4 Highlights From The Affordable Art Fair 2017 That Even Art Newbies On A Budget Can Appreciate

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The art fair for everyone


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Images adapted from: @jenniferlimart, Affordable Art Fair Singapore

Tons of us love checking out the newest exhibitions to hit our museums and galleries, but that doesn't mean we understand what truly goes behind a painting - 'cuz hey, as long as it looks good for the gram, right?

But art goes beyond just a pretty picture, and luckily for us, we don't have to be aficionados to get that. Happening from 17th-19th November, Affordable Art Fair is the perfect platform for both newbies and pros to come together to appreciate the intricate world of art. From free workshops to interactive installations, here's what you can look forward to:


1. Interactive installations where art comes to life


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Image credit: Affordable Art Fair Singapore

Instead of merely visiting a bunch of exhibitions at galleries and trying to understand the deep, complex description plaques, here's your chance at being part of the art too.

The fair will be presenting a Special Projects platform, made up of multi-media artworks by various artists. Visitors can have a visual feast while exploring art in their various forms, such as life-sized digital pieces and sound installations, along with video performances.

Previous sound installation by Chloё Manasseh

Don't forget to drop by the #Spotlight Showcase, which'll be featuring works by up-and-coming artists featured for the first time at the fair in Singapore!

Special Projects
Venue: Room A, Level 2

#Spotlight Showcase
Venue: Room B, Level 2


2. Create your own artwork - all while being temporarily blind


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Watch artists give live demos!

Being a highly visual treat, it might be a little hard to grasp the concept of producing art while blind, but not at Affordable Art Fair. In efforts to raise awareness for sufferers of cataracts in Indonesia, the event will be holding their CATARART Project, where participants can come together to create works of art all while being "temporarily blind" via a VR headset.

CATARART Charity Booth
Venue: Room D, Level 3


3. Level up your skills with free art tours and workshops


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Image credit: Affordable Art Fair Singapore

If "Art for Dummies" is on your list of books-to-get, don't sweat, because you'll be able to get the 101 you need with the free workshops and tours that'll be held at the fair. From ancient granite sculptures to the Impressionist era, learn all about art history through the Art Education Programme.

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Image credit: Affordable Art Fair Singapore

And if you're itching to get your hands dirty - with some paint, of course - attend a free Japanese woodblock carving and printmaking workshop, which will be led by Australian artist Jennifer Lim. We hear participants will get to learn a 400-year-old technique while they're at it!

Woodblock Printmaking Talk and and Workshop - A Cross Cultural Journey
Date: 19th November 2017, Sunday
Time: 12PM - 1PM
Note: Her workshop on 17th Nov is during the Arty-Licious Evening, where you’ll need to pay separately.


4. Get up-close with artworks by home-grown and international artists


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‘Outcome’, 2016, by Faris Nakamura. Image credit

It’s always heartwarming to see local artists getting recognition in the arts landscape in Singapore and internationally. 8 finalists from this year’s Young Talent Programme will be showcasing their works at the fair! Catch works from 4 of our very own local-born artists - Faris Nakamura, Kylie Woon, Ong Si Hui, and Zulkhairi Zulkiflee.

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An abstract piece by Xinwei Che. Image credit: @affordableartfairsg

Other finalists are Xinwei Che from China, SG-based Hong Kong artist Jamela Law, Korean artist Bo Sung Yom who’s based in Singapore, and Liza Markus from Indonesia.


Bonus: Play with claw machines to win free beauty products


When you’ve explored the various installations and workshops to your heart’s content, chill for a bit at the fair’s Arty-Licious Evening - a night of fun and games guaranteed.

Soak up the artsy atmosphere along with some espresso martinis courtesy of Sarnies. And you can't call it a night until you've tried your luck with the event's claw machines, which will be carrying beauty products from Mamonde for you to take home.

Arty-Licious Evening (Fri, 17 Nov)
Early Bird/Online ticket price: $20
Ticket price at the door: $25
Note: Early Bird ends 12 Nov. Booking fees may apply.


Appreciate art the fun way with Affordable Art Fair


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Image credit: @affordableartfairsg

The Affordable Art Fair caters to everyone, be they a newbie or an avid art-lover. The fair aims to feature up-and-coming artists across the world, so it’s not a veteran-only exclusive event! It will take you beyond mere gallery-hopping, letting you into this seemingly elusive world through hands-on experiences.

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Image credit: Affordable Art Fair Singapore

The Affordable Art Fair is a place to discover different human expressions through art and to get to know the people behind the artworks while supporting their businesses. You can also buy any of the pieces - they start from $100, going up to $15,000 for the art connoisseurs with some extra kaching to spare. All of the prices are listed on the wall, and the staff will wrap it up nicely FOC.

So if you’re looking for something different to do over the weekend, you can come down here to mingle with other curious cats and maybe come away discovering a newfound love for art!

Affordable Art Fair 2017
Venue: F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975
Friday, 17 Nov: 12-6PM | Arty-Licious Evening: 6-10PM
Saturday, 18 Nov: 11AM - 8PM
Sunday, 19 Nov: 11AM - 6PM

Ticket Prices (Online/Early Bird)
General Admission: $15
Arty-Licious Evening (Fri, 17 Nov): $20
Note: Early Bird ends 12 Nov. Booking fees may apply.
Get your tickets here.

Ticket Prices (at the door)
General Admission: $18
Arty-Licious Evening (Fri, 17 Nov): $25
Students & Senior Citizens: $10
Children under 16 years: Free

Find out more about the Affordable Art Fair 2017 here!

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