What is Art & Antiques for Everyone?
Art & Antiques for Everyone is the largest & most established art, antiques and interiors fair outside London bringing together 200 specialist dealers offering a huge variety of desirable and unusual items from antiquities to the modern day at the NEC in Birmingham.
The renowned art and antiques fair takes place tri-annually in Spring, Summer and Winter with each fair taking on the feel of the season and bringing new stock as well as retaining the same high quality and diverse dealers.
What will be at the fair?
There really is something for everyone at the fair. Pieces range from 20th-century design, ceramics, glass, British and continental furniture, post-war art, to jewellery, silver, decorative collectables, art deco lamps and contemporary items.
The fair has always been popular for its range of Georgian and Victorian furniture and traditional art, but today is now a major source of high-quality Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
The addition of 20th-century specialists in the past few years has added further diversity and encouraged a younger range of collectors and home designers.
The fair is also very popular with pottery, porcelain and glass collectors who can buy from no fewer than fifty specialists. More than twenty galleries participate, showing paintings that range from 16th-century portraits to Victorian watercolours and the 20th-century works of L.S.Lowry.
Exhibitors are divided into three distinct sections, allowing dealers from across the trade to participate. Taking either room-set style stands in Section 1, stand displays in Section 2 or table-top pitches over the weekend in the Weekend Collective.
All items for sale are stringently vetted by a team of experts for quality, date and condition, giving buyers assurance in their choice.
What is Vetting?
Every item for sale at Antiques for Everyone is vetted for authenticity, date and condition. The details given on each item’s label are also checked to ensure that the object is accurately described. Once the Fair has started, the sold stock is replaced daily and the fresh items are vetted before each morning’s 11 am opening.
Why is this important?
The strict vetting regulations and the vetting process enable visitors to buy with confidence. The vetting process ensures that the quality is uniformly maintained across all disciplines of art and antiques sold at the fair.
Who are the Vetters?
This process is carried out by a team of 90 experts drawn from many parts of the UK. They are dealers (some exhibiting and some not), restorers and auction house specialists, split into 16 committees.
All articles offered for sale by exhibitors have been submitted for inspection by members of the Vetting Committee to ensure that, as far as possible, they conform to the Vetting Regulations. However, the Organisers and the Vetting Committee of the Antiques for Everyone fairs do not in any way hold themselves responsible for, nor warrant, the authenticity or age of any article exhibited. Visitors should note that, while the members of the Vetting Committee use their knowledge and experience, their assessment of authenticity, origin, age etc. of an article is an opinion only and every buyer should exercise and rely on his/her own judgement on these matters. It should further be noted that members of the Vetting Committee have only inspected items that are actually at the fair – they have not looked at any images which may be broadcast on a screen on an exhibitor’s stand. The normal relationship between seller and buyer and the relevant laws and regulations apply between any exhibitor and any buyer. Visitors are advised to ask for a detailed invoice and receipt when making a purchase and must ensure that they are happy with the description of the object(s) purchased as this saves any misunderstanding after the event. In the case of gemstones, semi-precious minerals and jade, the organisers can give no guarantee that methods of colour enhancement, or other treatments, have not been used.