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The 5 best affordable art fairs to visit this year

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WordsMegan Lambert

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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 favorite 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 RCAGoldsmithsChelsea College of ArtLeeds 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

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