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Best sites for art online

Try your hand at being an art collector with our pick of the web's affordable galleries.

The Summer Exhibition is on at the Royal Academy, offering the public the chance to see and buy art from established and up and coming artists. If you can’t face fighting the crowds at the Royal Academy, however, there are other ways to get your hands and eyes on some fabulous artwork, if you only know where to look….


Specialising in selling original artwork by emerging artists, New Blood Art gives you the chance to buy some really cutting-edge stuff, from artists whose stock may well go up as they progress through their career. Choose your price range, preferred medium or simply explore artist by artist, and prepare yourself for some real artistic treasure!


Charles Saatchi always does the rounds of the summer degree shows, hoping to spot the big names of the future, and now you can do the same. Degree Art work hard to find the best work from recent art school graduates. Buying from graduate art students is a great way to find some fantastic, well-priced and original art.


Own Art is an Arts Council initiative, whereby you find something you want to buy from a participating gallery (eg. the Whitechapel Gallery, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art), then apply for an Own Art Loan (for anything from £100 to £2000) with which to pay for it. You will receive your chosen piece and pay off the loan over the next ten months, interest free.


Artists, photographers and graphic designers submit images to the website, and the Unknown Prints review panel decide which ones are print-worthy. You, the buyer, can then trawl through the site and snap up any prints that you like for a song. Simple.


The best way to buy art is to go and see it in the flesh, so to speak, so why not head off to one of the Affordable art fairs? The next one in London is in October, and you will find a vast array of fabulous art, all under £4,000. If you can’t wait that long, there is one in New York in September! The Affordable Art Fair website has all sorts of useful tips and advice to help you start your art collection.


Mini Gallery enables you to buy artwork direct from the artist themself. With over 400 artists selling their work on the site, there is plenty to look at so take your time! Each artist pays an annual membership and then operates their own ‘Mini Gallery’, dealing entirely with their own enquiries, commissions and sales.


This Brighton based gallery has an online store selling the work of some of the most exciting international printmakers and illustrators around. If you like whimsical, colourful, nostalgic pictures, then this is the place for you.