The annual Antibes Art Fair starts today and attracts international buyers and browsers interested in antiques, furniture, paintings, archaeological sculptures, vintage toys, silverware, watches, ancient books and contemporary art.
I’ll be heading along at some stage as I really love the furniture collections (period, art deco and contemporary), the Asian exhibits (furniture and art) and the old books.
If you enjoy bric-a-brac/flea markets/car boot sales/vide greniers etc this show is a step up and more high brow than sifting through stall boxes on a Sunday morning, however it combines some rare, beautiful and unique items worth seeing – and buying.
How to get there
By car: You can get to Antibes via the A8 (exit/sortie 44) or the Bord de Mer coast road. There is free street parking on weekends in Antibes Old Town, or park under the show in the underground carpark ‘Parking Pré du Pêcheurs’.
By train: Gare d’Antibes is an easy 5-minute flat paved walk from the show. Exit the station and cross directly in front at the traffic lights, follow the road straight ahead 150 metres to the roundabout and then walk slightly right parallel to the port for another 300 metres – you will see the show area by the town walls facing the port.
By bus: Bus 200 (Nice-Cannes) and 250 (Nice Airport Express) pass by Antibes; the closest stop to the show is the one by Gare d’Antibes called ‘Passarelle’.
What: Antibes Art Fair
When: 16 April to 02 May 2016
Hours: 10.30am to 7.30pm
Where: Esplanade du Pré des Pêcheurs, Antibes Port (you can’t miss the big tent!)
Entry fee: €10 per adult / €5 for under 18 years or students / Free entry for persons with reduced mobility and their accompanying companion