The Affordable Art Fair returns with Battersea Spring

Taking place from the 7th to the 10th of March, the Affordable Art Fair returns to London’s Battersea Park to explore the theme of colour.

Having become a global phenomenon – with 13 fairs in 10 cities across the world – the Affordable Art Fair has revolutionised the art market with its accessible, friendly approach. In the UK, it brings art worth under £6,000 to three locations: Battersea Park, Hampstead Heath and Bristol. Each fair offers a diverse range of galleries showcasing an array of art styles, offering something different to visitors, whether that be a piece by a household name, or one by an emerging artist.

The next Affordable Art Fair is Battersea Spring, taking place from the 7th to the 10th of March. Battersea Spring 2019 will be the eighteenth edition of the Spring Fair, and has been designed around the theme of colour. As part of the Fair, the head curator of arts and culture hub Elephant West, Becca Pelly-Fry, will be curating an exhibition of large-scale works created by up-and-coming artists.

This collection of new, innovative artwork will be brought together to form the Fair’s Platform Projects. “It’s an honour to be invited to curate Platform Projects, which presents a great opportunity for me to put together a group of exciting artists who I have wanted to work with for some time,” says Pelly-Fry. “We’re planning for an exciting display of innovative, immersive and large-scale works, perfect for the more adventurous collector looking to find the next big thing.”

With the Battersea Spring only days away, it has also been announced that the Fair’s artist in residence will be multi-disciplinary visual artist, James Burke. Having recently completed a 30ft installation at Amazon’s London headquarters, for the Fair Burke will be creating a number of bespoke artworks. Meanwhile, abstract pop-artist Robert Dunt will be responsible for creating eight paintings that are ‘explosions of colour’ for the entrance of the Fair.

Over the course of the event, there will be a curated programme of talks, workshops and live art demonstrations, which will all explore the theme of colour. In fact, over 100 galleries will be hosted across the Fair, allowing 1000s of original, affordable artworks to be exhibited. Artwork prices will range from as little as £100 to £6,000.

Other Battersea Spring highlights include colour themed workshops such as bouquet making with florists Bloom & Wild, an art therapy workshop with the NSPCC, and Faber-Castell’s ‘Kaleidoscope of Colours’ workshop, which will be run by illustrator Alice Nyong. Elsewhere, experts from the British Institute of Interior Design will be leading a series of talks, discussing how to choose a colour that expresses your personality, and looking at this season’s trends.

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