Where to buy affordable art in Melbourne & beyond

Updated: May 31


I often get asked where to buy affordable art. Many people feel intimidated to walk into an empty, sterile commercial galleries. Or else they don't have the time to drive all around town. So I've put together a cheeky little list to save you time and money.



COMMERCIAL GALLERIES

There are so many fantastic and affordable art galleries around Melbourne. Don't be afraid to go inside and speak to the gallerist about what you like. They usually represent a wide selection of artists and have more to offer than what's on display. Some affordable art galleries in Melbourne and beyond are:

- Art to Art (North Balwyn)

- Manyung (Malvern, Sorrento, Mount Eliza & Flinders)

- Flinders Lane (Melbourne CBD)

- Tacit (Collingwood)

- Sophie Gannon (Richmond)

-- Eagles Nest (Aireys Inlet)




ONLINE GALLERIES

There are a number of reputable on-line galleries that support independent artists and accept returns from buyers. They periodically have sales, so sign up to newsletters to find out when they are. Art Lovers Australia and Bluethumb support local artists and offer limited edition prints.


- ArtLovers Australia (Australia)

- Bluethumb (Australia)

- ArtPharmacy (Australia)

- SaatchiArt (Worldwide)


ART PRIZES

Emerging art prizes are a great way to discover an up and coming artist. They may also offer something different and unexpected. Here are just a few of the many emerging art awards in Melbourne & surrounds:

- The Agendo (Melbourne)

- Linden Postcard Show (St Kilda)

- Lethbridge 10,000 Small Works (Brisbane)


ART FAIRS

Art fairs are a good way to see a lot of art in one spot. Many schools host art fairs to raise money. Some affordable art fairs in Melbourne include:

- The Other Art Fair (Melbourne & Sydney)

- Affordable Art Fair (Melbourne)

- Albert Park Collage Art Show

- Art 4 All (Fairfield)



About the author

Leah Mariani is a financial professional turned artist and mother of two. She has her own blog and creates artwork about fashion, feminism and For more information on what's on near you sign up to art-news here.

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