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Approachable Art: Affordable Art Fair

To help you plan ahead for your trip to the Affordable Art Fair, happening this month from 18 to 20 November, here’s a sneak peek at what to expect.

Since its debut in 1999, the Affordable Art Fair has become a leading showcase of contemporary art across the world, with over 412,000 artworks sold at its many events across the globe. A diverse selection of 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.

Event-goers at the Affordable Art Fair
Appreciate and admire a host of contemporary artworks

The beauty of the fair is that you don’t need to be an art connoisseur or a millionaire to be able to enjoy and buy art pieces. There’s a wide range of prices on offer, from a maximum of $15,000 to as low as $100 – in fact, 75 percent of the works featured are under $7,500. And, of course, don’t miss the popular “Under $1,000 Wall”!

If you’re looking for a fuss-free browse, drop the kids at the Children’s Art Studio, where they’ll be well taken care of by the Children’s Art Studio provider, Little Artists Art Studio – kids aged four and up will be treated to artsy workshops. Then, grab a coffee from Common Man Coffee Roasters – they’ll be there to give you some fuel! – and get shopping. You can also ponder your purchases over lunch at Bistro 1855.

Painting at the Children's Art Studio at the Affordable Art Fair
Get creative at the Children’s Art Studio

New and noteworthy

  • New galleries to look out for include KF ART SPACE (China), featuring American artist Nissa Kaupilla showcasing her watercolour and ink artworks featuring birds, and Noeli Gallery (China), where you can check out figurative artworks by Fan Shiqiang.
  • Notable additions to this year’s fair include photographer Daniel Reiter, represented by LUMAS (Singapore), and artist Eddie Botha from Jennifer Shah Gallery (Palm Beach, Australia).
  • Expect works from modern Singaporean artists Goh Beng Kwan and Tay Bak Chiang, and popular international artists such as Stiliana Alexieva (Bulgaria) and Dedy Sufriadi (Indonesia).
  • Don’t miss original works by the eight finalists of the Young Talent Programme 2016/2017 exhibition, in collaboration with ION Art.
Live art demonstration at the Affordable Art Fair
Be wowed at live art demonstrations by various artists

Event highlights

  • Take part in free Art Education Programmes including gallery talks, live art demonstrations, photography workshops, ceramic workshops by Wessex artists and a special talk on art therapy. Note that tours will not be conducted for this edition of the fair.
  • Look forward to a range of innovative art performances, live art demos and great music at the Arty-Licious Evening on 18 November. Affordable Art Fair will donate $1 for every ticket purchased (including Arty-Licious Evening) to local charity, The Woodbridge Hospital Charity Fund (WHCF).

Visit the Affordable Art Fair from 18 to 20 November at F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard. For ticketing information and updates, visit affordableartfair.com/singapore.

This an article that first appeared in the November 2016 edition of Expat Living. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue!