With the doors to Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong opening soon (16 – 19 May, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre), we’ve prepared a last-minute handy guide to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the new and exciting features at this year’s fair.
Take 5 minutes to read this quick blog and we’ll guarantee that you have an unforgettable art-experience!
TOP ATTRACTIONS AT AFFORDABLE ART FAIR HONG KONG
1. Art for every taste, space and budget
With 116 exhibitors from around the world including 28 home grown galleries from Hong Kong; the fair will offer more than 1,000 artists all under one roof, with artworks priced between HK$1,000 and HK$100,000 – meaning there is art for every taste, space and budget! To get a sneak peek, check out the Fair Manager’s recommendations.
2. Light & technology collide in Special Projects throughout the fair
Come and experience our interactive large-scale installations. Fly with “Kinetic Albatross”, a motion sensing sculpture by dynamic duo The Collective; examine Stefan Yordanov’s (Bulgaria) “Pegasus 2.0” light sculpture; experience “Creation of Adam”, by Rashad Alakbarov (Azerbaijan) and witness the geometrical purity of “The Absurdity of Meaning” by Peter Yuill (Canada/HK). Local artists also feature strongly with a paper installation by Stickyline for Dorsett Hospitality International and the JCCAC exhibition of art tools from their artist studios.
3. Art under HK$10,000
For twenty years, Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong has helped nearly half a million artworks (yes that’s nearly 500,000!) find happy homes with collectors around the world. Ever championing the core ethos established by Fair Founder, Will Ramsay in 1999, of accessibility and transparency – we are delighted to bring you a special collection of artwork priced under HK$10,000, keep your eyes peeled as you walk around the fair as these special affordable artworks will be highlighted.
4. FRESH new artists
Be on the lookout for the fair’s FRESH Selection of artworks, showcasing the very best of new local and international artists from a multitude of disciplines including; sculpture, portraiture, new media, street art and many others! Some of our favourite artists to discover this year include; Sikey Wong (China), Victor Wong (Hong Kong), Davy and Kristin McQuire (England), Eddie Colla (USA), F2B (France), Noelle Hamlyn (Canada) and Ung Pil Byen (South Korea).
5. #ArtHappy Friday
Our #ArtHappy Friday charity evening celebrates art improving well-being – join us for a fun evening filled with artists performances, talks, music and delicious drinks. The inspiring 5-minute V-PACT talks will bring you up to speed on a range of subjects, from art for the visually impaired, to raising awareness of sustainability. Join our official charity partner, Sovereign Art Foundation, and help fundraise for their expressive arts programmes whilst sipping on Lavazza Espresso Martinis, Ruinart champagne or feasting at the Peroni Kitchen.
6. Join in at the Creative Hub
The immersive Creative Hub will focus on expressive arts and mental well-being with a host of imaginative activities designed by art therapists. Drawing on recent events which took the art world by storm, visitors can be part of ‘Shred it or Save it’, contribute to the fair’s wishing tree, join a blackout poetry workshop by the Jadis Blurton Family Development Centre, relax with mindful colouring or create their own centering stone. The fair will also host special art tours for children.
7. Sofa Sessions
The Sofa Sessions supported by Central Saint Martin’s short courses will discuss collecting art, the correlation between artist output and mental wellbeing and how to incorporate art into your daily life.
8. Art Focus: New Media
At this year’s fair, Eric Leung, curator of Young Talent Hong Kong programme, explores the genre of new media art, introducing an exciting roster of young artists who are working in this field. In addition to curating the Young Talent exhibition, Eric will give a talk on new media, answering your questions and discussing why you should be collecting this cutting-edge genre.
Feeling inspired? Snap up a ticket to this year’s Hong Kong fair and put your new knowledge of the must-see-attractions to use when you join us at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 16 – 19 May.
Pssssst… if you buy your tickets in advance, you’ll skip the queues!
Main Image: an artist creates live at Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2018.
Featured art from first to last:
Jimmy Lawlor, The Fruits of Labour, 2018, acrylic on board, 40 x 60cm, HK$49,250, Sol Art Gallery.
A sneak peek at one of our Special Project installations.
Frédéric de Bonnechose, Brand Babies Castrol 12 B, 2018, mixed media on oil cans, 85 x 85 cm, HK$45,000, Galerie Artima.
Join us for our #ArtHappy Friday event for culture with a glass of champagne in hand, photograph from Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2018.
Create your own Banksy-inspired ‘Shred it or Save it’ moment in the Creative Hub.
Wong Pak Hang, Samson’s work will be a part of the Young Talent Hong Kong exhibition, curated by Eric Leung Shiu Kee.