MELBOURNE ART FAIR 17-20 FEB'22

A non-commercial platform for experimentation, in 2022 PROJECT ROOMS welcomes Gertrude Contemporary (Naarm/Melbourne) and LAST Collective (Naarm/Melbourne) with the presentation of artists that push the boundaries of artistic practice with performance and multi-media works.

Myths & Legends: a didactic. Performance by Amala Groom. Provocateur + Dramaturgy by Madeleine Collie. Development supported by Parramatta Artist Studios. 

Across western ‘thinking,’ the Aboriginal experience of transdimensionalism is positioned as ‘fantasy’ and defined as science fiction.

Switching between modes of lecture and storytelling, Myths & Legends: a didactic seeks to reposition this fallacy with Groom presenting an ‘expandafile’ on the research behind her work for Melbourne Art Fair; fifty interventions into popular fantasy illustrator Steve Hickman’s posters now overlayed with bold statements in ethereal red text that position aspects of western operations that upon deeper reflection are only ‘real because we believe in them’.

This performance invites the audience to question the power and authority that we as a populace acquiesce to in a civic space; when we are ‘willing subjects’ – not because we choose or decide to but because we are not ‘not willing’.

Amala Groom is presented by Blackartprojects (Melbourne Art Fair, Booth E4)

LIVE is presented by Glenfiddich and supported by City of Melbourne. GALLERY NIGHT is presented as part of the Broadsheet LATE NIGHTS program, and is supported by City of Melbourne through the Events Partnership Program (EPP).

 

Image: Amala Groom, The Union, 2019, production still. Courtesy the artist and Blackartprojects, Naarm/Melbourne.

Myths & Legends: a didactic. Performance by Amala Groom. Provocateur + Dramaturgy by Madeleine Collie. Development supported by Parramatta Artist Studios. 

Across western ‘thinking,’ the Aboriginal experience of transdimensionalism is positioned as ‘fantasy’ and defined as science fiction.

Switching between modes of lecture and storytelling, Myths & Legends: a didactic seeks to reposition this fallacy with Groom presenting an ‘expandafile’ on the research behind her work for Melbourne Art Fair; fifty interventions into popular fantasy illustrator Steve Hickman’s posters now overlayed with bold statements in ethereal red text that position aspects of western operations that upon deeper reflection are only ‘real because we believe in them’.

This performance invites the audience to question the power and authority that we as a populace acquiesce to in a civic space; when we are ‘willing subjects’ – not because we choose or decide to but because we are not ‘not willing’.

Arrive from 6:30pm for a 7:00pm performance.

Amala Groom is presented by Blackartprojects  (Melbourne Art Fair, Booth E4)

LIVE is presented by Glenfiddich and supported by City of Melbourne. GALLERY NIGHT is presented as part of the Broadsheet LATE NIGHTS program, and is supported by City of Melbourne through the Events Partnership Program (EPP).

 

Image: Amala Groom, The Union, 2019, production still. Courtesy the artist and Blackartprojects, Naarm/Melbourne.

Will and Garrett Huxley are Melbourne-based collaborative performance and visual artists. The Huxleys are a dynamic duo who present camp commentary and spectacle across the visual art, performance and entertainment sectors. Their photography and performance art traverses the classifications of visual art, costume, film and recording. A visual assault of sparkle, surrealism and the absurd, The Huxleys saturate their practice and projects with a glamorous, androgynous freedom which sets out to bring some escapism and magic to everyday life.

Their performance for LIVE will be a processional séance of the absurd. A roving installation of costumery, glamour and the ridiculous. Chin Chin and Next Hotel are just a couple of the places you can catch their roving performance across the city for GALLERY NIGHT.

The Huxleys are represented by Murray White Room (Melbourne Art Fair, Booth H3)

LIVE is presented by Glenfiddich and supported by City of Melbourne. GALLERY NIGHT is presented as part of the Broadsheet LATE NIGHTS program, and is supported by City of Melbourne through the Events Partnership Program (EPP).

Image: Thue Huxleys, Melting Moments. Courtesy the artist and Murray White Room, Naarm/Melbourne.

 

Will and Garrett Huxley are Melbourne-based collaborative performance and visual artists. The Huxleys are a dynamic duo who present camp commentary and spectacle across the visual art, performance and entertainment sectors. Their photography and performance art traverses the classifications of visual art, costume, film and recording. A visual assault of sparkle, surrealism and the absurd, The Huxleys saturate their practice and projects with a glamorous, androgynous freedom which sets out to bring some escapism and magic to everyday life.

