and have a gallery list that offers an overview of new art from around the world,” she continues.
The 2015 edition of START Projects takes over the whole of the second floor at Saatchi Gallery with curator-lead solo presentations and group exhibitions; including a fully immersive digital art presentation by Japanese ultra-technologists teamLab, the debut UK solo show of Prudential Eye Award winners Chim↑Pom and a curated section of solo presentations called ‘This Is Tomorrow.’ Ratnam describes START Projects as, “a really important part of the fair, complementing the galleries.”
“We see START very much as a platform for enabling the discovery and acquisition of emerging international art,” Ratnam added, “and these focused curatorial presentations add to the depth of debate and discussion during START.”
The participating galleries at START 2015 are:
Alludo Room Gallery (Jochberg)
Alma Gallery (Riga)
Arcadia Missa (London)
art ON Istanbul (Istanbul)
Art Twenty One (Lagos)
atelier aki (Seoul)
ATELIER ALEN (Munich)
Baik Art (Los Angeles)
CARTER presents (London)
CES Gallery (Los Angeles)
Christine Park Gallery (London)
CUC Gallery (Hanoi)
Dastan’s Basement (Tehran)
Denny Gallery (New York)
dvorak sec contemporary (Prague)
Erdmann Contemporary (Cape Town)
Faur Zsófi Gallery (Budapest)
Fiumano Projects (London)
Galeri Chandan (Kuala Lumpur)
Galerie Huit (Hong Kong)
GALLERY BASTEJS (Riga)
Gallery Elena Shchukina (London)
Gallery MOMO (Cape Town)
Gallery SoSo (Seoul)
Hafez Gallery (Jeddah)
Hempel Galleries (Colombo)
Julian Page (London)
Kálmán Makláry Fine Arts Gallery (Budapest)
Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (London)
L153 Art Company (Seoul)
+MAS Arte Contemporáneo (Bogota)
Montoro12 Contemporary Art (Rome)
Osage Gallery (Hong Kong)
Project ArtBeat (Tbilisi) Roman Road (London)
Sin Sin Fine Art (Hong Kong) Skipwiths (London)
SODA Gallery (Bratislava) Studio Pivot (Rome) Triumph Art Space (Beijing) Union Gallery (London) VILTIN (Budapest)
Other events to look forward to include a charity auction conducted by Christie’s, an extensive VIP programme and a talks programme.
Please visit www.startartfair.com for the latest updates on START’s programme.