Affordable Art Fair out to tempt Hongkongers to buy their first pieces

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 May, 2015, 10:53pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 May, 2015, 10:53pm

A showcase of young emerging artists, creative workshops and interactive talks are just some of the features that the Affordable Art Fair hopes will help the Hong Kong public fall in love with art.

The fair is the brainchild of Will Ramsey, who launched an art warehouse in London in the mid-1990s with the aim of increasing public interest in contemporary art. It has become known as the art fair that encourages people to buy their first pieces.

"The great thing about the fair is that everyone is a potential collector. When you visit you'll hopefully find loads of stuff that you like and can afford," Ramsey says.

His plan is to open up the art market to a wider audience. The fair now visits cities all over the world, Hong Kong being one of its regular stops. It offers people of all ages the opportunity to view thousands of artworks in a fun, interactive and relaxed atmosphere. These can range from paintings to sculptures, ceramics, prints and photographs at prices ranging from HK$1,000 to HK$10,000. "So there is something for every budget and taste," he says.

It will include print-making demonstrations, workshops and various talks on the topic of photography, ink and art therapy.

"It's not just about buying art but enjoying and learning more about it too," says Ramsey. And for novice Picassos, the children's art studio provided by the Sovereign Art Foundation will help to make this event a family day.

"A personal highlight is our Young Talent exhibition, curated by Eric Leung Shiu-kee. It's been a platform for local emerging artists," says fair director Stephanie Kelly.

"We aim to inform and increase people's understanding and enjoyment of art."

Other things to look out at the fair include the Art After Dark Evening, a set of live art demonstrations produced on site in a relaxed evening setting. Performances include HKwalls, a local street artist group working to transform an ordinary space to original art; YogaArt, which puts yoga movements on canvas in a 15-minute sequence; and Hoop Yokai, a dance and visual graphics using a simple hoop.

Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai, Ma y 22, 12pm-6pm; May 23, 11am-7pm; May 24, 11am-6pm, HK$80-HK$150; Art After Dark Evening: HK$200, HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 3128 8288