Their performance for LIVE will be a processional séance of the absurd. A roving installation of costumery, glamour and the ridiculous.

The Huxleys are represented by Murray White Room (Melbourne Art Fair, Booth H3)

LIVE is presented by Glenfiddich.

 

Image: The Huxleys ©, Melting Moments, 2021.

Australasia’s most progressive forum for contemporary art and ideas, Melbourne Art Fair has announced a free Virtual Art Fair taking place from 1-7 June 2020.

While the physical fair slated for this year is rescheduled to February 2021, Melbourne Art Foundation is partnering with Ocula.com for a digital platform titled ‘Melbourne Art Fair Viewing Rooms’, to show the new and iconic work online that was originally intended for the fair’s 2020 edition.

Viewing Rooms will give visitors the opportunity to explore the virtual spaces of the region’s most esteemed galleries and discover exceptional art from home.

Melbourne Art Foundation CEO and Fair Director Maree Di Pasquale says they are supporting the arts community and giving the public an opportunity to peruse art through a digital fair experience.

“Melbourne Art Fair has always been a progressive forum and is adapting to the changing art landscape and situation we currently face. Although it’s disappointing the fair cannot take place as initially scheduled this year, we are bringing the experience to the public in a new and exciting way as we wait for the event in 2021,” she says.

“Our goal with the Viewing Rooms is to keep the art community connected and provide a channel for art to continue to be a part of our lives until we can view and absorb it again via traditional methods at galleries and fairs. “The platform we have created also puts the region’s best artists and galleries on the world stage as it’s now easier than ever for people from across the globe to enjoy what we have on offer.

“We remain committed to supporting the industry during these difficult circumstances and are using this as an opportunity to unite contemporary galleries and living artists via our digital edition of the fair.”

Throughout the week, Melbourne Art Fair and its participating galleries will also host a series of digital experiences including artist studio visits, collector interviews and exhibition viewings on the platform.

Galleries taking part include, Anna Miles Gallery (Auckland), Anna Schwartz Gallery (Melbourne), Arthouse Gallery (Sydney), Arts Project Australia (Melbourne), Bartley + Company Art (Wellington), Bowerbank Ninow (Auckland), Chalk Horse (Sydney), Daine Singer (Melbourne), Despard Gallery (Hobart), Finkelstein Gallery (Melbourne), Flinders Lane Gallery (Melbourne), GAGPROJECTS | Greenaway Art Gallery (Adelaide), Hugo Michell Gallery (Adelaide), Jacob Hoerner Galleries (Melbourne), James Makin Gallery (Melbourne), Jan Murphy Gallery (Brisbane), Justin Miller Art (Sydney), kleinerfelt (Melbourne), Martin Browne Contemporary (Sydney), Michael Bugelli Gallery (Hobart), Michael Reid (Sydney/Berlin), Mizuma & Kips (New York/Tokyo), Murray White Room (Melbourne), Nanda\Hobbs (Sydney), Neon Parc (Melbourne), Niagara Galleries (Melbourne), Nicholas Thompson Gallery (Melbourne), Olsen Gallery (Sydney/New York), Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (Sydney), Saint Cloche (Sydney), Sophie Gannon Gallery (Melbourne), STATION (Melbourne/Sydney), Sullivan + Strumpf (Sydney/Singapore), Sutton Gallery (Melbourne), The Commercial (Sydney), The Drawing Room (Manila), The Egg & Dart (Thirroul), Vivien Anderson Gallery (Melbourne) and Yavuz Gallery (Singapore/Sydney).

Melbourne Art Fair Viewing Rooms will be available to the public from 3-7 June 2020with a VIP Preview from 1-2 June 2020.

Melbourne Art Fair is a biennial event with the postponed physical fair now set to take place at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 4-7 February 2021.

