You probably already know that the mighty Frieze Art Fair kicked off on Monday – and though I’ll always have love for one of the world’s biggest shows of contemporary art, I’m usually more tempted to hit up the independent fringe gigs taking place around the same time. So here’s this weekend’s art crawl:
The Moniker Art Fair (15-18th October)
It’s now in its 6th year at the Old Truman Brewery and it’s where you go to see the edgier side of contemporary art. Tickets are only £8.80 too and I love how you can pay in GBP or Bitcoin (not that I have any, but still – that’s kinda dope.). www.monikerartfair.com
The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (15-18th October)
Held at Somerset House, the 1:54 is just a 3-year-old but it keeps going from strength to strength with its collection of diverse art that spans the African continent. Tickets are £15, but it’s not often you’ll come across this level of art celebrating African craftmanship, so it’s definitely worth a look around. 1-54.com/london
The Other Art Fair (15-18th October)
This show, which turns 10 this year, also holds court at the Old Truman Brewery and focuses on the rising stars in the art world – so works are not only affordable here (starting at £50), but you could be rubbing shoulders with the Next Big Thing who’ll be worth millions one day. Get that selfie AND an autograph. www.theotherartfair.com
The featured image is Mimi Cherono Ng’ok’s ‘Untitled, (No one but you, Dakar series)’, 2014, Inkjet print on cotton rag paper, edition of 6, 120 x 120 cm, Courtesy of Fondation Donwahi. Showing at this year’s 1:54.