We may have closed the doors on our Battersea Spring edition for 2018 but you can look back over the packed programme below. Start by viewing our fair guide here »
Charity Private View
For a first look at all the art on offer this year, make sure you join us on Wednesday 7 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, 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.
Create a Dadaist Delight Workshop, 6 – 8pm
Always felt like a poet at heart but haven't known where to begin? Join Imperial Health Charity for a creative block-busting workshop, cutting words from magazines and newspapers and rearranging them into a Dadaist delight! In the Creative Studio. For adults.
Join us at our Late View on Thursday 8 March from 5.30 – 9.30pm for an evening of great art! Peruse the beautiful selection on offer with a complimentary drink in hand.
Floral Portraiture Demonstration, 7 – 8pm
To celebrate the beauty of spring, this demo will focus on portraiture with a floral twist. Sit and sketch a live model wearing a fabulous Freddie’s Flowers crown whilst London Fine Art Studio’s Founder Ann Witheridge and tutor Joni Duarte explain the fundamentals of their technique, applying proportion and values. Pencils and paper will be provided. In the Creative Studio. For adults.
WORKSHOPS, TALKS & TOURS
We want to inspire everyone to fall in love with art and what better way to do this than for you to 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. Plus, pick up a free family pack filled which includes an Affordable Art Fair activity booklet and surprises from our friends at mt masking tapes. All workshops are free of charge and take place in the Creative Studio unless otherwise stated. Children must be accompanied at all times. All materials are provided.
Thursday 8 March
Fun and Fast Portraiture with Tombow Pens, 12.30 – 1.30pm
Learn how to create fast, expressive and fun portraits in an illustrative & sketchy style using Tombow ABT Dual Brush Pens. Join Viktorija, illustrator and founder or Andsmilestudios, in creating a series of monochrome portrait studies while learning how to use Tombow Dual Brush Pens, exploring mark making techniques and brush pen qualities. In the Creative studio. For adults.
Tour du Jour: Finds Under £500, 2 – 2.30pm
Are you on the look-out for your very first art purchase? Our daily tour is a fantastic place to start. Join us on our Tour du Jour where we will be visiting a few of our fabulous galleries to hear about some of their under £500 gems. Meet at the Information Desk. For adults.
Abstract Still-life Session, 2 – 3.30pm
Join Independent Art School, the Art Academy, in exploring different approaches to abstraction, using a still life as a starting point. Focus on abstract expressionism, reduction abstraction, and colour and form abstraction to paint a masterpiece of your own. In the Creative Studio. For adults.
Collage Club with MT Masking Tape, 4 – 5pm
Swap pencils for scissors and a wealth of beautiful mt masking tape, joining Stephanie from Collage Club for a fun hour of cutting and sticking using colourful paper. Use this versatile and fun medium to create your own mini masterpiece! In the Creative Studio. For adults.
Friday 9 March
Abstract Still-life Session, 12.30 – 2pm
Another opportunity to join Independent Art School, The Art Academy, in exploring different approaches to abstraction, using a still life as a starting point. Focus on abstract expressionism, reduction abstraction, and colour and form abstraction to paint a masterpiece of your own.In the Creative Studio. For adults.
Is Art More than Decoration? 1pm
Join Interior Designer, and artist, Rowena Vaughan in learning all about art in interiors, from historical murals to contemporary hotels. As a member of the prestigious British Institute of Interior Design, Rowena is perfectly placed to help you to coordinate affordable pieces in your home, from a limited edition print to an emerging artist’s painting. Come with any questions you have about how to position the perfect piece you’ve been thinking about after a fantastic morning at the fair!In the Talks Lounge. For adults.
Tour du Jour: Introducing Platform Projects, 2– 2.30pm
We’ve hand-picked a whole host of captivating, contemporary artworks that will challenge your perceptions of installation art. Prepare to be inspired by art that will leave an impression, and learn more about them on our Tour du Jour from the artists themselves! Meet at the Information Desk. For adults.
Pigments and Paints, 3 – 4pm
Join London Fine Art Studio’s tutor and artist Scott Polschmidt in discovering the magnificence behind a masterpiece. Focusing on the fundamentals of an artist’s materials, learn how to grind pigments and make your very own oil paint. Find out all about how materials have transformed over time and talk to an expert on best practice with current painting and medium trends. In the Creative Studio. For adults.
Brush Lettering Workshop with Tombow, 5.30 – 6.30pm
Join Rebecca Cahill Roots, hand lettering artist, to experiment with brush lettering using Tombow ABT brush pens. Learn basic mark making techniques, blending and letterforms to enable you to begin to create your own lettering style and pen a manifesto to celebrate International Women's Day. In the Creative Studio. For adults.
