Governors Island Art Fair – 9th Annual
Organized by the Nonprofit 4heads, Inc.
Indulge your curiosity – explore the abandoned military barracks of Governors Island Art Fair (GIAF), 100 singular rooms of painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and sound art.
Run by artists, for artists, New York’s largest independent exhibition enters its 9th year this fall. Once again GIAF organizers, 4heads, sifted through a sea of creative proposals from New York and around the world, giving 100 of the best a full room each, in which to wreak havoc as they see fit. And outside on the grass: large-scale sculpture, food, drink, music and more. Can’t wait until September? 4heads’ Artists in Residence keep their studio doors open on weekends, this summer on the island. Get your culture fix on Governors Island – there’s enough art here to start a new country.
Governors Island Art Fair is organized by 4heads, a New York City nonprofit organization created by artists for artists. Their goals are to foster community by offering space for artists, to provide arts-education for the underserved, and to expose hidden culture. 4heads supports a collaborative DIY spirit while catalyzing dialogue between artists and people from all walks of life.
GIAF takes place at Colonel’s Row on Governors Island. The Island is accessible by an 8-minute ferry ride from the Battery Maritime Building (10 South Street) in Lower Manhattan or a 3-minute ferry ride from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 (at the end of Atlantic Avenue, at Columbia Street) in Brooklyn.
Each September, 4heads presents Governors Island Art Fair. GIAF exhibits 100 individual artists from around the globe. Every year many thousands of viewers visit this extensive exhibition housed in the landmark structures of historic Governors Island.
Governors Island Art Fair is an exhibition like no other. It is organized, produced, promoted and installed entirely by working artists and volunteers. All exhibitors must transport, install and de-install their own works. Each artist or designer is expected to be present and to communicate with the viewers during GIAF.
September 3 – 25, 2016
Saturdays and Sundays, 11am – 6pm
Admission is Free
8-minute ferry ride to Governors Island:
• Adult – $2 (free before 11:30 AM)
• Seniors – $1 (free before 11:30 AM)
• Children under 13 – Free
• IDNYC Holders – Free
Governors Island, Colonels Row
Bldg. 404, 405, 407 and 408 – Mid-island, across from the Liggett Arch.
Just follow the signs marked Colonels Row to the buildings with the yellow and orange banners. Download a map of our location here.
The Governors Island Ferry departs from the Battery Maritime Building located at 10 South Street, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry in Lower Manhattan. The ferry terminal is accessible as follows:
By Subway – 1 to South Ferry station, 4, 5 to Bowling Green station or R to Whitehall St. station
By Bus – M6, M9, and M15
By Car – There is no public parking at the Governors Island ferry building. There is garage parking across the street from the Battery Maritime Building for a fee.
The ferry from Brooklyn leaves from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, located at the end of Atlantic Avenue (corner of Columbia Street).
East River Ferry Service
NY Waterway’s East River Ferry offers frequent service to Governors Island on Saturdays and Sundays over the summer. For more information please visit eastriverferry.com.
4heads is non-profit organization run by artists for artists. It was launched in 2008, when artists Nicole Laemmle, Jack Robinson, and Antony Zito saw an opportunity to create a platform that would serve emerging artists and the local community through exhibitions, education programs, and artistic collaborations.
The organization’s DIY spirit inspires and excites its audiences, while catalyzing a dialogue between artists and people from all walks of life. Its diverse slate of initiatives includes Governors Island Art Fair, Portal, arts-education initiatives for underserved communities, and an Artists in Residence program.
4heads is committed to shedding new light on hidden culture and bringing new life to unexpected and unique spaces across the city.
4heads is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization.
Help us keep New York’s Largest Independent Exhibitions alive. We appreciate your support. Every dollar counts.
We have lots to do and could always use a hand – and a lot of it is educational and fun. Get involved with a diverse group of artists and volunteers working together to support local culture.
For questions about volunteering or interning, please email us.
4heads is on the look-out for partners interested in supporting an art fair unlike any other. The Governors Island Art Fair, Portal, and all other 4heads programs are managed entirely by artists with the mission of allowing other artists and galleries to present their work as they see fit. It is free to the public and receives thousands of visitors daily.
Dominika BLACKAPPL is the official sponsor of 4heads.