Image: Kate Tucker, Combiner, 2020. Courtesy the artist and Daine Singer

broadsheet presents late nights

Performance, GALLERY NIGHT

GALLERY NIGHT | LIVE: Performance Review presents Angela Goh Body Loss

Wed 16 February 2022, 4:00 pm

GALLERY NIGHT

GALLERY NIGHT | Nicholas Building Up Late

Wed 16 February 2022, 6:00 pm

Studio Tour, GALLERY NIGHT

GALLERY NIGHT | Nicholas Building Up Late – Giant Swan

Wed 16 February 2022, 6:00 pm

Studio Tour, GALLERY NIGHT

GALLERY NIGHT | Nicholas Building Up Late – Level 917-922 Studios

Wed 16 February 2022, 6:00 pm

Exhibition, Studio Tour, GALLERY NIGHT

GALLERY NIGHT | Nicholas Building Up Late – Bibliopath

Wed 16 February 2022, 6:00 pm

Exhibition, GALLERY NIGHT

GALLERY NIGHT | Nicholas Building Up Late – Stephen McLaughlan Gallery

Wed 16 February 2022, 6:00 pm

Exhibition, GALLERY NIGHT

GALLERY NIGHT | Nicholas Building Up Late – CAVES Gallery

Wed 16 February 2022, 6:00 pm

Exhibition, GALLERY NIGHT

GALLERY NIGHT | Nicholas Building Up Late – Blindside

Wed 16 February 2022, 6:00 pm

Exhibition, GALLERY NIGHT

GALLERY NIGHT | ARC ONE Gallery presents Julie Rrap ‘Drawn Out’

Wed 16 February 2022, 6:00 pm

Exhibition, Artist Talk, GALLERY NIGHT

GALLERY NIGHT | Irene Hanenbergh artist talk, Neon Parc City

Wed 16 February 2022, 6:00 pm

Exhibition, Studio Tour, GALLERY NIGHT

GALLERY NIGHT | Nicholas Building Up Late – Joanne Morris Artist Studio

Wed 16 February 2022, 6:00 pm

Performance

GALLERY NIGHT | LIVE: MARS Gallery presents Scotty So

Wed 16 February 2022, 6:00 pm

Performance, GALLERY NIGHT

GALLERY NIGHT | LIVE: Discordia presents Nick Modrzewski

Wed 16 February 2022, 6:30 pm

Exhibition, Artist Talk, GALLERY NIGHT

GALLERY NIGHT | Nicholas Building Up Late – 99% Gallery

Wed 16 February 2022, 6:30 pm

Performance, GALLERY NIGHT

GALLERY NIGHT | LIVE: Blackartprojects presents Amala Groom

Wed 16 February 2022, 7:00 pm

Exhibition, After Fair Venue

GALLERY NIGHT | Kelvin Club After Dark

Wed 16 February 2022, 7:00 pm

GALLERY NIGHT

GALLERY NIGHT | Nicholas Building Up Late – Missing Persons

Wed 16 February 2022, 7:00 pm

Exhibition, GALLERY NIGHT

GALLERY NIGHT | NFT Exhibition at Yakimono

Wed 16 February 2022, 7:00 pm

Exhibition, Artist Talk, GALLERY NIGHT

GALLERY NIGHT | Benjamin Armstrong Artist Talk at Tolarno Galleries

Wed 16 February 2022, 8:00 pm

Performance, GALLERY NIGHT

GALLERY NIGHT | LIVE: Murray White Room presents The Huxleys

Wed 16 February 2022, 9:00 pm

MELBOURNE ART FAIR ANNOUNCES GALLERY LIST AND PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE SUMMER 2022 EDITION

Australasia’s progressive forum for contemporary art and ideas, Melbourne Art Fair has announced its list of esteemed galleries taking part in the summer 2022 art fair, presenting solo shows and works of scale and significance from new and iconic artists.

From 17 to 20 February 2022, Australasia’s most prestigious art fair will bring together over 50 of the region’s leading galleries, spanning 7,000sqm at the DCM designed Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, alongside a program of conversations, special projects, commissions, and performance, supporting the exhibition and sale of contemporary art.

A dedicated edition of MAF Virtual will run in parallel with the fair, from 17 February – 3 March 2022, embracing a hybrid model with an expanded online program connecting galleries and audiences across the globe.

“Set to be the first Australian art fair since the start of the pandemic, and the first major event of the cultural calendar for 2022, Melbourne Art Fair is excited to once again connect galleries and their artists with collectors and the art loving public, and to resume its important role as a meeting place for the artworld,” says Melbourne Art Foundation CEO and Fair director Maree Di Pasquale.

“We are proud of the Fair’s resilience and digital innovation that was accelerated by the global pandemic, but there is no real substitute for seeing art and people physically. The return of Melbourne Art Fair brings a renewed sense of celebration and optimism in the artworld. Our gallery list encompasses the well-known and the emerging, as well as invited Indigenous-owned art centres, representing the most comprehensive overview of the Australian art market at any art fair,” Maree adds.

