The grand Chelsea Old Town Hall in King’s Road, with also includes the Chelsea Registry Office, Sports Centre and Library is called Chelsea Old Town Hall was completed over a century ago to the design of Leonard Stokes and incorporates part of the previous Vestry Building dating from the late 19th century. Inside, the fine neoclassical interiors are decorated with frescoes depicting historical events and people linked with the borough, including Henry VIII, George Elliot and Oscar Wilde.
This week, the historic rooms are the backcloth to the London Art Biennale, where the best of contemporary art from 120 emerging artists from 40 countries across the world is on show and available for sale. Curated by Gagliardi Art & Partners, one of the premier art galleries in Chelsea, in conjunction with the Chianciano Art Museum in Italy and the International Federation of Art Critics, the Fair was opened by Councillor Mrs Elizabeth Rutherford, Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, and the opening evening included a Charity Auction for the benefit of the London Air Ambulance, Rotary Club of Kensington and Chelsea and The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation.
The art auction included paintings by Jose Roy Van Dali, son of Salvador Dali, Marco Lodola and Paul Kostabi and, this being Chelsea, a signed football and signed shirt from the local football club.
The quality of the Biennale exhibition increases with each event, presenting a wide variety of high quality international sculpture, ceramics, paintings and other work, from traditional to contemporary, with a little political commentary here and there.