Melbourne Art Fair returns this year (2-5 August 2018) and will take place for the first time in a temporary structure within the Southbank Arts Precinct.
The 2018 edition will showcase a curated selection of 40 galleries, presenting works by some of the newest and most respected contemporary artists from Australia, New Zealand and the region.
As the flagship event of Melbourne Art Week, the Fair will partner with surrounding galleries and cultural institutions to create a dynamic calendar of tours, events and talks to encourage visitation, participation and discourse.
Set to attract over 20,000 art lovers over 5 days, the Fair and its associated programs will activate the city’s vibrant cultural centre.
Melbourne Art Fair has fired the enthusiasm of discerning collectors and an informed public for 30 years. Over its extensive history, the Fair has been instrumental in stimulating critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists, presenting a rich and diverse cross-section of the region’s visual art scene.
Beginning in 1988, Melbourne Art Fair was the first commercial fair of the Asia Pacific to establish a global network for collectors to connect and engage with the Australian art market. Consequently, Victorian based philanthropic support for arts and culture is the strongest in the nation.
A truly global city, Melbourne is enriched by a population from over 200 countries and this cultural framework continues to influence the Fair’s creative offering. Host city to 48 private museums, world-class institutions and galleries including ACCA, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Victoria [ranked 19th most popular gallery in the world], as well as one of the largest concentrations of commercial galleries in the country, Melbourne is a fitting location for Australasia’s most critically important commercial platform for the presentation and celebration of contemporary art.
2016, Silicone, pigment, resin, human. Courtesy the artist and
Established in 2003, Melbourne Art Foundation is a not for profit organisation which promotes and supports contemporary art and living Australian artists.
Melbourne Art Foundation produces the biennial Melbourne Art Week and flagship events Melbourne Art Fair and the Awards for the Visual Arts.
Melbourne Art Foundation sponsors a range of programs during Melbourne Art Week for the benefit of living artists, to facilitate public discussion and develop new audiences for contemporary art. These programs include major commissions, project rooms featuring emerging and independent artists and art spaces, public talks, collector programs, guided tours and the celebrated Art Fair opening night; Vernissage.
Maree Di Pasquale
Director and CEO
Maree commenced the role of Director and CEO of the Melbourne Art Foundation in June 2017, having previously returned to Melbourne for the role of Director of Strategic Partnerships, MCB Visit Victoria (2016-2017). She was a founding Director of Art Central Hong Kong (2014-2016) and Assistant Director of Sydney Contemporary and Melbourne Art Fair (2012-2014).
Maree has also delivered public programs for Abu Dhabi Art Fair (2009 and 2010 editions) and the Saadiyat Island Cultural District, working with curators, artists and academics at Agence France-Muséums, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the British Museum to develop exhibition programs for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Zayed National Museum. Maree has a BA Visual Arts QUT, MA Marketing from Melbourne Business School and is Board Member for 4A Centre of Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney.
Nicole has over 15 years’ experience working for high profile commercial and not for profit arts organisations in the UK and Australia including Christie’s London, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Mossgreen and Leonard Joel Auction Houses.
At Christie’s, Nicole managed marketing campaigns for the prestigious Impressionist, Modern Post-War & Contemporary Art auctions as well as international campaigns for Christie’s Switzerland, Middle-East & Russia.
As Marketing & Communications Manager at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Nicole devised campaigns for exhibitions, membership, public and education programs.
Rhiannon is a PR professional with more than 15 years experience working for high profile arts and corporate organisations including Christie’s, Bonhams, Reuters and Microsoft in the UK and Australia. At Christie’s Rhiannon managed the UK press team, overseeing campaigns for high profile auctions including The Princess Margaret Collection, Claude Monet, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. In Australia, she handled publicity for Bonhams’ record-breaking auction of the Grundy Collection and delivered public relations campaigns in her role as PR Director at Articulate for high profile arts and design names such as MPavilion, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Kerry Phelan Design Office, Mossgreen and Bundanon Trust.
Administrator, Galleries and Programs
Rachel has worked in the contemporary arts sector across a variety of curatorial, marketing and administrative roles. With an interest in critically-engaged practices that address issues of identity and community, she has delivered a broad range of exhibitions, public artworks and public programs, working as a consulting coordinator for Artsource (Perth) and as General Manager of ARI, Paper Mountain (Perth). Rachel is undertaking a MA Curatorship at the University of Melbourne and holds a BA in Art History from the University of Western Australia.
Over the past 20 years Kim has forged a diverse career in production across festivals, events, theatre, film, television and peak cultural institutions.
He is currently working as Production Manager – Special Events for Melbourne International Comedy Festival, after contracts as Production Manager for the Sydney Festival and Melbourne Festival. Kim returned to Melbourne in 2016 for the role of Events Operations Manager at the NGV, after two years in Tasmania working as Operations Manager for Ten Days on the Island, and Production Manager with Mona / Dark Mofo.
He was the Video Designer on award winning theatre and TV productions such as The Lost Thing with Academy Award winner Shaun Tan, and Knot @ Home with SBS and Big hArt, and continues to work as Producer/Director on large-scale AV events.
