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Features and programming at the Affordable Art Fair Hampstead 2018

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Charity Private View

Make sure you’re one of the first to peruse the art on offer and enjoy a complimentary glass of the good stuff with us this year in Hampstead on Wednesday 9 May from 5.30 – 9.30pm. This year’s Charity Beneficiary will be the North London Hospice. Founded in 1984 as the first purpose-built multi-faith hospice in Britain, their vision is to ensure everyone in our diverse community with potentially life-limiting illness has equal access to the services and support they need to optimise their quality of life. With three sites in North London, the hospice currently holds 30-40 individual art therapy sessions a month and we’re very excited about their involvement with the 2018 Fair!

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Special Events

Wednesday 9 May

What is Art Therapy? 7 – 8pm

Join our Charity Beneficiary, North London Hospice, for a thought-provoking insight into the world of art therapy. Meet Arts Therapist, Christina Paparestis, who will deconstruct your drawings whilst explaining the transformative effect of arts therapy.
In the Creative Studio. 
For adults.

Thursday 10 May

Late View

Don’t miss our Late View on Thursday 10 May from 5.30 – 9.00pm for an evening of inspiring art and activities, a live DJ and a complimentary glass of wine as well as thousands of artworks to choose from.

Spin a Clay Creation, 6  8pm

Join award-winning fine art ceramic practitioner Nam Tran and have a go at using his pottery wheel to throw your very own clay pot. Explore this fun and unpredictable medium and walk away with a piece of art in just ten minutes!
In the Creative Studio. For adults.
Places are limited, first-come, first-served.

Not to be missed!

Marco Pantaleoni: Mistake Me

Join Artist in Residence, Marco Pantaleoni, in his studio next to stand H11 as he brings the latest 3D scanning technology to the fair. Marco will be scanning visitors to create portraits which rethink the idea of traditional portraiture. Visitors are encouraged to play with their image, reinterpreting themselves and allowing the 3D scan to misread their forms. As Marco graduates from Central Saint Martins this week this is your chance to invest in a rising star. Email [email protected] to book your session with Marco and order your very own portrait to take home.

Marco Pantaleoni, 1001 Lyto, 3D scan and c-type print on fuji gloss paper mounted on dibond, edition of 5, 101. x 101.6cm, £800, Made in Arts London.
You Can Paint Your Own Way

Pop along to our Tree Top Cafe and don the VR headset to be transported into your very own virtual studio. Paint until your heart's content, and let friends and family watch your virtual mark making come to life on screen. And if you're in the spectator spot, don't forget to 'Pap your Pals' and share their masterpiece far and wide!

Hampstead Hotspots

As the Guardian dubs the rise of ceramics 'Top of the Pots' and art institutions across the country, from the Fitzwilliam Museum to the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, shine a spotlight on this truly hands-on technique, there really is no better time for us to exhibit a selection of the hottest talent working with clay and cast sculpture techniques. Keep your eyes peeled for the installations as you peruse the aisles, from Patricia Volk and Nam Tran taking over our entrance, to Jim Pilston's circling Underground Angels above the bar, and Kathy Dalwood and Mella Shaw's ephemeral installations in the main exhibition marquee. All of the work is for sale, so speak to those in the know at our Info Desk to find out more!

Mella Shaw 
Made in Arts London

Made in Arts London have made a welcome return for the sixth instalment of their not-to-be-missed showcase of the hottest talent coming out of Europe's largest arts institution, University of the Arts London. From Parallel Worlds through to Home Comforts and everything in between, this year’s exhibition entitled Persona navigates questions of the self and identity through an exciting and visually arresting collection of work.

Jackson’s Open Painting Prize

Head over to the Talks Lounge to see the first ever public exhibition of the Jackson's Open Painting Prize finalists. The 2018 prize had over 3,300 entries and our very own Fair Director, Luci Noel, joined the judging panel in the third year of this prestigious art prize.


This summer, we are immersing ourselves in the fascinating worlds of botany and birds through a variety of events and workshops. We’ll be taking a look at the intriguing art of curiosity cabinets, delving into the history of collecting and creating, whilst looking at how these have inspired many of our artists across the fair. Hampstead School of Art and Central Saint Martins Short Courses will be bringing you a whole host of activities including clay-relief creation, explorative painting and a Joseph Cornell inspired collage session. Expand your horizons and get creative in the process! Outside of workshop times, the Creative Studio will be open with art supplies on hand for all ages to drop in and draw. Kids aged 4 – 11 can pick up a free Family Activity Pack from the Creative Studio.

