- Culture /
- November 10, 2016
From 10-13th November the Affordable Art Fair Hamburg returns with the fifth edition, with 75 local, national and international galleries all showcasing a huge array of contemporary art.
You could find fresh new talents hanging alongside well-known names, and our curated Emerging Artist Exhibition making it easy to spot up-and-coming stars of the future.
Thousands of original paintings, prints, sculpture and photography were displayed in an inspiring atmosphere, all under the one roof. And with everything priced under €7,500, you simply couldn’t resist falling for a new piece.
For the second time, we will present a curated exhibition of six galleries from Hamburg to celebrate Hamburg’s status as an important art destination.
The story: from Battersea and beyond
In 1996 Will Ramsay opened Will’s Art Warehouse in southwest London to bridge the increasing interest in contemporary art and the London gallery scene. By concentrating on relatively unknown artists not carrying a premium for reputation, the gallery was able to offer works from £50 – £2,500 from a stable of over 150 artists. The response Will received to his Art Warehouse inspired him to take his approach to the next level, and 3 years later the Affordable Art Fair was born. Embracing other friendly galleries selling affordable art, the first fair launched in Battersea Park in October 1999. 10,000 visitors took advantage of the ease of buying, breadth of choice, affordable prices and user-friendly approach.
Will then went on to launch a second event in Battersea Park in March 2001, to showcase entirely different artists from the October event. Now up to 22,000 people come to each London fair to enjoy the art exhibited by the 120 British and international galleries. A fair in New York quickly followed and since then Will hasn’t looked back.
Today, Will’s Art Warehouse still stands and the Affordable Art Fair has become something of a global phenomenon. The success of the British and American fairs encouraged Will to explore other markets and the Affordable Art Fair now takes place in cites including Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan, Singapore, Hamburg, Seoul, Stockholm and Hong Kong. Globally, over 1.9 million people have visited an Affordable Art Fair, buying over €365 million worth of art.
But Will didn’t just stop with the Affordable Art Fair. He also founded contemporary art-hub PULSE, held annually in New York and Miami; co-founded Asia’s leading art fair, the prestigious Art HK (which has since become Art Basel in Hong Kong); as well as being a shareholder in Art India, the sub-continent’s first international art fair, attracting over 190,000 visitors since its launch in 2008.
Wherever there’s art, there’s Will.
Affordable Art Fair Hamburg
Hamburg Messe u. Congress GmbH
Halle A1 (Entrance Lagerstrasse Gate A3)
Thursday 11.00 am – 6.00 pm
Thursday Late View 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm
Friday 11.00 am – 8.00pm
Saturday 11.00 am – 8.00 pm
Sunday 11.00 am – 6.00 pm