Melbourne Art Fair [2-5 August 2018] is the flagship event of Melbourne Art Week, taking place for the first time in a temporary structure within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Showcasing a curated selection of 40 galleries, Melbourne Art Fair will present some of the newest and most respected artists from Australia, New Zealand and the region.
Melbourne Art Fair has fired the enthusiasm of discerning collectors and an informed public for over 25 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 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 Fair'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 concentrations of commercial galleries in the country, Victoria is the ideal setting for Australasia's most critically important commercial platform for contemporary art.
Melbourne Art Fair 2018 is set to welcome over 20,000 visitors over 5-days, and will once again prove instrumental in stimulating critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists.
Melbourne Art Fair is presented by the Melbourne Art Foundation, a not for profit organisation established in 2003 benefiting living artists.