START Art Fair today announced the list of participating galleries and special projects for the fourth edition of the fair, taking place from 14 - 17 September 2017 (Preview 13 September) at Saatchi Gallery. Launching London’s Autumn arts season, START 2017 will showcase the best emerging artists from new, innovative art scenes and developing markets across the globe.


For immediate release: Wednesday 2 August 2017




Liu Bolin, Hiding in the City – Switzerland Magazine Rack, 2012. Courtesy of the artist


• Curated selection of emerging galleries and artists from 25 countries to exhibit at fourth edition of START Art Fair
• Special projects include focus on the dynamic Vietnamese and Korean art scenes
• First major UK performance by Chinese artist Liu Bolin


START Art Fair today announced the list of participating galleries and special projects for the fourth edition of the fair, taking place from 14 – 17 September 2017 (Preview 13 September) at Saatchi Gallery. Launching London’s Autumn arts season, START 2017 will showcase the best emerging artists from new, innovative art scenes and developing markets across the globe.


The START exhibitors were selected by a curatorial committee comprising of Serenella Ciclitira (Co-founder of START and CEO of Parallel Contemporary Art), Nigel Hurst (Cofounder of START and CEO, Saatchi Gallery) and curatorial partners, Mehta Bell Projects.


The fourth edition includes galleries and artists from 25 different countries: Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Denmark, Dubai, Hong Kong, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, United States of America and Vietnam.


A diverse range of themes will be explored by the participating galleries, including the effects of globalisation, race relations, spiritualism, popular culture and technology. Galleries include Asian art specialist Art Lexing (Miami) exhibiting rising Chinese artist Ye Hongxing whose intricate kaleidoscopic works composed of crystal stickers combine religious iconography with imagery of modern day warfare and pop icons. Red Door Gallery (Lagos) will present a selection of artists challenging the stereotypical definitions of ‘African Art’, showcasing Cyril Oma’s series of paintings which celebrate individuals from the African continent.


Orekhov Gallery (Moscow, Russia) will exhibit a stainless steel sculpture by Gregory Orekhov, inspired by the popular Soviet toy Nevalyashka, encouraging viewers to reflect on and question their childhood dreams. NG Art Gallery (Australia) will showcase works by Fiona White, whose narrative painting style addresses a range of topical discourses that react to global events and race relations. W.Gilbert and INKA Collaborative (Switzerland) will see Nobel Prize winner Wally Gilbert and Dr. Inna Timokhina collaborate on a dual presentation, exploring the fusion of science and abstract art through their large-scale artworks inspired by molecular biology.


START Solo includes individual presentations from Marcus Dove who will explore visual metaphors for freedom through his creatively destructive works made by a handmade, pyrotechnical missile launcher and smoke grenades. Multi-media Indian artist Owais Husain will present smaller works on paper exploring themes of identity, displacement and history, whilst Brazilian artist Paula Klien will be presenting her distinctive works composed using monochromatic Chinese ink, which reflect her response to an increasingly transient world.


In line with START’s mission to offer an international platform for discovering the best in emerging artistic talent, and reflect the diversity of today’s art world, the fair is accompanied by a number of specially curated START Projects focusing on dynamic Asian art scenes.


Fiona White, Pascal, 2016. Courtesy of NG Art Gallery


This year, the fair will explore contemporary art practices in Vietnam and Korea through the Global Eye Programme established by Parallel Contemporary Art founders David and Serenella Ciclitira with the aim of nurturing Asian artistic talent.


The Vietnam Eye exhibition, presented to critical acclaim in Hanoi last year, will be brought to the UK to showcase the artistic developments from this region, addressing both local and global concerns. Exhibitors include rising stars, the LE Brothers, who will present video works questioning the social and political challenges of post-war Vietnam. They will be joined by Nguyen Van Du, whose paintings combining blood and  watercolour evoke the violent nature of humanity, and Nguyen Tri Manh who will present a special live-painting performance.


