Art for smaller pockets debuts

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More than 40 leading contemporary artists will join the first Art for You programme, which aims to make art more accessible.

Vu Ngoc Tram, one of Art for You initiators, said the four-day event was inspired by the Affordable Art Fair, which has been held annually in London, Paris, New York, Amsterdam, Kong, Singapore and many other cities.

Since October, we have been discussing the programme with artists, most of whom have agreed to join,” said Tram, who is also the co-founder of the Manzi Art Space.

“Apart from allowing people to find work they love at a price they can manage, the programme also will help promote talent, thus contributing to the development of the domestic art market.”

Notable people among the first generation of Vietnamese contemporary artists, including Ha Manh Thang, Nguyen Minh Thanh, Nguyen Huy An, Pham Ngoc Duong, will present work at the Art for You.

“Pieces by these painters often fetch US$5,000 to $50,000 a piece, a cost not every art lover can afford,” said Tram, who is former art manager of the British Council, Vietnam.

However, at the Art for You, the price tags will be from $25 to $500.

Award-winning artists, such as Nguyen Manh Hung, Thai Nhat Minh, Le Duc Hanh, Pham Khac Quang, Ngo Van Sac, Doan Xuan Tang, Nguyen Dinh Hoang Viet and doll-making artist Tran Thu Hang, will also share their work at the event.

Visitors will be able to select from a collection of more than 150 sculptures, sketches, photographs, illustrations, paintings and even home designs. Visitors will also have chance meet and talk with some of the finest creative talents in Viet Nam.

Art for You, co-organised by the Manzi Art Space and art studio Work Room Four, will open from 9.30am to 7pm daily from December 5 to 8 at 14 Phan Huy Ich Street.

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