When Will Ramsay founded the fair in 1999 his aim was to make contemporary art accessible to everyone, and to show you don’t need to be an art expert or a millionaire to enjoy and buy art. Ten years on The Affordable Art Fair is the leading showcase in the UK for contemporary art under £4,000 having welcomed over 430,000 visitors who have bought £73 million of art.
How did it all start?
In 1996 Will opened Will’s Art Warehouse in south west London to bridge the increasing interest in contemporary art and the London gallery scene. By concentrating on relatively unknown artists not carrying a premium for reputation, the gallery was able to offer works from £50 – £2,500 from a stable of over 150 artists. The response to Will’s Art Warehouse encouraged Will to take his approach to the next level, and in October 1999 he launched the first Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park. 10,000 visitors took advantage of the ease of buying, breadth of choice, affordable prices and user-friendly approach.
AAF has also become something of a global phenomenon with fairs taking place in Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, New York and Singapore, while affiliate events include Sydney and Melbourne. Globally, 783,000 people have visited an Affordable Art Fair, buying over £123 million of art.
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Hi everyone, The time has come for Culture Night, this Friday!
I'm really looking forward to my paintings being on show at which
promises to be a fantastic evening with many artists, musicians and performers taking part at and outside the Doorway Gallery, 24 South Frederick St, Dublin.
The Doors open at 5pm until 11pm so please come along, not to be missed!
I am very proud to have a selection from my new series entitled "Tattoo Taboo".
Are you in Berlin? Please check out my solo show in the fabulous temporary Gallery, I 'd love to see you there. I am very proud with this my first gallery solo in Berlin!
More up dates and posts on my Facebook page, address above. Many thanks.
This is a photo of myself, proudly standing in front of my piece "A Shadow of Doubt", (please forgive the glare), now on show at the Royal Hibernian Academy, 183rd Annual Exhibition; http://www.rhagallery.ie/visit/annual-exhibition/ which runs through until Sat 17th August.
An absolute must if you are visiting Dublin!
"Mr. Sunshine" Oil/ Egg Tempera on Linen 40 x 40 cm
This is the first piece I painted this year. Heartbroken, over a piece that had left my hands to a place that was not intended for it, I painted a curtain of rain, but this smiling face peeping through it, represents the new work that followed. So all happy now!