26-28 November and 3-5 December 1999
Now in its sixth year, Hidden Art gives the public the unique opportunity to buy or commission a diverse range of quality designer crafts and art direct from studios or from stands at the Hidden Art fairs. Work ranges from ceramics, jewellery and glass to furniture, fashion and fine art – with an estimated 3,000 items on sale.
This year there is a subtle shift of emphasis from open-studios to fairs. By bringing larger numbers of designers and artists together in one area, busy shoppers will be able to see more work in a shorter time. Bishopsgate Goodsyard, one of the major fair venues, provides a stunning backdrop for the work on display.
As well as being a showcase for established designers (such as Cressida Bell – granddaughter of Vanessa Bell of the Bloomsbury Group – Ella Doran and Mark Nuell), Hidden Art is also a major platform for exciting new design talent (such as furniture designers Francois Lefranc and Nathan Abbey and jeweller Eylem Binboga). After each Hidden Art, new makers and artists are featured in the press, but visitors to the fair can do their own talent-spotting and buy from the new designers and artists before they hit the headlines.
To make the whole Hidden Art experience more fun, free guided walking tours have been organised to visit selected studios and local places of interest. Free shuttle buses also run between the main venues and selected clusters of studios.
Hidden Art has put East London firmly on the map as Europe’s largest community of designer-makers and artists. From its modest beginnings in 1994, as a small open-studios event promoting the work of just 43 Hackney-based designers, Hidden Art now involves hundreds of designers and artists including those working in neighbouring areas of Clerkenwell and Tower Hamlets. In 1994 Hidden Art attracted 1500 visitors; at last year’s event there were 23,000.