Saturday 10 March
Multi-sensory Abstract Art, 11 – 12.30pm
Join Imperial Health Charity in exploring art beyond the eyes. This workshop will consider the idea that scent can create an emotional response, a calming influence, or a reminiscent warmth. Using colour, scent and mark-making tools, create multi-sensory abstract painting to take home. In the Creative Studio. For all ages.
Flower Power in Art, 12 – 1pm
Ever wondered what lay behind a symbolic sunflower or meaningful marigold? Join London Fine Art Studio’s Founder Ann Witheridge in learning about the historic role of floral themes in art. The talk will be accompanied by a live painting demonstration by art student Nneka Uzoigwe which will evolve throughout the hour. With thanks to Freddie’s Flowers. In the Talks Lounge. For adults.
Paint Jam Sessions: Basquiat, 1 – 3pm
Pop-up art studio Paint Jam invite you to learn more about neo-expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Learn about the movement and the method to create an artwork inspired by his pioneering prowess! In the Creative Studio. For all ages.
Tour du Jour: Introducing Platform Projects, 2– 2.30pm
Another opportunity to learn more about the fantastic range of captivating, contemporary artworks that will challenge your perceptions of installation art. Prepare to be inspired by art that will leave an impression, and learn more about them on our Tour du Jour from the artists themselves! Meet at the Information Desk. For adults.
Choosing Art for your Home and Lifestyle, 3pm
Creating utterly unique interiors on both sides of the Atlantic, April Russell, established interior designer, has the ability to capture each client’s individual vision. As a member of the prestigious British Institute of Interior Design, April has experience in focusing on client’s existing or growing art collections and will advise on how best to light, frame, and hang artworks. Come with any questions you have about how to position the perfect piece you’ve been thinking about after an enthralling day at the fair!In the Talks Lounge. For adults.
Recreation Station with MT Masking Tape, 4 – 5.00pm
Join Alice Nyong in recreating your favourite piece of art using this versatile and fun medium. Harness your creativity and leave with something completely unique to you! Use alternative methods of cutting, tearing, layering, and drawing on MT Masking Tape. Whether you have a piece in mind or are ready to experiment with reference images, you'll get to grips with a new medium and embrace creativity without the usual mess of an art workshop, but with all the fun. In the Creative Studio. For all ages.
Sunday 11 March
Still Life Spontaneity, 11 – 12.30pm
Join Imperial Health Charity for a drawing workshop with a difference. Focusing on a range of quirky and unusual objects, experiment with a vast array of alternative techniques such as continual line, non-dominant hand and mark making. This is the perfect opportunity to unleash your inhibitions and make full use of your intuition, imagination and spontaneity. In the Creative Studio. For all ages.
Tour du Jour: Mothers’ Day Picks, 2– 2.30pm
Are you celebrating Mothers’ Day together at the fair, or perhaps even looking for a thoughtful gift? Join us on our Tour du Jour where we will be visiting a couple of fantastic mother and daughter-led galleries. Gain an insight into how they work together and find out about their Mothers’ Day picks! Meet at the Information Desk. For adults.
Paint Jam Sessions: Picasso, 2 – 3pm
Pop-up art studio Paint Jam invite you join them in discovering more about Cubist artist Pablo Picasso. Learn about the movement and the method to create an artwork inspired by his experimental originality! In the Creative Studio. For all ages.
Sofa Session: Painting Women Back into the Picture, 3pm
With International Women’s Day falling on the week of the fair, and this year marking 100 years of women’s vote in the UK, we thought we would celebrate! We have invited some of our fantastic female gallerists and artists to join a discussion panel and share their thoughts on women in the art world. Find out about their work and to what extent the art world and women’s roles within it, has adapted into a more accessible and inclusive environment. Panel moderator Michael Barnett is the STATE-F22 Editor at Large, Special Projects Lead at Art Bermondsey Project Space, a salon producer and MC, broadcaster and moderator. He is representing the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD) at this event, as a Friend of AWAD, highlighting the important role that men have to play in gender equality, in line with the UN Women campaign, HeForShe. AWAD is an international network that facilitates business and collaborations between and for members, at all stages of career as business owners. In Talks Lounge. For adults.
Mothers’ Day Masterpiece, 4.30 – 5.30pm
Join illustrator and Designer Alice Nyong in celebrating Mothers of all kinds with Faber-Castell. Leave with more confidence in mark-making, a colourful original artwork, and a fresh perspective on Mother's Day. In the Creative Studio. For all ages.
Artichoke Printmakers are celebrating the wonderful news that Spring has sprung! In their colourful print studio, you’ll find expert advice and masses of inspiration from artists for creating your own original drypoint masterpieces. Drop by and have a go – for all ages.