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Affordable Art Fair NYC Fall Edition coming this September 26 - 29!

Affordable Art Fair NYC will return to the Metropolitan Pavilion in September for its Fall edition where you will find an inspiring and friendly atmosphere to browse thousands of original contemporary paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints showcased by 74 local, national and international galleries. The Fair will bring back some of New York City’s favorite art events such as Art After Dark and their signature Private View taking place on Wednesday, September 25th in addition to some exciting new series and programs.

Series such as the highly anticipated Young Talent Exhibition will return this fall featuring the esteemed Ceramics program at Teachers College/Columbia University. The program which goes back to the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th century fosters an environment of experimentation, creative discourse and interaction between all ages. The exhibition will include outstanding examples of the ceramic works from the Teachers College/Columbia University studio.


Another interesting feature of the fair will be the launch of the new Trade Hours initiative taking place at 11am on Thursday, September 26th and Friday, September 27th, before the fair opens to the public. Trade Hours are a chance for interior designers and decorators, architects, art consultants and more, to engage with contemporary art galleries on a professional level like never before all while networking with New York City’s most prominent design experts.

At every fall edition, Affordable Art Fair NYC also releases a Limited Edition Print in collaboration with an artist commissioned by the fair. This year the fair will exhibit South London based linocut printmaker Ellen Von Wiegand’s work which places her battle with shyness at the center of her work. By featuring her own nude body, she confronts her lifelong fear of being seen, and uses this insecurity as a tool for expression and connection. The piece will only be available in an edition of 15 and is titled ‘She Seemed Odd from the Beginning’ and relates to the artist’s interest in the idea of belonging.

There is so much to do at Affordable Art Fair NYC and with contemporary artwork by over 400 established artists and rising stars, and price points ranging from $100-$10,000 – there is something to suit every taste and wallet whether you are a first-time art buyer or a seasoned collector.

Create! Magazine is excited to be partnering with AAF and we will have limited complimentary copies of our most recent issue available at the fair cafe. For additional information and to purchase admission tickets, please visit their website.


We recently had the opportunity to interview the fair’s Director, Vanessa Seis, where we learned a few of her picks for new highlight exhibitors to see and the events you can’t miss, as well as some useful tips for first-time art collectors!

Can you tell us about the mission or vision behind the Affordable Art Fair and what sets it apart from the ever-growing calendar of international fairs?

The first Affordable Art Fair took place 20 years ago, in 1999 in Battersea Park in London, with the vision of making art accessible to all. To this day, we create art fairs that provide a welcoming, fun, educational and inspiring environment in which seasoned art collectors as well as art novices can browse and buy contemporary art under $10,000. I think it is that clear definition and the accessibility that really set us apart from other art fairs.

Is there something about the New York Fall iteration of your fair that is particularly unique?

A feature truly unique to the NYC Fall edition is our Limited Edition Print. We launched this feature in 2013 and have since been collaborating with an artist on a limited edition print that is truly unique to the year’s fall edition. Each print features our signature pink and is limited to an edition of 10-15. This fall, we are presenting a beautiful print by British artist Ellen Von Wiegand, represented by our longtime exhibitor DECORAZON gallery at the fair. It’s an edition of 15 and unframed, the piece is priced at $300. We have footage of Ellen creating the print on our blog and it’s exciting to get this peak behind the scenes and see how the print was created.


What are you most excited about for this edition of the fair?

I’m probably most excited about our Young Talent Exhibition featuring students of the distinguished Teachers College, Columbia University ceramics program. The program is not customarily available to a broad art collecting audience and we are so proud to debut this series of work from emerging artists of the utmost caliber, from an international and diverse student body, all before it is available to the wider art market.

Can you name a few highlight exhibitors that attendees can look forward to seeing?

This is really tough, as we have a fantastic group of 74 local, national and international galleries this year. I love the internationality of our exhibitors and am excited to introduce RISE GALLERY from Tokyo as well as Bogotá-based artist-collective Rat Trap to our NYC audience. Of the US galleries that are joining us for the first time this edition, I’m excited for Collective 131 and Kathryn Markel Fine Art to join the Affordable Art Fair family. But there are so many more that are absolutely fantastic, so make sure to check out our full list of exhibitors on the website.

Besides the great exhibitors and art, are there any special events that viewers should be aware of?