Returning galleries include: Anna Schwartz Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), Art Collective WA (Boorloo/Perth), Blackartprojects (Naarm/Melbourne), Chalk Horse (Warrang/Sydney), Daine Singer (Naarm/Melbourne), Darren Knight Gallery (Warrang/Sydney), Despard Gallery (nipaluna/Hobart), Flinders Lane Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), Fox Jensen (Warrang/Sydney, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland), GAGPROJECTS (Tarnanya/Adelaide), GALLERY 9 (Warrang/Sydney), Jacob Hoerner Galleries (Naarm/Melbourne), James Makin Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), Jan Murphy Gallery (Meanjin/Brisbane), Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art (Naarm/Melbourne), MARS Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), Martin Browne Contemporary (Warrang/Sydney), Murray White Room (Naarm/Melbourne), Nanda\Hobbs (Warrang/Sydney), Neon Parc (Naarm/Melbourne), Niagara Galleries (Naarm/Melbourne), Nicholas Thompson Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), Olsen Gallery (Warrang/Sydney, New York), Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (Warrang/Sydney), Sophie Gannon Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), STATION (Naarm/Melbourne, Warrang/Sydney), Sullivan+Strumpf (Warrang/Sydney), Sutton Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), The Commercial (Warrang/Sydney), Tolarno Galleries (Naarm/Melbourne), Vivien Anderson Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), and William Mora Galleries (Naarm/Melbourne).

New galleries partaking in the fair for the first time are 1301SW (Naarm/Melbourne), Chapman & Bailey (Naarm/Melbourne), Justin Miller Art (Warrang/Sydney), MOORE CONTEMPORARY (Boorloo/Perth), The Egg & Dart (Dharawal Country/Thirroul), and Yavuz Gallery (Warrang/Sydney, Singapore).

Also making their debut in 2022 are 10 young galleries established after 2016, demonstrating the Fair’s commitment to creating a platform that supports the next generation of artistic practice. Galleries include: Antidote Projects (Warrang/Sydney), COMA (Warrang/Sydney), DISCORDIA (Naarm/Melbourne), Finkelstein Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert (Warrang/Sydney), LON Gallery (Naarm/Melbourne), Michael Bugelli Gallery (nipaluna/Hobart), N.Smith Gallery (Warrang/Sydney), ReadingRoom (Naarm/Melbourne), and The Renshaws’ (Meanjin/Brisbane).

Additionally, the Fair welcomes five Indigenous-owned Art Centres, supported through the Melbourne Art Fair Indigenous Art Centre program (IACP) – an initiative that supports the participation of Art Centres at a fair of regional significance. IACP is funded by the Australian Government through the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) and Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) programs. Melbourne Art Fair has partnered with Agency Projects to deliver the program, and welcomes to the fair Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre (Yirrkala), Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association (Milikapiti), Warlayirti Artists (Balgo), Waringarri Aboriginal Art (Kununurra) and Milingimbi Art (Milingimbi).

Melbourne Art Fair returns with compelling presentations across an Artistic Program defined in 2022 by the theme of Djeembana/Place. Djeembana, a word of the Boon Wurrung, is a place for community; a meeting point for the exchange of stories, rituals and knowledge.

PROJECT ROOMS
PROJECT ROOMS is a non-commercial platform for experimentation, welcoming Gertrude Contemporary (Naarm/Melbourne) and LAST Collective (Naarm/Melbourne) with the presentation of artists that push the boundaries of artistic practice with performance and multi-media works.

BEYOND
Making its debut in 2022, BEYOND harnesses the monumental exhibition spaces within MCEC to present six large-scale installations and spatial interventions that respond to the theme djeembana/place. BEYOND is curated by independent curator and writer, Emily Cormack.

LIVE
Presented by Glenfiddich, LIVE is an onsite/offsite performance and sound art program captivating the imagination of the artworld and art loving public. Aligned with Glenfiddich’s maverick DNA, the inaugural program celebrates trailblazers, featuring Australia’s most boundary-pushing artists with critically significant performances both at the Fair and across the city.

VIDEO
Dedicated to the presentation of moving-image art from new and iconic international contemporary artists, VIDEO is curated by Nina Miall, Curator International Art, QAGOMA. The Fair welcomes for the first time participation from international galleries unable to physically exhibit within the main show sector, enabling dealers from across the globe to maintain a connection with Australasia’s active and growing collector-base during the ongoing pandemic.

CONVERSATIONS
Conversations is a platform for critical discourse and the sharing of ideas, bringing together cultural communities and thinkers from across the creative spectrum. The aim: to address the future of art and its relationship to interdisciplinary practices and the contemporary world through a series of talks and panels featuring artists, gallerists, curators, collectors, architects, critics, and cultural luminaries. Conversations will be developed by a Curatorium led by Melissa Bianca Amore, art critic, curator, contemporary philosopher, and Co-Founding Director of Re-Sited based in New York and Melbourne.

