A Week at London Art Fair 2017

25 January 2017

This January, The Lightbox was delighted to exhibit as Museum Partner at London Art Fair 2017. Drawing their favourite pieces from The Ingram Collection, Peter Hall (The Lightbox Curator) and Jo Baring (The Ingram Collection Director and Curator) put together a beautiful exhibition titled Ten Years: A Century of Art. Celebrating both The Lightbox's ten year anniversary and the breadth of Modern British Art over the twentieth century, the exhibition included sculptures by icons such as Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, and paintings by John Minton, Keith Vaughan, and John Tunnard amongst others. 

For this week's blog, join us as we look back on a very busy week in London spent among fellow art lovers, spreading the word of our Woking gallery to visitors from around the world. 


Home of London Art Fair, the Business Design Centre in Islington is an architecturally striking Grade II listed building, which opened in 1862.


Days before the fair opens, galleries stream in, soon to cover all these white walls with art.

Paintings from The Ingram Collection and boxes of What's On programmes arrive as we start to set up The Lightbox's stand.

Pieces included Panoply (1964-69) by Gerard Laing, a Pop-art oil painting on an irregularly shaped canvas, painted during the era of early space exploration.

The three portraits: William Roberts' The Artist's Son playing the Recorder (1935), Dod Proctor's green-tinged painting The Golden Girl (1930), and R.B. Kitaj's psychedelic Radiant Turquoise Self-Portrait (2006).


Ready for action! Elisabeth Frink's Walking Madonna (1981) in the entrance foyer greets all visitors to the fair.


It was lovely to see visitors being so impressed by the breadth and quality of The Ingram Collection - over the past 15 years Chris Ingram has collected over 650 pieces including major artists of the twentieth century and emerging artists of the twenty-first century.


On Friday 20 Jan, The Lightbox Director Marilyn Scott (second from left) hosted a panel discussion on survival and funding for public art galleries outside London in today's climate of cuts. Joining Marilyn on the panel were Simon Wallis (Director, The Hepworth Wakefield), Sarah Philp (Director of Programmes, Art Fund) and Tim Craven (Curator, Southampton City Art Gallery).


Extra security: Elisabeth Frink's Goggle Head kept a watchful eye over the fair's visitors throughout the week. 

For more information about our Museum Partner exhibition visit the London Art Fair website.
For more information about The Ingram Collection and their loans programs, visit www.ingramcollection.com

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