picture of the affordable art fair in the royal exhibition building
  • Art

The Affordable Art Fair

The world’s largest art fair is set to make a triumphant return with its biggest program yet


Time Out says

Calling all avid art collectors and keen aesthetes, it’s almost time to gather up that loose change because the Affordable Art Fair (AAF) is just around the corner. 

Set to be bigger and brighter than ever, the world’s largest art fair will enliven the Royal Exhibition Building with thousands of original works and vivid installations from some of Australia's best boutique galleries, as well as live painting sessions.

Running from August 31 until September 3, the Affordable Art Fair has become a cornerstone event in the city’s eclectic arts and culture scene since its debut four years ago. The AAF will allow collectors and art lovers to engage directly with featured artists and gallery owners and browse a selection of landscapes, sculptures and abstract paintings – all priced under $10,000 and available to take home that day. 

This year’s headlining galleries include AAF favourites like Salt Contemporary, leading online gallery Bluethumb, SOL Gallery in Collingwood and the all-female collective Tits and Co. The international gallery Diverso from Peru also joins the program alongside 11 first-time exhibitors revealing never-before-seen pieces. The full line-up will be revealed later this year. 

“The Melbourne Art Fair promises to be a dynamic four-day event with show-stopping installations and thousands of bespoke artworks from established and emerging artists,” said Melbourne Fair director Georgia Huestis.

“Our galleries, artists and team adore helping fairgoers fall in love with original and affordable contemporary art. Whether visitors are an experienced collector or a first-time art buyer, we look forward to helping everyone find their perfect piece when the doors open in August”

Tickets are on sale now, and you can get them via the Affordable Art Fair website here. 

Can't make the fair? Here's where to buy art around Melbourne. Happy to travel? These are the top regional galleries to visit in Victoria.


Opening hours:
Thu noon-9pm; Fri 10am-8pm; Sat & Sun 10am-5pm
You may also like
You may also like