Plenty of people want to become art collectors, but many – reasonably – find getting started a bit overwhelming. It’s an expensive habit to lean into, which is why accessible art fairs are usually the entry-point for many who want to start elevating their homes and offices with works from local and international artists. For over two decades now, the Affordable Art Fair has been one of the major institutions for anyone looking to tread the endless path of art-buying, with showcases held in major cities around the world including London, New York, Brussels, and most recently Sydney. Now it’s Australia’s cultural capital which gets to host the event with Affordable Art Fair Melbourne announcing its 2022 return.
There are various websites and galleries out there that attempt to make buying and collecting art more accessible to a wider audience, which always benefits both artist and collector. The Affordable Art Fair is one of the better known and more dependable institutions when it comes to this, with a reach that is virtually unmatched and a sincere goal of connecting art to buyers with full transparency.
Compare this to many traditional art galleries, where asking after the price feels like a faux-pas. At the Affordable Art Fair, each work is clearly labelled with the price whether it’s a painting, print, or sculpture. Pieces start at $100 and are capped at $10,000, encompassing thousands of artworks from both emerging and well-established artists.
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Sydneysiders got a taste of the Affordable Art Fair when the event took place at Royal Randwick Racecourse across the first weekend of June. After a successful run down under, organisers have announced a return to Melbourne set for September 1st to 4th at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
With transparent pricing for all works, Affordable Art Fair Melbourne will showcase 40 Australian and international galleries, compromising thousands of works from both emerging and established artists. The fair has quickly become known as one of the best places to find affordable art.
It’s assumed the Affordable Art Fair Melbourne will work exactly the same as the previous iterations, so it’ll be worth heading back throughout the course of the event, given art will revolve as works are purchased and switched out for new ones. There should also be guided tours of the exhibitions, which is the wisest choice for newbie art buyers given these art curators are usually more than happy to share tips on how to pick art for your home for any budget.
Tickets to the Affordable Art Fair start from $13 for a one-day pass. Opening times are as follows.
Thursday, September 1st: 5 PM – 9 PM
Friday, September 2nd: 10 AM – 8 PM
Saturday, September 3rd: 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, September 4th: 10 AM – 5 PM