START: International young galleries, exciting new artists 26th- 29th June 2014 @SaatchiGallery London
London has a new art fair opening this summer. START art fair is dedicated to supporting international galleries that are less than eight years old. The first edition will bring together exhibitors from emerging markets alongside young, cutting-edge galleries from Asia, Europe, UK and USA.
START was founded by the Global Eye Programme, an initiative that nurtures worldwide artistic talent, in partnership with the Saatchi Gallery. The fair’s aim is to provide young galleries and artists with a platform and the support and recognition that they need to develop.
The first selection of exhibiting galleries has a strong international feel includes exhibitors from Australia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, South Korea, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and USA, underlining START’s dedication to showcasing galleries and artists from the world’s most interesting emerging markets, as well as more established artistic centres.
Richard Koh Fine Art (Malaysia and Singapore) is one of Southeast Asia’s most experimental new galleries showing a diverse range of young artists. Athr Gallery (Saudi Arabia) is attracting attention for their recent achievements in presenting the pioneering work of contemporary Saudi artists such as Sami Al Tuki and Ahmed Mater. Paradise Row (UK) is one of London’s most dynamic galleries renowned for championing artists from an early stage in their careers.
Scaramouche (USA) from New York’s Lower East Side has a bourgeoning following of collectors for its roster of artists that includes Seher Shah and Alessandro Brighetti. ROH Projects (Indonesia) has a budding international stable and will present a solo presentation of works by Christine Ay Tjoe who is regarded as a rising talent of the Indonesian art scene. Brundyn + (South Africa) represent some of South Africa’s freshest talent such as Mohau Modisakeng.
Yay! Gallery (Azerbaijan) will show work by Azerbaijan’s most up-and-coming artists. START will also feature an experimental space created by Arcadia Missa (UK), one of the most innovative new galleries in London. This collaborative presentation will typify the gallery’s experimental cross-media approach. You can see a full list of galleries here: startartfair.com/exhibitors
START is sponsored by Prudential, which aims to support emerging talent and creativity in Asia. Prudential supports other Global Eye Programme initiatives including the Prudential Eye Awards (2014), Prudential Malaysian Eye (2014), Hong Kong Eye (2013) and Indonesian Eye (2011).