LE Brothers, The Game, 2016. Courtesy of the artist


The Korean Eye exhibition returns for START 2017 to coincide with the UK / Korea Year of Culture. Korean Eye was the UK’s largest survey of new Korean art in 2012 and this presentation will reflect how dramatically the Korean art scene has developed over the last few years. Meekyoung Shin will translate historical Chinese images onto her sculptures made from soap, rather than the expected porcelain or marble, highlighting the transience of meaning in cultural iconography. Acclaimed photographer Chan Hyo Bae will also examine cultural preconceptions, presenting his iconic portraits depicting aristocratic costumes from 16th and 17th century England, presenting a prejudiced notion of the West to match the West’s own distorted Orientalism.


A highlight START Project will see the renowned contemporary Chinese artist Liu Bolin’s first major UK performance, presented in collaboration with Mehta Bell Projects. Reminiscent of his iconic ‘Hiding in the City’ series, the artist will be painted in situ against a specially commissioned installation, gradually blended into the background and becoming entirely invisible. The installation, created in collaboration with Brick Live, will be made  entirely from Lego bricks based on a sunflower design created by the artist, a motif which Bolin has previously employed in his work. One of the most ubiquitous brand of toys across the world, Lego resonates with Bolin’s long-standing examination of popular and consumer culture and their effects on the individual. Bolin’s live performance offers a rare insight into his working practice and the strength and resilience his ‘Hiding in the City’ works require.


Serenella Ciclitira, Co-Founder of START and CEO of Parallel Media Group said: “Every year START adapts to current climate of the art world and we are delighted to again present such a strong line-up of innovative galleries and artists for the fourth edition of START. I’m very confident that collectors, curators and critics will leave START having made significant discoveries of artists and gallerists.”


Nigel Hurst, Saatchi Gallery CEO said: “The Saatchi Gallery has always supported the work of emerging artists, and START offers a platform for discovery that shares our aim of bringing new art to the widest possible audience. Over the years, the fair has shown that that there is both a substantial audience and growing collector base for emerging art in the capital. We firmly believe that we have built on those foundations and we look forward to September with great anticipation.”


START 2017
14 – 17 September 2017
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY


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Instagram and @STARTartfair on Twitter.

Opening Hours and Admission:
Thursday 14 September – Sunday 17 September, 10am – 6pm


Admission: Adult £12, Under 16 £6.00, Under 6 free (On Gate)
Adult £10, Under 16 £5, Under 6 free (Advance Purchase)


VIP, Press and Collectors Previews:

Press Preview: Wednesday 13 September, 12pm – 3pm
VIP and Collectors: Wednesday 13 September, 3pm – 6pm
Vernissage: Wednesday 13 September, 6pm – 9pm


START Galleries
A&V Art Gallery (Minsk, Belarus)
Aie Galerie (Taiwan)
ArtNivo (Istanbul, Turkey)
Art Unified (California)
Banana Long Gallery (Busan, Korea)
Everything is Art Gallery (Russia)
Fish Art Centre (Taiwan)
Giant Year (Hong Kong)
In & Out (Gyeonggido, Korea)
Kartistar (Korea)
Musee Espace (South Korea / USA)
New Art Projects (London)
NG Art Gallery (Australia)
One East Asia (Singapore)
Oxholm Gallery (Denmark)
Pontone Gallery (London and Taiwan)
Rhombus and Pineapple (Devon, UK)
Saphira & Ventura (New York, USA)
Skipwiths (London)
The Public House of Art (Amsterdam, The
W.Gilbert and INKA Collaborative (Switzerland)
Yiri Arts (Taiwan)

START Projects
Korean Eye
Vietnam Eye
Liu Bolin
Yunfeng Cong

Art Lexing (Miami / Paris / Shanghai)
Bimbi Larraburu (Argentina)
Bo.lee Gallery (London)
Chernovil Andrii (Odessa, Ukraine)
Eleanor Angelinetta (Somerset)
Gibbons & Nicholas (Ireland)
Gallery Sensei (New York)
Gyeha Lee (South Korea)
Jing Lu Gallery (Taiwan)
Kwangyeon Song (Seoul, South Korea)
Levin Foundation (Israel)
Marcus Dove (UK)
Molesworth Gallery (Ireland)
New Art Projects (London)
Orekhov Gallery (Moscow, Russia)
Owais Husain (Dubai)
Paula Klien (Brazil)
Red Door Gallery (Nigeria)
Serena Morton (London)
Studija Mindiuzarte (Kaunas, Lithuania)
SUKUBS Gallery (Riga, Latvia)
Thomarts Gallery (Cape Town, South

