Affordable Art Fair Melbourne
Affordable Art Fair is an international contemporary art fair, founded in 1999 by collector Will Ramsay. It was first held in London with one goal only: to make art accessible to all. 20 years later, the fair has now conquered the world, with several editions in almost all continents. In September 2019, the first Australian edition of the fair has been held in the Royal Exhibition Building of Melbourne. Both Australian and international galleries are showcased during this 4-day fair. Like its sisters shows, Affordable Art Fair Melbourne is a place to discover future stars with a focus on emerging and mid-career artists. Many Affordable fairs take place all over the globe like Affordable Art Fair NY, Affordable Art Fair Stockholm and Affordable Art Fair Singapore.
Stephanie Kelly shares her views!
Fair Director Australia
Affordable Art Fair Melbourne 2023
Royal Exhibition Building
9 Nicholson St
Carlton VIC 3053 Melbourne
31 August – 3 September 2023
Opening Night: $45
General Admission: $19 (Early bird)
Under 16 years: Free
Affordable Art Fair Shop
The fair’s online marketplace showcases thousands of unique artworks. Paintings, photographs, collages, drawings, sculptures, prints, etc. at all kinds of prices.
Insights Affordable Art Fair Melbourne
Fair Director Australia
What is the DNA of Affordable Art Fair Melbourne?
Affordable Art Fair’s mission is to democratise the art world and help people discover the joy of collecting art. Our Melbourne fair opened at the Royal Exhibition Building from 5-8 September 2019 and was buzzing with excitement with art from around the world.
What type of galleries are chosen to exhibit, and why?
We have over 50 galleries from Australia and abroad showcasing emerging and mid-career artists. The galleries come from around the world, from Melbourne, Santa Monica, Tokyo, UK, Brussels, Seoul and Singapore.
What is the price range? Who buy?
We provide art for all tastes and all budgets with art priced from $100 right up to $12,000. Our buyers range from art lovers looking to buy their first piece right up to experienced collectors who want to test their eye and add to their collection.
“Our fun, welcoming and accessible ethos make buying art easy and enjoyable.”
Affordable Art Fair Melbourne © Art Edit
Is there a typical Affordable Art Fair Melbourne visitor?
As an art fair for all, our fairs audience changes over the week with empty nesters often first in the door on our Opening Night followed by affluent professionals. Our Friday audience ranges from Mum’s with strollers to young professionals coming for our Charity Night and then our weekend crowd is returning visitors picking up art and families looking for art for their homes.
What is Affordable Art Fair Melbourne special appeal?
Our fun, welcoming and accessible ethos make buying art easy and enjoyable. With over 500 artists to discover plus an array of arty activities for young and old there is something for everyone.
What are two other art fairs you would suggest?
Affordable Art Fair is a family of fairs with 13 fairs in 10 cities around the world. As part of the Ramsay Fairs family we also have Pulse Miami and recently acquired VOLTA New York and VOLTA Basel.
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