Affordable Art Fair
It began with a brainwave back in 1996, when creative entrepreneur Will Ramsay noted the absence of reasonably-priced contemporary art in London. He opened a warehouse selling the works of little-known artists priced from a mere £50, and found it to be such a roaring success that three years later in 1999 he launched the first Affordable Art Fair in London’s Battersea Park.
With a staggering 10,000 visitors turning out to take advantage of the inexpensive goods in its inaugural weekend, it wasn’t long before artistic hubs worldwide began calling, first in New York and swiftly followed by 10 other locations, before finally arriving in Hong Kong this year.
Held this year between 15-17 March, the AAF at HK Convention and Exhibition Centre will play host to 80 international galleries (including HK favourites like Above Second and Cat Street Gallery) displaying contemporary paintings, sculptures, photography and printwork by both emerging and esteemed creatives like up-and-coming locals Yee Ting Leung and Sim Chan, and the established names of eccentric painter Jaspher Penuliar and photographer Keith Macgregor.
With prices ranging from $1,000-$100,000 HKD and 75% under $75,000, the AAF caters to all artistic admirers from aficionados to occasional browsers, also providing live music, presentations on art collecting (by historian Ralph Hobbs), wine bars for mid-peruse sips, plus workshops for the kids. Art-lovers, assemble!