Affordable Art Fair Singapore closed on Sunday (24 November) after welcoming 13,000 visitors and SG $3.4 million in art sales. The fair saw a strong increase of 20% in the number of artworks finding happy homes with experienced collectors discovering new artists as well as first time buyers starting their art collections. Visitors were inspired to expand their art knowledge and explore their creativity at the various interactive and family friendly areas; The Creative Hub, The Young Talent Programme and via the Special Projects found throughout the fair.
Alan Koh, Fair Director, Affordable Art Fair Singapore commented: “Our galleries showcased so many new rising stars alongside their established artists and the response from our visitors demonstrates a continued and growing appetite for contemporary art in Singapore. I was proud to see so many families and friends enjoying an arty day out and getting closer to art.
He went on to note: “We also observed a new wave of buyers who are starting their collecting journeys with us, buying at lower, entry-level price points, as they get warmed up to art. We hope they will continue their journey with us into the new decade and beyond.”
This year, the fair encouraged visitors to immerse themselves in awe-inspiring art programmes and in some cases, to roll their sleeves up and get creative themselves. Multi-media artist MOJOKO offered people the chance to work with him to co-create their own commemorative limited edition print artwork; ‘Silkscreen Mash-up’. Performance art took a different twist with artist duo ALEXANDMUSHI’S ‘Portable Studio’ making its Singapore debut. They invited visitors to engage with each other without talking or touching, exploring how humans communicate and connect with one another non-verbally and non-physically.
In line with Affordable Art Fair’s mission to support art therapy worldwide, the fair worked closely with The Singapore Cancer Society and local gallery, Asian Art Platform to create a hands on workshop to help raise awareness of the importance of art in wellbeing and the power art has to enrich lives. The ‘Adopt Songsong Workshop’, encouraged visitors to decorate their own Songsong, an iconic sculpture of a dog by Chinese artist Zhang Yong. This paid workshop ($30) donated all net profits to the Singapore Cancer Society and saw people of all ages creating their own masterpieces to take home.
The fair is also delighted to announce that on Sunday it flew across the $45 million line for the total art sales made in Singapore since launching in 2010. Over 180,000 visitors have taken over 16,000 artworks home to either start their collection or complement their existing one. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Affordable Art Fair since it launched in Battersea Park in 1999; a huge milestone for longevity AND also for supporting the art eco-system in all its markets to flourish.
The Autumn Edition of the Affordable Art Fair ran from 22nd to 24th November 2019 at the F1 Pit Building. More information and tickets to the Affordable Art Fair available here