Tribal Art London collectors’ event opens at Mall Galleries showcasing theme of Mother, Muse and Maker

The UK’s premier collectors’ event in the field of ethnographic culture and indigenous tribal art opened at Mall Galleries today.

The Tribal Art London event, now in its 12th year, has the theme Mother, Muse and Maker and will bring together more than 20 international dealers.

A series of interviews will explore the role of women in tribal art in the UK, with six women dealers exhibiting at the event.

Two south west London women will have collections at the event. Monika Wengraf-Hewitt (pictured above) concentrates on African art and artefacts, and Molly Hogg, specialises in textiles and jewellery.

Newcomers Molly and Monika join the fair’s many long-term exhibitors including co-founding organiser Bryan Reeves of Tribal Gathering and other UK-based exhibitors.

Molly Hogg on her stand at Tribal Art London 2019 at the Mall Galleries. Credit: David Dyson

These include Cordelia Donohoe, specialist in ethnic jewellery, textiles and adornment; Joss Graham, well-known London dealer in ethnographic textiles, particularly those of India and Africa, and works of art and Sam Handbury-Madin, a young, third-generation dealer with wide-ranging tastes.

Also present will be Philip Keith with a particular interest in art from Nigeria, South Africa, New Guinea, Polynesia and China; Kenn MacKay, with a special focus on American Indian art; David Malik focusing on the material culture of Central and Western Africa; Kezhia Orege with tribal adornment; Marcus Raccanello with Polynesian art, and Ian Shaw a specialist in African art.

Charles Vernon-Hunt, a specialist in tribal art books, will also have a stand.

Admission to the fair is £5 including re-entry and a fully-illustrated catalogue with specialist articles; all proceeds are donated to EdUKaid, which works to improve education for some of the most disadvantaged children in rural Tanzania.

The fair opens 10.30am daily from Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 September. Visit for further information.

Feature image credit: David Dyson.

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