Melbourne Art Fair returns as the region’s most significant commercial platform for Australasian contemporary art

The Fair takes place during Melbourne Art Week, 2-5 August 2018, housed in a temporary structure within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA.

Showcasing around 40 galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the region, Melbourne Art Fair returns with a curated selection of some of the newest and most respected names in contemporary art.

[image] Maree Di Pasquale (Director and CEO Melbourne Art Foundation) and Charles Justin (Chair Melbourne Art Foundation) on the Northern Forecourt of ACCA and the site of Melbourne Art Fair 2018

Southbank Arts Precinct is the new home of Melbourne Art Fair

Melbourne Art Fair returns within a temporary structure alongside one of Melbourne’s best loved architectural icons, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. ACCA’s distinctive corten façade and the Southbank Arts Precinct’s artistically diverse program offers an inspiring setting for Melbourne Art Week’s anchor event.

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Gallery applications now open

The 2018 edition will continue to expose galleries and their artists to both new and established audiences of contemporary art through participation in two curated platforms, Galleries and Accent.

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New focus, venue and CEO for 2018

Beginning in 1988, Melbourne Art Fair was the first commercial fair of the Asia Pacific to establish an international network for collectors to connect and engage with the Australian art market. The Fair's legacy continues under the direction of the newly appointed Director and CEO Maree Di Pasquale, who brings international art fair expertise having worked in key global markets across Asia and Middle East. 

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Cutting edge artists, curators and art spaces present innovative and experimental work within the context of a major international visual arts event. Sponsored by Melbourne Art Foundation the Project Rooms were initiated in 2002 and form the curated non-commercial component of Melbourne Art Fair.

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Since 2006, the Commissions program has provided a living Australian artist with a significant opportunity to realise a large-scale work for unveiling at the Melbourne Art Fair. Previous artists include Michael Parekowhai, David Griggs, Peter Hennessey, Jon Campbell, Ian Burns, and Mikala Dwyer.

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Melbourne Art Week

Melbourne Art Fair is the flagship event of the biennial Melbourne Art Week, a city-wide program in support of contemporary art and living artists. Providing a platform for promotion and public engagement, Art Week embraces cultural organisations, public institutions, satellite art fairs, independent art spaces and commercial galleries in the creation of public and private events, exhibitions, talks and performances.

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The Melbourne Art Foundation Awards for the Visual Arts is a biennial event that, since 2005 celebrates excellence and outstanding contributions to the Australian visual arts sector.

The Awards are a highlight of Art Week 2018 and acknowledge contributions to the sector through the categories Visionary and Artist Awards.

Nominations open February 2018

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A free to attend talks program during Melbourne Art Week to promote discussion, education and interest in contemporary art practice in Australia and around the world. The program includes talks, interviews and panels with a range of speakers including artists, curators, collectors and critics.

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