At Singapore’s most iconic gathering of art enthusiasts, expect to take home an artwork and give back to a social cause
The Affordable Art Fair is exactly what it says on the tin: A non-intimidating, purse friendly environment where you don’t have to fear having a foot-in-mouth moment if you confuse Monet and Manet.
We’re talking art that’s priced under $15,000 (with 75% of pieces costing you less than $7,500) from an impressive selection of 80 local and international galleries housed at the F1 Pit Building. It’s also an inclusive space for both guests and artists – from 16 to 18 November, you can take your pick from a plethora of paintings, prints, sculpture and photography by emerging young artists as well as the heavyweights.
No stuffiness here – children are welcome at this family-friendly affair. If you don’t know where to start, get your feet wet by attending the Fair Director Alan Koh’s Top Picks tour, or take part in the free education talks and workshops to sneak a peek into the process of creating a silkscreen print. Mindfulness colouring workshops, talks on art therapy and art studio workshops to busy the kids are also on the schedule. And because a fair would be nothing without sustenance, refuel at the themed specialty food Gastro Park for gourmet sausages with homemade sauerkraut, enjoy a cup of Sarnies coffee at the Sarnies Café, or tipples from the Ruinart champagne bar or Peroni Art Bar, complete with an art installation.
If you’ve only got an evening to spare, make it 16 November for the Fair’s charity event, the Arty-Licious Evening in association with Harper’s Bazaar. For every ticket sold, a dollar will be donated to the President’s Challenge, an annual community outreach to raise funds for selected charities and social causes.
It’s giving back while enjoying an evening of music, live painting demonstrations, and fundraising art workshops. Called the Lion’s Pride campaign, these workshops are guided by artist Diana Francis, who will highlight how art can promote mental wellbeing. Part of the proceeds will also be donated to President’s Challenge, so register early at the booth to nab a seat.
You may call the fair a haven for seasoned collectors, or for those who love to haunt art galleries. But for the curious window shoppers looking for something to fill that empty wall, the Affordable Art Fair provides a weekend of accessible art.
We’ve got 100 Arty-Licious Evening tickets to give away, and you (and a friend) are invited. Click here to register for a night of revelry, art and inspiring conversations.
Affordable Art Fair, F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975. 16 November 12pm-6pm, 17 November 11am-7pm, 18 November 11am-6pm. Tickets start at $10 (free entry for children under 16 accompanied by an adult). Arty-Licious Evening tickets start at $25 (with $1 per ticket donated to the President’s Challenge).
This article is sponsored by the Affordable Art Fair