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Features and programming at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea Autumn Collection 2017

Creative Studio

Charity Private View

For a first look at all the art on offer this year, make sure you join us on Wednesday 18 October from 5.30 – 9.30pm. Enjoy a complimentary drink whilst you peruse the artwork at our evening view in support of our Charity Partner, Imperial Health Charity.

Imperial Health Charity supports five London hospitals, funding major redevelopments, clinical research and medical equipment. With an Arts Council accredited hospital art collection of more than 2,000 works and an extensive audience engagement programme, the charity believes creativity is key to our health and wellbeing. By brightening hospital wards and waiting areas, inspiring patients with bedside workshops and opening up the arts to NHS staff, the charity is passionate about supporting the arts in healthcare.

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Late View

Join us at our Late View on Thursday 19 October from 5.30 – 9.30pm for an evening of great art! Peruse the beautiful selection on offer with a complimentary drink in hand.


We want to inspire everyone to fall in love with art and what better way to do this than to let you have a go yourself! We will have a variety of talks, tours and hands-on workshops for all ages and abilities, whether you are a complete beginner or just want to try something new. All activities are free of charge and unless otherwise stated take place in the Creative Studio.

Unless otherwise stated all activities take place in the Creative Studio and are first come first served. All materials are provided.

View programme by day:

Thursday 19 October

CSM Short Courses Workshop: Back to Basics: Collage, 12 – 1pm

This workshop will be a celebration of collage. We’ll examine the relevance of collage today and its creative potential. This practical workshop sets up a series of "Pictorial Collisions" that will show you techniques for transforming images. You can expect to be stimulated and challenged by some of the ideas and images discussed. We will also explore the most suitable glues and materials for collage. The course will be useful to both absolute beginners and the more advanced participants. Bring an open mind and a sense of adventure. With Rod Judkins. For adults.

Tour Du Jour with London Art Salon: Focus on Photography, 3 – 4pm

Whether it's atmospheric black and white, sensitive portraiture, evocative still lives or striking landscapes, join Melissa Scallan as she focuses on the most interesting photography at the fair, meet at the Info Desk.

CSM Short Courses Workshop: Back to Basics: Idea Generation, 4 – 5pm

Creatives seem to see the potential in the ordinary materials and things that surround us but others have overlooked, they are able to generate new ideas and approaches from pre-existing materials. This course will introduce you to a creative thinking technique that can be used by anyone in any situation where it’s necessary to generate ideas quickly. This creative method can be applied on a daily/regular basis changing how you view and respond to your surroundings. With Rod Judkins. For adults.

Friday 20 October

CSM Short Courses Workshop: Back to Basics: Drawing, 12 – 1pm

Join Ilga Leimanis for a back-to-basics one-hour observational drawing workshop. Our subject will be a simple still life, which will be used to develop an understanding of how to draw and overcome frustrations with the process. Starting with line, we will work through a few different techniques including fun ways of shading. For adults.

Tour Du Jour: London Art Salon: Prints - How to Own A Hirst, 3 – 4pm

When an original by a 'named' artist can sell for tens - or even hundreds - of thousands of pounds, it's nice to know that you can own the work of an established artist at a fraction of the price: in the form of a signed, limited edition print. Join Melissa Scallan as she tracks down the artists whose names and stories you can drop in conversation, meet at the Info Desk.

CSM Short Courses Workshop: Back to Basics: The Creative Process, 4 – 5pm

Ilga Leimanis presents an experimental one-hour workshop exploring the creative process. Starting with the memory of a favourite work from the fair, we will use drawing, 2D and 3D paper, and mixed media, to play with making changes to the initial source, through a simple and fun process. For adults.

Saturday 21 October

CSM Short Courses Sofa Session: Back to Basics: Collecting and Buying Art, 1 – 2pm

Contemporary art dominates London in the months of October and November as the fairs and the galleries show their brightest and best. But as much as you want to indulge your artistic sensibilities, and build your collection, what is the best way to do this? This talk will explain how the art world and art market work and how you can work within them to collect art. With Andrew Marsh in the Talks Lounge. For adults.

Tour Du Jour with London Art Salon: Emerging Artists - Art Under £500, 3 – 4pm

The work by artists at the beginning of their career is often available at the lower price range - under £500. The joy of the Affordable Art Fair is that the artists have already been assessed - and found their work commendable - by the galleries and organisations that represent them. Join Melissa Scallan as she uncovers attractive, noteable, affordable art for you to start your collection, meet at the Info Desk.

Sunday 22 October

CSM Short Courses Sofa Session: Sourcing Instagram to Start your Photography Collection, 1 – 2pm

Using Instagram as a source, this talk will focus on how you can use hashtags such as #collectingphotography to help you uncover clues that link networks. This may include, but is not restricted to collectors, artists, galleries, exhibitions, talks, and profiles. Join us on this talk to discover how these evolving agencies, some below the radar, may be applied to sourcing your own photography collection. With Karl Grupe in the Talks Lounge. For adults.

Tour Du Jour with London Art Salon: Sculptural Shapes, 3 – 4pm

Sculptural works at the Affordable Art Fair appear in a variety of forms: three dimensional pieces made from bronze or clay or mesh or maps or clock parts...or works that are sculptural in style, for example hyper-realistic paintings where the subjects 'pop' off the canvas or two-dimensional raised works. Join Melissa Scallan as she explores and explains the interesting and unusual sculptural works at the fair, meet at the Info Desk.


Pick up a free Activity Pack from the Creative Studio, filled with drawing materials and an activity booklet to keep children aged 4-11 entertained while they discover art in fun new ways! Outside of workshop times, the Creative Studio is a drop in space for all ages to get creative. All workshops are free of charge and take place in the Creative Studio unless stated otherwise. Children must be accompanied all times. 


Thursday – Saturday, 12, 2 & 4pm. Sunday, 12 & 2pm

Artichoke Printmakers bring their Brixton Studio to Battersea! From rollers to ink, toy cars to flasks and caulking guns find all sorts of printmaking paraphernalia to inspire you to create original drypoint masterpieces.

Print Studio

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