The Other Art Fair was developed to give 90 of the best emerging artists in the UK the opportunity to sell their work directly to the general public.
An experienced selection committee of art experts carefully review every artist application and reward the top 90 applicants with the chance to exhibit at The Other Art Fair.
Meet the November 2011 Panel:
Contemporary British Artist
“The Other Art Fair is a wonderful door-opener for some major new talent.”
Charming Baker is one of the UK’s fastest rising artists, tipped for greatness by the London Evening Standard, the BBC, The Daily Telegraph and GQ magazine.
Charming studied at Central St Martins where he later returned as a lecturer. The painter ignored the traditional gallery system, choosing to sell his work independently. His collectors now include Damien Hirst, Frank Cohen, Harry Blain, Aby Rosen, Alberto Mugrabi and Philip Niarchos.
“When I left college I was courted by the art establishment but at the time I felt like I didn’t fit in” says Charming, now 47. “Operating outside of that world has actually allowed me to develop into what I am now.”
The artist continues to work without a gallery, self-funding shows and working with a management team headed by music impresario Pat Magnarella, the man behind US rock giants Green Day.
Last year Baker held a hugely successful show on New York’s Lower East Side and this year’s Summer Exhibition in London’s Covent Garden sold out before the opening night. He has since been invited to show at the Lever House on New York’s Park Avenue and is collaborating with designer Sir Paul Smith on a sculpture for the 2012 Olympics.
Dr. Anthony Downey
Programmer Director of the M.A course in Contemporary Art
Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Dr. Anthony Downey is the Programme Director of the M.A. course in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. He is the editor of www.ibraaz.org, an online research forum for the Middle East and North Africa, and he sits on the editorial board of Third Text.
Anthony has given interviews for CNN’s African Voices programme and BBC’s Islam and the Popular Imagination. He also contributed to Iran Beyond its Borders (1960-2010) as part of the Bruges Cultural project “Horizons”, held in October 2010 and touring. In 2009, he was appointed external assessor for the revalidation of the Royal College of Art’s ‘MA in Curating Contemporary Art’ programme and sat on the curatorial committee for Guest Projects in London. He is a trustee of the Maryam and Edward Eisler Foundation and was an Advisory Committee member of The Art and Patronage Summit (held at the British Museum in January 2012).
He is currently researching a book on Art and Politics Today (Thames and Hudson, 2013).
Feature Editor, GQ
“Emerging artists need a real-life platform to show their work to potential collectors, galleries and to each other. The internet is great but artists need one-to-one communication with people interested in their work to develop relationships with their collectors. If they aren’t represented by a gallery, they don’t get this opportunity, so I am very grateful to The Other Art Fair for offering these young artists a chance to exhibit in a serious environment with seriously high standards.”
Sophie Hastings first came across the international art scene living in Hong Kong and Paris in the nineties. She got to know Chinese collectors and gallerists including Sir David Tang, Pearl Lam, Johnson Chang and Alice King, and worked as a writer and translator for Parisian Galerie Enrico Navarra, the first European gallery to bring top Western exhibitions to South East Asia (artists included Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cesar, Bernar Venet and several group shows of contemporary art).
Since turning freelance in 2003, Hastings has written features on artists including Tracey Emin, Sam Taylor-Wood, Gilbert & George, Jane and Louise Wilson, and Damien Hirst, as well as covering art fairs from Frieze to Miami Basel, Art Dubai, Art Hong Kong, FIAC and the Venice Biennale, and identifying international art world trends. She has written for The Times, The Observer, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent on Sunday and ES Magazine. She is currently a columnist and contributing editor at GQ, specialising in contemporary art, and continues her freelance work.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Godfrey Worsdale began his curatorial career in the early 1990s at the British Museum working in the Department of Prints and Drawings. At the same time he established Cultural Instructions, a new independent gallery for contemporary art in London. He moved to Southampton City Art Gallery as a curator in 1995 and within three years was appointed director where he oversaw exhibitions featuring works from Jake and Dinos Chapman, Jane and Louise Wilson, Tracey Emin and solo shows from Chris Ofili and Martin Creed.
In 2002 he was appointed founding director of MIMA, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, overseeing its build and subsequent launch. He co-curated the debut exhibition Draw which presented drawings by some of the most significant artists of the 20th century; works by Picasso, Pollock and Warhol exhibited in relation to works by a number of outstanding contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst, DJ Simpson and Gavin Turk. Other highlights from MIMA’s first year programme included the critically acclaimed Bauhaus exhibition. Following a very successful six year term in Middlesbrough, Worsdale was, in 2008, appointed director of BALTIC, the major international centre for contemporary art situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead.
Worsdale has developed a reputation as a prolific writer about art for a variety of publications and catalogues. He joined the judging panel of the Zoo Art Fair in 2007 and the Paul Hamlyn Awards in 2008 and is the Vice Chairman of the UK’s Visual Art and Galleries Association. In 2011 the BALTIC hosted the Turner Prize so Worsdale was not only judging The Other Art Fair but will also took part in the Turner Prize selection.