Leading art fair comes to Hampstead Heath for first time this weekend

North London art lovers will be able to snap up a bargain this weekend - as one of the capital’s leading art showcases comes to Hampstead Heath for the very first time.

The Affordable Art Fair began in Battersea in 1999 and is known for launching artist’s careers by offering pieces of art for sale at modest prices.

Following successful shows all over the world this year it opens on the Heath, in East Heath Road, from Thursday to Sunday (October 27-30).

More than 90 contemporary painters, photographers and sculptors will be show-casing work for sale, costing from �50 to �4,000, including work by the leading artists Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst.

Education and activities such as print design and mural-making will be available for the crafty, and children can enjoy Halloween face painting on Saturday (October 29).

The organisers expect 20,000 to visit over the four days.

The Heath has been chosen for its natural beauty, which has long inspired artists including Lucien Freud and Henry Moore.

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To celebrate the launch the public were invited to submit original works of art for a new art prize inspired by the rolling landscapes of the Heath.

Colourful watercolours of trees, a striking painting of woman nestled in tree branches, a metallic sculpture and black and white pottery were among the shortlisted entries.

The winning entry was due to be announced at a Private View to launch the Affordable Art Fair yesterday (Wednesday, October 26) and the artwork will be exhibited at the fair.