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Since 2010, Moniker has been consistent in presenting a highly curated unique art fair experience, breaking the norms of the traditional white wall art fair.

Known for it's immersive installations that engage with visitors, Moniker's fair experience includes that of leading international galleries, collected artists paired with young curators and commissioned artist installations. Moniker's five day festivals taking place during Frieze Art Week in London and New York have attracted art collectors, established press and art influencers in the thousands.

 

Moniker has been the place to see and engage with the freshest and most important artists from the increasingly popular urban and street art genre

 

Explore our previous fair's experience through our videos below.

Carbon Conscious and Waste Aware Street Art Mural by INSA
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Carbon Conscious and Waste Aware Street Art Mural by INSA

Moniker Culture: Carbon Conscious and Waste Aware mural in Leeds with INSA It’s not everyday that a city wall can actively be a fight against urban pollution, but the new mural on Wharf Chambers, supported by the Yorkshire Design Group aims to do just that. Globally recognized artist, INSA, returns to his home city of Leeds to produce his first large scale artwork in the city centre after originally starting his graffiti and art career over 20 years ago. The artist brings with him a positive message and vibrancy of color that is much welcomed in the dark days of a Northern winter. Reaching 13 meters high and 11 meters wide, the artwork features a rainbow sunset gradient across the background with bold line work that hopes to communicate the need for all of us to protect our precious mother earth. The image reflecting an interconnected human effort to protect and nurture the future generations and the planet. Not only is the work visually impressive and brings some much needed color to the city centre, but its message is a powerful one. “ For this Mural, it was time my pattern grew up, removed its heels and breathed! I wanted the work to be embracing itself, nurturing its own future as the paint on the wall does its job breathing in the CO2 around it…” - Artist, INSA INSA and curator Tina Ziegler, Director of Moniker Art Fair have set out to document if it was possible to create a carbon conscious and waste aware mural even in the most challenging of times. To do so, they asked themselves if they could successfully cut down on the overall emissions, reduce waste and be conscious about every element of the mural to see if they could minimize the negative impact on the planet. The ‘living and breathing’ mural is painted using Graphenstone Biosphere paint, the worlds most certified green brand. Due to their natural and ecological composition, the raw materials used to manufacture Graphenstone paints are not only free of toxic components but also help in the reduction of air pollution. In this way, healthier indoor and outdoor spaces are achieved. CO2 Absorption Declaration Study proves that Graphenstone’s lime-based paints absorb CO2 from the environment during their carbonation process. The mural will actively absorb the same amount of CO2 as an adult tree in just three years. “Its not about perfection, but about intention. A step by step approach to positive change.” - Curator, Tina Ziegler Not only is the mural essentially more sustainable from a production point of view, but analyzing the lifestyle around the project, the artist took careful consideration to change his habits and plan ahead, shop local, buy organic, eat no meat, and try to live with minimal waste. Where they found it impossible, they have offset those emissions by using a carbon calculator with World Land Trust and have donated back to protecting vital eco-systems around the world. Full report: www.monikerartfair.com Photo and Film by Peter Ritson @peterritsonphotography
UNCENSORED - Moniker x Urban Nation Installation Hall 2018
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UNCENSORED - Moniker x Urban Nation Installation Hall 2018

UNCENSORED: UN x MONIKER Humanity has been failed on a fundamental level by those in power: a loss of ecological moralities; the embracement of corporate greed; inequalities rife between gender, race and social class. Traditionally, urban contemporary art has acted as a powerful voice in an attempt to highlight these crimes and enact societal change, but as the scene have been embraced by the public, inevitable commoditisation has strangled those initial intentions. Known for producing thematic installations, Moniker x Urban Nation have teamed up to present UNCENSORED - an immersive installation hall that has provided a platform for the artists unafraid of calling out the injustice we are currently experiencing across the world, those who have understood that the evolution of urban art does not mean abandoning its core values. UNCENSORED invites you to participate and understand the power we all hold to create real and impactful change. In collaboration with Urban Nation, Moniker continues to remain unashamed, unafraid and uncensored. Featured Artists : Ann Lewis / @ann.lew.is, David Mesguich / @_mesguich Li Hill / @li_hill FAITH XLVII / @faith47 James Burke / @jamesburke_artist HERA / @hera_herakut Dan Rawling / @danrawlings64 UTAH & ETHER / @utah_ether LEK & SOWAT / @lek_____75019 & @sowat_dmv EDWIN / @thatlazyedwin Vesod / @vesod Rocco and his Brothers / @rocco_and_his_brothers Thanks as always to Fifth Wall TV / @fifthwalltv for the video