Now in its third edition, London’s START art fair aims to highlight emerging artists and new art scenes

Aiming to spotlight emerging artists and new art scenes, the third edition of START art fair is set to run at London’s Saatchi Gallery from September 15 to 18. The young fair offers a museum-setting platform for art from across the globe, allowing inclusive, cross-cultural conversations to flourish.

Unusually for a fair, nearly half of START is given over to curated projects and solo presentations, and this year there is a very strong Middle Eastern focus with presentations by two Iraqi-born artists, Dia Al-Azzawi and Mahmoud Obadi, as well as a display of works by emerging artists who have recently completed the first edition of Qatar Museum’s new nine-month residency programme at Fire Station in Doha.

The other major project this year is the first U.K. exhibition of Cambodian artist Sareth Svay. Born in 1972 in Battambang, Svay grew up in a refugee camp on the Cambodia-Thailand border, where he attended art classes held by a visiting French NGO worker. “It is very important to see emerging Asian artists show side-by-side with their peers from Western art scenes,” says Niru Ratnam, START’s director. “Many fairs either focus on Western artists or Asian artists, and it’s rare to see a significant amount from both scenes at the same art fair.”

By Daniel Scheffler

A version of this article appeared in print in Selections, The Collectors Issue #38, page 42.