Charles Justin was a Founding Director of architecture and design practice, SJB, and a founder of Plus Architecture. Charles was the RAIA (now AIA) Victorian Chapter President and was awarded a Life Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects. Following his retirement from architectural practice, Charles and his wife Leah established the Justin Art House Museum- JAHM, a privately funded, not for profit house museum which opened to the public in April 2016. It presents curated exhibitions both from their contemporary art collection and externally sourced, with a supporting public program. Charles has also served on the board of the Jewish Museum of Australia, for five years as President, and was recently made a Life Member.
Stuart Hamilton advises on public policy and management. From 2003 to 2012 he was CEO of Open Universities Australia. Stuart is a member of the Council of Deakin University, and Chair of the advisory board to DeakinCo, which provides learning solutions for business. He also chairs the National Youth Choir of Australia Board, is Vice-President of the Australian Chamber Choir, and is on the board of several other not-for-profits. Stuart was Secretary of the Victorian Department of Education & Training, Executive Director of Universities Australia, and before that Secretary to the federal departments of Health and Environment and Deputy Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Department.
Justin Homer is a partner at PwC Australia, with 18 years experience specialising in collaborative design, facilitation, strategy and transformation consulting. Justin is an expert in the development of co-design capabilities having successfully developed in-house solutions for world leading organisations across the USA, UK and Australia.
Sophie Gannon is Director of Sophie Gannon Gallery, a commercial gallery specialising in contemporary art. Prior to establishing her gallery in Melbourne in 2006, Sophie worked at Philip Bacon Galleries in Brisbane and at Sotheby’s in Melbourne. She is a member of AGAA, and serves on the board of the Robin Boyd Foundation and the Heide Foundation. Sophie represents 28 leading contemporary artists from Australia and New Zealand.
Jan Murphy is graduate of the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts – Art History, and commenced her career working at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Victoria. On returning to Brisbane, she established the Jan Murphy Gallery in 1995. As Gallery Director, Jan represents a stylistically varied selection of contemporary art by established and emerging artists. She participates regularly in local and international contemporary art fairs and is an active member of the Art Galleries Association of Australia (AGAA).
Amanda Rowell is Owner/Director of The Commercial Gallery, Sydney. She opened The Commercial in 2012 after working in commercial galleries since 1997 including ten years as manager of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. Over fifteen years she has exhibited widely at leading art fairs internationally. Parallel to her experience in galleries, Rowell has been active as an independent art writer and curator.
Anna Waldmann has a background in art history, theory and policy research. Anna was formerly Director of Visual Arts at the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. Prior to joining the Australia Council, Anna worked as a curator at the Art Gallery of NSW and as Program Manager (Visual Arts and Crafts and Museums and Galleries) at the NSW Ministry for the Arts. Anna was an art advisor on the Editorial Advisory Board of Art & Australia; Visiting Fellow at the College of Fine Arts University of NSW; Chair of Visual Arts at GASP Hobart; and the National and International Art Adviser for the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. She is currently a Councillor on the University of Sydney Power Institute for Art & Visual Culture Foundation.
Theodore Wohng is a collector of international modern and contemporary art and an enthusiastic supporter of Australian art. His collection reflects his diverse interests in art history and culture, ranging from works related to literature, philosophy, language and symbolism, as well as contemporary fashion, music and architecture.
Anna Schwartz has owned and directed a private gallery for over 35 years working closely with leading Australian and international artists and has been committed to the development and promotion of contemporary art and audiences. Schwartz has brought renowned artists to Australian audiences, as well as supporting Australian artists in their overseas endeavours. She has initiated and supported the acquisition of important works by Australian and international artists by Australia’s serious collections, both public and private. Schwartz has represented many artists at the Venice Biennale and other significant events on the world art stage. Anna Schwartz Gallery has participated in art fairs in the US, Europe and Asia, presenting either solo exhibitions or curated group shows.
Schwartz opened SCHWARTZCARRIAGEWORKS in Sydney in 2008 to challenge the relationship between the public and the private, presenting major projects by international artists and curators.
Anna Schwartz Gallery publishes books and artist monographs through Schwartz City; substantial texts by leading writers on the country’s most influential artists. Cultivating close ties between the gallery, the imprint, and the broader arts industry, Schwartz supports Australian writers, designers, performers and filmmakers, through ongoing dialogue and patronage.
A Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara woman, Paola Balla is an artist, curator, and writer who founded the Indigenous Arts and Cultural Program at FCAC and Wominjeka Festival, 2010. A regular guest speaker and cultural commentator Paola is based at Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Centre, VU and is a PhD candidate focussed on Aboriginal women’s art and practices of resistance, and is the inaugural Lisa Bellear Indigenous Research Scholar.
In 2015, Paola curated the award winning Executed in Franklin Street at City Gallery for the City of Melbourne, and in 2016 co-curated the acclaimed exhibition, Sovereignty at ACCA with Director Max Delany.