The Affordable Art Fair Bristol 2017

Interior trends come and go, unique art is something special that makes a home. This coming weekend The Affordable Art Fair is in Bristol and offers an opportunity to browse and buy art, with on hand expert advice from gallery representatives. Expect an exciting energy as buyers from Bristol and beyond come ready to find something special and affordable for their homes.

The aim of The Affordable Art Fair is to make contemporary art accessible, showcasing a broad mix of art in a relaxed setting. I’ve got some tips on buying art from Affordable Art Fair director Sam Gare. Information on location and opening times. My own choice of sneak peaks from the fair. Details of special events over the weekend; Artist in Residence, limited edition prints and University Graduates and Art created by Artificial Intelligence.

The Affordable Art Fair Bristol

The Affordable Art Fair. 8 – 10 September. Located at: Brunel’s Old Station
, Temple Meads
. Bristol BS1 6QH

Mix of Artists

Accessible and affordable art, with prices starting at £100. Over the weekend, 7 galleries will feature the work of a range of European and International Artists. Together with locally based  artists and emerging talent in the form of work from selection of graduates of the University of the West of England (UWE) arts.

Future Art: Artificial Intelligence

UWE Centre for Fine Print Research will be showing an experimental drawing robot, with a unique opportunity to buy a limited edition print, created by Artificial Intelligence. Developed by Paul O’Dowd as part of research which mimicks complex human drawing and painting gestures in machines. The robot will draw limited edition pieces, designed and programmed by O’Dowd.

Artist in Residence

Bristol has an internationally acclaimed street art scene. Local mural artist Alex Lucas will be in residence over the weekend. Amongst her works will be a limited-edition print, inspired by Bristol landmarks, designed for this September’s Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon finisher’s t-shirt. A portion of the profits from the limited run of 50 prints, priced at £75, will go to local charity Studio ‘Upstairs’ providing support to people who are experiencing enduring mental or emotional difficulties.

Family Friendly

There will be the opportunity to enjoy family friendly hands-on workshops and attend various informative talks.

My Picks

Available to buy this weekend. I was given a sneak peak of some of the work that will be on show. As Director Sam Gare notes “the key is to buy art that you love”. All these pieces resonated with me for different reasons.

Memories and their association with location have a deep appeal. I have a print in my living room that depicts the Crystal Palace TV tower. For me it represents London, it isn’t an obvious image of the capital and it creates interest and questions. The Crystal Palace Tower is a familiar of my childhood, an unchanging landmark and location that evokes memories and a sense of place.

Bristol is my adopted home and for that reason, two pictures from The Affordable Art Fair leapt out at me, less obvious Bristol views, local to me. Images that resonate with my sense of place and history in Bristol.


Rostra-Gallery. Simon Tozer Harbour

Clifton Fine Art - Tom White - Four Ways In

Clifton Fine Art – Tom White – Four Ways In.

I love colour and I’ve always loved big bold flowers. Bold prints can make a room, particularly within trends for simpler interiors, muted colours in furniture choices, wooden floors, simple walls. Art with bold colours create not just a focal point, they lift the feel and tone of room and give it a very personal stamp.

Gala Fine Art - Yuki Aruga - The Peace

Gala Fine Art. Yuki Aruga – The Peace

The Art Agency - Will Swayne - Red Rocks

The Art Agency Will Swayne Red Rocks

My last choice is something quirky, art that creates and emotion, there is a joy in this pick. The glory box appeals to my sense of nostalgia, with the unexpected combination of a tiny whale. I can imagine that this is something that would bring joy and a smile each time I looked at it.



Advice on buying Art, from Fair Director Sam Gare:

“Buying art is a fun and emotionally rewarding experience and no matter whether your taste runs to street art or more traditional painting and sculpture, you will find a piece that will stay with you forever, the key is to buy art that you love.”

“When you have fallen for a piece of art there are a few questions you could ask the gallerist which may help to guide your choice. All of the gallerists at the Affordable Art Fair are more than happy to guide you through your purchase, so do take this opportunity to find out more about the piece and the artist. You might like to ask:

Where the artist studied and how widely they have exhibited since graduating – if they’ve trained at a well-known art school, shown commitment to exhibiting their art, and been picked up by a number of galleries, institutions, or collectors, these are all the ingredients to begin a successful career.

If the artist has been self-taught, don’t let this put you off. You can gather an idea of their success so far by asking about where and how many times they have exhibited their work, as well as about their personal story – an artist who is really committed to their own career will have the tenacity to keep going through the tough years. How well their work has sold or if they have won any prizes – a piece by an artist whose work is already in demand may make you feel more confident in your choice.

You can also take a look at the artist’s wider collection of work, and think about whether the piece you like represents their style. Look at the skill involved, and speak to the gallerist about how the work has been made and what the artist’s inspiration was. An artist will most often make a name for his/herself by developing a consistent body of work, and the gallerists representing them at the fair will be able to talk you through the intricacies of their practice. A piece which uses good quality or rare materials will also command a higher price tag.”

The Affordable Art Fair. Bristol. 8-10 September.
Opening hours: Fri & Sun 11.00am – 5.00pm; Sat 11.00am
Late View: Friday 8th September, 5.00pm – 8.00pm
Ticket prices: £4 Adult (£3 concession) Advance 

Tickets are now on sale:

Post in association with The Affordable Art Fair.


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