View programme by day:


Thursday 10 May 

Drop in and Draw: Family Focus, 11.30 – 12.30pm

Whether you're interested in drawing a curiosity cabinet or want to create an aviary of your own, drop in and find everything you need to inspire that artist in you. 
For families. 

Pass the Paper! 1  2pm

Join CSM Short Courses tutor and artist David Price for a fast-paced drawing game for all. No need to book, just roll-up-ready and get stuck straight in. Quick drawing games designed to help you lose all your drawing inhibitions and have some fun.
For adults. 

Tour du Jour with Made in Arts London, 2  2.30pm

Made in Arts London introduce their exhibition of work by current University of the Arts London students, looking at the theme of ‘Identity and Persona’. Meet at the Info Desk.
For adults.

Cut and Paste! 3  4pm

CSM Short Courses tutor and artist David Price will show you how to make your own Joseph Cornell inspired collage. Using prepared photocopies of animals, maps, and antique prints you will create your own unique artwork with ideas and skills borrowed from one of Surrealisms’ most popular and enduring creators. No experience necessary, just an eye for detail – this workshop is quiet, calming aimed at anyone who can use a pair of scissors. 
For adults. 

Kate Watson-Smyth: Meet Mad About The House, 4 – 5pm

Expanding on her award-winning blog and continuing her Affordable Art love affair, Kate Watson-Smyth will be joining us at the Hampstead fair to share her wealth of experience in home design to help you incorporate art into your interiors and how to make the most of your space.

Brimming with ideas and inspiration for every budget, Kate will be sharing tips and tricks from her recent book ‘Mad About The House’ as well as some of her top design hacks. Learn how to decorate your home with style and confidence, select artwork to set off your colour scheme, make the most of small spaces and create the perfect zones for relaxation, entertaining and work – sometimes all in the same space.
In the Talks Lounge. 
For adults. £9 (limited capacity)
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Friday 11 May

Inspire Your Walls - Using Art to Style Your Home with Dee Campling and Lisa Dawson, 11.30am - 12.30pm

Styling your home can be a minefield. We are bombarded from all sides by magazines, television and social media telling us how we should decorate, what's on trend and what's not, what's cool and what isn't. The opportunities for decor faux pas seem endless. And let’s not forget the fact that we want our homes to look fabulous without breaking the bank.

Join Dee Campling and Lisa Dawson, home-stylist extraordinaires, for a one-off session to unlock the secret to expressing your personality in your home through the artwork you choose and how to style it in your interiors. Send in pictures of your spaces in advance and Dee and Lisa will discuss some of them on the day with tips on how to decorate them to your taste with artwork. 
In the Talks Lounge. For adults. £9 (limited capacity)
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Meta-narrative Painting, 11.30am - 12.30pm

Join Hampstead School of Art and delve into the joys of the unexpected with this explorative painting workshop. Here you will be encouraged to explore surreal story-telling, based on a rare and beautiful still-life.
For adults. 

Making your Mark - Drawing Workshop, 1  2pm

CSM Short Courses tutor and artist Kim Scouller, will help you discover new ways of making marks in this fun hands-on drawing workshop. Choose from a variety of objects to explore their form and texture using both your hands and eyes. Imagine looking at the objects under a magnifying glass and discover ways to re-create the visual textures using bold tactile marks. 
For adults.

Tour du Jour, 2 - 2.30pm

We've hand-picked a whole host of beautiful ceramic pieces for you to admire whilst learning about the process and the unpredictable results. Prepare to be inspired by art that will leave an impression, and learn more about them on our Tour du Jour from the galleries themselves!
Meet at the Info Desk. For adults. 

Decadent Drawings Workshop, 3  4pm

Delve into drawing with a Baroque inspired workshop with CSM Short Courses tutor and artist Kim Scouller. You will be exploring the most decadent period of art through different approaches to drawing. Feast your eyes on our quirky and delicious still life, using traditional and non-traditional techniques to create drawings good enough to eat! 
For adults.

