Where? Hampstead Heath
What? The Affordable Art Fair returns to Hampstead Heath from 10 – 13 May with contemporary works from up-and-coming talent and household names, priced from just £100 up to £6,000. Innovative new installations include Mella Shaw’s Harvest, which highlights the negative effects of plastic pollution in a particularly relevant political climate. As well as showcasing the latest art trends for 2018, the fair will shine a spotlight on work using the techniques in infrared photography and 3D live scanning, as well as celebrating the life stories of professional lawyers and footballers who have since found new identities as artists.
Visitors to the fair can expect to see statement pieces by Christine Relton and Tom Marine, who paint collaboratively to create their large-scale artworks, as well as the hyperreal aesthetic of Laurence Jones, including his large-scale nighttime condo scenes. Figurative art is also set to be popular at the fair, following in the footsteps of recent hit exhibitions of figurative art at some of London’s leading galleries by the likes of Picasso, Freud and Bacon. Artist Henrietta Dubrey will be returning to the fair following her recent sell out figurative show, as well as Ed Hodgkinson, Adam Riches and Hock Tee Tan.
Art lovers potty about porcelain can expect an array of handcrafted fine art ceramics to feature at the fair. Shunning mass-produced items, ceramicists like Nam Tran create beautiful and unique artworks- the perfect collectors’ items for any home. Working within the idea of Wabi-Sabi (侘寂), an acceptance of the transience and irregular nature of life, Nam’s work celebrates the beauty in imperfections. Visitors will be able to try this for themselves as Nam hosts his own ceramics workshop.
The Affordable Art Fair has revolutionised and democratised the art market with its fun and accessible approach, bringing art under £6,000 to its three UK locations: Battersea Park, Hampstead Heath, and Bristol, as well as an online shop. Every fair offers something different, with a diverse range of local, national and international galleries showcasing art in an array of styles.