Art fairs worth a trip this June

Forget tennis at Wimbledon, and glamping at Glastonbury, summer is all about  art. The traditional midsummer shows bring works by different artists together allowing you to compare and contrast – and hone your critical skills.

Here’s some dates for your diary as recommended by MyArtBroker.

VENICE BIENNALE

When: until 22 November
What: The original and best – highly recommended to any serious art lover, read our tips on who to look out for here.
Where: Venice – mainly the former dock areas, the Arsenale and Giardini, but with many pavilions all over the city.
Is the work for sale? No, not officially.
Book: www.tickets.labiennale.org

ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION

When: 8 June-16 August
What: One of the world’s oldest art shows; anyone can apply to show work and the best is picked for display. This year it’s curated by the painter Michael Craig-Martin. On Friday evenings, you can sip Pimms as you wander round.
Where: London – Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly. Tickets are £13.50.
Is the work for sale? Not all of it, but you might be able to contact the artists after the show.
Book: www.royalacademy.org.uk

ART BASEL

When: 18-21 June
What: Some 300 leading galleries from around the world selling Modern and contemporary art
Where: Basel – the very cultured Swiss city on the border with France and Germany…an international art hub.
Is the work for sale? Yes; some of the world’s biggest dealers and collectors will be in town.
Book: www.artbasel.com

SERPENTINE PAVILION

When: 25 June-8 October
What: An architectural extravaganza hosted by the Serpentine Gallery. Every year, a radical experimental temporary building opens up. This year, Spanish duo José Selgas and Lucía Cano promise a space-age multi-coloured stained glass structure with a ‘secret corridor’
Where: London – the Serpentine is in Kensington Gardens, not far from the Albert Hall.
Is the work for sale? No (certainly not officially)
Book: It’s free – just turn up and have wander around. Be sure to pop into the main gallery too to see the eye-bogglingly lifelike Duane Hanson exhibits. www.serpentinegalleries.org

Image: © James Barker