Nadia Arnold Gallery Lausanne Art Fair Switzerland 2018
Nadia Arnold Gallery at Lausanne Art fair in Switzerland 2018. This was one of my very first art fairs back in early 2018 in Switzerland where I exhibited two artists; Adam Riches and Felix Dolah.
I thought this would be a good fair to participate in. I am originally from Villars, a little ski resort in the Swiss Alps, just a half an hour drive from the charming city of Lausanne where this art fair took place. This meant I could visit my family and friends and cheekily ask them to give me a hand to set up and take down the exhibited artworks. I could also stay with my best friend in Lausanne meaning I would save a considerable amount of money on a hotel.
I drove from London to Switzerland with my little rental van. I was still learning and not well prepared... Pre-Brexit it was an easy task to drive from the UK into France. It was a different story entering Switzerland on the french-swiss boarder. I wasn't let into the country and had to spend a night in a hotel. I knew I had to have my export papers into order before leaving but I had underestimated the paperwork and time it would take to do so. Needing an EORI number for temporary import and getting everything approved... but I had already paid for the fair and so I decided to go ahead and try my luck. I naively hoped that my Swiss passport and a big smile would be enough to get me and my eighty artworks through but the Swiss are square and tough.
I spent the night at the hotel and went to the boarder's customs office first thing the next morning and paid the vat for artworks. I could get a refund for the vat on all unsold works on my way back to the UK after the fair. It just meant that I had to stop at the border and visit the customs office again (loosing over an hour on my driving journey 😩).
The moral of this story is don't mess with the Swiss border guards. They are super square and won't even crack a little smile on a friendly/small-talk joke. 😅
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