Firsts – London's Rare Book Fair finds new home at Saatchi Gallery for 2021
The UK’s most prestigious rare book fair expects to call the contemporary exhibition space home for the foreseeable future, part of an ongoing move from the ABA to invest long-term in the fair’s success and growth.
The decision to move to Saatchi Gallery follows overwhelming feedback from exhibitors and ABA members to secure a higher-profile location for the fair. The gallery’s museum-quality exhibition spaces and large cultural following will offer a superior platform for the fair to connect its exhibitors with its buyer base and raise its profile to a wider consumer audience. The association’s smaller autumn event, Chelsea Rare Book Fair has historically been held at Chelsea Old Town Hall and has had continued success with members and exhibitors throughout its 29 years. Welcoming Firsts London to the same area will align well with the ABA’s autumn fair in years to come and reinforce the association’s historical ties with the borough.
Commenting on the move to Saatchi Gallery, the ABA’s Fair Chairman, Pom Harrington says “We are thrilled to have been able to find a contemporary new home for Firsts London at Saatchi Gallery. The gallery’s facilities are world class and we are positive that the move will allow us to raise the profile of the fair even further. Firsts has historically been very successful in attracting exhibitors from across the world with dealers from more than 15 countries participating in previous editions. Its central location in Chelsea will furthermore reaffirm the association’s long-standing ties ...
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