Pictured above: Rostra, Dan Baldwin Tantrum Confession The Affordable Art Fair comes to Bristol this month 19-21 September showcasing a vast range of art priced between £40 and £4000. With 55 galleries displaying from graphic screenprints to Cornish seascapes to urban spraypaint and bronze sculptures, there is something to suit all tastes. Country Calling goes behind the scenes with Affordable Art Fair founder Will Ramsay
Why did you choose to take the fair to the South West, was it related to the calibre of art coming out of this region?
Bristol felt like a natural fit for the Affordable Art Fair – we knew there was huge artistic talent in the area and an appetite for affordable art across the South West. It’s well known that the area is a hub of creativity, and alongside galleries from all over the UK, we have a fantastic line up of local galleries such as Antlers Gallery with home grown talent showing including Rose Sanderson and Dorcas Casey.
With so much art on show how do people choose, are they relying entirely on gut instinct or is there some guidance available at the fairs?
The best way to find out more about an artist or a specific work is to chat to the gallerist about them- they are exceedingly knowledgeable, friendly and more than happy to impart their wisdom and help in choosing the right piece of art for you. We also have lots of information in our advice section on our website. But ultimately the only thing that matters is how much you love something - we always recommend buying something you’ve fallen in love with. Buying art is about the connection and reaction you feel to a piece. Trust your own taste and go for pieces you will take pleasure in viewing day in and day out.
Is there a trend in the kind of people buying from the fairs, from those owning their first homes upwards? Does it appeal broadly to a youngish age group?
The fair appeals to a wide variety of people – from young families to couples who have just bought their first home and are on the hunt to start an art collection, to those whose grown up children have left home and who are reclaiming their walls – spending the kids’ inheritance!
Your mission was to make art ownership affordable for the masses but how do you maintain quality in the works on show?
Every and any gallery is welcome to apply for a stand, but we do ask that all work is original and priced under the ceiling of £4,000 - applications are then reviewed by our selection committee who carefully vet the applications, both to check the quality of the work, but also to ensure a wide variety of art will be at the fair, so that everyone will find something to connect with. The Affordable Art Fair is being held at Brunel's Old Station Temple Meads Bristol 19-21 September buy tickets here