Affordable Art

The Brussels Antiques and Fine Arts Fair (BRAFA) took place last week, putting on an impressive display of antiques and works of art to add to your ‘collection’. But let’s face it, most of us aren’t buying fine paintings or 18th century antiques to fill our homes. That doesn’t mean you have to live with naked walls either.

If you missed your chance to find a deal at Art Truc Troc, you’ll have another opportunity at the Affordable Art Fair starting tomorrow. This fourth edition of the fair will host a selection of more than 90 Belgian and international galleries at Tour & Taxis from 9 to 12 February. For both first time buyers as well as seasoned collectors, the fair will offer a huge variety of contemporary paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures all priced between €50 and €5000.

In addition to the exhibition, there are free workshops and a dedicated area for kids where they can learn about art. The fair is open 9 February (12-10pm), 10 February, 11 February (11am-7pm) and 12 February (11am-6pm). Tickets are available online for €11 or €13 at the door. Kids enter free.

Have bare walls but too cold to leave the house? I have another idea for you.

A little while back I posted about Yellow Korner, a French company offering art at affordable prices via their shops and website. Now two Belgian entrepreneurs have joined the online art scene and started MTWalls (empty walls, get it? :))

Founded just last year, the goal of MTWalls is to provide a platform through which local artists can sell their works at a reasonable cost. Most of the works seem to be photographs, but there is a wide selection of subjects and styles. There are a limited number of editions of each piece, with prices starting around €100. And they even take Eco Cheques as payment!

An added benefit of buying art from MTWalls – they donate a part of their revenues to local social projects. At check-out the customer can select which project they want to support.

Now the tough part, choosing the perfect piece for one of my many empty walls…

Images via Affordable Art Fair and MTWalls.

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