Affordable Art Fair Melbourne

Published by: | 15-Jan-2022
Following a successful debut in 2019 with more than $1.8 million in sales, Affordable Art Fair will return to Australia’s cultural capital 1-4 September 2022 at its new home, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Showcasing 40 Australian galleries, the Fair will feature a mixture of emerging and established artists and a suite of interactive workshops over four days. From contemporary oil paintings to life-size sculptures, there will be something to suit every taste, space and spend.
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Address: 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006
Date: 1-4 September 2022
Ticket: $0-$75
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Call: +61 401 909 042
Uniting trusted galleries with avid aesthetes, the Fair aims to grow the art market, help people discover new artists and galleries, and demystify the conventional art buying experience with highly visible pricing. Visitors will be able to browse and buy artworks, and have their prized pieces wrapped onsite, ready to be taken home as they leave. Art aficionados will discover something new each day with all works rotated as they sell.

A myriad of art forms will be available for purchase including painting, sculpture, installation, photography and limited-edition prints. With something to suit all budgets, prices will start from $100 and cap at $10,000.

Affordable Art Fair’s Regional Managing Director Asia Pacific, Stephanie Kelly Gordine, says the role of the Fair is to connect its family of trusted galleries with a community of art lovers.

“Whilst we have adapted digitally over a topsy turvy two years there is nothing like seeing art in the flesh, the sharp smell of oil paint, cool touch of bronze or the explosion of colours seen close up,” said Kelly Gordine.

“Our artists have been busy in their studios, and we have thousands of artworks ready to find happy homes. Now more than ever, we need to support our art ecosystem and the events industry to create those magical moments when people fall in love with art,” continued Kelly Gordine.

Exhibiting galleries include the coveted Martinich&Carran on Victoria’s Surf Coast, Noosa’s The Gallery Eumundi, and all-female collective, Tits & Co. Leading Australian online gallery Bluethumb will return for its second year with M Artist Collective making its Fair debut alongside Curatorial+Co and Studio Gallery. Artist-run BlackCat Gallery will present a selection of works from emerging contemporary artists as founder Pimpisa Tinpalit showcases her installation, SILENCE, inspired by beauty and death.

Four unrepresented Victorian artists have been handpicked to showcase their work as part of the Young Talent Victoria initiative. All under the age of 35, artists Mark Chu and Liam O’Neil join the line-up for the first time. Alice Oehr and James Mulcahy return to headline the Fair’s newly formed Evolve platform, providing previously featured artists the opportunity to showcase a new body of work. Around the world, the Fair’s Young Talent initiative has successfully launched many young careers with artists being picked up by galleries and museum shows alike.

Alongside new and upcoming talent, visitors can participate in interactive workshops, watch live demonstrations and listen to educational talks in the Creative Hub. Designed to inspire and delight attendees of all ages and abilities, the Hub will host a bespoke mural from artist Tegan Iverson, ticketed daily watercolour workshops by Philip Edwards, a live oil painting by Archibald Prize finalist Hong Fu, and a life-size Art ATM where artist Jackie Case will produce one-off sketches for visitors whilst hidden inside.

Each day, registered art lovers will have the chance to join a guided tour through the Fair, detailing the Director’s top picks for every budget.

The full program of artists and galleries will be available on the Affordable Art Fair website from January 2022.

This year, the Fair has named The Torch its official charity partner. For over ten years, The Torch has provided arts, cultural and arts industry support to Indigenous inmates in Victoria through its Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community program. This partnership will mark the first time The Torch has exhibited its artists work at a public art fair, and the charity will receive 100% of all sales.

In 2019, the Fair welcomed over 10,500 visitors to connect with 53 galleries from both Australia and abroad. Over 1,000 artworks went to happy homes with almost two million dollars in art sales supporting galleries to grow their business and helping artists to make a living. 

Affordable Art Fair and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre are committed to ensuring a safe experience for all gallerists, artists and visitors. Organisers aim to deliver a fun and art-filled experience while maintaining compliance with the protocols and mandates of the Victorian Government’s health department. Read more about the Fair’s Safe Fair Policy at

Tickets are now on sale via the website.

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The Affordable Art Fair was founded 22 years ago and has revolutionised the art market with its fun and accessible approach to art appreciation. A truly global brand with 13 fairs operating in 9 cities around the world from London, Brussels, New York, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Singapore, Hong Kong and Melbourne. The Affordable Art Fair is owned by Ramsay Fairs UK under the directorship of Founder, Will Ramsay. Over 2.5 million people have visited an Affordable Art Fair since its launch in London in 1999, and over AU$668m of art has been sold, demonstrating a growing demand for quality and affordable, contemporary art. Affordable Art Fair focuses on the fun side of viewing and buying art and seeks to put art into every home, large or small and whatever the budget.

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