Affordable Art Fair returns to Singapore this week as it continues its successful journey as the world’s leading showcase for affordable contemporary art catering to seasoned collectors and new art buyers. Celebrating its 10th edition in Singapore, the ever-popular fair welcomes artists and galleries from around the globe, and offers creative workshops and activities, inspirational talks and tours, unique installations, and live performances and demonstrations.
Affordable Art Fair will once again be held at F1 Pit Building, and will present 83 local and international galleries showing more than 600 artists, of which 35% are new and emerging talents. Nearly 30% of the galleries are taking part for the first time, delivering once again, on the brand’s winning formula of consistently presenting fresh content and reinforcing the event’s special place in the local art ecosystem.
Mr Alan Koh, Affordable Art Fair Singapore Director, said: “This is a special milestone as we celebrate our 10th year in Singapore. Over the years, we have helped to develop Singapore’s art eco-system by being a conduit between contemporary art and art buyers. As a fair, we believe in making art accessible and engaging through fresh and unique experiences. We look forward to welcoming our visitors to this year’s fair and are committed to continuing our mission to help people discover the joy of collecting art for the next 10 years and beyond.”
In keeping with the fair’s ethos of originality for its audience, this year’s event welcomes 30% new galleries such as Chryse Gallery of Fine Art (Singapore); Giant Year Gallery (Hong Kong); and Jinsan Gallery (Korea). Popular, long-time supporters of the fair such as Asian Art Platform (Singapore); Art Blue Studio (Singapore); RHG (UK); and La Lanta Fine Art (Thailand) will be returning.
Visitors can also expect to see new works from artists such as Singaporean artist Ng Chai Soong (Y Art Project, Singapore); Vietnamese artist Nguyen Nghia Cuong (Chryse Gallery of Fine Art, Singapore); and Taiwanese artist Ti Lei (Shenns Softart, Singapore).
This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Affordable Art Fair, which was launched in London with the aim of disrupting and democratising the contemporary art market. To date, there are 13 Affordable Art Fairs in 10 cities, including Milan, Melbourne, and New York.
Here are some highlights of this year’s fair:
#SPOTLIGHT Showcase As part of the brand’s accessibility and ease of buying, the #SPOTLIGHT Showcase makes it simple for art lovers to hone in on one location on works by new artists who have never been shown before at the fair in Singapore.
Adopt Songsong Workshop Dedicated to positively impacting the lives of those in need through charitable giving, the fair will encourage visitors to join in the fun and decorate their own Songsong, an iconic sculpture of a dog concepted by artist Zhang Yong. This is a paid workshop ($30) with all net profits from this workshop donated to the Singapore Cancer Society.
MOJOKO Silkscreen Mashup: A collaborative silk screen printmaking with artist MOJOKO Art lovers will have the chance to take part in a “Silkscreen Mash-up” with multimedia artist MOJOKO. As he transforms an area of the creative lounge into his makeshift studio for the duration of the fair, MOJOKO will be making a range of prints which can be coprinted by visitors into unique and commemorative multi-layered pieces. A hybrid of east and west, new and old, this special collection is inspired by 10 years of Affordable Art Fair in Asia and offers fans of the fair something special to commemorate their visit. Limited edition silk screen prints will be for sale until the edition finishes.
UNTAPPED Exhibition by Visual Arts Development Association Singapore (VADA) As part of its 10th anniversary, the Singapore fair is partnering with Visual Arts Development Association Singapore (VADA) to showcase the creative homegrown talent of eight artists.
Affordable Art Fair Singapore has successfully grown from 9,500 visitors and S$1.75 million in art sales in 2010 to 12,000 visitors and S$3.7 million in sales in 2018, reflecting the growing appetite for contemporary art in Singapore. Since 2010, visitors to Affordable Art Fair Singapore have purchased a total of S$43.61 million in art for their homes.
For more Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2019 updates, visit the official website https://affordableartfair.com/fairs/singapore and follow on Facebook: AAFSG or Instagram: @affordableartfairsg