Please check back nearer the time for the full programme of activities for March 2015. In the meantime, here’s a look back at the activities on offer at our October fair, which give a flavour of what you might find on an arty day out in Battersea Park with us.

Hands on workshops and informal talks
We are celebrating our 15th anniversary fair in true carnival style with a whole host of creative activities and workshops for children and adults. The Education Space is open throughout the duration of the fair and outside of workshop times we have plenty of materials on hand for you to unleash your inner artist!

Kids can also  pick up a free ‘Carnival Creations’ activity pack which includes a fun interactive  tropical trail – how many golden pineapples can you find at the fair? You’ll also find some special art materials courtesy of our friends at Faber-Castell.

We are delighted to be working with the ‘Big Draw’ organisers The Campaign for Drawing who present a variety of workshops and tours – don’t miss Lesley Barnes’ and Helen Macintyre’s extra special event on Saturday, as they help you create and set free a tropical bird with the help of a helium balloon!

If you are fascinated by the processes of collecting and curating – come along to an Own Art led tour or drop in to a talk led by the curators of our Recent Graduates exhibition.

And as a very special treat, make sure you see one of four exclusive performances by The Reduced Shakespeare Company who will be performing ‘A Complete History of Art (Abridged)’ during the Charity Private View and Late View. There really is something for everyone!

Special events

The Reduced Shakespeare Company present: A Complete History of Art (Abridged)
Performance times:
Wednesday 22 October: 7.15pm & 8.15pm
Thursday 23 October:  7.15pm & 8.15pm

Education Space

Wednesday 22 October: Alternative Private View with The Big Draw & Andrew Logan
Charity Private View: 7.30 – 9.30pm
Big Draw enthusiast and renowned British artist Andrew Logan will be kicking off proceedings at the Charity Private View with his signature flamboyant charm. Andrew Logan belongs to a unique school of English eccentrics; one of Britain’s principal sculptural artists, he challenges convention, mixes media and and plays with our artistic values. Mastermind behind the refreshingly unreserved ‘Alternative Miss World’ this years’ sell out event is co-hosted by Grayson Perry at Shakespeare Globe theatre.

Join Andrew and the Big Draw team and ‘Become an Artwork!’ Get in the celebratory mood and make and don a Carmen Miranda style headdress, and have your photo taken on our life sized postcard ‘The Big Draw Carnival Cut Out’ after you’ve made your mark on it! Transport yourself from South London to South America with a few marks on the carnival cut out!

Thursday 23 October:  Exotic Still Life
12pm Hone those drawing skills with an unusual twist on the traditional still life. Led by artist and costume designer Helen Astaire.

Late View: Painting the Carnival
5.30 – 9.30pm Watch a live painting demonstration with a twist by artists from Lavender Hill Studios, independent fine art school based in Battersea and the first atelier in the UK.

Friday 24 October: Exotic Still Life
12pm Another chance to try your hand at drawing from life although don’t expect any old bowl of fruit! Led by Helen Astaire.

Saturday 25 October: Create a carnival headdress 
12pm Get in the party spirit with costume designer Helen Astaire who will help you customise your very own Carmen-Miranda inspired headwear. Think sequins, feathers, jewels and a riot of colour!

This workshop is open to all but under 10s must be accompanied by an adult due to hot glue and small parts.

The Big Draw Presents:  Create and set free an exotic bird with Lesley Barnes and Helen Macintyre 
3pm Join the Big Draw and much-loved illustrator Lesley Barnes for an exotic bird workshop with Faber-Castell materials, feathers, sequins and tropical flare to create magical birds, but it doesn’t end there…

Once you have designed your creation, industry expert prop & set designer Helen Macintyre will be on hand to help you animate your bird and set your creation free on a helium balloon! Join us outside the marquee for two big bird release times in a colourful spectacle to remember. Watch your creations fly away and bring joy to their new owners, whoever they may be! As part of the Big Draw’s ‘It’s Our World’ theme this year each balloon will include a packet of seeds to be planted with a message when your creations land!

Balloon bird releases at 4pm and 5pm outside the Affordable Art Fair marquee.

Sunday 26 October: Create a carnival headdress 
12pm More headdress making fun with costume designer Helen Astaire. We have the sparkle and the feathers, just bring your imagination!

This workshop is open to all but under 10s must be accompanied by an adult due to hot glue and small parts.

