Affordable Art Fair is back in London’s Battersea Park between 20th – 23rd October with 1,000s of stunning contemporary artworks to add a touch of joy to your home, from £50 – £7,500.
Continuing its tradition for supporting emerging artists and platforming the next generation, Affordable Art Fair has teamed up with Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf, (Peckham Platform, Art on the Underground, Artichoke), to co-curate her standout selection of the best and brightest artistic talent to emerge from UK art schools this year, together with Fair Director Hugo Barclay.
A Coalescence of Daydreams
This year the exhibition, A Coalescence of Daydreams, brings together exciting new works from some of the best art school graduates of 2022 from across the UK. The exhibition explores a shared experience of what it means to be confined to or separated from home in uncertain times. Each of the selected artists brings their own unique perspective on the idea of home using themes including humour, wit, and longing.
Nephertiti says: “Each artist has excelled during some of the most challenging years in recent memory and the quality of the work is testament to their creativity, dedication and resilience.”
Artists include Lucy Hutchings, Ella West, Dami Ayo-Vaughan and Prab Naththarampatha among others.
A brand-new initiative for the fair launched by Fair Director, Hugo Barclay and curated by LiveArt, an online platform and database for digital artworks, Moving Images will showcase exciting new work from four leading digital artists. With the ever-increasing popularity of digital artforms and NFTs, now’s the time to learn more about investing in these mediums. Our Moving Images showcase, in partnership with LiveArt, will simplify the process of owning your own digital artwork, as we show how the medium can be collected and curated in the home. So, if you’re looking to add a digital artwork to your collection, this is the perfect place to start.
Some of the leading artists featuring in Moving Images include Bob Bicknell-Knight, Afroscope and Karina Abramova.
Geo Merchant, Curatorial and Content Manager at LiveArt, said “LiveArt is delighted to be partnering with the Affordable Art Fair this October, curating Moving Images; the first dedicated display of NFTs at the fair. We can’t wait to share the beauty of digital art – and the ease at which you can add these works to your art collection. We have brought together four outstanding international artists, all unified in their choice of video as a medium, highlighting the extensive creative scope that NFTs can provide.”
The fair also presents a roster of galleries hailing from 15 countries around the globe. From Canada to France, Mexico to South Africa, visitors are in for a diverse selection of international art. The line-up includes ARTCODE, from Mexico, ArtBlue Studio from Singapore, Le Follow 13 from Paris, Wolf & Nomad from Miami and many more. With 1,000s of artists’ works spanning painting, mixed media, sculpture and photography, visitors will be spoilt for choice.
Look out for big name artists including Kevin Champeny (Steidel Contemporary), whose large-scale sculptural collages are a viral hit with collectors including singer and rapper Drake, street art sensation Mr Brainwash, (Clarendon Fine Art) and prints by Qu Leilei: a founding member of the avant-garde ‘Stars Group’ in China in the late 1970s alongside Ai Weiwei, at China Impressions’ stand.
CELEBRATING BLACK EXCELLENCE
Marking Black History Month here in the UK, Affordable Art Fair celebrates brilliant black and ethnic minority artists from their community of galleries with a display of curated works. Look out for the stunning photography of African American artist Gregory Prescott (S & P Gallery), the joyful paintings of Natasha Awuku (The Art Hound) and the street-art infused portraits of young French artist Seny (Modus Gallery) who’s making waves aged just 17.
FINDS UNDER £500
Find the very best affordable, contemporary art in curated displays of works under £500, supported by Lead Partner JM Finn. Visitors can be the first to snap up an original piece at an affordable price with other pieces within this range at the fair highlighted on the official maps.
THE BRIDGEMAN FOLIO
Discover limited edition prints by leading artists and Royal Academicians including Paul Huxley, Eileen Cooper and Cathy Pilkington in this display of works from The Bridgeman Folio. Produced by Bridgeman Images, sponsors of Affordable Art Fair’s Curatorial Excellence Award. All works in the display are available for sale (£750 unframed / £1,000 framed).
Art For Cure are Charity Partner for Affordable Art Fair Battersea, raising critical funds for leading breast cancer research and support services through the sale of art and sculpture. Visitors can support Art For Cure with a donation or visit their stand at the fair to find out more.
To find out more and book tickets visit: www.affordableartfair.com/fairs/london-battersea-autumn/