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Submerged in Art at Olympia

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The culture vultures of west London have never had it so good as Art15 London, returns to Olympia’s grand exhibition halls for a third year running. It is already looking like a crowded calendar with punters spoilt for choice in terms of visual arts. There is also the inaugural Photo London and Chelsea Flower Show vying for supremacy.

But the opening night preview is when organisers try to woo a discerning audience of collectors and visitors. The inaugural edition of the fair, Art13 London, attracted galleries and artists from across the globe and welcomed 25,000 visitors over three days, including a host of celebrities, from fashion photographer Mario Testino to One Direction heart-throb Harry Styles. It was widely acclaimed as the most vibrant fair to debut in the capital in a decade with a varied programme for visitors and serious art connoisseurs.

Art in the city: Times Square, oil on acrylic © Hisaya Taira

Art in the city: Times Square, oil on acrylic 2014 © Hisaya Taira

What started as a toe-in-the-water event now seems well-established on the crowded London arts calendar attracting celebrities, art dealers, green-horn collectors, families and even children in tow. The organisers have managed to strike a delicate balance between many palettes with something for everyone.

Colourful arrangements: Floating Turning 2014 © Samia Halaby

Vivid arrangements: Floating Turning 2014 © Samia Halaby

If you were struck by the gigantic, mesmerising bottle-top curtain of Ghanian artist El Anatsui draped above the entrance in 2013 and the gigantic red wax installation from a burnt-out candle last year, be prepared for more art that will stimulate all the senses of taste, smell, touch, sight and sound.

Art 15 London, 21 – 23 May 2015. Olympia Grand Hall, Hammersmith Road London, W14 8UX. Nearest train stations: Kensington Olympia, High Street Kensington, Shepherd’s Bush

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