START Art Fair today announces its return to London’s iconic Saatchi Gallery for its fifth edition, as it continues to provide a vital platform in London for emerging artists and young galleries from around the world showing exciting new art. Taking place from 13th-16th September 2018, the fair will present over 50 artists from more than 25 countries to collectors, investors and art lovers on a global stage in central London.
The fair promises to kick off London’s autumn art season with exhibitors’ presentations and curated projects, featuring some of the most talented emerging contemporary artists from the United Kingdom and internationally.
Last night Saatchi’s private dining room was transformed into a gallery setting exhibiting work by two hugely talented UK based artists who wo will each show during START 2018. The intimate dinner, which is part of START’s recently launched Collectors Club, was hosted by START co-founders David and Serenella Ciclitira and Nigel Hurst CEO Saatchi Gallery, guests included the revered Hong Kong based gallerist and curator Tson-zung Chang who was both speaker and honoured guest. The array of invited collectors, influencers and international dignitaries, were delighted to be able to preview works, meet the artists and discuss their practice.
The Collectors Club, founded to foster START’s mission to positively change the fabric of the art world, bringing together diverse but like minded individuals, collectors, artists and forward thinking art organisations hosted an intimate dinner last night at the Saatchi Gallery.
Yorkshire based Egyptian Artist and sculptor Sham Shendi said at last night’s dinner:
“If you look at my work, you might call it art. I call it a diary. It’s all about memory and transferring those into sculpture. I have a style and the older I get the more I get a style within my art. It’s so important for me to remember every detail of making each piece. Every time I look at them I remember every single memory and the process I went through in the making of each individual sculpture. When people buy it, I share that story so that they can understand it, and then never repeat it again. The more people see your work the more people appreciate it, and for an artist like me I always like to leave a legacy behind me. That’s what I’ll be doing at START, where every piece I’m showing was made specifically for the fair.”
Artist and painter Persham Ghalamder, who re-located to Manchester from his home town of Tehran two years ago said at last night’s dinner: “Thank you very much for inviting me, I’m really looking forward to September. The main medium I work with is painting – I paint works that are mostly guided
by the history and philosophy that I study. I’m strongly inspired by mythology and through the educational system I’ve learned every phenomenon through myself. I can become what I want to be. I paint both the light and the dark, like conflict and the fact that we live in a world that should be united to build. That’s a major theme in my works, more of which you’ll see at START’s art fair this year.”
START 2018 Projects is proud to present Resolution District, an exhibition co-curated by the Hong Kong based, world-renowned Tsong-Zung Chang – known in the west
as Johnson Chang – and the China Academy of Art, Beijing, which will bring a group of the most forward- thinking and pioneering young contemporary artists in China today to central London and an international audience.
Johnson Chang said of Resolution District last night:
“I’m here to present a small exhibition at START. This small project is now being expanded and getting more space thanks to David, Serenella and Nigel’s generosity. The project is from China – specifically from the China Academy of Art, which was our first national art academy, founded in 1928 and celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. The Academy has been pioneering for many decades now and some of the most famous artists we know came from that academy. This year they’ve promised to send artists from a new generation – all of which are facing new situations, new issues, new technology and new creativity. We hope this exhibition can be a small contribution and I’m sure it’ll be both creative and fun.”
Yan Wang of the China Academy of Art, commented: “The exhibition will look back at the power of video and image itself and the installations under the ear of digital and self-media age. To explore the mobility of images, the image-borne poetry in works of young generations, and the social status quo and problems these artists intend to express.”
Of particular interest at this year’s START is also London-based The Gallery of Everything, which has chosen START as its first ever fair appearance. This young gallery is fast becoming a key player with its ahead-of- the-curve approach and will be presenting two emerging international artists who use the memories of their violent and unpredictable pasts to influence their practice.
New exhibitors will include AN INC. (South Korea), showing Japanese artist Kazz Morishita’s new innovative series entitled Kazz Moon, a dedication to the moon that has been captured through his unique photographic compositions combining traditional camerawork with modern technology. Joining him will be SMO Contemporary Art (Nigeria), specialising in using the full range of artistic expression – from visual art and dance to poetry and performance – and exhibiting Nigerian artists Nengi Omuku, Olumide Onadipe and Ngozie Omeje, as well as Galleri Fagerstedt (Sweden).
Nigel Hurst, CEO at the Saatchi Gallery, said last night:
“We’re proud to be able to continue hosting the START Art Fair as it marks its fifth year in September. The concept was originally born in the back of a cab in Hong Kong about 8 years ago. Larger art fairs have become quite ubiquitous, but as a result ended the larger scope of discovery, so how better to change that than focusing on younger artists? Galleries and artists are symbiotic – they work together. The art world is now truly international – an international voyage of discovery to uncover tomorrow’s art today. It’s important because fundamentally artists at the early stages of their careers need people to support and sell their art. I very much look forward to seeing what new discoveries this initiative will bring for this year and beyond.”
David Ciclitira, co-founder of START, said last night:
““There were 28 countries represented at last year’s START – these are young galleries that are not hugely wealthy, so this is all about trying to support them the best we can. As we all know, London isn’t the cheapest place in the world, nor is it the cheapest place to buy art, so the key thing is to help them sell their work on an international stage. I believe that collectors – and especially younger collectors – are hugely important to that mission; it’s why we’re here. Serenella and Nigel are the two key curators in a mission that’s very much a not-for-profit project; we’re here to support young artists and are delighted to be able to do so.”
Today’s news also comes as START announces its first patron to join the initiative – Utsava Kasera, a successful entrepreneur and investor with a strong background in international business. Always in pursuit of
Complementing START’s ethos of presenting up and coming artists and galleries are a series of curated
projects that reflect the Fair’s global agenda.
the most interesting projects across a diverse range of sectors – including fashion, luxury and tech start-ups – Utsava’s patronage will support the presentation of two emerging artists, enabling them to bring their work to the fair within the Utsava Kasera sponsored space. Without this vital support these talented young artists could not afford to show outside of their home countries.