Affordable Art Fair returns to Hampstead to celebrate the relationship between art and travel
Words Helen Brown
Whether you’re an aficionado of art or dipping a toe into the collector’s pool, Affordable Art Fair throws the doors wide open to this once-exclusive world. The fair returns on the 11 – 14 May and offers an unrivalled opportunity to invest in global and home-grown talent. Moreover at a reasonable price. Buying art has never been easier.
This year’s event in Hampstead explores the impact of internationalism in the art world. For centuries artists have travelled to unfamiliar places to take inspiration from other cultures. The spring edition of AAF brings together a global selection of galleries. Above all they will celebrate this relationship between art and travel.
“With more international galleries than ever, the fair offers the best in global talent”
This year’s event aims to address the importance of cultural diversity – especially in the aftermath of the EU referendum vote. Made in Arts – a nonprofit initiative from the student union at UAL – have curated a unique exhibition. It’s a showcase of the emerging talent of London’s leading art schools. They are celebrating cultural diversity in light of Article 50.
Artists on show include Imogen Parry, whose landscape photography looks at the concept of ‘paradise’. Also Stefon Grant, a London-based photographer who explores urbanism and the city’s changing faces. Elsewhere, visitors can browse works by hundreds of artists. They’ve all travelled the globe to find their creative inspiration.
Dan Hillier will feature this year – he takes inspiration from his time spent with shamans in the Peruvian Amazon. British-Indian artist Natasha Kumar, will also showcase. Kumar’s pieces are a reflection of 40 years of annual trips to India. They reflect the impact of western culture on Indian traditions and challenge tourists’ preconceptions of the country.
Other artists to unveil new works include Charlotte Keates. Her pieces derive from a recent road trip through North America. Alberto Sanchez is also included. He spends half the year capturing iconic global locations and uses them for his sci-fi style landscape pieces.
Further to this, with more international galleries than ever before, the fair offers the very best in global talent. From the Aboriginal art scene in Australia to the experimental pieces of Korea, there are styles to suit every taste. For those on the lookout for something closer to home, the best of British galleries are on display. Each exhibits an international outlook. All works are available from £100 – £6,000. And are suitable for everyone from seasoned collectors to first-time buyers.