What is Melbourne Art Foundation?
Melbourne Art Foundation is a not for profit organisation established to support living Australian artists.
The current activities of the Foundation include:
- the hosting of the biennial Melbourne Art Week and the Melbourne Art Fair
- the commissioning of specific pieces of contemporary art
- the selection and presentation of awards for living Australian artists and Australian art visionaries
- the provision of presentation grants to artists through project spaces
- the presentation of an education program, including lectures and forums promoting education, discussion and interest in contemporary art and an education space
- the coordination of a Lovers Program for supporters of contemporary art
Who is on the Board of the Melbourne Art Foundation?
Ken Fehily (Chairman)
Fair Director: Barry Keldoulis
Who is the Director of the Melbourne Art Fair?
Barry Keldoulis has more than three decades experience in the contemporary art world. Since his return to Australia after nearly 15 years in New York and Europe, Barry worked in the museum and commercial gallery worlds, and in 2003 opened his own gallery to fill a gap in opportunity for young artists to exhibit between artist-run spaces and the major commercial galleries. Artists from his stable are represented in all the state galleries and the National Gallery of Australia, and now exhibit in museums and private galleries around the globe.
A long-time participant in Melbourne Art Fair and a member of the Melbourne Art Foundation Board for 3 years, Barry is looking forward to a continued and even deeper engagement with Melbourne’s contemporary art scene.
How is the Melbourne Art Foundation funded?
Melbourne Art Foundation relies on the generosity of its donors and sponsors to cultivate, foster and support talent. Become a Melbourne Art Foundation donor and be part of our innovative, inspiring and enriching programs. Your contribution will help fund a range of contemporary art programs delivered by Melbourne Art Foundation in support of living artists.
The generosity of our individual donors is acknowledged on printed material, in relevant collateral, and on our website. Donors receive priority invitations to events, launches and functions. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Corporate sponsors can experience the best in contemporary art through tailored packages for clients and staff. Melbourne Art Foundation offers its corporate sponsors significant opportunities to connect their brands with the work of the Foundation, including networking and educational opportunities, VIP event invitations and acknowledgement in collateral material. Corporate packages are not tax deductible.
Melbourne Art Foundation is supported by federal, state and local governments who recognise the important role the Foundation plays in the support, development and advocacy of contemporary art and artists.
Melbourne Art Foundation programs could not take place without the vital support of our sponsor partners.
When is the next Melbourne Art Fair?
Melbourne Art Fair is held biennially, the next Melbourne Art Fair will be held 14-17 August 2014.
Can I buy artwork at Melbourne Art Fair?
Artworks exhibited at Melbourne Art Fair are available for sale.
All components of Melbourne Art Fair directly benefit living artists. Over its 25-year history, the Fair has generated a wealth of national and international commercial and critical attention for artists and galleries. The 2012 Fair was attended by over 27,000 people and provided living artists with an estimated AUD 8million from sales.
Presented by the Melbourne Art Foundation - a not for profit organisation with its primary goal being the promotion of contemporary art and living artists and raising awareness of artists working today - the Melbourne Art Fair is a breakeven event that takes no revenue from the sale of artworks.
How are the galleries selected for the Fair?
Registration for Melbourne Art Fair is an open application process, with gallery selection made by an independent Curatorial Committee, comprised of prominent members of the arts community. Only galleries who represent living artists and hold regular exhibitions on their own business premises are eligible for participation. Please refer to the How To Apply section for further details.
Can Artists apply to exhibit at Melbourne Art Fair?
Only galleries are eligible for exhibition within Melbourne Art Fair. Some deviation from these admission conditions may be allowed in exceptional circumstances, but only at the discretion of the Fair Curatorial Committee and Fair Director.
Artists who are not represented by a gallery exhibiting at the Fair may feature work in the Project Rooms.
How are the Commission and Project Room artists selected?
Curated components of the Melbourne Art Foundation program including Project Rooms and Artist Commissions are selected by the Melbourne Art Foundation. There are no formal application procedures for these programs at this time. Artists are encouraged to introduce their practice to the Foundation, this can be done by a formal expression of interest sent to:
Melbourne Art Foundation
PO Box 5056 South Melbourne
Please note due to the number of submissions received the Foundation is not able to return materials.
When does the Melbourne Art Foundation Award for the Visual Arts take place?
The Melbourne Art Foundation Awards for the Visual Arts will not be taking place in Sydney in 2013. The Awards will be a continuing initiative of Melbourne Art Foundation and details for the next edition will be announced in due course.
Who determines the recipients of the Awards for the Visual Arts?
Melbourne Art Foundation makes an open call for nominations in each category, including from public and commercial galleries, independent art spaces, artists, philanthropic circles, collectors and members of the public. Nominations for the Awards are considered by a Judging Panel comprised of members of the Melbourne Art Foundation Board and Director, overseen by an Independent Convenor.
Can I nominate someone for an Award for the Visual Arts?
Yes. Melbourne Art Foundation makes an open call for nominations each category: Artists Award and Visionary Award. Details on how to do so will be released in due course.