The Big Draw and Phaidon present: ‘A World of Your Own’ workshop with Laura Carlin 
2pm Based on Laura’s new book A World of Your Own published by Phaidon, this fun workshop encourages children to unleash their creativity, get inspired by what is around them, and develop their own style of drawing according to what feeling they would like to convey. A great workshop for early years and over. All materials provided courtesy Big Draw 2014 sponsor Faber-Castell.

About the book:
“So much of a child’s art education is spent being told whether they have done a good or bad drawing – without really being told why. Likewise, very few children’s books encourage readers to understand different drawing techniques and develop confidence in their own style. ‘A Drawing Book’ tackles the how to’s of drawing in a very direct, personal way. Much more than a doodle book, it asks the child to look around and try to draw their own experiences, favourite things and best memories. What is home like? If you could fill the corner shop with anything – what would it be? What does someone look like when they run? Laura develops a child’s confidence in their own ability by asking them to define these things in a visual way. In this sense, this drawing book is a manifestation of a child’s own world.

Enter code AAF20 on the Phaidon website for 20% off Laura Carlin’s new book. Be quick, the offer ends on 3 November!

Don’t miss!

Sunday 26 October: Painting the carnival 
3pm Look out for Lavender Hill Studios artists at the front of the marquee as they paint live from the model.  Lavender Hill Studios is an independent fine art school based in Battersea and the first atelier in the UK.  Come along, be entertained and learn about the craft of drawing and painting.

**All activities are free of charge and unless stated are open to all ages. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times**


 The Print Studio at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea

Print Studio
Artichoke are back and invite you to pop into the printmaking studio to learn the traditional technique of dry point printing with a tropicana twist! The skilled team will take you through the process step by step and you can even take your newly created masterpiece home with you. Suitable for all ages. 

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 12, 2 & 4pm
Sunday 12 & 2pm

Talks & Tours
Meet at the info desk in the front marquee

Thursday 23 October: Recent Graduates with Jessica Hall and Emma Mansell
3pm Your chance to find out who is tipped to be the next art world star of the future! The curators of this years’ exhibition elaborate on the selection process and discuss some highlights of the show.  

Friday 24 October: Own Art Tours
12pm & 3pm Have you ever thought about starting your own art collection? Not sure where to start? The people behind the Own Art lending scheme explain just how easy it can be and take you on a tour of member galleries. Own Art lets you spread the cost of your purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan making it an ideal way to start or add to a collection.

Saturday 25 October: A Big Draw Art Tour with Rachel Price
1pm Join Campaign for Drawing for their special Affordable Art Fair ‘Big Draw Art Tour’!  On route we will meet artists working in a range of disciplines and discuss how drawing, in all it’s manifestations, is still an integral activity for many artists.  If you are looking to expand your art collection original and edition drawings, prints and illustration are a fantastic addition or a great place to start! So come along enjoy Big Draw’s picks of the fair.

Sunday 26 October: A  Bite Sized History of Art  
4pm For an informative and accessible introduction to art history, join Estelle Lovatt, FRSA, on a short walking tour to find out how contemporary art relates to past movements and styles. Estelle has experience of both sides of the canvas, having trained as a painter, read art history and is now an esteemed art critic for TV, radio and national magazines and newspapers. Estelle is also a lecturer at the Hampstead School of Art.  

The Education Space, Affordable Art Fair Battersea

Artichoke is a professional printmaking studio gallery based in London for over 20 years. Specializing in intaglio, relief and lithography techniques their artists are established printmakers who exhibit and sell nationally and internationally. Artichoke is committed to publishing, promoting, making and teaching printmaking to all.

Lavender Hill Studios 
Lavender Hill Studios was founded in 2004, it is the first atelier in the UK and provides rigorous, skills-based training in the craft of drawing and painting. The school has a varied programme running throughout the year, from full time to foundation and short courses.  The timetable now includes sculpture classes in a specially equipped studio.

More than just an arts school, Lavender Hill Studios is home to a community of talented individuals. Not only is it committed to ensuring that the craft of drawing and painting remains central to every artist’s education, it also provides a supportive and joyful learning environment. In its anniversary year Lavender Hill Studios is proud to be supported by The de Laszlo Foundation and to be working with organisations such as Leighton House Museum, Poet in the City and Fine Art Commissions.

Own Art 
Own Art makes buying art easy and affordable by letting you spread the cost of your purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan. With over 250 galleries and thousands of original works of art to choose from, you could start a collection of your own  from as little as £10 per month.