Ambika P3, London

London’s edgier art fair for discovering new artists and galleries

Sunday Art Fair has built a reputation as ‘the-go-to’ fair for discovering new talent due to its championing of younger and not so widely known international galleries in at times unusual places. Located right across Frieze, the fair is held annually at Ambika P3, a staggering industrial 14,000m2 space which since the 1960s, operates as a distinctive space for contemporary art and architecture. For its 8th edition, Sunday showcased 25 international galleries (8 returning from last year and 17 new ones) exhibiting solo projects or curated group presentations. ‘A majority of the galleries reported a high number of sales, including selling out their booths at the fair’, says Adam Thomas, Sunday Art Fair Director. He continues, ‘We saw a strong number of returning VIPs who have continued to visit the fair year on year and engage with the young galleries exhibiting. The success of this year’s fair demonstrates that Sunday offers a fantastic platform for galleries to promote emerging artists and introduce them to a wider audience, and reinforces our commitment to discovery.’

A diverse selection of galleries included Shulamit Nazarian (Los Angeles), Good Weather (Arkansas), Rowing, (London) Suprainfinit (Bucharest) Mieke van Schaijk (Den Bosch) and Carbon 12 (Dubai). Carbon 12 displayed works by Amba Sayal-Bennett whose colourful geometric drawings and accompanying floor-based sculpture explored her interests in reduction of line, colour and shape. Summer Wheat’s paintings at Shulamit Nazarian continue her ongoing manipulation of the surface of her canvases where acrylic paint oozes through fine wire mesh, causing her figures to emerge from their surfaces. Good Weather’s was a three-man booth with Marcellus Armstrong, Stephen Kent, and Vernon Gardens with Kent’ mirrored mosaic paintings providing a visual treat of still-life’s reimagined.

In 2018 Sunday will return once again to Ambika P3 in October and Thomas sees the fair further developing its relationships and partnerships with the UK and internationally and as ever, ‘remaining committed to supporting new and emerging artists and galleries from around the world.’ The fair continues being an exciting, free and rigorous inclusion for London’s annual art fair week. Importantly, the fair also provides a sustainable model for younger galleries to further the works of artists who are not yet established or know.

Sunday Art Fair took place between 5-8 October