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

Creative Studio

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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.

Charity Opening Speeches with Ian Lush, Chief Executive of Imperial Health Charity and artist David Mack, 6.30pm.

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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.

Back to the Future Clay Workshop, 6 – 7.30pm

Take a nostalgic walk through childhood using ceramic moulds of vintage toys, cars and dolls. Exploring the techniques of press moulding, you can recreate these toys in clay, joining them together to create new forms and generate a new narrative. With artist Nam Tran from Mint Gallery who recently appeared on the BBC’s Great Pottery Throwdown.


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 from our super set of partners including Central Saint Martins, London Art Salon, toucanBox and The Big Draw, for all ages and abilities, whether you are a complete beginner or just want to try something new. Plus, pick up a free family pack filled with activities. All workshops are free of charge and unless otherwise stated take place in the Creative Studio. Children must be accompanied at all times. All materials are provided.

View programme by day:

Thursday 19 October

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

Join Rod Judkins for a workshop celebrating collage, its relevance today and its creative potential. The workshop introduces a technique of ‘Pictorial Collisions’ to transform images, as well as exploring the most suitable glues and materials for collage. Suitable for beginners and the more experienced. For adults.

Cut Out and Collage Family Workshop, 2 – 3pm

Be inspired by the abstract shapes of Matisse’s cut-outs. You will cut out colourful shapes to combine in your very own large scale artwork; or work on a miniature scale and make your own greetings card.

Tour Du Jour: Focus on Photography, 3 – 4pm

Whether it's atmospheric black and white, sensitive portraiture, evocative still lives or striking landscapes, join Melissa Scallan from London Art Salon 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 workshop 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 regular basis changing how you view and respond to your surroundings. With writer and artist Rod Judkins. For adults.

Friday 20 October

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

Join artist 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.

Wicker and Weave Family Workshop, 2 – 3pm

This workshop will introduce you to a variety of simple weaving techniques using wicker and other materials to create sculptural objects. Contribute to a collaborative artwork or make something of your own to take home.

Tour Du Jour: 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 from London Art Salon 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

Artist 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

Make a Mondrian Family Workshop, 12 – 3pm

Piet Mondrian followed a method called 'De Stijl' and believed that only the three primary colours and black, white and grey should be used in paintings. What three colours would you choose to use in yours? Join toucanBox and get all the materials you need to make your own mini masterpiece.

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 from CSM Short Courses in the Talks Lounge.

Sofa Session: In Conversation, Professor Roger Kneebone and Rebecca Salter RA, 3 – 4pm

Join Professor Roger Kneebone, director of the Imperial College Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science, and Royal Academician Rebecca Salter for a discussion about the relationship between art and health. In the Talks Lounge.

Tour Du Jour: 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 from London Art Salon as she uncovers attractive, noteable, affordable art for you to start your collection, meet at the Info Desk.

Seeing Squares: Family Drawing Workshop, 4 – 5pm

You will draw a small part of a bigger picture and then we'll recombine the drawings to recreate the image on a bigger scale. Learn to look and observe and be part of a collaborative artwork.

Sunday 22 October

Sofa Session: Affordable Art Fair x Abigail Ahern Edit, 11.30am – 12.30pm

Meet the 'High Priestess of Interior Style', Abigail Ahern as she reveals her design hacks to hanging artwork and demystifying the art world. In the Talks Lounge. For adults.

Fireworks Frenzy Family Workshop, 12 – 1pm

Remember remember the 5th of November! Get in the bonfire night spirit with this fun, and slightly messy workshop. You’ll be using PVA glue and salt to create a raised image on card which will then be painted over in bright colours. Paint Catherine wheels and rockets and create your own bonfire night extravaganza!

Sofa Session: Sourcing Instagram to Start your Photography Collection, 1.30 – 2.30pm

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.

Big Draw Small Drawings: Pictures of Pictures, 2 – 5pm

Are you ever put off from drawing under the mammoth pressure of creating a masterpiece? The Big Draw has joined forces with illustrator Matilda Tristram who will help you create your own Affordable Art Fair top picks small drawings journal!

Before you arrive: Take a peek at the Battersea selection of artworks and save 12 favourites to to your phone or tablet. Don’t forget to try and spot the artist at the fair. Or, at the fair take photos of your favourite artworks. These can be sculptures, drawings, paintings, prints and everything in-between. We’ll also have a selection of postcards on hand for you to choose from. After the workshop, your mini masterpieces will be made into a mega #livinglines17 animation that will be hosted on for the final week of The Big Draw Festival 2017 celebrations. With thanks to Leaping Hare Press.

Tour Du Jour: 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 from London Art Salon as she explores and explains the interesting and unusual sculptural works at the fair, meet at the Info Desk.

Sofa Session: Emerging Talent, 3.30 – 4.30pm

Cassie Beadle, Curator of this years’ Recent Graduates exhibition, will discuss the process of selecting this years’ pick of art school graduates. Find out more about some of the themes unfolding in the exhibition and inspiration behind some of the work.


We are delighted to welcome the Society of Portrait Sculptors who will be doing live demonstrations for the duration of the fair. See first-hand how sculptors create a bust from scratch with clay and perhaps even have a go yourself.

The Society of Portrait Sculptors is a representative body of professional sculptors committed to making portrait and figurative sculpture accessible to a wider public. Say hello and find out more on the mezzanine level.


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

Artichoke Printmakers are truly embracing the new season with their autumnal print studio, with expert advice and additional inspiration on hand from artists Bryan Poole and Euan Stewart for creating your own original drypoint masterpieces. Drop by and have a go – for all ages.

Print Studio

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