Free Art Fair


The Free Art Fair Three at The Barbican
12-18 October 2009
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The Free Art Fair will take place for the third and final time in London in 2009 at The Barbican. The art fair where all the work is given away at the end will be the biggest best most fun version ever. For once instead of art going to the highest bidder or those who can afford it, someone who really loves an artwork will be able to have it for free. Artists participating will be asked to incorporate the idea of free into their work by making work that they always wanted to make but felt like they couldn’t.


Artists Anonymous Phil Ashcroft Centre of Attention Maria Chevska Matthew Collings Jimmy Conway-Dyer Sacha Craddock Stuart Cumberland Adam Dant Marlene Dumas Stephen Farthing Rose Finn-Kelcey Jaime Gili Rose Gibbs Alex Hamilton Peter Harris Pablo Helguera Russell Herron James Howard Catrin Huber Saron Hughes Lee Johnson Sayshun Jay James Jessop Jasper Joffe Sonia Khurana Peter Lamb Cathy Lomax Amanda Loomes Robin Mason Bruce McLean Hugh Mendes Alex Gene Morrison  Chloe Mortimer Stephen Nelson House of O’Dwyer Henrik Potter Harry Pye Danny Rolph Martin Sexton Bob & Roberta Smith Terry Smith Eva Stenram Matthew Stone Geraldine Swayne Chris Tosic Josef Valentino Markus Vater Edward Ward Michael Ward Douglas White Charlie Woolley & Performance Art curated by Lee Campbell and Frog Morris

This year’s fair will be the last in London.  The Free Art Fair is made entirely without any budget with everyone giving what they love or do best for free.

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The Queue Sunday 19th 1.25pm

Round the block. The fair has been on BBC Radio 5 live, and will appear on ITV London Tonight at 6pm and BBC News 24 throughout the day.

Queue Saturday 18th October 3.30pm

Friday 17th October around 1pm. And the queue has begun!

Some lovely people are in their sleeping bags and duvets. They really love art and are willing to wait to get what they want.

Come to the Fair and become a Turk fruit

Lots of interesting press coverage which you can see in Press. Everyone seems to enjoy becoming a Gavin Turk fruit. Do we all yearn to be commodities? JJ

Free Art Fair is open and no one is in the queue yet!

So we’re open and so far so good. We have about 2000 copies of The Free Art Fair handbook to give away while the show is open, and of course on Sunday all the art will go to some lucky people. I think the show looks great and thank you to all the artists and people who have helped/are helping. Here’s Harry and Harry at the opening party. JJ

Weather is looking good and James Jessop's giving a biggie

We’re looking set fair for Monday, just have to hang 40 artists, which should be fun.  James Jessop is showing “Strange” 243cm X 485cm. This is one you won’t be able to take home on the tube, or bus. We haven’t published pictures of the other artists’ works because we want you to come see them in reality. But here’s a sneak peak of James’ whopper.

Free Art Fair needs your help

WE need volunteers to help invigilate the fair and deal with the opening party and closing giveaway.

Ideally you will be available from monday 13th October to the sunday 19th October for an ENTIRE week (though shorter periods will be considered). The times are daily 11am till 6pm  and the closing on sunday 19th till about 7.30pm.

  • You should be interested in contemporary art, responsible, reliable, and good with the public.
  • The Free Art Fair is totally and utterly free, ie no money is paid, and so we cannot offer travel expenses or lunch.
  • However you will be given a one off drawing by Jasper Joffe to say thank you and you will learn loads and meet lots of interesting people and have fun. Last year’s volunteers have gone on to great things!

Please email Henrik Potter, FAF manager, with the dates you think you can do (preferably a whole week) and a little bit about yourself.

Find out how to get the piece of art you love

everything you need to know is here in FAQ

Start queuing now!

Free Art Fair in the Guardian

Irascible and intimidating?! I prefer to think of myself as a friendly rascal. Oh well. JJ

New website is online

This section will keep you updated on the progress of the Free Art Fair 2008.

Please check back for the latest information.