Teaming up with Broadcaster and Global Head of Collections at Soho House & Co. Kate Bryan as curator, The Other Art Fair has 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 May Chicago edition, The Other Art Fair will host a number of exciting new features to educate and inspire visitors.
"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 Kate, who is very passionate about sustainability and 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."
Founder of The Other Art Fair
Art Upcycle artist in London reviving some unloved artwork
Reuse is the name of the game. We are thrilled to release an exclusive resuable cup designed especially for The Other Art Fair by British satirical artist David Shrigley and with discounted cocktails also on the cards, you'll want to just keep coming back.
From unloved to one of a kind original artwork for just $95. Introducing ART UPCYCLE, our Greener Future initiative that invites creatives talents to revive your unwanted artworks. Bring your old prints, photographs, shoes, hats and more and watch the transformation.
Purchase includes unlimited entry to every day of the fair, including the Private View
Full Artist Line up
Sam Kirk, Thursday May 16, 7-9pm
Multi-disciplinary artist and Chicago local Sam Kirk, explores culture and identity politics through artwork that includes vivid images of women and members of the LGBTQIA community. Her vibrant color palette, intricate line-work and layered backgrounds highlight cultural communities via multi-toned figures recalled from memories of her travels throughout the world.
Meghan Borah, Friday May 17, 7-9pm
Chicago resident, Meghan Borah's paintings combine oil paint with the fragile medium of distemper in ways that evoke the faded surfaces of vintage fabrics and decorative textiles. Her expressionless, female-presenting figures occupy dreamlike scenarios that may not be tranquil as they first appear.
Badass Cross Stitch, Saturday May 18, 12-2pm
Shannon Downey, better known as Badass Cross Stitch, is a community organizer disguised as a fiber artist and craftivist. She blends her politics, activism, and art into projects that are designed to inspire others to take action, think, discuss, engage with democracy and their community, and find some digital/analog balance.
Melissa Leandro, Saturday May 18, 3- 5pm
Melissa Leandro works between the media of drawing, painting, and textiles.Leandro's woven and embroidered surfaces explore her composite cultural identity through means of intuitive mark-making. Reflecting on her past and present travels, she considers the impact of these environments on the fragmentation of identity and place.
Whit Forrester, Sunday May 19, 1-3pm
Forrester was born in American Samoa, grew up in Kentucky, and currently resides between Chicago and New Orleans. Their work has a range of aesthetic interests that include: manifestations of power, diaspora, noetic science, discourses around the transcendent and the material relationship between self and world. These ideas fuse around ideas of quantum feminisms, queer theory, and decolonization as a spiritual practice.
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