The Affordable Art Fair (AAF), the world’s leading showcase for contemporary art, returns to Singapore from 22 to 24 November 2019. All set to turn the city pink and celebrate its tenth year in Singapore, it’s also the 20th anniversary of the show’s inception. (And we have a ticket giveaway! Scroll down for the details…)
In addition to the local and international talents presenting over 80 galleries, on show here will be creative workshops for children and adults, and the presentation of the Young Talents Programme. A fun Arty-Licious Evening (Friday 22 November, 6pm to 10pm) is a social get-together night to raise funds for their Official Charity Beneficiary, the Singapore Cancer Society with lively music, art performances, interactive life-size installations and special workshops with artists. One of the artists on show is 106 years old – there’s inspiration for you!
Prices range from a maximum of $15,000 to as low as $100, and 75 percent of the works featured are under $7,500. Don’t miss the popular #SPOTLIGHT wall featuring new artists’ artworks.
AAF was established in London in 1999 by Will Ramsay with the main aim of providing a fun and exciting platform for people to gain access to, increase their knowledge of, fall in love with, and buy art. It has become the largest organiser of popular art fairs in the world in 2019, with 13 fairs in cities including London, Amsterdam, Brussels, New York, Milan, Singapore, Hamburg, Stockholm, Melbourne and Hong Kong. Contemporary artworks from over 600 international and local artists, represented by over 80 galleries, will be featured at this month’s Singapore edition, spanning a variety of styles and mediums, from paintings and sculptures to photography and mixed media.
- Globally 2.5m people have visited an Affordable Art Fair.
- Since 1999, over £363m (S$607m) of art has been sold at an Affordable Art Fair.
- Over 500,000 artworks have been sold.
- 167 Affordable Art Fairs globally.
- Hosted 984 galleries and welcomed 170,850 visitors with total sales of over S$43.61 million over the last 9 years.
- Donated £1.6m (S$2.7m) worth of stand space and advice to emerging artists.
- Provided £2.7m (S$4.6m) worth of art education.
- Raised £1.2m (S$2m) globally for local charities.
New & Noteworthy
Visitors can expect to see exciting and fresh works from new artists, which forms 35% of this year’s show, such as Singaporean artist Ng Chai Soong (Y Art Project; Singapore), Vietnamese artist Nguyen Nghia Cuong (Chryse Gallery of Fine Art; Singapore), and Taiwanese artist Ti Lei (Shenns Softart; Singapore). They will show alongside established and returning artists such as the legendary Toko Shinoda, who is currently 106 years old!
Also, don’t miss original works by the seven finalists, artists under the age of 35 from Southeast Asia, of the Young Talent Programme 2019/2020 exhibition, in collaboration with ION Art: Daisy Toh, Jakob Zuyten, Louisa Violet, Nuridah Rostam, Porramet Jittaksan, Shazwany Aziz and Zestro Leow.
- Take part in free Art Education Programmes including gallery talks, live art demonstrations, photography workshops, ceramic workshops and a special talk on art therapy.
- Children can take part in the free interactive activities at the Children’s Creative Space, run by Art Wonderland. Paid workshops are available too. The Children’s Creative Space features an immersive/interactive art installation and an activity area called Maker’s Corner.
- ‘Look Where The Line Goes!’ is an immersive and interactive site-specific art installation for self-directed play, where visitors can be engaged with the theme of the installation through visual and tactile discovery
- There will be a range of innovative art performances, live art demos and great music at the Arty-Licious Evening on 22 November. AAF will donate $1 for every ticket purchased to the Singapore Cancer Society (SCS)
- An artist collaborative sculpture-making workshop will be ongoing at the SCS booth, featuring Chinese artist Zhang Yong (Asian Art Platform, Singapore). It’s $30 to take part, with net proceeds going to SCS. Visitors can take the sculpture back home with them.
- The Visual Arts Development Association will be presenting a special exhibition, UNTAPPED, showcasing 8 Singaporean artists selected by a panel of committee members; the artists are Divaagar, Keith Teo, Geraldine Lim, Ivan Ong, Fyon Cheong, Rifqi Amirul Bin Rosli, Adar Ng and Muhammad Masuri Bin Mazlan.
The Affordable Art Fair is the biggest art fair organiser in the world. Alan Koh of AAF says, “We help people discover the joys of collecting art. We create an accessible environment for visitors to buy art and each fair we bring in 30% new visitors; 30% of the art buyers bought their first piece of art from our fair.” Could you be one of them?
Visitors can buy, wrap and bring their artworks home direct from the fair. Wrapping is free for any artwork purchased, and is provided by the Official Art Handler, Agility Fairs & Events.
Want to join the fun? We’re giving away 30 pairs of tickets! To stand a chance to win, just follow us on Instagram (@expatlivingsg) and Facebook and click HERE to enter! Hurry, the competition closes on 15 November!
Visit the Affordable Art Fair from 22 to 24 November at F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard. For ticketing information and updates, visit affordableartfair.com/singapore.