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British Art Fair 2023: Showcasing Modern British Art and Supporting a Noble Cause

The 32nd edition of the British Art Fair returns to the iconic Saatchi Gallery in London, presenting its annual showcase of the very best Modern British and Contemporary British Art. Since 1988, the fair has been the flagship event for Modern British Art, representing celebrated artists such as Bridget Riley, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Terry Frost, John Piper, and many more. This year’s event promises to be a spectacular display of fine and rare works, specially released to the art market for the occasion.

A Fresh Direction and an Array of Exhibitors

Under the ownership of Ramsay Fairs, the British Art Fair took a new direction last year with the introduction of fresh initiatives. Building on its legacy, the 2023 edition welcomes over 70 exhibitors, some of whom have been loyal to the fair for decades. Esteemed galleries like Osborne Samuel, Jonathan Clark, Patrick Bourne, Willoughby Gerrish, Redfern Gallery, and Alan Wheatley continue to impress with their exceptional collections of Modern and Contemporary British Art. Additionally, newcomers like The Fine Art Society, Stow Art House, and Zuleika Gallery are set to enrich the fair’s offerings, while returning exhibitors like Whitford Fine Art and Robert Upstone add to the excitement.

British Art Fair 2023
Charlie Phillips Notting Hill Couple, Photograph 1967. Courtesy: James Hyman Gallery

Crossing Borders: Internationalism in Modern British Art

This year’s British Art Fair offers a unique exhibition titled “Crossing Borders: Internationalism in Modern British Art.” Paying homage to artists who came to live and work in Britain during the 20th century, this diverse collection showcases works from artists originating from India, Pakistan, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, Central and Eastern Europe, Ukraine, Africa, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, and America. The exhibition highlights the global impact on British art, providing visitors with a fascinating insight into the diverse influences that shaped the country’s cultural landscape.

Championing Emerging Talent with SOLO CONTEMPORARY

Building on the success of its launch last year, SOLO CONTEMPORARY returns to the British Art Fair. Curated by Zavier Ellis, this section features twenty dealers, each exhibiting a set of works by one chosen rising star from the UK. SOLO CONTEMPORARY provides a platform for emerging artists to shine on the international stage and has been successful in attracting new collectors and fostering exciting opportunities for burgeoning talents.

Art Market Resilience and Growth

Amidst a pandemic, war, and economic turbulence worldwide, the art market has proven remarkably resilient and even buoyant in certain sectors. The latest art market report by UBS confirms a 3% improvement in turnover in auction rooms and galleries globally in the last year. Notably, the Modern British art market has contributed to this growth, especially in categories like female artists and previously unrecognised talents.

WaterAid: Supporting a Worthy Cause

In a heartening partnership, international charity WaterAid returns as the official charity for the British Art Fair 2023. Following the success of last year’s “Art of Change” exhibition, which raised awareness of the impact of climate change on communities’ access to clean water, WaterAid will curate a new exhibition of exclusive climate-themed artworks. Proceeds from the sale of these pieces will go towards WaterAid’s mission of providing clean water to vulnerable communities, making the fair not only a celebration of art but also a force for positive change.


The British Art Fair 2023 promises to be a celebration of Modern British and Contemporary British Art, featuring illustrious artists and emerging talents. With its diverse international exhibition, the fair pays tribute to the global influences that have shaped British art throughout history. As it continues to support artistic excellence and charitable causes, the British Art Fair solidifies its position as a significant cultural event on London’s art calendar.

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