But if you think that art collecting and investment is solely the province of the super-wealthy and corporations, The Affordable Art Fair is there to change your mind. Launched in 1999, the highly popular Battersea Park visual culture marketplace attracts some 110 galleries showing and representing more than 1,000 artists. All the original art is priced between £100 and £6,000.
The four-day event takes art-buying out of the established contemporary gallery scene and into the lovely surroundings of Battersea Park. Come for a great day out, and leave with new art tucked under your arm.
Faye Anderson, 'Blue', courtesy Cameron Contemporary Art
Fairs can be hectic, but this year's event promises something a little different, an antidote to noise and clutter. This time, artists and interactive workshops will explore the benefits of art for tranquillity, mindfulness and mental wellbeing. Offering a feast for the eyes and soul, workshops – hosted by the likes of creative platform Paint Jam and adult education centre City Lit – will include meditation classes and practical sessions such as paper folding.
Mindful photography classes encourage the Instagrammers among us to take stock and appreciate the thousands of images we capture and share every day.
Your little ones can stay busy with activity packs while the adults browse the artworks, get expert advice from gallerists or ruminate in the café or bar on a potential purchase.
Detail: Fran Mora, 'Bowl', courtesy Strange Tracey
Culture Whisper subscribers get a £5 discount on full price tickets by entering the code ‘CULTUREWHISPER’ at checkout.
|What||Affordable Art Fair Battersea Park|
Battersea, SW11 4NJ | MAP
|Nearest tube||Sloane Square (underground)|
09 Mar 17 – 12 Mar 17, Times vary between events
|Price||£25 Charity Private View, Late View £20 Adult weekday Advance £10 / Door £12 Adult weekend Advance £12 / Door £15 Concessions weekday Advance £8 / Door £10 Concessions weekend Advance £10 / Door £13 Children under 16 Free|
|Website||Click here for more details|