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

Printmaking in the Artichoke Printmakers Space at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea Autumn 2016

Charity Private View

For a first look at all the art on offer this year, make sure you join us on Wednesday 8 March from 5.30 – 9.30pm. Enjoy a complimentary drink whilst you peruse the artwork at our evening view in support of our charity partner Barnardo’s.

Barnardo’s believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through and art therapy is regularly used as part of their therapeutic toolkit for dealing with a wide range of issues that the people they support experience. Support their vital work, get a first look at the fair and enjoy a complimentary drink by purchasing Charity Private View tickets directly from Barnardo’s on 020 8498 7158 or purchase them online here.

Barnardo's School's Competition, 5.30 - 9.30pm

Barnardo’s will be hosting a very special school’s competition in the Creative Studio, where local schoolchildren have been invited to make work along the theme of ‘I Am’. Lynn Gradwell, Barnardo's London Director will be announcing the winner on the night so be sure to come by and have a look at the fantastic results.

Art Is Good For You! A Paint Jam Café Takeover, 6.30 - 8.30pm

Grab a complimentary glass of wine and head to the café where Paint Jam tutors will inspire you to relax, let go and express yourself. The evening’s activity will be inspired by abstract expressionism – we’ll provide the pencils, pastels and chalks, so simply come along and get stuck in!

Late View

Join us at our Late View on Thursday 9 March from 5.30 – 9.30pm for an evening of great art! Peruse the beautiful selection on offer with a complimentary drink in hand. Grab your Late View tickets here.

Art Is Good For You! A Paint Jam Café Takeover, 6.30 - 8.30pm

Paint Jam return for another evening of expressive drawing. Grab a complimentary glass of wine and head to the café where Paint Jam tutors will provide the materials and inspire you to explore abstract expressionism.

Creative Studio

Workshops, Talks & Tours

This Spring, the Affordable Art Fair will be promoting the benefits of art and creativity on wellbeing and happiness through a series of exciting events designed to inspire all ages. From therapeutic hands on workshops, stimulating talks on the benefits of art and a special relaxation zone for visitors to take time out from the fair, we want every visitor, young and old, to come away a little more inspired and a lot more relaxed.

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

Outside of workshop times, the Creative Studio is available as a drop in space for all ages, and kids aged 4 – 11 can pick up a free activity pack.

View programme by day:
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Thursday 9 March

City Lit Workshop: Papercuts and Book Arts, 11.30am – 1.30pm

Explore collage and paper cut-through, manipulating and cutting paper, experimenting with ideas through layers, depth and structure. With Lara Mantell. For adults.

City Lit Workshop: Love Drawing, 2 – 4pm

Can’t draw, won’t draw? Join Louise West and explore a variety of fun and experimental ways into drawing.  Exploring artists' and designers’ processes develop a mini sketchbook that you can take away with you and begin your drawing journey. For adults.

Friday 10 March

City Lit Workshop: Explore your Creativity, 11.30am – 1.30pm

Mario Lautier will help you reveal your inner artist. Enjoy short, fun, practical exercises that will fire up your imagination and launch your journey into creating art. For adults.

City Lit Workshop: Mindful Photography, 2 – 4pm

Rachel Wegh leads this taster of a unique and inspiring course to promote wellbeing, develop ways of seeing, improve photography and increase self-confidence. For adults.

Saturday 11 March

Paint Jam Workshop: Art & Meditation in the Talks Lounge, 11.30am – 12.30pm

A guided meditation session with a difference, with artist and Paint Jam founder Dalia Zermon. Fusing art, meditation and sound, this session will relax you and take you into your creative focus. Chosen music and soundscapes will be played to take you on a creative journey where sound informs and inspires your mark making. 
All materials provided. Reserve an mp3 player at the Talks Lounge on arrival. For adults.

Mirror Portraits with Barnardo’s, 11.30am – 1.30pm

Building on the Barnardo’s ‘believe in me’ campaign, children and young people will be encouraged to explore the theme of ‘I am….’ by way of mirror portrait drawing. Freed up from making it look perfect, instead you are encouraged to draw what you see, observe and draw without boundaries. Children must be accompanied. For under 18’s.

