The 5 best affordable art fairs to visit this year
If you’re reading this, we’re going to assume you’re an avid art lover. And that for you, there’s nothing quite like the buzz and excitement of an art fair. Getting up close and personal with some of your favourite creatives’ work, perhaps even getting to meet a few, not to mention a roster of talks, events, and some good snacks along the way. Oh, and of course—actually buying some art. With creative industries already underfunded, the pandemic dealt a heavy blow to the art world. That’s why, with events back up and running, we think 2022 is the year to support our local artists by attending some of the best affordable art fairs the UK has to offer.
Affordable Art Fair
With venues ranging from Hampstead to Hong Kong, the Affordable Art Fair is many a budding collector’s first foray into the art world. And there’s good reason. With a hand-picked selection of galleries showcasing original contemporary artworks, priced between £50 to £7,500 there’s something to suit every pocket.
When? 10th-13th March 2022
Where? Battersea Park
*Wherever you are in the world, take a look at their upcoming fairs as there may be one coming to you soon.
The Other Art Fair
Showcasing over 140 independent artists, The Other Art Fair combines affordable and original artworks across a range of disciplines. Host to immersive installations, discussion panels, and a well-stocked bar it’s well worth an outing to Brick Lane.
When? 17th-20th March 2022
Where? The Old Truman Brewery
London Craft Week
Celebrating outstanding British and international creativity, London Craft Week brings together over 250 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from across the world. A curated selection based not on price or fame, but underlying style. Discover everything from multimedia artwork, handmade ceramics, to repurposed and upcycled furnishings.
When? 9th - 15th May 2022
Where? Locations across London
Somerset Art Weeks
Showcasing the work of over 300 local artists, with venues hosting group exhibitions, curated shows and a long list of events Somerset Art Weeks is an opportunity to visit the galleries, studios, and creative spaces of Somerset creatives.
When? 24th September-9th October 2022
Where? Locations across Somerset
End of year shows
Not exactly an art fair, but art school exhibitions are a great place to find up-and-coming artists work at a fraction of the price. We’d recommend the RCA, Goldsmiths, Chelsea College of Art, Leeds Arts University, and Glasgow School of Art for starters. This is where you’ll find artists as they’re just emerging, so it’s really about picking pieces you love. Who knows, you might unearth the next Hockney.
When? June-July 2022
Where? Multiple locations