Taking over the F1 Pit Building this 16-18 November, the ninth edition of the Affordable Art Fair opens with a fresh display of contemporary artworks for sale. The highly anticipated international fair is showcasing 80 galleries from countries such as the UK, USA, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore, bringing with them contemporary artwork in various styles and disciplines. In addition, there will be a full suite of programmes to entertain and educate its diverse audience of both new and established collectors.
This edition of the fair features noteworthy international artists such as Luo Dan from China and the Balance Series, James Seet from Malaysia with the Daydreamers series, Cha Jaeyoung from South Korea with her Peroni inspired ribbon installations and Dean (Zeus) Colman from the UK with his interactive game inspired installation ‘Artopoly’. Marking a rise in the number of local galleries to this year’s fair are several new Singapore galleries such as Pibilotti Art Studio, Miaja Art Collections, and The Studio Gallery, who will be debuting alongside returning favorites like Eyemage Gallery and Art Porters Gallery.
Continue your #ArtHappy Education
Supporting the fairs educational component, there are a variety of tours and workshops tailored to this year’s event. Interesting activities include ‘Fair Director’s Top Picks’ tour with Fair Director Alan Koh, and a ‘Painting Demo and Art Talk – From 5000 BC to 2018’ by Greg Mallyon during the Arty-Licious Evening, the fair’s charity night to raise funds for the President’s Challenge; the latter allows participants to learn how humans have depicted their world from above. ‘Mindfulness’ will also be taught with Gabby Malpas in her hands-on colouring workshop, and silkscreen printing will be offered with a talk and demo by Deborah McKellar of ‘Talking Textiles’. Kids can join in the fun and learning also at Children’s Art Studio Presented by Art Wonderland. Sessions start with a tour of the fair followed by an engaging tactile art making workshop.
A Blue Ribbon Winner
Peroni, in addition to being the official beer of the fair, also has a special two-part installation inspired by their name which means “blue ribbon” in Italian. The installation is a collaboration with South Korean artist Cha Jaeyoung, who has transformed both the fair entrance and the Peroni Art Bar with her large ethereal ribbon installation. The use of ribbons is inspired by the conceptual movement of our consciousness, from the past to present, through the web of time, reliving and remembering life experiences, as the visitor journeys from adolescence into adulthood.
Do Not Pass Van Gogh, Do Not Collect $200
It’s game on at this year’s fair thanks to a fun addition of ‘Artopoly’, an interactive installation conceptualised by artist Dean “Zeus” Colman inspired by the contemporary art market and its history. Guests are invited to playfully imitate the familiar game with an artsy and humorous twist.
Zeus is inspired by the spectacular, and at times zany and ludicrous contemporary art market. Placed in the frame of iconic property-trading Monopoly, artists are the properties for sale, auction houses are the railroads, and the board as a whole is transformed into an art market on display for viewers to observe and critique together. “Just bidding”, pass “Ego”, or “Go to Auction” are some ways how Artopoly playfully imitates the familiar game with an ironic and witty twist at every corner.
Food Lovers Delight
Keeping in tradition of offering fine nibbles to guests of the fair, a special Gastro Park will offer fair goers an assortment of specially picked treats with food options varying from a sushi bowl to a slider from Hustle Co., Shiso, Rakki, and 21 Sliders, organized by event partner We Are AFK. Coffee will be courtesy of Sarnies, a gourmet coffee house located in the CBD, and libations will be provided by Ruinart Champagne Bar and Peroni Art Bar.
Featured Charity – Lion’s Pride in Support of President’s Challenge
The Arty-Licious evening on Friday 16 November, Affordable Art Fair’s highly anticipated night of fun, glamour, and charity, will kick off the fair’s featured charity, the Lion’s Pride Campaign, in support of President’s Challenge. Party goers will be the first to view the charity’s colour by sections mural wall installation, illustrating a 200-year timeline of Singapore’s history, and featuring the iconic Singapore skyline and Merlion in black and white, created by artist Diana Francis. Visitors will be invited to collaboratively decorate the wall as a symbolic gesture that ‘adding colour’ improves lives. In addition, mini Merlion sculptures are available with a donation of $20, to take part in the art workshops led by Diana Francis, with a portion of the proceeds going to the supported charities of President’s Challenge.
Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2018
Venue: F1 Pit Building (1 Republic Boulevard) | Dates: 16 – 18 November 2018
TICKET TYPE EARLY BIRD
(10 Sept – 17 May) FULL PRICE
(29 Oct – 18 Nov)
Adults $15 $18
Arty-Licious Evening in association with Harper’s BAZAAR (16 Nov 6pm – 9pm) $20 $25
Concessions (Full-time student/Senior Citizen) n/a $10 *at the door*Children under 16 are free when accompanied by a paying adult
** Booking fees may apply for online sales
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