Ten Art Events to Visit in 2011

Posted by Sophie Tappeiner on 22nd December 2010

With 2010 drawing to an end, the Rise Art team is already looking ahead to 2011, and planning our schedules around some of next year's more intriguing art events. We will be attending the London staples including the London Art Fair, and Frieze, but our team is particularly excited about these 10 events in London and beyond.

Future Map 10 (13 January - 6 February 2011)

Now in its thirteenth year, Future Map has built a reputation for showcasing a wide variety of great artwork. Featuring works from graduating artists and designers from University of the Arts London this will become an intriguing interactive show, featuring performance, participation, sculpture and installation. Future Map 10 is hosted by the Zabludowicz Collection.

Florence Trust Winter Open Studios (21 - 23 January 2011)

The Florence Trust provides a group of carefully selected artists with the opportunity to work at their studios for one year, encouraging them to push boundaries of their work and to explore new ideas. Housed in an inspiring Grade 1 listed Victorian church the trust opens its doors twice a year for visitors to see the works in progress by its promising artists-in-residence. Additionally, it will provide us with the opportunity to see new work by Rise Art Artist Andy Wicks. Our tip: Bring a coat - it can get quite cold in there this time of year.

ARCO Madrid (16 - 20 February 2011)

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2011, ARCO Madrid is going to focus on Russian Contemporary Art this year - something the Rise Art Team is looking forward to discovering!

Armory Show (3 - 6 March 2011)

Visiting the Armory Show in New York is a highlight every year, as it is one of the most established and most exciting art fairs out there, showcasing the best contemporary art. In addition, as with every fair, there will be plenty of exiting events surrounding the fair. Definitely one of the highlights.

Select (11 - 15 May 2011)

Select Art Fair is going to take place for the first time this year; it promises carefully vetted galleries, artist collectives as well as a curated display of artwork by recent graduates. The Vetting Committee will consist of Andrew Renton, Lisa Le Feuvre, Charlotte Appleyard and Justin Hammond. Another distinguished feature of this fair will be their limit on pricing: no work will be offered for more than £ 5.000.

Art HK ( 26 - 29 May 2011)

Hong Kong being a established hub for global commerce and art, it seems only natural that a large contemporary art fair would spring up here sooner or later. Now in its  3rd year as a global event, Art HK has attracted the attention of the art world, with many major galleries on hand. With an emphasis on Asian art and collections, this fair may balance well against the other global fairs.

Venice Biennale (4 June - 27 November 2011)

In its 54th edition, the Venice Biennale will be directed by Bice Curiger - currently curator at Zuerich Kunsthaus and editor-in-chief at Parkett Magazine. The Biennale is entitled 'Illuminations' and is worth the visit for any collector or art enthusiast.

Art Basel (15 - 19 June 2011)

Similar to Frieze and the Armory, Art Basel is one of the global art events that serious collectors are sure to attend. We have included Art Basel on the list because this show is really where modern collecting and the boom of art events began. Perhaps the most established and renowned art fair in the world, Art Basel features over 300 galleries from across the world.

Multiplied (13 - 16 October 2011)

Held simultaneously with Frieze Art Fair, Multiplied is a new fair hosted by the auction house Christie's focusing on original artworks in limited edition. In many ways, we found 2010's first edition to be more interesting than Frieze, with a host of UK and international exhibitors showcasing original prints from leading artists. For the budding collector, this event offers a unique entrance into collecting.

Paris Photo (17 - 20 November 2011)

After having enjoyed Paris Photo so much this year, we cannot wait to go back in 2011. Paris Photo in our opinion is becoming the must see photo event of the year.

In addition to all these events, the Rise Art Team is also always looking forward to the Degree Shows taking place in Summer; dates have not yet been released, It's Nice That has had a comprehensive list in past years. Some of our favourite degree shows last year included shows at the Slade School of ArtRoyal College of Art,Goldsmith and Freerange - which boosts a variety of shows from graduating artists around the UK. Which art events are you looking forward to in 2011?