There’s an art fair selling work that’s actually in your price range

Words by Mariah Papadopoulos

Art doesn’t have to be elite.

Melbourne’s turn to host the Affordable Art Fair has rolled around again, this time with a lineup of creatives bucking the trend of pricy and inaccessible artwork. 

The fair, which visits 10 cities around the world, aims to make art cheaper and available to more people. It lands at the Royal Exhibition building on Thursday the 5th of September and will run over the weekend.

Those wanting to spend big can purchase works for as much as $12,000 – but you can also buy pieces for as little as $100, so there’s no need to break the bank.

What is most exciting is the range of installations created by female artists, giving us the opportunity to experience art, instead of just observing it.

Emma Hack, the woman behind the body painting in Gotye and Kimbra’s viral music video for ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, will perform on opening night.

VCA Honours graduate Naomi Nicholls’ work will use the floors and walls as an oversized, sprawling canvas leading up to the building’s entrance.

An installation by Young Talent Victoria’s Emily Eliades, who uses etching, textile and stencil techniques to weave political themes into decorative visuals, will align with the Royal Exhibition Building’s architecture.


Opening Night: Thursday 5 September 2019, 5 – 9pm

Friday 6 September 2019, 12 Noon – 5pm; 

Saturday 7 September 2019, 10am – 6pm 

Sunday 8 September 2019, 10am – 6pm 

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