We have two signature evening events, our Private View on Wednesday, September 25 and Art After Dark on Thursday, September 26. The Private View is the first opportunity to see the fair and buy the piece you’ve been coveting and Art After Dark is our event for young patrons of the arts. Both events include a complimentary drink and Art After Dark boasts a performative element, which I’m particularly proud of. It’s so special and inspiring to find yourself in an art fair and experience musical and performative elements as you wander through the aisles and look for that special piece of art to fall in love with.

Do you have a few tips for young or new collectors or those attending a fair for the first time?

Buy what you love! But do come a bit prepared and know your spaces and your budget. We have a great feature in the front of the fair called “Under $500 Wall” that gives fairgoers a curated overview of what’s possible even on a small budget. And I would also encourage everyone to just talk to our gallerists and ask them questions! They truly embody the Affordable Art Fair spirit and are so welcoming and knowledgeable.




Wednesday, September 25

Private View | 6pm–9pm

Thursday, September 26

Trade Hours | 11am-12pm

General Admission | 12pm–6pm

Art After Dark | 6pm–9pm

Friday, September 27

Trade Hours | 11am-12pm

General Admission | 12pm–6pm

Free Admission | 6pm–8pm

Saturday, September 28

Stroller Hour | 10am-11am

General Admission | 11am–8pm

Sunday, September 29

Stroller Hour | 10am-11am

General Admission | 11am–5pm


Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street.

Find us between 6th and 7th Avenues in Chelsea.

Nearest subways are 1, 2, 3, L, F and M lines.

Nearest MTA bus lines are M5, M7 and M20.

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Top Picks from the Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam

Showcasing 67 local, regional and international galleries representing contemporary artists from all over the world, the 2017 edition of Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam seemed to fulfill its promise of being bigger and brighter than its previous iterations. Held from November 2nd – 5th in the easily accessible Kromthouthal in Amsterdam North, the fair had a fabulous range of contemporary art including painting, photography, sculpture and more! All works were priced between €100 – €6,000, and 75% of the art on view was priced under €3,000. The Affordable Art Fair is the place for both seasoned and new collectors to discover, fall in love with and take art home!

Here are a few of our favorite galleries and artists! 

1. MAG - THE ART OF MAGAZINE PHOTOGRAPHY (below photo by Erik van den Elsen)

2. Tom Blachford (below photo) and Franco Defrancesca at ARTITLED contemporary


3. Jean-Pierre Kunkel at Galerie Marion Stoeter


6. Yvonne Michiels at De KunstSalon


8. Jeon Nak at Able Fine Art NY Gallery

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10. Daan Oude Elferink at Ronen Art Gallery

All images courtesy of the artists and their respective galleries.

Coming soon! The 12th Edition of the Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam

We were so excited to be invited to preview the Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam coming up at the beginning of November! Read on for more information about the fair and what to look for in this year's edition. 


The art fair for people who have never been to an art fair. The art fair for ‘’I didn’t know I even liked contemporary art’’ art lovers.  Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam returns for its 12th edition with 65 local, national and international galleries showcasing a wide range of contemporary art. With all art priced under a €6.000 limit (incl. VAT) there is something for everyone at the fair. 

Whether you’re looking for something for the living room – or another room – or hoping to discover something to add to your growing collection, there are thousands of unique pieces of art on display. From photography to sculpture, print, painting and mixed media. Abstract and classic. It’s a whirlwind of color and visual delights. 

The Affordable Art Fair believes that art enriches lives, so we want everyone to have it! We make it easy – by having a great selection on sale with all the prices visible. This means that our gallerists are happy to help and can spend time telling you about the artist behind your new unique work. Browse, think, have a break, browse some more. Luckily, we have a great bar and restaurant to sit down and catch your breath. With some light bites and a drink under your belt, you’re ready to look again. 

Still wondering? This year you can join one of our guided tours – or catch one of our Art Talks. Or just hang out and watch our artist in residence at work. If you really know what you want – or think you do – but only have a limited amount of time, why not try out our personal shopper service? 

Tickets are €14 on the door. Kids under 16 get in free and we even welcome small to mid-sized dogs on leashes. And if you can’t decide which piece you want on your first visit – no problem! Just tell the gallery you’re interested in a piece and ask for our free re-entry pass so that you can come back.

See you in November!

Interview: Charlotte Keates

Since leaving Falmouth University with her BA First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art, she has exhibited extensively throughout the UK as well as AAF Stockholm in 2016. Recent exhibitions include the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize Exhibition
at The Mall Galleries London. Charlotte’s work has been featured in numerous publications including Art Maze Magazine, Atlas Magazine, Harpers Baazar and The Jealous Curator.