Press Enquiries and Fair Accreditation:
Emma Collins, Flint
T: +44 (0)203 463 2084

Alice Clifford, Flint
T: +44 (0)203 463 2087


Launched in 2014 by Parallel Contemporary Art, START Art Fair is a high profile platform for emerging artists and new art scenes from around the world. It takes place across all three floors of London’s prestigious Saatchi Gallery enabling notable collectors, curators, art connoisseurs, established art institutions and the public to discover new artistic talent in an intimate museum setting. START was founded by David and Serenella Ciclitira together with Saatchi Gallery, united by their dedication to identifying and supporting emerging talent from around the world. The fair builds on this legacy for supporting and showcasing global emerging work, and recognises the need in London for a dedicated platform that brings fresh talent to the fore in a gallery environment.


About Parallel Contemporary Art
Parallel Contemporary Art is an organisation dedicated to supporting emerging artists across the world. It was founded by David and Serenella Ciclitira who have been collectors and patrons of contemporary art for over two decades. 23 years ago, as part of their commitment to supporting emerging artists, they founded two annual awards at the Royal College of Art, London; the Parallel Prize for painting and the Serenella Ciclitira Scholarship for sculpture, both of which continue to provide valuable support and stipends for graduating fine artists. Through their love of travel and discovering new artistic talent, they realised young artists in many parts of Asia were under supported. To help develop the careers of these emerging Asian artists, they launched the Eye Programme, an initiative that nurtures under-exposed artistic talent.


About Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery was founded in 1985 with the aim of bringing contemporary art to as wide an audience as possible and make it accessible by providing an innovative platform for emerging artists to show their work. Over the last five years the Saatchi Gallery has hosted ten out of the top 15 most visited exhibitions in London, according to The Art Newspaper’s survey of international museum attendance, and is also ranked amongst the world’s top five most liked museums on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+. Entry to all the Saatchi Gallery’s exhibitions is free.


About Mehta Bell Projects
With a combined knowledge of over twenty years of specialist industry experience ranging from bluechip institutions to emerging global art scenes, Mehta Bell Projects Co-Founders Jag Mehta and Melissa Digby-Bell, offer a fresh perspective on the contemporary art world. They take a uniquely
creative and holistic approach to curation, collection building, art sales, consultancy, artist and project management. Consistently discovering and nurturing exciting artistic talent, Mehta Bell Projects attract forward-thinking clients and creatives to further invigorate contemporary art platforms. Previous projects include a collaboration with Matthew Williamson and artists Tsai & Yoshikawa; and Future Island, a pioneering showcase of emerging Taiwanese talent and one of START 2016’s highlights.


Founded by Clive Nørgaard Morton, BRICKLIVE has been developed as the most interactive LEGO based fan event, in the world. At events all around the world, BRICKLIVE invites visitors to come and learn, play, build and create with LEGO. BRICKLIVE launched in 2014 at ExCeL, London with 23,000 sq m of attractions and over 40,000 visitors. In 2017, BRICKLIVE will be stages in 20 cities including London, Basel, Tokyo, Seoul, Glasgow, Belfast, Sendai and Fukuoka. In 2018, BRICKLIVE is looking to increase its network to over 30 cities worldwide.


START Project Partners: Parallel Contemporary Art ~ Saatchi Gallery ~ BRICKLIVE ~ The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts ~ New York Times ~ Mehta Bell Projects ~ The Ampersand Hotel START Media Partners: artnet, Official Online Partner ~ Aesthetica ~ Apollo ~ Culture Whisper ~
The Resident.