The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair will bring suitable buzz to Berkeley Square between September 13 and 18 (tickets £20), but this year’s partnership with Sarabande will serve as its clincher. Sarabande, which was established by the late designer Lee Alexander McQueen, supports emerging creative talent through scholarships, industry mentoring and studio space, and the fair will take the opportunity to present some of the charity’s most promising beneficiaries.
Since 2013, LAPADA has raised over £3m through charity evenings associated with its fair, and this year – the association’s 45th anniversary – its efforts will culminate in a gala dinner on September 16 (tables priced about £7,000). Sarabande has enlisted the art direction of sculptor and set designer Emma Witter for the evening, and she has ensured that the experience – from the venue’s Rug Company-adorned floors to its keepsake table napkins – will be a living embodiment of the foundation’s craft-focused values.
But the highlight of the event – entitled The Craftsman’s Dinner – will be its 28-lot auction, which includes a uniquely embroidered McQueen clutch, stays at Soho House hotels across the globe and artworks by both Maggi Hambling and Antony Gormley. All proceeds will go to Sarabande’s work supporting visionary talent.
And for those who won’t make it to the dinner, Sarabande will have a large stand at the fair, taking the opportunity to showcase the work of various creatives who have benefited from the foundation. Among the eclectic crop of artists will be self-taught taxidermist Harriet Horton, fine artist Michaela Yearwood-Dan and jeweller Benjamin Hawkins, who has designed a silver moth pin in homage to one of McQueen’s most prominent motifs. The pin is available to buy online or at the Fair for £149, with all proceeds going to Sarabande.