We absolutely love your recent paintings. When were you initially inspired to use interiors and architecture in your work? How did the new series come about?
Thank you. I’ve always loved Mid-Century architecture and interiors – particularly the geometric beauty conveyed within the architectural forms and the calming aesthetic that they evoke. I’m always aiming to push the boundaries of perceived space, but it is the dialogue between the architectural structures and the landscape that particularly interests me.

This latest body of work is influenced having spent 3 months on an inspiration trip around the United States and Canada. I sort of feel an innate energy and connection to a certain space, and I just know I have to use and do something with it. Having this sudden urge to create is what drives my work, and with the excitement of the unknown, helps push me into some unexpected results.

Where do you get your inspiration and references? Briefly describe your creative process. 

It definitely helps living in London and having incredible galleries on my doorstep. It's also really important for me to go outside, have a coffee in the morning and go for a walk before I return to my studio, otherwise, I would never leave. So much of my work is about observing what's around me. My inspiration is sourced from many different areas, it almost becomes an obsession. Everything around me can relate in one way or another. 

Textures and consistency of paint play an integral role in my process. The surface that I paint on is where the process all starts ... an adapted version of a traditional gesso ground, which is painted onto the panel in a very fluid, free manner. The exposed fragments of ‘ground’ are as much a part of the painting as the paint itself. I love that each process within my paintings co-exist and become as important as each other.

What do you hope the viewer takes away from your work? 
The viewer doesn't need to know where the space or location is that I'm painting, or know how it influenced the work. They don't even need to feel the way that I did when I saw it. But they have to feel something whilst viewing my paintings.

What I really like is that the viewer can relate to my work through their own experiences and place their own narrative. I want the viewer to be transported into their own world. 
How has being a part of Affordable Art Fair impacted your work? Share a few tips with new fair participants. 
Being a part of the Affordable Art Fair has been a wonderful experience. I have also been fortunate enough to show with Arusha Gallery at Hampstead, Battersea, Bristol and Stockholm a number of times, which has given me the opportunity of showing my works in such great venues and to such a huge number of people.

All fairs for me have been great so far, the Affordable Art Fair as ever is buzzing with such a brilliant atmosphere. I'm very fortunate to have such an amazing and supportive gallery too, selecting my work that they show at the fairs. This year, in a couple of weeks time, the team at the Hampstead Affordable Art Fair has invited me to take part in a 'sofa talk' Q & A ... I am really excited about this.

Something I might suggest to potential participating artists, is that they ought to make themselves available for the duration of the fair - to be there in person most, if not all of the time.  I have found it invaluable to be there, immersing myself and soaking up the atmosphere, meeting people - especially as some clients visiting the gallery stand love to find out a little more about a specific piece ... or just meet me for a chat.  So for the gallery team knowing that they can call on me adds yet more value to what they're doing ... plus it's also a really enjoyable way to actually talk about your work.

What are you most proud of in your art career so far? 

That's a difficult one, I think it would probably be that I have had success at such an early stage in my career, that I am already fulfilling an ambition of being a full-time Artist living in London, with my own studio ... doing exactly what I love with little other distractions, something I thought I may have had to wait a little while for.
A highlight has seen one of my pieces hanging in the Royal Academy Summer Show last year ... a dream I'd had for some time. 

Tell us about your upcoming projects. What should we be on the lookout for?

Oooh ... lots of exciting things in the pipeline. After my solo show; 'Sojourn' at Arusha Gallery Edinburgh in a weeks time, they then turn to exhibiting my work at the Affordable Art Fair, then onto the London Art Fair in January ... busy busy busy! We're also making lots of really exciting plans to show at the fairs in Miami and Los Angeles too - which next year, might just become my new answer to the question above...!

Upcoming Exhibition: Sojourn

ARUSHA GALLERY are delighted to present a new collection of paintings by London based artist, Charlotte Keates debuting at their Edinburgh gallery this May. Sojourn is a new body of work made in response to her recent 'inspiration trip' around the United States and Canada which took place during the summer and Autumn of 2016.

‘I am trying to negotiate a space that captures a sense of stillness and peacefulness that can be achieved from a temporary experience or place; even if only for a short while. I want to attempt to trigger a feeling or memory within the viewer, it's important that they feel something; whilst documenting my own personal experiences and observations, crossing the boundaries between nostalgia and the anticipation of the unknown.

