By staff reporter
DUBLIN’S Doorway Gallery is among the galleries that will be exhibiting their wares at The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea this month.
Nicola Carragher of the gallery told the Irish World: “We are extremely honoured to be given the opportunity to be part of such an international fair with very high standards. Top Irish artists will be exhibited, including Brian McDonagh, Cormac O’Leary, Chris Wilson, Ken Browne, Kate Beagan, Christy Keeney, Jackie Edwards, Seamus Connolly and Rae Perry.”
She added: “As we are an Irish gallery we would love to see a bit of support and perhaps a friendly face or two from the Irish community over here, so I hope people come along to see what it’s all about.”
The Affordable Art Fair is the leading showcase in the UK for contemporary art under £4,000 having welcomed over 430,000 visitors who have bought £73 million of art.
In 1996 Will opened Will’s Art Warehouse in south west 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 encouraged him to take his approach to the next level, and in October 1999 he launched the first Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park. Now over 25,000 people come to each London fair to enjoy the art exhibited by the 120 British and international galleries.
AAF has also become a global phenomenon with fairs taking place in Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, New York and Singapore, while affiliate events include Sydney and Melbourne. Globally, 783,000 people have visited an Affordable Art Fair, buying over £123 million of art.
The Doorway Gallery will be at Stand H1 at Battersea Park, March 13-16. For more on the exhibition see http://affordableartfair.com/uk.