Here’s your need-to-know guide to exploring an Affordable Art Fair.
Monday 4 March, 2019
Fair first timers
So, you’ve never been to an art fair before? No worries! We’ve got you covered. From how to make the most of your time, to what questions to ask, we’ve rounded up the things to keep in mind on your first visit – keep scrolling for more.
POV: you’re looking to fill a blank wall with the perfect piece of art.
It’s time to get prepared. Before you set out, think about your space: how big is it? What colour are the walls? How is the lighting? You could even bring a photograph of the area along with you.
That way, you’ll feel confident in your new find and your soon-to-be stylish space.
Grab a guide
Upon arriving at an Affordable Art Fair, pick up a free fair guide and get to grips with the layout as you wander. Don’t forget to make notes on galleries and pieces you like.
Top tip: add info like a favourite artist’s name, artwork size, and price. Or if available, pick up the gallery’s card – it’s essential to help keep a track of the one for your walls.
Art fairs are a great place to discover new art but trust us when we say, it can involve a lot of walking. Make sure those feet are comfy and pace yourself. Finding your dream design shouldn’t be rushed.
Seen something you particularly like? Ask questions.
Where better to turn than a knowledgeable gallerist – you’ll find they are more than happy to help. Get to know the artist, the background of the artwork or any recommendations of pieces you might like.
Also, while affordable is our aim, it’s possible you might fall for something a bit outside your budget. Many of our galleries are willing to arrange payment in instalments, to help make the purchase a little more manageable.
It isn’t speed-dating
Once you’ve had a good look around, take a break and think over your choices. Have a glass of wine, chat with friends and return to your favourites with fresh eyes.
If you fall in love with an artwork, our best advice is to go for it – there is nothing worse than post-fair regret!
Trust your instincts
While some buy art as an investment, we think what matters most is your own response. Buying art is about the connection and reaction you feel. The secret to finding a piece you’ll enjoy every day – trust your own taste, then the artwork will continue to increase in your personal value the longer you display it.
Our golden nugget of advice for first timers? Have a great time! Get involved with all that we have to offer; join a workshop, meet an artist, chat with someone new, or participate in a discussion.
Can you feel it? The excitement, the anticipation, and the fun to come? Then snap up a ticket to one of our fairs.