MELBOURNE ART FOUNDATION COMMISSION
The Melbourne Art Foundation 2022 Commission in partnership with ACMI (Naarm/Melbourne), and supported by Artwork Transport and Panasonic, has been awarded to Kaylene Whiskey, an important Australian contemporary artist on the rise represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (Warrang/Sydney). Whiskey’s strong connection to Indulkana, her hometown, and her Yankunytjatjara heritage will be the foundation of the new single channel video work, responding to the Fair’s 2022 thematic of ‘djeembana/place’. The video work will be unveiled at the Fair, before moving to its permanent home in the ACMI collection.

Melbourne Art Fair Full Artistic Program with exhibiting artists will be announced January 2022.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday 5 October at 9:00am, with First Release ticket prices available until 2 November.

Melbourne Art Fair is owned and produced by the Melbourne Art Foundation, a systemically significant non-profit Australian arts organisation that leads the way in building audiences and markets for the work of Australia’s living artists. The Fair is supported by government partners Creative Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts under the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy.

In 2022, Melbourne Art Fair partners with BetaCarbon to break new ground in carbon emission reduction for the artworld. Motivated by the global climate emergency, Melbourne Art Fair has committed to the offset of at least 300 tonnes of carbon, equivalent to the carbon captured by 18,000 trees in 10 years. Coupled with the Fair’s move to MCEC, a leading sustainable event destination, and an investment in reusable exhibition walling and LED lights, Melbourne Art Fair is now proudly Australasia’s most sustainable art fair.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.melbourneartfair.com.au/tickets

Melbourne Art Fair event details

Thursday 17 February
VIP Preview 2pm-5pm
Vernissage 5pm-9:30pm

Friday 18 February
VIP access 10am – 12pm
General admission 12pm-9pm

Saturday 19 February
General admission 10am-6pm

Sunday 20 February
General admission 10am-5pm

 

Visit the 2022 Gallery List

 

Image: Jacobus Capone, Echo & Abyss, 2018. Courtesy the artist and MOORE CONTEMPORARY, Boorloo/Perth.
Emily Cormack, Melbourne Art Fair 2020 Artistic Director

Melbourne Art Foundation today announces the appointment of Emily Cormack as the Melbourne Art Fair 2020 Artistic Director, a new position that will oversee the artistic direction for the 16th edition of the fair.  Cormack is an independent curator and writer, most recently appointed curator at TarraWarra Biennial (2018), and has curated exhibitions across Australia, the Asia Pacific and Europe.

Melbourne Art Foundation CEO and Fair Director, Maree Di Pasquale says, “We are thrilled that Emily Cormack will be working with us to define the 2020 edition, to develop a bold artistic program that both challenges and engages a diverse audience.”

“She is a curator that is drawn to the experimentation and dynamism of emerging arts practices and we look forward to materialising this in the development and programming of the fair.”

This new, high profile position signifies a key moment in the evolution of Melbourne Art Fair as a forum for contemporary art and ideas. Changing on a biennial basis, the artistic director will establish a unique fair identity for each edition, providing galleries, collectors and the art-loving public even more reason to attend and engage every two years.

While artistic directors are more prominent in biennales and festivals, the creation of this position demonstrates Melbourne Art Foundation’s commitment to producing a fair of the highest curatorial standard, and reflects the public’s demand for original thematic experiences,” Di Pasquale adds.

Emily Cormack says, “As a curator I am increasingly focused on the moment of encounter, how we can be held captive by this affective and activating experience. As Artistic Director of Melbourne Art Fair I look forward to exploring how these encounters play out within the expanded platform of the newly reconfigured art fair. In this new role, I will focus on the activity generated by these moments of connection, where the art fair’s diverse audiences are enlivened by a honed collection of innovative, sometimes challenging and always captivating contemporary art.”

Melbourne Art Fair, Australasia’s most progressive forum for contemporary art, will take place 18 – 21 June 2020 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, presenting iconic and new work by artists from over 50 of the region’s most respected galleries.

Melbourne Art Fair continues to be a seminal fixture on the Australasian cultural calendar, stimulating critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists for over 30 years.

As the Artistic Director, Cormack will work with the fair’s curatorial committees to select galleries and artists for the following programs:

Galleries, the main exhibition sector, presents the region’s most significant galleries with new and iconic works from leading artists in solo shows and curated projects.

