Greener Future

In 2019, The Other Art Fair is setting itself the challenge of creating a Greener Future... 

Teaming up with Broadcaster and Head of Collections at Soho House Kate Bryan as curator, we have programmed a year-long series of events, initiatives and exhibitions to take the steps to becoming more sustainable.

In our efforts to join the greener side at our October London edition, we will be hosting a number of exciting features.  See below for details.

Fair Founder Ryan Stanier introduces our new venture for 2019 and beyond - A 'Greener Future'

"I started The Other Art Fair back in 2011 to support unrepresented artists. Since then we have sold over 20,000 artworks, welcomed over 200,000 visitors and worked with more than 3,000 artists across 20 countries.

Eight years on and our mission has expanded. I believe we can still do more but in order to continue working with artists, and developing events which both stimulate and surprise our audiences, we must aim to do this in a sustainable way.

Events so often have a negative impact on the environment and an art fair is no different. We have therefore set ourselves the challenge to be more thoughtful in every decision we make as an organisation and our commitment is to be as environmentally aware as possible. We are now working towards being wholly sustainable and across all our fairs we are taking steps to get much closer to that.

To do this we are working with Broadcaster and Head of Collections at Soho House – Kate Bryan. Kate is very passionate about the sustainability and she will be curating a number of initiatives to highlight many of the issues faced by both artists and organisations like ourselves.

The Other Art Fair is committed to making a difference. I believe we are currently having a positive impact on the art world by cultivating the emerging part of the market, but in order to create art we need a healthy world to be both inspired by and to live in.

It’s yet another reason we are The “Other” Art Fair." Ryan Stanier, Founder of The Other Art Fair

APHRA SHEMZA, "CURRENT CLIMATE" 

Current Climate is a real-time data visualization piece. Each light represents four different countries in the world; Red = USA, Blue = UK, Orange = India and Turquoise = Denmark, chosen either for the effects that climate change is already having on that country or as a wealthy nation who could be doing more to legislate around the climate crisis.

The lights are connected to four news sources from each country and each time climate change is mentioned in the news the lights change accordingly. The piece serves as a reminder that urgent action needs to take place but we are not talking about the issues enough.

LAUREN BAKER, AN OPEN DIALOGUE WITH NATURE

Lauren Baker has a mission to plant 8,888 trees in the Amazon.
 ‘An Open Dialogue with Nature’ is a large scale installation, presented at The Other Art Fair, continuing her ongoing work to connect with Mother Earth, raise awareness and inspire others. 

A British contemporary multidisciplinary artist who exhibits internationally, Lauren's work explores the fragility and expansiveness of life and the universe. Passionate about environmental issues and sustainability, she uses light to express universal energies and aims to raise the vibration of love and connection within the world. Throughout 2019 Lauren has been planting trees for each artwork she sells. With the belief that artists have the power to influence and inspire communities in a positive way, Lauren aims to collaborate and inspire others to get involved in raising awareness and to take positive action by planting trees in the Amazon via this fundraising page

In July 2019, Lauren released a ‘Letter to Mother Earth’ installation at Tate Exchange. The letter was an open apology for the destruction humans have caused, written in light projected sound frequencies. In ‘An Open Dialogue with Nature’, The Letter to Mother Earth will be projected onto a 3.5m high white ethereal tree, as nature listens to our apology. As the light frequency sound waves reach the end of the branches, visitors are met with sounds from the Amazon, inspiring visitors to plant trees and join her mission. 

Lauren is She will also be selling neon artworks and limited edition prints at the fair. 

FOOD BY FARMSTAND

In line with Greener Future, plant-powered restaurant Farmstand will be the restaurant partner this edition. With a menu of 80% veggie, 5% sustainable fish and 15% meat, they are on a mission to reduce their environmental footprint in every way possible, and for the past two years they’ve been named Top 2 Most Sustainable Food Service Business in the Food Made Good Awards.

They live a zero waste to landfill philosophy and don’t just talk the talk when it comes to ousting single-use plastics: we’ve never sold a plastic water bottle and never will.