Fair Program

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View established contemporary galleries from Australasia and beyond, exhibiting a diverse range of artists and curatorial themes through both solo shows and group presentations of closely related works.


Galleries present emerging artists of any age for discovery by the Australasian art world with single projects only.

Project Rooms

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.

Lecture & Forum Program


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. Previous speakers include notable cultural players such as Hou Hanru, Ute Meta Bauer and Pearl Lam. 



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 acknowledge contributions to the sector through the following categories: 


The Visionary Award recognises the exceptional contribution of individuals and their demonstrated commitment to progressing the status of contemporary Australian art nationally and beyond.

Past Recipients:
2015 John Kaldor AM
2014 Peter Clemenger & Joan Clemenger
2011 Marc Besen AO & Eva Besen AO
2009 Ann Lewis AO
2007 Gordon Darling AC, CMG & Marilyn Darling AC
2005 James Mollison AO


The Artist Award recognises the outstanding achievement of an Australian artist for a comprehensive body of work.

Past Recipients:
2015 Bill Henson
2014 Patricia Piccinini
2011 Fiona Hall
2009 John Mawurndjul
2007 Peter Booth
2005 James Gleeson AO

Young Artist

In 2015, Melbourne Art Foundation introduced an accolade for a young artist. The Young Artist Award is bestowed on an artist under 35 and seeks to support the next generation of artistic practice with an international residency.

Residencies offer a unique opportunity for cross cultural engagement and artistic mobility enabling artists the opportunity to extend themselves in different cultural environments.

Past Recipients:
2015 Daniel Boyd

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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 partners in the program include institutions NGV, QAGOMA, the University of Queensland Art Museum, MCA, Art Gallery of South Australia, and the National Gallery of Australia; and artists such as Michael Parekowhai, David Griggs, Peter Hennessey, Jon Campbell, Ian Burns, and Mika Dwyer.

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