The Affordable Art Fair’s fifth year will open in November with a record line-up of galleries, new artists and art-related initiatives designed to underscore the Fair’s ‘art for everyone’ mantra. The galleries, from all over the world, will showcase 360 new and emerging artists and a further 440 established artists in a diverse selection of contemporary artworks, across a variety of styles
from abstract to figurative, and mediums including paintings, sculpture and photography.
All priced between S$100 to S$10,000, with 75 per cent of the works priced under S$7,500, the November edition will showcase works by veteran Singaporean artist Lim Tze Peng and local emerging star, Ashley Yeo, from returning Singaporean galleries such as Art Forum and Cape of Good Hope, alongside the world famous Marc Quinn, represented by Manifold Editions from the UK.
New galleries include Purpa Art Gallery from Seminyak, Indonesia, and Art Square from Malaysia, representing Ernest Zacharevic, a Lithuanian artist who has transformed the streets of Penang, Malaysia, with a series of interactive murals.
The November Fair’s Education Programme is designed to help visitors learn more about contemporary art in a fun and engaging manner through free talks and workshops.
Art Talks will offer advice on various topics without confusing jargon, practical tips on starting a new collection and framing a newly bought artwork, making it easy for visitors to pick out something they love from the myriad artworks exhibited at the Fair.
The new multi-disciplinary workshops not only take visitors behind the process of how artworks are created, but also give them a chance to have hands-on fun with art. Featuring three mediums – sculpture, watercolour and photography, there is something for everyone to roll up their sleeves and take part in.
In addition to the new multi-disciplinary workshops, the Under S$1,000 Wall will be specially curated, bringing together contemporary artworks in various styles and mediums in one location so that visitors can take their pick to fit their budget.
As a fun-filled family event, there will be something for the little ones as well. A series of free workshops for kids aged 4-12 will be held at the Fair’s Children’s Art Studio, aimed at growing a
new generation of artists. Kids will be encouraged to explore their creativity and learn various art techniques while their parents enjoy the amazing range of art on show.
“The Fair is dedicated to educating and engaging existing and new art collectors. This will be achieved by creating initiatives specifically designed to inform and educate in a relaxed, open environment,” said Fair Director, Ms Camilla Hewitson.
Established in 1999, the Affordable Art Fair was founded in London by Will Ramsay. His aim was to make contemporary art accessible to everyone, and to show you don’t need to be an art expert or a
millionaire to enjoy and buy art. Since then the Affordable Art Fair has become a leading showcase for contemporary art, with 17 fairs taking place in 13 cities on 4 continents in 2014.
• 20 November, Thursday: 12noon – 9pm
• 21 November, Friday: 12noon – 6pm
• 22 November, Saturday: 11am – 8pm
• 23 November, Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Special Event Days
• 19 November, Wednesday, Private View evening (By-invitation only): 6pm – 10pm
• 21 November, Friday, Arty-Licious Evening: 6pm – 10pm
SISTIC advanced sales (online, ticketing fees apply)
General Admission (public days): $12
Group Package (4 adults): $40
Arty-Licious evening: $30
Ticket Prices (at the door, ticketing fees apply)
General Admission: $15
Group Package (4 adults): $50
Arty-Licious evening: $35
Students & Seniors: $8
Children under 16: free admission
Venue: F1 Pit Building (1 Republic Boulevard)