Art For Less: Affordable Art Fair 2011

By Zaki JufriEvents - 18 August 2011 12:50 PM | Updated 5:05 PM

Art For Less: Affordable Art Fair 2011

After a successful first edition last year, with sales totalling some $1.75 million, the Affordable Art Fair (AAF), returns to the F1 Pit Building this Nov 18 with a bigger line-up.

This year’s fair will feature up to 75 galleries, 25 more than in 2010. “Last year’s fair was the most successful debut ever. The response we had last year was so overwhelming that we decided to host it again this year,” enthuses Camilla Hewitson. The AAF Singapore fair director expects a crowd of up to 12,000 people at this year’s affair. 9,500 people attended the fair.

The AAF was founded by Will Ramsay in London in 1999 in an effort to make contemporary art accessible to everyone. Since then, it has been held annually in cities all around the world, including Singapore. It will showcase works from both recognised and up-and-coming artists, and pieces will be priced between $100 and $10,000 with 75 per cent under $7,500.

Art fans can look forward to seeing works by acclaimed artists at this year’s fair. Contemporary art icons such a Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst will be showing their works here, and you can bring them home as well (for a price of course).

And if you’re a supporter of local talent, check out a specially-curated section featuring upcoming young Singaporean artists. Sales of artworks aside, there will also be free talks by leading art experts from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, as well as workshops about various art techniques.

There’s something for the kids too. Parents can give the young-uns a head start in art with workshops by Art Boot Camp.

Get a dose of art at the Affordable Art Fair this Nov 18 and 20 11am-6pm, Nov 19 11am-8pm. F1 Pit Building, No. 1 Republic Boulevard. $7-10.

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