Hello! Firstly, to introduce myself, my name is Bernice Glimberg, Fair Director for Affordable Art Fair Stockholm (11 –14 October). I’m so excited about the upcoming fair, we have lined up a huge number of exciting galleries, workshops, delicious food, evening events and more –all for you to enjoy at your leisure. Here are my top tips on the not-to-be-missed features, and I look forward to seeing you at the fair!
TOP FEATURES AT AFFORDABLE ART FAIR STOCKHOLM
1. Watch live street art, at the Art After Work hosted by Campo Viejo
This year’s Art After Work is going to be bigger and better than ever! Together with Campo Viejo we are welcoming world-renowned street artists Okuda and 3TTMAN to the fair. Come down and enjoy a glass of something bubbly while watching Okuda and 3ttman create and paint live, bringing a wall within the fair to life. After enjoying the show, you will then have time to explore the fair, grab something to eat and browse all the art on display.
2. Spot the next big thing in our Recent Graduates exhibition
Each year, we pride ourselves on bringing fresh new art to the fair, and one of the ways we do this is through our Recent Graduates exhibition.This year we have partnered with two new curators, Ellen K Gedda and Robin Borg, who have travelled the length and breadth of Sweden in search of new and promising artists! Don’t miss this feature at the fair.
3. Get arty and create your own lithograph
Feeling inspired by all of the artwork at the fair? Why not try your hand at making your own lithograph. This year our workshop partneris Grafiska sällskapet who will teach you all about creative printing process of lithography and of course, you’ll be able to take your own creation home with you! For more information on lithography, check out our introduction to printing blog.
4. Grab a bargain, art under 10.000 SEK
Whether you are looking for a painting, print, sculpture or photograph the fair has something for you. To make it easy for you to navigate and find the perfect piece to suit your budget, we have clearly marked artworks that are priced under 10.000 SEK with pink stickers. Keep your eyes open for these wallet-friendly treasures and take home a bargain!
5. Limited Edition “Knotted Gun” sculptures
Our charity partner, Non-Violence Art Project, will bring their limited edition“knotted gun”sculptures to the fair. Originally created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärdas a memorial tribute to John Lennon after he was shot and killed in New York City in December 1980. The Non-Violence Project Foundation is an educational non-profit organisation and by purchasing one of their limited-edition sculptures you will not only be taking home an iconic sculpture, you will also be championing peace and social change.
6. Galleries, galleries and more galleries!
For this year’s fair, we have a smorgasbord of 58 galleries, hailing from Sweden and beyond! Of these, 15 are completely new, while our family of returning galleries, who are travelling from as far as Thailand and Korea, as well as from all corners of Sweden, promise plenty of new artists and artwork in their exhibitions. I am particularly excited about seeing Andrea Torres represented by Galeria Miquel Alzueta. Andrea’s work explores dreams, reality and fiction, and I just love the surreal feel to his photography.
7. Framing on the spot
To put the finishing touch to your artwork don’t forget to visit our framing partner – Fotorama – who not only can give you expert advice on how to best display your new piece, they can also frame it for you on the spot!
8. Platform project: Hidden Talents
We are delighted to be launching our platform project, Hidden Talents, at this year’s fair. Hidden Talents are a group of inspiring emerging artist from across Sweden, who are sure to bring a taste of avant garde to the fair. With different backgrounds, experiences and artistic expressions using materials ranging from classic oil paint to digital graphics, they all have one thing in common –their love for art and the will to break into the world of arts! Through our platform project we hope to spread the word about their amazing work and introduce them to all our fantastic visitors and galleries!
9. Entertain Picasso-junior at the Kids Corner
At Affordable Art Fair we welcome art enthusiasts of all ages! Our Kids Corner will be run by book publishing company Opal, whose illustrious illustration team will welcome your children into the magical world of story illustrations and the creative process behind them! Picasso-juniors will be able to paint dragon eggs, press flowers and even try painting with coffee! Don’t forget, children up to 16 years can enter the fair for free–making it the perfect family day out.
10. Refresh and relax at LaPlaza
We understand that browsing 100s of beautiful artworks can be a tiring process, and sometimes to contemplate all that you have seen you need a moments respite. So, this year we have transformed the restaurant area into La Plaza! Packed with food stations ranging from hunger-busting tandoori chicken noodles, delicious soups to a cheese and red wine station for those with a refined taste. Perfect to sit down, relax and refresh with something yummy.
To experience all of this an more, join us at Affordable Art Fair Stockholm, 11 – 14 October, Nacka Strandsmässan.
Main Image and image 1: Okuda working on street art projects.
Image 3: Carl Fredrik Reuterswärda's 'Knotted Gun' from charity partner Non-Violence Art Project.