Sofa Session with City Lit: Collecting Contemporary Art in the Talks Lounge, 1 – 2pm

A fast forward through City Lit’s Collecting Contemporary Art course with cultural studies tutor Charles Chambers. Whether starting a collection or buying a one-off; a few of the things to consider, both before and after. For adults.

Paint Jam Workshop: Communal Canvas, 2.30 – 5.30pm

Pop-up art studio paint Jam invite you to paint a family canvas with your kids. A creative and bonding experience of art making for all the family to enjoy together, leaving you with a very special artwork to hang on your wall. Families will create an artwork together inspired by the expressive style of Jackson Pollock. For families.

Sofa Session with Thames & Hudson: Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art? In the Talks Lounge, 3 – 4pm

Join Thames & Hudson on Saturday in the Talks Lounge for an entertaining and thought-provoking introduction to the art world of today. Jessica Cerasi, co-author of Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art? will examine how artists are propelled to stardom, challenge our understanding of artistic skill, demystify the art market and much, much more – answering all the questions about contemporary art that you’re too afraid to ask! ’.
With thanks to Thames & Hudson. With Jessica Cerasi. For adults.

To reserve your place, simply head to the Info Desk before 2pm and you'll be entered into a draw to win one of three copies of the book to be collected from the Talks Lounge.

Tour Du Jour, 3pm

Join us on a weekend tour of the fair looking at art and wellbeing, meet at Info. For adults.
With Rob McIntosh from Caiger Contemporary Art (A7).

Sunday 12 March

Paint Jam Workshop: Art & Meditation in the Talks Lounge, 11.30am – 12.30pm

Another guided meditation session with a difference, with artist and Paint Jam founder Dalia Zermon. Fusing art, meditation and sound, this session will relax you and take you into your creative focus. Chosen music and soundscapes will be played to take you on a creative journey where sound informs and inspires your mark making. 
All materials provided. Reserve an mp3 player at the Talks Lounge on arrival. For adults.

Mirror Portraits with Barnardo’s, 11.30am – 1.30pm

Another chance to take part in a mirror portrait workshops with our charity partner Barnardo’s. This is a session for children and young people exploring what makes you, you. For under 18’s.

Sofa Session with Barnardo’s: Art - What is it Good For? In the Talks Lounge, 1 – 2pm

Join Dr Suzanne Turner-Jones from Barnardo’s as she shares how the charity creatively engages with vulnerable children. Learn how art therapy can be a tool for sharing experiences and finding a voice, using creative media such as ecomaps, modelling materials, portrait making and storytelling. For adults.

Paint Jam Workshop: Communal Canvas, 2.30 – 5.30pm

Another chance for the whole family to get together and create an artwork on canvas to take home. Pop-up art studio Paint Jam will introduce the hypnotic spot paintings of Yayoi Kusama to inspire your masterpiece! For families.

Tour Du Jour, 3pm

Join us on a weekend tour of the fair looking at art and wellbeing, meet at Info. For adults.
With Deborah Azzopardi from Cynthia Corbett Gallery (C8).

Print Studio

Join Artichoke Printmakers as they bring their Brixton Studio to Battersea. Be inspired by the intricate patterns of mindfulness colouring-in books and create your own patterns to take away and colour in.

On Saturday and Sunday, Artichoke will be joined by one of their member printmakers, Euan Stewart. Euan experiments with line, texture and mark-making with the monoprint process and takes inspiration from the rich collections of the Huntarian Museum and the Wellcome Collection.

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


Omorovicza Pop-up

The skin and beauty specialists from Budapest pop-up as part of our art and wellbeing theme at the fair. Drop in for a sensuous hand massage, but hurry places will fill fast! Head to the Talks Lounge to book your slot between the following times:

Wednesday: 6 – 8pm
Thursday: 11.30am – 8pm
Friday: 11.30am – 2pm

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