To celebrate ARCOmadrid and ARCOlisboa in the months of March and May, ARCO will organise a series of art and collecting-centred activities at the fairs, specially designed for artworld professionals, Amig@s ARCO and the general public.
Activities during ARCO
On the first day of the fair, around 2000 people will attend the opening. National and international collectors, curators, museum and institution directors, other contemporary art professionals and potential buyers, in addition to the Amig@s ARCO, are invited to this exclusive moment at ARCOmadrid and ARCOlisboa, before the official inauguration of the Fairs.
"A" Awards for Collecting
Fundación ARCO grants the “A” Awards for Collecting at ARCOmadrid. This initiative which aims to both reward and drive collecting, has been distinguishing the work of national and international collectors and collections since its creation in 1997.
During ARCOmadrid, the “First Collector” free professional art purchase advisory service includes a visit plan and personalised advice designed to meet the needs of those taking their first steps in the art of collecting.
In collaboration with Fundación Banco Santander
The ARCOmadrid and ARCOlisboa Forums offer a space for debate on contemporary creation and the art market that constitute a meeting point for the international art community. An extensive programme of activities that includes a Forum on Collecting and talks with artists, in which reputed professionals have the opportunity to exchange ideas and projects and interact with the participating galleries.
Fundación ARCO Lounge
ARCOmadrid makes a space for resting and getting together available to the Amigos ARCO present at the fair. Sponsored by Fundación ARCO, it houses a themed project designed by different architecture firms on each edition. Furthermore, different presentations of the new cultural projects of interest to the Fundación ARCO and Amig@s ARCO public also take place during the fair.