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Affordable Art Fair Stockholm
Stockholm, Sweden
October 2-5, 2014

The Affordable Art Fair Stockholm returns to Magasin 9 this October 2-5, showcasing a fantastic array of art from 50 local Swedish and international galleries.

With everything for sale under SEK 50,000, and a fresh and friendly approach to contemporary art, a day out at the fair is the easiest and most enjoyable way to view and buy art. Paintings, original artist-made prints, sculpture and photography are all on show; whether you are looking for artwork that is traditional or contemporary, humorous or edgy, by a famous name or an undiscovered talent, there really is something for everyone.

Emma Weinerhall, Acting Fair Director, was gracious enough to answer some of our questions:

We understand that one of the main ideas of this fair is to show that good and quality art can be affordable. Is there any additional mission or message?

The Affordable Art Fair’s main mission is to make art accessible for everyone – so whether you are already a passionate collector, or have never bought a work of art before, the fair is a place where anyone can come and see art, learn more about art, and fall in love with art. And also to show that owning art doesn’t need to be a ‘luxury’ hobby – you can buy original, artist-made works of art at reasonable prices.

Are there any other similar fairs in Europe?

Yes, we also have Affordable Art Fairs in The Netherlands, Brussels, Hamburg and Milan, as well as in the UK, US and Asia.

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If Affordable Art Fairs take place in many other cities, how it is ”acclimatized” for Stockholm? Are there any differences in the fairs' formats based on their location?

The overall concept is, of course, the same in every city, but every fair has a different flavour because of the variety of galleries and the different features and custom-organised programming. In Stockholm we have a great mix of artists, with exciting new Swedish talent on show and international artists from as far afield as Brazil.

We also have a comprehensive programme of activities this year and which we are really looking forward to – from ‘behind-the-scenes’ talks with Swedish artists, to live art demonstrations and print-making workshops.

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Could you briefly outline the fair’s program, apart from the galleries’ exhibition? Are there any highlights in this programme that you would particularly like to recommend?

We’ve got some interesting artist talks lined up, including a workshop with photographer Sonja Hesslow. Works of art will be created live at the fair on Friday, by one of SCAM Gallery’s newest talents, the graffiti artist OKOK; and on Saturday, the artist Unna Katz will be crafting sculptures using a log of wood and a chainsaw. Then on Sunday, visitors can come for a lovely Sunday lunch and browse the aisles, all whilst listening to some live music provided by the pop band Join the Riot.

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How would you describe the audience/visitors at the Affordable Art Fair Stockholm?

Our visitors here have been very receptive of the concept – they like art and they're keen to see what both our Swedish and International artists have to offer this year.

Can we see Europe's leading art collectors walking through the fair’s aisles?

I'm not sure – let's see when we open up the doors on today, at 13:00!

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Can you mention any of the so-called “big names” in the art world that will be showing at the fair?

SCAM gallery is bringing some prints by Banksy, and we have some amazing photography – for example, by Hans Gedda, whose work is being shown by Link Image Art Edition.

Which up-and-coming artists should we definitely keep an eye out for at the fair?

We have a Recent Graduates stand, curated by Pia Rystadius and Malin Sköld, showcasing the students who are graduating this year from Sweden’s art schools, so that’s definitely one to check out. And as mentioned above, two amazing street-art galleries: SCAM Gallery and The Scarlett Gallery, plus some really, really good photography galleries.