Portable Studio by Alexandmushi.

Known as the world’s leading showcase for affordable contemporary art, Affordable Art Fair returns to Singapore this weekend at the F1 Pit Building. Besides plenty of artwork, lots of interactive activities such as creative workshops, unique installations and live performances will give fair attendees plenty to see and do.

The fair also celebrates their 10th year in Singapore, and have achieved over S$43mil total sales since its inception. More than 15,000 artworks have made their way into local homes, shared fair director Alan Koh, making the fair a successful conduit between local art buyers and contemporary art.

Committed to consistently presenting fresh content, this year’s fair will present 83 local and international galleries showing over 600 artists, of which a third are new and emerging talents. 

Here are some highlights!

Original cassette tapes next to their upcycled art pieces.

1) Rehyphen 

The brainchild of fashion designer and artist J.J. Chuan, Rehyphen is an initiative that upcycles discarded cassette and video tapes, giving them life as new products. For instance, the plastic film of the tapes are collected and woven to form MusicCloth, a novel form of material, which J.J. then uses to create art pieces and even dresses. 

Tweet Tapes

The plastic shell of the cassette tapes are also upcycled as charming offbeat greeting cards called Tweet Tapes, which you can customise 140-character messages that slowly unravel with a turn of the spools. 

Learn how to weave cassette tape films into a piece of MusicCloth during the ‘Ready, Cassette, Go!’ workshops that will be conducted at 4pm on Saturday, 23 Nov, and 3pm on Sunday, 24 Nov. Find Rehyphen on Level 3, Room E.

2) Portable Studio 

Ever wondered if you could connect to your partners or pals without speaking? Or ever wanted a safe space for childlike expression? Portable Studio is just the place to do it. A collaboration between artists Alex Nichols and Mushi Wooseong James, Portable Studio is an interactive installation that invites visitors to play, connect and communicate, in non-verbal forms. The artists’ belief is that we all have the innate capacity to connect, even without uttering a word. 

Find them on Level 3, Room E. 


Artwork by Louisa Violet. 

Ceramics by Daisy Toh.

3) Young Talent Programme 

A staple exhibition at the fair since 2012, the Young Talent Programme (YTP) presents the works of up to eight independent artists who are under the age of 35 and residing in Southeast Asia. The fair is an important platform for these young artists to get spotted by galleries and art institutions, and to be introduced to the art-loving public. 

Check out the photography, oil paintings and ceramics by this year’s YTP artists at their stand on Level 2, Room A. You can also meet the artists during the Young Talent Programme Tours at 2pm on Saturday, 23 Nov. 


What: Affordable Art Fair 2019

When: 22 – 24 Nov 2019

Where: F1 Pit Building

Visit www.affordableartfair.com/fairs/singapore for more information.