Whether you’re a neophyte, an art lover or an experienced collector, the Affordable Art Fair is the ideal place to learn more about art and to refine your taste in a playful and accessible environment, as well as the opportunity to buy artworks without breaking the bank.
Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong will celebrate its 10th Anniversary at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 18 to 21 May 2023. Continuing its dedicated support of the art ecosystem, the Fair will showcase thousands of contemporary artworks by 93 galleries from 15 countries and territories across Asia, Europe, Australia and America, including 20 new galleries hailing from Miami, Cyprus, South Korea, Hong Kong, etc.
The 10th edition of the Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong will present a diversity of interactive art programmes and projects. Among them, Young Talent Hong Kong, curated by HKwalls, will showcase the works of young and passionate emerging local artists. Special Projects will bring large-scale installations and art performances by Hong Kong-based artists paying homage to the city. And like every year, the Fair will also support Art Education, offering workshops and tours designed to help children and young people to develop their interest in art.
A tour down to memory lane
The Affordable Art Fair was created by Will Ramsay in 1999 in London with a simple yet unique concept: make art accessible to all, by connecting the public to galleries, artists and art collectives, and by showcasing contemporary artworks that anyone could afford. Since then, it has developed into 13 art fairs across 10 countries.
After co-founding ART HK (now known as Art Basel Hong Kong) in 2008, Ramsay launched the first Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong in 2013. In ten years, the Fair has welcomed almost 200,000 visitors and sold 502,000 artworks. From contemporary paintings, original prints, photographs and sculptures by established artists or rising talents, the Fair has always offered a piece of art for everyone’s taste and budget.
Despite the global pandemic and travel restrictions between 2019 and 2022, the Fair was able to transform the challenge into opportunity by focusing on local artists and galleries, and witnessed an increasing art-loving crowd of visitors.
It is also worth pointing out that the Fair in Hong Kong is 100% female-led.
10th Edition Highlights
This year’s Special Projects will pay homage to the essence of Hong Kong through site-specific, large-scale installations designed by five local and international artists sharing their unique vision and interpretation of Hong Kong: Rick Lo (Hong Kong), Doha Ham (Korea), Murfin (Spain), Cyril Delettre (French based in Hong Kong) and Eleanor McColl (British based in Hong Kong).
Among these installations, don’t miss Good Old Kai Tak by Rick Lo, made up of a series of vertical wall panels and capturing the nostalgic childhood memories of many Hong Kong residents. And enter the innovative installation of Cyril Delettre, HOPE, representing the human ability to transform darkness into vibrant colours, and rediscover your own hopes.
The Hong Kong Arts Collective (HKARTS)
Focusing on encouraging Hong Kong’s art ecosystem, HKARTS (created by artists for artists) brings artists from all over Hong Kong with a diverse melting pot of backgrounds, medium and subject matters. This year, they will showcase 14 artists, including Rick Lo, Pete Ross, Wu Jianzhong, Sophia Hotung, Eleanor McColl, and over 50 artworks.
La Galerie Paris 1839
Founded in 2014, La Galerie Paris 1839 represents internationally recognised fine art photography masterpieces, as well as a collection of works by emerging artists. At the crossroad of Western and local art scene, their mission is to present Hong Kong with a modern perspective through prints mixed media, street art and sculpture. They represent artists such as Almond Chu, Giraffe Leung, Zeng Nian, Zhang Kechun, Chow Ching-Hui, Camille Levert, Cyril Delettre.
Step Creation Gallery
Created in 2019, Step Creation Gallery is dedicated to support and advocate mainly for street artists such as Cyril Kongo, Colorz, JonOne, Joris Ghilini, as well as painter Hom Nguyen. Starting by organising pop up exhibitions in a showroom, the gallery has been developing his presence in Asia by organising more solo exhibitions in Hong Kong and other Asian cities, and by participating in art fairs in and outside Hong Kong.
Art Roof Top Gallery
Established in 2019, Art Roof Top is a hidden Hong Kong gem, showcasing Hong Kong-based artists such as Sergei Rozhnov, Seema Mathew, John Gale, Marcelle Rosfelder-Leu. In addition to hosting exhibitions, they also offer workshops for adults and children to learn how to draw and paint.
Children’s Art Tours
The fair’s longtime partner Art Loop will offer children’s tours involving fun and creative activities to keep children (aged 4-12) engaged as they learn about art. Their workshop includes a tour t-shirt, tour book and art workshop materials, and a guided fair tour.
For more details about the Fair schedule and ticketing, click on the link Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2023.
The full list of participating galleries can be found HERE.
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