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UAL graduates’ contemporary print fair returns for sixth year

Image courtesy Lucy J Toms Photography
Written by
Eleanor Harvey
Published date
05 November 2021

The Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair is the largest art fair that's solely dedicated to contemporary original print.

Started in 2016 by two UAL graduates Jack Bullen (Art & Design Foundation, Wimbledon, 2009) and Lizzie Glendinning (MA Fashion Curation, London College of Fashion, 2010), this year will be the first hybrid fair. Alongside returning to London’s historic Royal Arsenal, Woolwich from 11 – 14 November 2021, there will also be The Online Edition, an interactive VR Art Fair running until 28 November 2021.

Lizzie and Jack run Brocket London, a contemporary art gallery that promotes early to mid-career artists. It was due to the popularity of their New Collector’s Evenings that they launched the annual fair.

The contemporary fair uses a unique model to make it accessible to new and emerging artists; they feature 50% exhibiting galleries and 50% independent artists, which are selected by a panel of industry experts through an international open call. This year they received around 4,000 applications, and more than 40 of the successful artists are UAL alumni.

Featuring over 500 artworks across a range of styles and techniques, Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair is a chance to find art that fits. Visitors can buy original prints from the most exciting artists working today at accessible price points.

There is also a packed events programme with the chance to take part in interactive print demonstrations and discover new approaches to art in the home in the interiors showcase, as well as talks, panels, and workshops.


Photo of Tanaka in her studio
Tanaka Mazivanhanga. Photo by Vi Bainbridge

Meet one of the artists: Tanaka Mazvanhanga

Each year many of our independent artists get scouted by exhibiting or external galleries for representation, as well as get picked up by significant collections, receive prizes by leading institutions or are approached by curators for future projects.

In 2019, Zimbabwean artist Tanaka Mazvanhanga (MA Visual Arts: Printmaking, 2019, Camberwell) entered the open call and was subsequently commissioned to produce a large- scale print installation Floating Islands (2019). This received the East London Printmakers Award, and Tanaka has gone on to exhibit exclusive pieces for our Woolwich Contemporary Editions, produce wallpaper and textile patterns for Woolwich Contemporary Studio, and will be presenting Floating Islands (2019) as part of Mayfair Art Weekend this year.

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