Moniker, the contemporary art fair with its roots embedded in urban culture, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a move from Shoreditch to Chelsea to cement its role on the London art scene
Lead image: Lauren Baker, You Blow My Mind (The Art Hound Gallery)
This October, Moniker Art Fair, which has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting contemporary art fairs with its roots embedded in urban culture, is moving home from Shoreditch to Chelsea.
To celebrate its 10th birthday, the International Art Fair, famed for attracting contemporary art collectors in their thousands to east London, will move to Chelsea Sorting Office on King’s Road.
The five day arts festival will to continue to push the narrative of urban art with a daily talks and film programme hosted by The Art Conference, as well as art workshops, immersive experiences, Live DJs and great food and drink.
A glimpse of the artworks you can expect to see at Moniker Art Fair 2019
As much a festival as an art fair, Moniker has evolved since its east London foundation. Over the past decade, the fair has embraced risks and it seeks to prove how powerfully the immersive and experiential fair format can stimulate audiences and win over the next generation of contemporary collectors.
‘After nine years supporting and championing the growth of urban art in the heart of east London, it felt like the right time to do the unexpected – move to an area of London more traditional in nature,’ said Fair Director of Moniker Art Fair, Tina Ziegler.
‘We aim to continue to take risks, pushing the art movement forwards and breaking down more barriers’
‘This move allows us to embrace a new part of London and position our artists and galleries in front of different audiences. We aim to continue to take risks, pushing the art movement forwards and breaking down more barriers.’
The nature of the urban art scene has always been one of transience – what we know as the ‘moniker’, a tag or a symbol marking an individual’s presence, began just over a century ago and has now evolved into colourful self-expression.
Moniker Art Fair has become a touchstone of the Shoreditch contemporary art scene, and the event’s galleries, artists and cultural programming is set to break new boundaries in west London’s traditional art scene, ushering in a new wave of collectors.
In London in 2018, Moniker stepped up its ambitions taking on bigger challenges and projects including a partnership with Berlin’s Urban Nation Museum, solo displays from Thinkspace Projects and exhibitions from members of legendary Parisian art collective DMV, Lee and Sowat, emerging British star Dan Rawlings and former graffiti-writing favourite Ann J Lewis.
The 2019 fair will continue in its unshakeable aims with ventures within the worlds of films, talks programmes, community collaborative events and exclusive performances.
Spring saw Moniker USA successfully transition from Brooklyn to Manhattan and, in a year of radical change, Moniker continues to be unafraid.
- VIP & Collectors Opening: Weds 2 October, 3pm-10pm
- Public Preview: Thurs 3 October, 3pm-10pm
- Public Fair Days: Fri 4 October, 1pm-9pm; Sat 5 October, 11am-8pm; Sun 6 October, 11am-6pm