Whether you’re an experienced collector, an art lover or a neophyte looking to buy your first limited-edition print, the Affordable Art Fair is the perfect place to learn more about art and refine your taste in a playful and accessible environment. It is also a unique opportunity to discover local artists, galleries and collectives in one place.
After its latest edition held online in April due to the Covid pandemic, the fair is finally returning “in real life” to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, from 26 to 29 August 2021.
Continuing its dedicated support of the art ecosystem, the edition will showcase forty local and international galleries with hundreds of artworks on display. In light of current circumstances, the fair will boast new features, Crossing Borders and Remote Participation which will enable galleries abroad to bring fresh international artists and artworks to the Hong Kong audience.
With an ethos of transparency, friendliness and art education, and with the aim of democratising the art world, the Affordable Art Fair is building initiatives to support local emerging talents through dedicated programmes such as the Young Talent exhibition featuring Hong Kong’s young artists’ creativity, and Special Projects showcasing interactive large-scale installations.
Curated by the fair team for the Young Talent exhibition, hand-picked artists will showcase new bodies of work. This year, you will be able to discover four local artists, all coming from different walks of life: Chung Man Chau, Angel Hui How Kiu, Corn Ho Shuk Mei and Alex Lam Tai Shun.
Chung Man Chau
Chung Man Chau mainly focuses on painting and conceptual art, in which she visualises life values that are invisible yet existing. Her works usually draw inspiration from urban living and life experiences in general. In her artworks, bones represent the basic form of human. Through these colourful bones, she tries to reconstruct the intrinsic concept between bones and death.
Angel Hui Hoi Kiu
Angel Hui Hoi Kiu is a contemporary ink painter who uses traditional Chinese motifs and everyday materials in new and innovative ways on tissue paper and rice paper. She is fascinated by daily objects and often discovers new meaning in them by twisting traditional art form and appropriating common materials to become part of her artwork. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a picture in front of her fluorescent light installation Thousand Hand, part of the fair Special Projects.
Corn Ho Shuk Mei
Corn Ho Shuk Mei explores the deepest levels of the human subconscious. The atmospheric, melancholic tones of her drawings and paintings evoke sensations of dislocation: what is lost and what is found, the ambivalence between what is the fleeting memory, and what is synthesised as a trace within the landscape.
Alex Lam Tak Shun
Actor, singer and yoga teacher, Alex Lam Tai Shun is also a painter and a keen observer of the global scene. In his paintings, you can often find a mix of his different roots: vibrant colours and imagery of California, England’s joy for literature and individuality, and Hong Kong’s inimitable energy and pace.
In addition to local artists, the Affordable Art Fair is also a unique chance to discover several local galleries and to support their initiatives. We have selected for you five different galleries and arts collectives to visit at the fair, each with a unique approach to nurture talents, spread artistic curiosity and build a bridge between artists and the general public.
Art Roof Top
Founded in 2019, Art Roof Top is a community of artists dedicated to showing independent artists based in Hong Kong and to spread artistic curiosity. As a studio, they focus on figurative drawings of people and offer classes for adults and kids. With their project Up in the Art, they organise regular exhibitions of drawings and sculptures.
Cheer Bell Gallery
Founded in 2015, Cheer Bell Gallery primarily focuses on Modern and Contemporary Ink. Initiated as a platform to share and appreciate art with passion, Cheer Bell Gallery encourages diversified artistic style. Art Consultant and Art Advisor as the same time, they provide professional guidance in art collection.
The Hong Kong Arts Collective
Non-profit organisation established by local artists for local artists, the Hong Kong Arts Collective’s aim is to act as a stepping stone to nurture both emerging and established artists throughout Hong Kong. Their aim is to encourage aspiring artists to get involved in the local art scene and to give them opportunities to exhibit.
The Spectacle Group
Combining the worlds of contemporary and decorative art, The Spectacle Group represents artists and engages in art consulting and interior design projects. By sharing art beyond the confines of gallery walls, their aim is to open up art to everyone and everywhere.