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Meet The Director Of The Other Art Fair, Ryan Stanier
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Meet The Director Of The Other Art Fair, Ryan Stanier

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Updated: 12 December 2015
As The Other Art Fair hits London – ‘four years and ten editions on’ –, director Ryan Stanier continues to showcase leading individuals in the art world. We caught up with Ryan to talk art advice and long-term visions.
Ryan Stanier | Courtesy of Ryan Stanier
Ryan Stanier | Courtesy of Ryan Stanier

TCT: What’s the most unusual request that’s been made of The Other Art Fair?

We held taxidermy classes in Bristol and were asked by the taxidermist if we could store the mice overnight. Luckily, a member of staff lived nearby and offered to keep the mice in her freezer.

TCT: What advice would you give to someone trying to break into the art business?

Read the $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art by Don Thompson.

TCT: What’s next for you and The Other Art Fair?

I’m always looking to grow and develop the fair into new cities. The challenge is finding places with a high concentration of talented artists and a population of curious art lovers.

Roy's People, Celebrate, 2015 | Courtesy of The Other Art Fair.
Roy’s People, Celebrate, 2015 | Courtesy of The Other Art Fair.

TCT: How quickly do you check your phone in the morning?

Not that quickly – first I have breakfast with my son, then I start checking emails whilst watching Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom!

TCT: If you could have dinner with anyone in the art world, dead or alive, who would it be?

Charming Baker. He is a good friend, and we never seem to have time to meet, so it would guarantee time with him.

TCT: How would you describe The Other Art Fair in 80 characters?

Giving art lovers the chance to meet and buy from the best emerging and undiscovered artists.

The Other Art Fair | Courtesy of The Other Art Fair (c) Elina Photography.
The Other Art Fair | Courtesy of The Other Art Fair (c) Elina Photography.

Contemporary or classic art work in your living room? Contemporary.

Exploring a new city by foot or bike? Foot. You miss everything on a bike, as you’re too busy avoiding being hit by cars.

Tea or coffee first thing in the morning? Coffee.

Documentary film or an evening at the theatre? This is hard. I’m going to say documentary film, as it means I can spend more time at home.

iTunes or Spotify? Spotify.

Fame or friendship? Friendship – I hope this is always the answer that people give.

Roy's People, 'Room for Two', Mixed Media | Courtesy of The Other Art Fair.
Roy’s People, ‘Room for Two’, Mixed Media | Courtesy of The Other Art Fair.

The Other Art Fair runs from October 15th to 18th at The Old Truman Brewery.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

By Danielle Wood

Danielle is the Art Editor for the London Hub of The Culture Trip. She has a fascination with living a life full of creativity. Theatrical soul. Cinematic admirer. Champion frolicker. Avid foodie. Sunset enthusiast.