Art Fairs

London Art Fair / Art Projects, 2014

15-19 January 2014

The International 3 is pleased to announce that we are participating in London Art Fair: Art Projects 2014 with a solo booth presentation by gallery artist, Alison Erika Forde.

  • London Art Fair / Art Projects

    Booth installation image, Alison Erika Forde, solo presentation. Photo: Julian Lister

  • London Art Fair / Art Projects

    Booth installation image, Alison Erika Forde solo presentation. Photo: Julian Lister

  • London Art Fair / Art Projects

    Booth installation image. Alison Erika Forde solo booth presentation. Photo: Julian Lister

  • Alison Forde

    Iris, emulsion and acrylic on found bamboo object, 45cm diameter x 6.5cm, 2013. Photo: Simon Pantling

  • Alison Erika Forde

    Silent Slumber, emulsion and acrylic on found wood, 86cm x 38cm, 2013. Photo: Simon Pantling


Alison Erika Forde creates paintings and objects that draw on dreams and memories of past experiences. Her imagery and illustrative style is influenced as much by book illustration, comic strips and kitsch as it is by fine art’s history. Alison uses found materials such as existing prints and ornaments discovered in charity shops and second hand stores, alongside other discarded and donated items given to her by family and friends. Using the formal qualities and past histories of these objects as starting points, Alison creates engaging images which on initial viewing have a disarming playfulness. Closer inspection however, reveals a cast of wide-eye characters frequently facing impending peril and uncomfortable scenes enacted on the periphery. For the presentation at London Art Fair, Alison Erika Forde’s work will be presented en masse. Her 2D and 3D works will be accompanied by examples of her self-published zines, badges and limited edition prints giving the viewer the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in this charmingly malevolent world.

Alison Erika Forde graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008 with a 1st class BA (Hons) Fine Art. Her solo exhibitions include Smotherland at The International 3 and Better Out Than In at Mas Art Galeria, Barcelona. Her first solo public gallery exhibition, The Tallest of Tales took place in 2013 at Manchester Art Gallery ; one of the youngest artists to have had such an opportunity. Alison’s work is held in a number of private collections in the U.K., Spain, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Austria, U.S.A, The Olbricht Collection and Collection Robert Devereux. Alison is also a founder member of the artists’ collective Yiiikes ! whose recent projects have taken place at Islington Mill, Salford and Bury Light Night, Bury.

The International 3 presents a year-round programme of contemporary art exhibitions and events in gallery and off-site settings. We represent a core group of artists and take part in art-fairs nationally and internationally. Alongside this work, The International 3 delivers a range of professional development activities for artists and organisations. The International 3 is also the curatorial co-ordinator for The Manchester Contemporary art-fair. The International 3 is a not for profit company limited by guarantee and is directed by Paulette Terry Brien and Laurence Lane.

The International 3 is supported by Arts Council England and by the generous support received from our Founder Patrons : Robert Devereux, Rachel Goodyear, Dr. Sezgin Ismail, Jo & Allan Melzack ,Bob & Hazel Miller, Martyn & Valerie Torevell and those that wish to remain anonymous.

For more information : Contact Paulette Terry Brien: