The value of artwork doesn’t always correlate with its appearance or level of detail. A Jean-Michel Basquiat scribble on a piece of paper could fetch hundreds of thousands of pounds, while an intricate marble sculpture might only sell for a few hundred.
Good art doesn’t have to cost a fortune. The Affordable Art Fair, a global event held in 10 different cities throughout the year, serves to highlight that fact.
The fair tours cities such as London, Milan, Hong Kong and Singapore showing off incredible, but affordable artworks.
This week will see the Affordable Art Fair come to London to display and sell more than 1,000 pieces of contemporary art included in the new Battersea Autumn collection.
Prices will range from £65 to £6,000.
The Affordable Art Fair Battersea will open its doors on Thursday, 19 October and run until Sunday, 22 October. The fair will be held inside Battersea Park, London at the Battersea Evolution venue.
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Things to do at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea
It goes without saying, if you’re attending the Affordable Art Fair, you should spend the bulk of your day exploring the exhibition and enjoying the artwork of some of Britain’s best up-and-coming artists. It might even be worth picking up a piece in the hope that its value skyrockets.
However, there will also be a number of activities and workshops running throughout the week. These activities aim to entertain and educate attendees on making, buying and selling artwork.
The full list of activities is available here, but here are a few of the best:
Seeing Squares: Family Drawing Workshop
Saturday, 21 October, 4-5pm London time
This is one for the family. Those in attendance will each be asked to draw a small part of an image. These smaller images will then be combined to create one big image. Scheduled for the end of the day, this one sounds like a lot of fun and will give you a chance to rest your legs before the journey home.
Back to Basics: Collecting and Buying Art
Saturday, 21 october, 1-2pm London time
Want to start building your art collection, but don’t know how to get started? Art curator Andrew Marsh will provide an insight into the art market, how it works and the best ways to start collecting today.
Sofa Session: Sourcing Instagram to Start your Photography Collection
Sunday, 22 October, 1:30-2:30pm London time
Join photographer Karl Grupe to discuss how new technology can be harnessed in order to build your photography collection. The talk will focus on the use of hashtags over platforms such as Instagram in order to connect with networks of artists and photographers.
How much are tickets?
You will have to pay to attend the fair. However, remaining true to its name, Affordable Art Fair tickets are affordable.
During the week, adults pay £10 if purchasing in advance, or £12 on the door. Weekends are slightly more expensive, with tickets costing £12 in advance or £15 on the door.
Concessionary tickets, for over 60s and students, are also available at a reduced rate. Likewise, children can attend for free when accompanying a paying adult.