The Northern Antiques Fair
The Northern Antiques Fair is a prestigious fine art show, established in 1951. It is managed by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited which runs two other shows of its own: The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair and The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair. Approximately 40 specialists exhibit hundreds of artworks for sale at all kinds of prices to suit all budgets. Indeed, prices range from under a hundred pounds to six figure sums. A broad range of delightful pieces are displayed, including jewellery, paintings, watercolours, rugs, clocks, glass, sculptures and ceramics. The exhibitors are strictly governed so visitors can purchase items in complete confidence. Thus, this art fair is popular with interior designers, collectors and interested members of the public who can find beautiful pieces to complement their personal styles. The Northern Antiques Fair takes place in October annually.
Ingrid Nilson shares her views!
Fair Director, The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited
The Northern Antiques Fair 2023
Harmby Road, Leyburn
North Yorkshire DL8 5SG
28 September – 1 October 2023
E-tickets: Free of charge
Insights The Northern Antiques Fair
Fair Director, The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited
What would you say is the DNA of The Northern Antiques Fair?
The fair is the longest running art and antiques fair in the north of England, having been established in 1951 as The Northern Antique Dealers Fair at the Royal Hall in Harrogate. Bringing together exhibitors offering the finest works of art for an annual event of distinction has continued to be the aim of the fair under a number of organisers at a variety of venues, and the next chapter starts in autumn 2021 when it moves to Tennants in Leyburn, North Yorkshire.
What type of galleries are chosen to exhibit, and why?
Exhibitors are predominantly drawn from The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) and LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, the UK’s main dealer associations, which guarantees that the standard of exhibits is high. Many are businesses representing the north of England but due to its status, the fair also features dealers based in London and the south. Together, the exhibitors offer for sale a broad range of disciplines and styles covering the ancient to the contemporary.
What is the price range of pieces? Who is the average buyer?
As the fair is designed to appeal to a wide audience with an interest in fine art and antiques, exhibits tend to range in price from around £50 to six figure sums for the rarest pieces. Private individuals acquiring something for themselves such as period furniture, art or jewellery, as well as collectors, make up the majority of visitors. However, members of the trade, interior designers and representatives of cultural institutions also feature among the buyers.
“The fair is the longest running art and antiques fair in the north of England.”
© The Northern Antiques Fair
Who is the typical attendee of The Northern Antiques Fair?
Over the years, the fair has built up a loyal following of visitors from across the north of England, and people visit year on year to catch up with their favourite dealers who may well have set something aside for them. Being a high quality event, the show also draws attendees from much further afield and often forms part of a weekend in the stunning Yorkshire countryside.
What strategy – physical as digital – will you adopt in medium to long term?
We remain hopeful that come the end of September 2021, fairs can be held safely with certain measures in place, so the aim is to relaunch The Northern Antiques Fair at its new home in the purpose built exhibition rooms at Tennants Auctioneers. The fair website will back up the event but the focus will be on a physical fair, giving people the opportunity to interact face to face with our exhibitors.
What are two other art fairs you would suggest?
The Cotswold Art & Antiques Dealers’ Association (CADA) is due to stage its annual fair at Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park, close to Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire and also a new venue, from 14 to 17 October 2021. That promises to be an exciting showcase with a broad spectrum of antiques and visual arts in a museum setting. In general, the north of England has a large number of exciting galleries and shops, so I would suggest a visit to those.
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