The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park

Get involved with London’s art fair season

October means one thing for London’s galleries: art fair season. Most take place at the start of the month but, if you’re here later, we suggest heading to Battersea. Hosted at events space Battersea Evolution, the Affordable Art Fair (17-20 Oct) celebrates its 20th birthday this year. 

Entry tickets range from £9 to £27, while artworks start at a very reasonable £50. There’s a studio where you can watch artists at work and a daily tour to help you find out more about pieces.

Founded in 1999, the Affordable Art Fair is embracing 1990s nostalgia with a programme of free, themed workshops that you can take part in. There’s neon-coloured collage-making, a class on how to illustrate characters from The Simpsons and Beavis and Butt-Head and even scrunchie-making tutorials – well, art is subjective after all. The fair takes place right in the middle of idyllic Battersea Park.

Frieze Art Fair 2018. Image courtesy of Linda Nylind

Frieze Art Fair 2018. Image courtesy of Linda NylindTaking over another green space, Frieze London (3-6 Oct) in Regent’s Park gives you a chance to browse offerings from more than 160 galleries. This shopping experience is great for people-watching, while Frieze Sculpture (to 6 Oct) has compelling pieces in the park.

The Other Art Fair (3-6 Oct) in Holborn acknowledges Frieze as the art fair headliner and instead presents artists who are finding their feet. New talents will be waiting in front of their work if you want to chat.

Moniker art fair. Image courtesy of Josh Keyes

Moniker International Art Fair (2-6 Oct) moves from Shoreditch to Old Chelsea Sorting Office, championing contemporary art and new collectors. The focus is on urban art, so if your social media is filled with street art, this is for you.

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