Art collectors rejoice! After a three-year hiatus, the Affordable Art Fair Singapore is back. One of the most beloved art exhibitions in Singapore, it features 80 cherry-picked local and international galleries exhibiting thousands of original contemporary paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints. Of all of the exhibitions held here, this one has a special place in my heart with its mission to “democratise the art world and make art accessible to all”.
Whether you’re a fan of heading to art exhibitions in Singapore with friends, family or solo, we’ve got all the information you’ll need to plan a fabulous day out at the Affordable Art Fair Singapore. We’ve also curated a handy art collector’s guide showcasing artworks for every taste and budget – novice and experienced art collectors alike. Also, Fair Director Alan Koh shares four expert tips to consider when investing in a piece of art for your home. Let’s get arty!
Plan your visit to this art exhibition in Singapore
Spanning three days from 18 to 20 November 2022, the Affordable Art Fair Singapore is more than just a showcase of stunning artworks. It stands out from other art exhibitions in Singapore because it’s designed to stimulate all of your senses. Here are a few things to mark on your dance card:
- Browse and buy superb art (refreshed daily), and take it home with you on the spot.
- Head with the whole family for an Art Day Out. Enjoy art workshops for children and parents in the Official Children’s Creative space. (Kids under 16 are free!)
- Be inspired by an artist performance.
- Feel the thrill of participating in an Augmented Reality (AR) art installation and activate your own masterpiece through an AR Instagram filter in the Creative Hub.
- Hone your art knowledge by joining a workshop in the Official Art Studio
- Refuel with delicious bites and beverages in the GastroPark.
- Glam up for the Friday Arty-Licious Evening. Sip a glass of vino, revel in the space and help raise funds for the Singapore Cancer Society. Pop back in over the weekend for free, in case you miss anything.
- Check out this link for more information on what’s on at the Affordable Art Fair this year.
Art collectors’ guide for every budget
Of course what is ‘affordable’ is subjective, but with 75% of artworks valued under S$7,500 (and all under S$15,000) there’s sure to be something to suit every budget.
Here’s a look at a few incredible works at various price points:
First time art collectors: under S$1,000
Returning buyers: up to S$3,000
Mid-range: budgets under S$7,500
Expert art collectors: up to S$15,000
Alan Koh’s expert tips to consider when investing in an artwork
#1 Discover your personal taste
No two art exhibitions in Singapore are the same. Familiarise yourself with the layout of the Affordable Art Fair Singapore and take your time to look around. Investing in art is a personal journey so make notes on galleries you want to revisit and pieces that spark joy. Jot down the names of the artists, mediums, sizes, and prices. It’s also useful to pick up postcards of the artworks so you can compare and contrast different options before making your choice.
#2 Ask questions!
Chat to the gallerists, they’re a veritable wealth of information for art collectors. Great starter questions are to ask about the background of the artist, what inspired them, how the work was made, and the measurements of the artwork. It’s also worth enquiring if the artist has won any art prizes or been included in major collections. The more you know about a piece, the more you will enjoy it.
#3 Relax and revisit!
Once you’ve completed a full lap of the fair, it’s helpful to take pause and reflect on your options. Take part in one of the Affordable Art Fair Singapore’s plethora of activities or relax with a drink. You can even go home, imagine your soon-to-be-purchase in your space, and come back for free the next day.
A word for the wary – if you wait, don’t be surprised if the piece you wanted has been snapped up by someone else. Just relax and then go for it!
#4 Think location, location, location
Think about where you want your art to live. Buying art is an emotional decision, but it’s also important to consider the space where you’ll install the work. Ponder the colours, the degree of daylight, and general surroundings of different spaces where you can place an artwork. In this way, the piece you’re head over heels in love with will fit perfectly into your life.
F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard
18-20 November 2022
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