Artists' Fair 2024

The Artists' Fair 2024

Sat 01 Jun 2024
12.00 - 21.00
Pay What You Can

Artist Market: Running throughout the day from 12.00 - 18.00

Talks: All talks will take place between 12.30 and 19.30; please see ‘Talks Programme’ below for details of individual talks

Bar: open throughout the event, with DJ sets from the Somerset House Studios community from 18.00 - 21.00

Ground Floor
New Wing

Join us for a day-long artist-led market and programme of talks exploring some of the key and most prescient issues facing artists today

Initiated by the Somerset House Studios community, The Artists' Fair is back for its second, expanded iteration, with an artist-led market and programme of panel talks, facilitating an informal space for artists and audiences to engage.

Each talk will unpack key challenges artists face today, considering how livelihoods and income streams overlap, and imagining what is needed to secure a better and more sustainable future for artists.  Talks will invite artists, writers and curators to discuss topics including navigating parenthood as an artist, financial sustainability in art practice, accessible and inclusive working, and navigating censorship. The talks programme has limited capacity, which will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Throughout the day, there will be food stalls, and the bar will host an evening of DJ sets from the Somerset House Studios community.

To support artist parents and those with children, there will also be a small pop-up creche, for children aged 1 - 6, for a fee of £6 per child (in 2-hour slots). To enquire, please email



Artist Market

12.00 - 18.00 | Lancaster Rooms
The artist-led market celebrates the cross-disciplinary community at Somerset House Studios. Residents and artists selling wares include Anat Ben David, Aoibheann Greenan, Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom, Che Applewhaite, Eloise Hawser, Enore, Harun Morrison, Ilona Sagar, Imran Perretta, Jessica Rinland, Leila Dear, Louis Morlæ, Maeve Brennan, Paul Purgas, Philomene Pirecki (Gates of Vanitas), Sam Williams, Sian Fan, Zein Majali and more. It offers a unique opportunity to purchase original artworks, objects, and wares directly from artists, and helps to create alternative income streams with 100% of proceeds going directly to the artists. The market will also feature friends of Somerset House Studios, including Arcadia Missa Publishing, Beirut Kitchen, DACS, Fieldnotes, La Grotta Ices, Montez Press, Silver Press, Tender Books, Tint Library, Toe Rag and more.


12.00 - 20.00 | G16

To support artist parents and those with children, there will also be a small pop-up Crèche, for children aged 1 - 6, for a fee of £6 per child (in 2-hour slots). To enquire, please email


18.00 - 21.00 | NEW WING BAR

From 6 pm, Artists from the Somerset House Studios Community take over the New Wing bar area. Featuring live DJ sets from Marija Bozinovska Jones, Paul Purgas, and Lord Tusk.

Your ticket gives you access to the Artist Market, Talks Programme and DJ sets.


Visual Guide
Read this document for details on what you can expect navigating your way once you've arrived at Somerset House.


Closed Captioning and Audio Description 
All talks and accompanying videos will be live or open captioned. No audio description will be available.

Wheelchair Accessibility 
The venue is located on the ground floor of the New Wing at Somerset House and is fully wheelchair accessible. 

Speakers at the panel discussions will self-describe at the outset of the talk.

There will be a variety of seating made available throughout the venue. These include chairs with armrests and padded seats with supplementary padded arm-less bench.

Remote Viewing 
After the event, some of the panel talks will be made available online as audio recordings, alongside a written editorial report for remote access via Channel, Somerset House’s curated online space for art, ideas and the artistic process.

Please visit the accessibility page on our website for full access information for your visit to Somerset House, including getting here, accessible parking, guide and assistance dogs, borrowing or using a wheelchair or mobility scooter and accessible toilets and facilities. 

If you have any other access requirements, please let us know by emailing and we will do our best to accommodate them.