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The Anti Art Fair celebrates new talent and diversity with artists such as Kelly Anna and Rosie Matheson

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The Anti Art Fair

Coinciding with Frieze London, an Anti Art Fair will take place at a secret location in south east London. Founded by Creative Debuts, the fair is a celebration of new creativity and calls for greater diversity in the arts. The platform explains, “we aim to make art more accessible and to tackle the hurdles faced by undiscovered creatives”.

White men still dominate the art market, receiving more auction sales – their work is also valued higher. The Anti Art Fair is an inclusive space that will feature a range of fresh new talent, surfacing artists who usually sink under the radar.

There will be two showrooms. In the Creative Debut Showroom, 25 international emerging artists will have their work on display. Names include the illustrator Kelly Anna, whose work we have been championing since 2017. Her vibrant colour palettes and bold graphics depict fearless female figures in striking, athletic positions. Also exhibiting is Rosie Matheson, whose recent series Boys is a tender portrayal of masculinity.

A wide range of artistic styles and mediums “will all come together for an individual take on the topic of identity”, Creative Debut explains, emphasising how there are many ways to express oneself and create.

In collaboration with the global feminist movement, the second showroom will feature the Nasty Women International Allstars, curated by the Elijah Wheat Showroom. Creative Debuts previous collaboration with Nasty Women on International Women’s Day caused queues around the block in London; this next celebration is aiming to be bigger and better.

In a venue nearby the Anti Art Fair will also offer workshops, talks, panel discussions and zine fairs. Everything will take place between 4 October — 7 October.

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Kelly Anna

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Rosie Matheson