BADA Fair

The BADA Fair is a major showcase of fine art, design and antiques taking place in London in the early spring each year. Stands are exclusive to members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association.

The art and antiques on display range from 16th century works of art to contemporary furniture, and all items are vetted to ensure quality and authenticity.


BADA makes better communication pledge

07 October 2019

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) has committed to greater transparency and more consultation with its 300-plus members before key decisions affecting the trade body’s future are made.

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BADA set to hold meeting over fair sale

23 September 2019

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) is to hold a meeting for members on October 1 to discuss the sale of its fair and other concerns raised recently.

‘This is an excellent move’

23 September 2019

MADAM – The decision to sell the BADA fair to proven art and antiques fair organisers is an excellent move.

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Other traditional fairs have stayed the same and perished

23 September 2019

MADAM – Amid the BADA voices calling for an EGM (ATG No 2409), let me add that one thing is certain: the days of traditional art and antiques fairs are numbered, thanks to changing tastes and an ageing buyer audience.

Better to sell viable proposition now

23 September 2019

MADAM – The decision by BADA’s council to sell a majority stake in the fair was based on reliable information that the event faced making significant losses in the coming years. When we were approached by Thomas Woodham-Smith and Harry Van der Hoorn with an offer to invest in the fair, we had the opportunity to say ‘no’.

Time to look at things in a new and open way

23 September 2019

MADAM – There are positives about BADA’s decision to sell a majority stake in our annual fair. Not least of these is that the event needs fresh innovation. As an exhibitor for nearly 20 years, I felt it was getting tired and stale. It was time to look at things in a new and open way.

Statement by officers of the BADA council

23 September 2019

BADA sent ATG this statement last week providing further details on the sale of a majority stake in its fair

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I fear it will become just another pretentious art fair

23 September 2019

MADAM – As an American dealer in historical artefacts, I have made two or three trips a year to London over the past 20 years.

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BADA dealers call for EGM over fair sale

16 September 2019

Members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) have called for an extraordinary general meeting as some dealers reacted with anger and confusion at news that the association’s flagship London fair had been sold.

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Why BADA sold its flagship fair event

16 September 2019

‘The fair needs to develop. It was time to bring in a broader range of expertise and knowledge’ says BADA chief Marco Forgione

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BADA chief Marco Forgione: ‘We’ve sold the fair to ensure its future. Change was essential.’

11 September 2019

In a controversial move, the British Antique Dealers' Association has sold a majority stake in its annual fair to external investors, who will relaunch it as The Open Art Fair.

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BADA sells its London fair

09 September 2019

The British Antique Dealers’ Association has sold a majority stake in its annual fair to “make it sustainable for the future”.

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Antiques-driven rise in retail hailed by trade association chiefs

25 July 2019

Leaders of trade associations BADA and LAPADA have welcomed an announcement that antiques contributed to a recent rise in UK retail.

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Full house for inaugural BADA ‘pop-up’ show in Pimlico, to include the 'James Bond desk'

25 June 2019

Members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association have weighed in behind the trade body’s first curated exhibition, with the inaugural event now fully subscribed ahead of its launch tonight.

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Trade and politicians out in force at BADA fair preview party

22 March 2019

At a swell party in the heart of Chelsea, with the Taittinger Brut Reserve free-flowing, the BADA Fair's 2019 exhibitors could be forgiven for relaxing after days of stand set-up and moving fragile, valuable objects into place.

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TEFAF and BADA fairs: Final preparations underway as dealers discuss Brexit

13 March 2019

As TEFAF Maastricht and BADA fairs get underway, organisers and exhibitors tell ATG that immersion in art and antiques is the perfect antidote to the political crisis unfolding in Westminster.

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BADA fair aims at exceptional quality

04 March 2019

Annual BADA event includes copy of Reni work commissioned by the pope or a cardinal.

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5 Questions: Karen Taylor

04 March 2019

Art dealer Karen Taylor is among the exhibitors at this month’s BADA 2019 (March 20-26).

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Philip de László's 150th anniversary celebrated at BADA Fair

15 December 2018

BADA features the paintings of Philip de László (1869-1937), the Hungarian painter known for his portraits of royals and aristocrats, as the loan exhibition at its 2019 fair.

BADA tweaks fair vetting panels – but defends use of dealers after TEFAF change

19 November 2018

Dealer association BADA has introduced changes to the vetting committee of its fairs to “ensure independence”. While dealers can still hold vetting positions, the chairs of 16 specialist sub-committees must now be non-exhibitors.

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