Ever-inspired by the 1960’s and 70’s classical architectural interiors; with the aesthetics of an artists working atelier, I aim to create intriguing and surprisingly illusionary interiors. The Landscape and Sea, with Swimming Pools and Birch Trees have consistently become a significant part, and over time any combination of these features are likely to play an integral role in my paintings. What is outside and surrounding us, I find exhilarating and inspiring; a beautiful location, or setting,

becoming the anchor of the painting, as this exterior I allow to flood into the interior. The viewer’s own experiences and imagination play as much a part of the narrative as my own, whilst a moment or scene is composed from my imagination, the story is left entirely ambiguous to unfold as the viewer wishes it to.’ Charlotte Keates 2017.

About the Gallery:

Founded in 2013, Arusha Gallery has its permanent premises in Dundas Street Edinburgh where it presents a yearly programme of exhibitions from emerging and mid-career artists working both in Scotland as well as Internationally. In addition to regular solo and group exhibitions, the gallery also presents pop up exhibitions and presentations at art fairs in the UK and Europe.

About the exhibition:

Dates : May 5th - May 30th 2017 || Private View Thursday May 4th 6-8pm Address: 13A Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QG
Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm Sundays 1pm-5pm

Contact: | 0131 557 1412 |

"Art Beyond Borders" Affordable Art Fair Hampstead


Affordable Art Fair Returns to Hampstead in Celebration of the Art World’s Internationalism

  • Fair will bring together more international galleries than ever before to celebrate the relationship between art and travel
  • Made in Arts London to curate unique exhibition of work from young graduates responding to cultural diversity
  • Artists will draw on their experiences from across the globe to celebrate internationalism in the city post-Article 50
Made in Arts London - Imogen Parry Q -KARMA

Made in Arts London - Imogen Parry Q -KARMA

The Affordable Art Fair will return to Hampstead Heath next month in an exploration of the impact of internationalism and travel on contemporary art – addressing the importance of celebrating cultural diversity in light of Article 50.

The fair will return 11th – 14th May with more international galleries than ever before - offering the opportunity to invest in global and home-grown talent at an affordable price.

Emerging talent from London’s top art schools will show works inspired by unfamiliar foreign landscapes and cultures as part of the Made in Arts London exhibition in response to Brexit.

Artists on show will include Imogen Parry, whose landscape photographs look at the concept of ‘paradise’, and Stefon Grant, a London-based photographer who looks at urbanism and the city’s changing faces and what that means for the historic capital.  

Elsewhere across the fair visitors will be able to browse works by hundreds of artists who’ve travelled the globe to find their creative inspiration. They’ll include British artist Dan Hillier, whose works have been directly influenced by time he spent with shamans in the Peruvian Amazon, as well as works from British-Indian artist Natasha Kumar.

Galerie Artima - Bruno Helgen

Galerie Artima - Bruno Helgen

Kumar’s pieces, inspired by 40 years of annual trips to India, reflect the impact of western culture on Indian traditions and challenge tourists’ preconceptions of the country.

Other artists to unveil new works exploring the theme will include Charlotte Keates, whose pieces have been inspired by a recent road trip through North America, and Alberto Sanchez who spends between 3-6 months every year capturing iconic global locations for his sci-fi style landscape pieces.

With more international galleries than ever before, the fair will show some of the best in global talent. Galleries include the likes of Aboriginal Art Galleries (Sydney, Australia), Artelite (Montpellier, France), Fousion Gallery (Barcelona, Spain) and Gallery AE (Korea).

They will be complemented by British galleries with an international outlook, including Bleach Box Photography Gallery (London, England) and Artshouse (London, England) who both show exciting artists from across the globe.

All works are available from £100-£6,000, suitable for everyone from seasoned collectors to first time buyers.

Visitors looking to get in touch with their creative side will be able to take part in a number of interactive workshops and informative talks from the likes of City Lit and JW3. For those wanting to immerse themselves in the art of other cultures, the Hampstead School of Art will also run workshops inspired by pre-Columbian American artwork, Indonesian artist Dolorosa Sinaga and the relationship between West African art and Picasso’s portraiture.

Raquelle Azran Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art - Dinh Thi Tham Poong - Forest Ecstasies

Raquelle Azran Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art - Dinh Thi Tham Poong - Forest Ecstasies

Affordable Art Fair Hampstead Director Luci Noel explains “As an international art hub, London has long been a place for artists from across the globe to develop their craft and share their voice through art.