A Patient’s Journey through Art Therapy, 4 - 5pm 

Join our Charity Beneficiary, North London Hospice, for an inspiring talk on the transformative impact of Arts Therapy. Together, Arts Therapist Christina Paparestis, and patient Ann-Marie Wilson, will explain the processes involved with their work and the life-changing effects they can have, with an opportunity for you to ask any burning questions. 
In the Talks Lounge. For adults.

Curiosity Cabinet Creation, 5 – 6pm

Let your imagination run riot and draw your very own curiosity cabinet using Tombow ABT Dual Brush pens. Join Viktorija, illustrator and founder of Andsmilestudios, in creating an explosion of patterns and colours, while exploring mark making techniques and brush pen qualitites.  
For adults.


Saturday 12 May

Beautiful Botanicals, 12  1pm

Swap pencils for scissors and a wealth of beautiful mt masking tape, for a fun hour of cutting and sticking using colourful paper. Focus on nature and use this versatile and fun medium to create your own botanical beauty. With Stephanie from Collage Club.
For all ages.

How to Support Emerging Artists, 1  2pm

This panel discussion led by CSM Short Course tutor, Andrew Marsh, will explore the work of four exciting young artists from Made in Arts London (MiAL) and how they produce work. We will discuss how buyers and collectors of art are perceived by emerging artists and how buyers and collectors of art can support artists early in their careers and gain insight into new artistic practices. 
In the Talks Lounge. For adults.

Drop in and Draw: Family Focus, 1.30 – 3.30pm

Whether you're interested in drawing a curiosity cabinet or want to create an aviary of your own, drop in and find everything you need to inspire the artist in you. 
For families. 

Tour du Jour, Brilliant Blooming Botanical Buys, 2 - 2.30pm

Join Luci Noel, our Director, as she takes you on a tour of her hand-picked botanical beauties. Whatever your budget, this is the perfect opportunity to find out a bit more about what's available in each price bracket, and learn more about all the glorious greenery the fiar has to offer. 
Meet at the Info Desk. For adults. 

Art, More than Decoration. 3  4pm

Join Interior Designer, and artist, Rowena Vaughan to learn 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.

Cut and Collage, 4 – 5.30pm

Hampstead School of Art lead a workshop inspiring you to create a curious composition from magazines and maps. Make a collage by placing interesting, unusual and contrasting images and textures together, whilst learning more about this highly effective medium. 
For all ages.


Sunday 13 May

Bountiful Birds, 12  1pm

Meet Illustrator and Designer Alice Nyong and explore the world of aviaries and the incredible birds who inhabit them. Choose a few of your favourite winged creatures and re-create them with Faber-Castell art materials, giving you the opportunity to leave the fair with more confidence in mark-making and a colourful original artwork of your own! 
In the Creative Studio. For all ages.

Drop in and Draw: Family Focus, 1.30 – 3.30pm

Whether you're interested in drawing a curiosity cabinet or want to create an aviary of your own, drop in and find everything you need to inspire the artist in you.
For families.  

The Wunderkammer: Art and other Curiosities, 1  2pm

Join CSM Short Courses tutor, artist and curator Sarah Sparkes who will introduce you to the Cabinet of Curiosity, its contents and place within historical and contemporary art. With reference to works at the fair and beyond, this talk will look at how artists have responded to the idea of the Wunderkammer along with Victoriana and botanical art. 
In the Talks Lounge. For adults.

Tour du Jour with Made in Arts London, 2  2.30pm

Another chance to join a Made in Arts London tour introducing their exhibition of work by current University of the Arts London students, looking at the theme of ‘Identity and Persona’. 
Meet at the Info Desk. For adults.

Jackson’s Open Painting Prize Q&A, 3 - 4pm

Join the organisers of the Jackson's Open Painting Prize for a riveting Q&A on everything this year's competition has to offer. Learn about the aims of the competition, the journeys of previous winners, and what each judge has been looking for in the hundreds of applications they've been considering. 
In the Talks Lounge. For adults. 

Curious Clay-Reliefs, 4 – 5.30pm

Hampstead School of Art will take you through the fundamentals of sculpture, taking inspiration from Pablo Picasso. Learn about his personal and experimental style to create an artwork inspired by his pioneering prowess. 
For all ages.



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

Explore the unusual shapes and forms of cacti and botanicals with Printmakers in Residence as they bring their popular garden roller press to the fair. Visit their haven of trinkets, plants and terrariums, let your imagination run wild, and make your own relief print to take home. This activity is suitable for alll ages and abilites. 

Print Studio..

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