Over 50 contemporary Australian and international galleries will fill the historic Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne’s Carlton Gardens from 5 to 8 September for the ‘Affordable Art Fair Melbourne’ with 1,000s of artworks on display and for sale by established and emerging artists.
Audiences will be inspired by a wide spectrum of art genres across a range of artistic mediums including painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, installation, photography and more. Artworks can be purchased for between $100 and $12,000.
Festival highlights include special projects and performative works. Look out for multimedia and body painting artist Emma Hack, as well as Jackie Case who will be bringing hidden performance to life with miniature one-off sketches drawn from inside a whimsical life-size ATM.
Don’t miss ‘Interactive’ portraits from Greg McDonald (Chiaroni) & Vaka Interactiv, featuring the image of a young Māori girl who comes to life when looked at and tells her story to the viewer in the Māori language of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
There are daily tours with Affordable Art Fair Director, Stephanie Kelly who will be sharing her top tips for collecting art while leading visitors around the galleries and artworks, and the $1,000 tours are ideal for new art collectors looking to kick-start or add to their collections.
Young Talent Victoria are putting five unrepresented artists forward to give them the opportunity to present their work and offer buyers the chance to snap up works by emerging artists. Alice Oehr, Tom Ferson, Emily Eliades, Naomi Nicholls and James Mulcahy will each create a strong solo presentation of their work.
International galleries include: Jinsan Gallery, South Korea featuring works from K-Pop artist Kwon Ji An; contemporary Italian gallery Palma Arte and Pop Art specialists Axiom Contemporary from Santa Monica, USA; VRG (Hong Kong); Tableau (South Korea); Taiko & Associates and The Tolman Collection of Tokyo (Japan); Asian Art Platform (Singapore); LF Gallery (Peru); Chiaroni Gallery (New Zealand); Byard Art (United Kingdom) plus many more.
Sydney galleries include Project Gallery 90, Cooee Gallery – Bondi and Paddington and Fern Street Gallery representing a team of regional New South Wales Surf Coast artists, and from Melbourne and the surrounds is Bluethumb, Fenton & Fenton, The Gallery, West End Art Space, Fox Galleries, Martinich & Carran, Art to Art Gallery, Tusk Gallery, Tacit Galleries and Vernissage.
The full program of artists and galleries is available on the ‘Affordable Art Fair’ website.