Keen to find some original, contemporary art that won’t break the bank?
Then you’re in luck – the global contemporary art phenomenon that is the Affordable Art Fair is back in Singapore with a diverse selection of beautiful, affordable artworks.
12-15 November sees the Pit Building transformed into a riot of colour showcasing the new and emerging, and the more established artists across a variety of styles, from abstract to figurative, and a range of art forms including paintings, sculpture and photography.
Whether you’re a seasoned art-buff, or just love what you see when you see it, the fair’s mission is to inform and inspire you to explore, ask questions, fall in love and ultimately take home some beautiful and affordable pieces. Its user-friendly and pressure-free environment lays heavy emphasis on displaying clear information and prices; this is not a snooty or stuffy art environment at all!
So, just how affordable is Affordable?
All work is original and priced between S$100 and $10,000, with 75% of the work priced below $7,500. There’s plenty to choose from too; there’ll be 85 local and international galleries (40% from Singapore, 70% from Asia and 30% from the rest of the world) showcasing original contemporary work from more than 600 artists, including works by well-known stars Lim Tze Peng from Singapore and Toko Shinoda from Japan, as well as up-and-coming artists such as Zhao Xiaodan from China and Aung Htoo from Myanmar – who has also shown at Art Basel Miami. New galleries will include Asian Art Platform from Singapore and The Yangon Gallery from Myannmar.
The $1,000 Wall is back!
The fair brings back the ‘Under S$1,000 Wall’ by popular demand – encouraging anyone to take art home by offering contemporary artwork to fit the budget conscious among us.
Want to learn more about the art you’ve fallen in love with? Head to the Art Education Space
The fair’s multi-disciplinary Art Education Space will offer free activities, daily demos and engaging gallery-led talks for you to discover more about contemporary art.
There’ll even be live visual mapping by artistic collective Band of Doodlers who’ll be illustrating workshops, demos and talks as they unfold, filling the walls in a unique live experience.
There’s a ton of fun for the kids at the Children’s Studio
They’ve teamed-up with the Australian International School (AIS) and Little Artists Studio Singapore to create an Exploratory Art Adventure at the Children’s Studio. This will combine hands-on fine arts workshops in varying mediums and styles (including printmaking, painting, and charcoal drawing, for children aged four and up) with exciting tours around the fair, and a photo corner so you can capture fun moments with the kids against the backdrop of the ‘Young Emerging Artist Wall’. Look out for the transformative gallery showcasing playful works by Little Artists Art Studio students, as well as works created by children who join on site. Complimentary activity packs will be crammed with a range of arty fun so the kids can discover their creative talents in new ways. (Be quick – limited quantities available.)
Looking to snap up an amazing piece from a Rising Star?
Over the last four years, The Affordable Art Fair and ION Orchard Art Gallery have joined forces to recognise and nurture young talent. Their Young Talent Programme (YTP) gives emerging artists (who are below the age of 35 and residing in Southeast Asia) the chance to showcase their works on the international stage.
This year, three Young Talent Programme Winners will be exhibiting at the fair; At Source 根源 by Ezekiel Wong Kel Win from Malaysia, The Quest: The Exquisite Rice Bowl by Zhang Fuming from Singapore and Hunger by Khin Thethtar Latt, the YTP’s first Myanmar artist. This could be your chance to score a soon-to-be collector’s dream!
And there’s food too!
So choose a comfortable nook to relax and consider your art purchases – sip an ice-cold beer at the Peroni Bar, enjoy light snacks at Bistro 1855, or savour a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee by Common Man Coffee Roasters, then get shopping!
The fair offers a wrapping service on site, so you can take your newly purchased treasure safely home with you right there and then; also The Frame Society is on hand for info and advice – definitely pay them a visit before you head off.
F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, 038975
12 November, Thursday: 12pm-8pm
13 November, Friday: 12pm-10pm | Art After Work: 6pm-10pm
14 November, Saturday: 11am-7pm
15 November, Sunday: 11am-6pm
Advanced Tickets (online, ticketing fees apply)
General Admission (public days): $15 Buy now
Door Tickets (at the door, ticketing fees apply)
General Admission: $18 | Students & Seniors: $10 | Children under 16: free admission