The Fair takes place during Melbourne Art Week, 2-5 August 2018, housed in a temporary structure within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside the iconic ACCA. Showcasing 40-50 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.
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. Consequently, Victoria based philanthropic support for arts and culture is the strongest in the nation. A truly global city, Melbourne is enriched by people from more than 200 countries and this continues to influence the city’s robust creative and cultural 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 concentration of commercial galleries in the country, Victoria is the ideal state for Australasia’s most important contemporary art fair.
Presented by the Melbourne Art Foundation, Melbourne Art Fair welcomes over 20,000 visitors over 4 days, and is instrumental in stimulating critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists.
“With a highly curated offering, Melbourne Art Fair will reaffirm its position as the premier commercial showcase for Australasian contemporary art.
We are committed to servicing the needs of our key stakeholders, artists, galleries, collectors and the public, to provide commercial opportunities for the industry and to lead the way in building national and international audiences for the Australian art market.”
Maree Di Pasquale, Director and CEO Melbourne Art Foundation
The Melbourne Art Foundation is a not for profit organisation established in 2003 to promote contemporary art and living Australian artists.