Affordable Art Fair 2015

Affordable Art Fair Stockholm

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LEFT – Couture Galleri | Ysabel Lemay | The Fire Within
RIGHT – The Public House of Art | Barbara Van Den Berg | Artemis | Digital Collage | 80x60cm

With over 50 local and international galleries representing contemporary artists and displaying artwork for purchase all under SEK 50,000 (under roughly $6,000), Affordable Art Fair Stockholm aims to put high quality artwork into the hands of more people.

Run over the course of four days, there are hundreds of paintings, artist-made prints, sculptures and photography; ranging from traditional and contemporary to humorous and edgy.

The concept of the fair was developed and launched by Will Ramsay in Battersea Park, London, in 1999. Ramsay opened up Will’s Art Warehouse in an effort to bring undiscovered contemporary art into the limelight. By primarily focusing on unknown artists, he was able to offer artwork between £50 – £2,500. After receiving an impressive response to his project, the first Affordable Art Fair was launched in London three years later in 1999 and it attracted over 10,000 visitors.

Today, over 22,500 people come to each Affordable Art Fair held in London to view and buy art exhibited by over 120 British and international galleries.

Will’s Art Warehouse still stands and the Affordable Art Fair has become something of a global phenomenon.

 

The success of the British and American fairs encouraged Will to explore other markets and the Affordable Art Fair now takes place in cities including Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan, Singapore, Hamburg, Seoul, Stockholm and Hong Kong.

 

Globally, over 1.6 million people have visited an Affordable Art Fair, buying over €295 million worth of art…. Read more.

In 2012, the Stockholm edition of Affordable Art Fair was launched and over its inaugural four days, it drew in a crowd of 11,000 art lovers, 50 galleries exhibiting contemporary paintings, sculptures, prints and photography, and sales of over SEK 11 million (roughly $1.3 million).

This year, among the displaying galleries is Galleri Duerr which has an exhibition program that combines painting, sculpture, photography and design. The gallery shows both new and established artists, Swedish and international, as well as developing a successful cooperation with guest curators. During the years, the gallery has evolved into a living forum for performance and exhibitions in various forms – classic/jazz concerts, dance, poetry readings, talks, and more.

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LEFT – Natalia Mikkola – Shades of Mysticism | Sylt, Kampen, Nordfriesland II
RIGHT – Joanna Holmgren | Work in progress

At Affordable Art Fair 2015, Galleri Duerr will be presenting work from seven contemporary artists spanning five cultures and three generations working in different art forms: Natalia Mikkola (Crimea/Åland/Finland/Sweden), Alannah Robins (Ireland), Didier Mazuru (France/Sweden), Matt Miley (USA/Sweden), David Eisenhauer (USA/Sweden), Lina L Baker (Sweden), and Debora House (USA/ Sweden). You can learn more about their work here.

Alongside Galleri Duerr will be over 50 other local and international galleries selling artwork including giving artist talks, seminars, and workshops.

2015 Dates – October 1-4www.affordableartfair.com

Author: Lola A. Åkerström

Lola Akinmade Åkerström is an award-winning writer, photographer, and travel blogger, and is also the Founder/Editor-in-chief of Slow Travel Stockholm. Her photography is represented by National Geographic Creative. She tweets at @LolaAkinmade.

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