Over four days, the world-heritage-listed and newly restored Royal Exhibition Building will come alive with thousands of original works from over 50 of Australia’s best boutique galleries, alongside live painting sessions, interactive workshops, and vibrant installations.
The highly anticipated Affordable Art Fair provides a unique opportunity for collectors and art enthusiasts to engage directly with featured artists and gallery owners, and select from an extensive array of contemporary designs, all priced under $10,000.
Presenting thousands of never-before-seen pieces, this year’s gallery line-up boasts some of Australia’s best regional, suburban and city galleries with 22 making their Fair debut.
Returning favourites include Salt Contemporary from Queenscliff, leading Australian online gallery Bluethumb, all-female collective Tits & Co, Antoinette Ferwerda Gallery from Brighton East, and the eclectic JUMBLED from Orange, New South Wales.
One of the longest running Aboriginal-owned galleries will also join the line-up as the Fair’s Access Partner. Based in Northern Territory, Warlukurlangu Artists, will present a series of works with 100% of sales going back to the organisation.
“What a delight it is to announce the Affordable Art Fair’s return to the city where it all began and as the new local Director,” said Georgia Huestis. “Back under the grandeur of the Royal Exhibition Building and its newly restored heritage dome, the Melbourne Fair promises to be a dynamic four-day event with show-stopping installations and thousands of bespoke artworks from established and emerging artists.”
In addition to a kaleidoscope of artworks and installations, the Fair will host an engaging program of interactive workshops and live demonstrations, allowing visitors to form a deeper understanding and appreciation of the artistic process.
Those inspired to put their creative capabilities to the test can participate in a still life drawing workshop hosted by Alice Oehr, one of Melbourne’s renowned still life artists, and watch masterpieces created in real time by artists Ben Liney (Sketch Co Gallery) and Robert Delves (Storehouse) as part of Artists in Action program.
The crowd favourite Discover: Young Talent program will also return, offering five new emerging artists under the age of 35 the opportunity to showcase and sell their artworks to new audiences. Discover: Young Talent artist, Liv McCarten will also be performing live art for the first time at the Fair.
Whether visitors are seasoned collectors, art enthusiasts, or first-time buyers, Affordable Art Fair ensures an inclusive and enjoyable experience for all. The Affordable Art Fair made its Australian debut in Melbourne four years ago and has since become a cornerstone event in the city’s vibrant arts and culture scene.
The relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, coupled with tasty treats and its commitment to affordability, truly marks it as an ‘affair of the he-arts’.
Affordable Art Fair was founded 24 years ago and has revolutionised the art market with its fun and accessible approach to art appreciation. It is a global brand with 14 fairs operating in 10 cities around the world including London, Brussels, New York, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Singapore, Hong Kong and Melbourne.
Demonstrating a growing demand for quality, affordable and contemporary art, over 3.1 million people have visited an Affordable Art Fair since its launch in London in 1999 with a staggering 568,000 artworks sold valued at more than AU$820m.
Affordable Art Fair focuses on the fun side of viewing and buying art, and seeks to put art into every home, no matter the size or buyer’s budget. Affordable Art Fair is owned by Ramsay Fairs UK under the direction of Founder, Will Ramsay.
The Melbourne edition of the Affordable Art Fair takes place at the Royal Exhibition Building from 31 August to 3 September 2023. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.affordableartfair.com for details.
Image: Affordable Art Fair at Royal Exhibition Building in past years (supplied)