Follow these four AAF artists and exhibitors for inspiration.

Drum roll. The Affordable Art Fair (AAF) is big in business. While we are enthusiastic ambassadors of buying art online, we know too well that visiting an exhibition like AAF is hard to replicate digitally. This will be its twentieth year; the first edition of the Affordable Art Fair launched in Battersea in 1999. This weekend, thousands of art lovers will flock to the Battersea Spring, 7-10 March 2019, an exhibition selling original artworks from their curated collection of living artists, all priced between £100 and £6,000. Here, we’ve taken an early sneak peek and picked four artists and exhibitors that should be on your radar.

Alice Nyong


All eyes will be on Alice Nyong, illustrator and founder of The Mark Makers (a modern still life drawing workshop) on Saturday 9 March when she hosts a rainbow inspired drawing and painting workshop with Faber-Castell materials. Alice lives and works in East London; she works on straightforward illustration work, hand-drawn concept designs, storyboard for window displays and installations as well as wedding stationery and personal commissions.

James Burke


James Burke is an artist with ambition, and a lot of followers (11.2k at the last Insta count). The Shoreditch-based visual artist is not only the founder of award-winning creative studio, Acrylicize. He is also a professional dancer. James is described as top of his game with interdisciplinary artwork exploring themes of identity and art’s relationship with the commercial world. For the AAF Battersea Spring, he will be Artist in Residence and will be displaying both installation pieces and 2D works for sale at the fair.

Moretti Interior Design


‘Designing a space is more than art… it’s psychology and science,’ says Cinzia Moretti, British Institute of Interior Design member and founder of Moretti Design. Cinzia is a whiz when it comes to understanding the effects of colour on our minds. She has designed high-end interiors for over a decade in the UK and overseas. She knows all about how to use colour in your environment and how to enhance the relationship you have with your home by using colour in interiors.

Far and Wild Living


Love Cornwall? Discover Far & Wild Living set up last year by Creative Director and Curator Alicia Livingstone on the dramatic north coast. She founded the gallery, which offers a curated mix of art, craft, clothing and homeware, to promote craftsmanship and international brands and unique finds from around the world. While at Battersea Spring Affordable Art Fair, Far & Wild will be exhibiting, what they refer to as a ‘a dream team’ of established and emerging Cornish artists including Nettle Grellier, George Lloyd-Jones, Kerry Harding and Ken Spooner.

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March 2019