“The art world truly is borderless and we are thrilled to be celebrating this relationship between art and travel at our Hampstead fair, giving a platform to exciting international and British talent in Europe’s art capital.”

A spokesperson from Made in Arts London said: “For centuries, artists have been travelling to unfamiliar places to be inspired by the cultures, traditions and landscapes of foreign countries.

“In the aftermath of the EU referendum vote, our exhibition at the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead will aim to address the importance of internationalism and the significance of cultural diversity.”

Bleach Box - Richard Heep - Mother India

Bleach Box - Richard Heep - Mother India

The Affordable Art Fair has revolutionised and democratised the art market with its accessible approach, bringing art under £6,000 to its three UK locations: Battersea Park, Hampstead Heath, and Bristol – all complemented by a newly-launched ecommerce platform.

The Affordable Art Fair Hampstead opens its doors to the public on Thursday 11th May and runs until Sunday 14th May.

For tickets to all dates and further information, visit:

Affordable Art Fair Battersea set to explore links between art and wellbeing
Hicks Gallery: Amy Judd,  Bath White

Hicks Gallery: Amy Judd, Bath White

In a bid to dust off London’s winter blues, next month’s Affordable Art Fair plans to unearth the links between art and wellbeing as new collections, workshops and practical sessions turnBattersea Park into a hub of serenity.

Taking place from Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th March, it will host a selection of artists and interactive workshops which explore the benefits of art when it comes to tranquillity, mindfulness and mental wellbeing.

Offering a feast for the eyes and soul, workshops – hosted by the likes of Paint Jam and City Lit – will include meditation classes surrounded by peaceful artworks and relaxing practical sessions such as paper folding. Mindful photography will even encourage busy snappers to take stock and appreciate the thousands of images they capture and share on social media day to day.

Jonathan Hillson

Jonathan Hillson

Championing up and coming artists, the fair’s Platform Projects installations will include a piece from Jonathan Hillson, who’ll explore art’s influence on our perception of beauty. His video installation, ‘I AM HUMAN' will stack TVs showing parts of the human body to create one giant image – inspired by Da Vinci’s depiction of the modern man. An immersive light sculpture called ‘Flown’ by Esther Rolinson and Sean Clark will also be unveiled, using hundreds of illuminated LEDs to create a cloud-like effect that floods with colour in response to any environmental changes around it.

Frames: Lucy Campbell,  Flights of Fancy

Frames: Lucy Campbell, Flights of Fancy

The four-day event will see a diverse line up of artists showcasing a mix of contemporary paintings, editioned prints, sculptures and photography – each selling at accessible prices from just £100 - £6,000.

Many will have drawn on their own experience of using art to aid their own wellbeing – including Platform Project artist Zac Greening who began his career as a means of therapy to cope with the loss of his father, and Sally Buchanan who left her busy job as a GP of 25 years to follow her dream and use art to explore the links between arts and wellbeing.

Sam Gare, Director of Affordable Art Fair Battersea, said: “There’s no doubt that art has the power to impact our day to day lives. Whether it’s simply immersing us into a different world or as a means of therapy, our artists and creative partners coming to Battersea next month can all draw on the positive impact art has had on their lives. We can’t wait to show visitors the effects for themselves as we kick off our first fair of the season next month.”

This year’s Charity Private View on Wednesday 8th March will be in support of Barnardo’s. The children’s charity will be announcing the winner of its competition ‘I Am’ – which called on school children to answer key questions about themselves, and their potential, through art in a bid to celebrate and empower them. The winning entry will be announced by artist Anthony Burrill on the night.

Gas Gallery: Kate Banazi,  CurvedSpace1

Gas Gallery: Kate Banazi, CurvedSpace1

The March edition comes hot off the heels of the launch of the fair’s new online shopping platform, which will offer art fans an opportunity to purchase artworks they may have fallen in love with – but missed out on – at the fair.

The Affordable Art Fair has revolutionised and democratised the art market with its accessible approach, bringing art under £6,000 to its three UK locations: Battersea Park, Hampstead Heath, and Bristol – all complemented by the new ecommerce platform.

It offers first time buyers and serious collectors a unique opportunity to browse and buy a huge variety of art under one roof, and has become a global phenomenon with 14 fairs in 10 cities across several continents.

The Affordable Art Fair Battersea opens its doors to the public on Thursday 9th March and runs until Sunday 12th March.

For tickets to all dates and further information, visit: