Story by Jack Foley
FIRST-time art buyers, serious collectors or art lovers who desire nothing more than to browse through the latest the art world has to offer should make a trip to Battersea Park sometime between February 28 and March 3, 2002, to catch the Affordable Art Fair's Spring Collection.
The event promises something for everyone, with traditional landscapes jostling for space against large abstract canvases, or limited edition screenprints from world famous names displayed next to funky artworks by talented young graduates and fine art studio groups.
The fair will be open until 9pm on its opening Thursday evening and throughout the weekend, so times have been set to fit in with the busiest schedules.
Among the highlights of the event will be a visit from popular TV celebrity Tony Hart on Saturday and Sunday, who will be entertaining children of all ages with his Hartoons (including Morph!). Sculpture and printmaking demonstrations will also run throughout the four days for those who would like to try their hand at a bit of creativity.
The AAF Spring Collection is being used as the voting platform for a new public art prize and all visitors to the fair will have the opportunity to vote for the winner of the Affordable Art Prize - the only art prize in which you can have your say.
The event also boasts a wide selection of contemporary art for under £2,500, a free children's creche, a cafe, champagne bar and coffee stalls and limited free parking. There will also be a free shuttle bus from Sloane Square.
Thursday (28) - 11am - 9pm
Friday (1) - 11am - 6pm
Saturday (2) - 11am - 6pm
Sunday (3) - 11am - 6pm
Private view: Thursday, Feb 28, 6 - 9pm £10 (inc. drinks)
Prices: Adults - In Advance £7
Adults - On the Door £8
Children under 16 FREE
Concessions - In Advance £5
Concessions - On the Door £6
Ticket Hotline - 0870 739 9555