Accent is a thought-provoking platform for emerging artists with specially conceived projects from ten of the region’s most progressive young galleries. Discover artists with a new perspective that are shifting the global conversation around contemporary art.

Making its debut in 2020, Beyond harnesses the monumental exhibition spaces within the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Carefully curated installations and spatial interventions will fill the epic spaces contributing to greater conversations and presenting opportunities for artists far beyond the art fair stand. Melbourne Art Foundation provides a monetary grant for each participating gallery.

Partnering with independent art spaces and non-collecting institutions from across Australia and New Zealand, Project Rooms offer a platform for experimentation featuring artists that push the boundaries of performative and multidisciplinary works.

A major drawcard of the fair is the returning Melbourne Art Foundation Commission. The AU$70,000 Commission, now in its 8th year, provides a living artist with the opportunity to realise a large-scale work for unveiling at Melbourne Art Fair, which is later gifted to a prominent Australian institution. The 2020 Commission partner will be announced in September.

Melbourne Art Fair is supported by government partners Creative Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts under the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy.   

Gallery applications are now open, closing 18 October 2019 – apply now

Melbourne Art Foundation today announces the appointment of Emily Cormack as the Melbourne Art Fair 2020 Artistic Director, a new position that will oversee the artistic direction for the 16th edition of the fair.  

Cormack is an independent curator and writer, most recently appointed curator at TarraWarra Biennial (2018), and has curated exhibitions across Australia, the Asia Pacific and Europe.

Melbourne Art Foundation CEO and fair director, Maree Di Pasquale says, “We are thrilled that Emily Cormack will be working with us to define the 2020 edition, to develop a bold artistic program that both challenges and engages a diverse audience.”

“She is a curator that is drawn to the experimentation and dynamism of emerging arts practices and we look forward to materialising this in the development and programming of the fair.”

This new, high profile position signifies a key moment in the evolution of Melbourne Art Fair as a forum for contemporary art and ideas. Changing on a biennial basis, the artistic director will establish a unique fair identity for each edition, providing galleries, collectors and the art-loving public even more reason to attend and engage every two years.

While artistic directors are more prominent in biennales and festivals, the creation of this position demonstrates Melbourne Art Foundation’s commitment to producing a fair of the highest curatorial standard, and reflects the public’s demand for original thematic experiences,” Di Pasquale adds.

Emily Cormack says, “As a curator I am increasingly focused on the moment of encounter, how we can be held captive by this affective and activating experience. As Artistic Director of Melbourne Art Fair I look forward to exploring how these encounters play out within the expanded platform of the newly reconfigured art fair. In this new role, I will focus on the activity generated by these moments of connection, where the art fair’s diverse audiences are enlivened by a honed collection of innovative, sometimes challenging and always captivating contemporary art.”

Melbourne Art Fair, Australasia’s most progressive forum for contemporary art, will take place 18 – 21 June 2020 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, presenting iconic and new work by artists from over 50 of the region’s most respected galleries.

Melbourne Art Fair continues to be a seminal fixture on the Australasian cultural calendar, stimulating critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists for over 30 years.

As the Artistic Director, Cormack will work with the fair’s curatorial committees to select galleries and artists for the following programs:

Galleries, the main exhibition sector, presents the region’s most significant galleries with new and iconic works from leading artists in solo shows and curated projects.

Accent is a thought-provoking platform for emerging artists with specially conceived projects from ten of the region’s most progressive young galleries. Discover artists with a new perspective that are shifting the global conversation around contemporary art.

Making its debut in 2020, Beyond harnesses the monumental exhibition spaces within the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Carefully curated installations and spatial interventions will fill the epic spaces contributing to greater conversations and presenting opportunities for artists far beyond the art fair stand. Melbourne Art Foundation provides a monetary grant for each participating gallery.

Partnering with independent art spaces and non-collecting institutions from across Australia and New Zealand, Project Rooms offer a platform for experimentation featuring artists that push the boundaries of performative and multidisciplinary works.

A major drawcard of the fair is the returning Melbourne Art Foundation Commission. The AU$70,000 commission, now in its 8th year, provides a living artist with the opportunity to realise a large-scale work for unveiling at Melbourne Art Fair, which is later gifted to a prominent Australian institution. The 2020 Commission partner will be announced in September.

Melbourne Art Fair is supported by government partners Creative Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts under the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy.   

Gallery applications are now open, closing 18 October 2019 – apply now.

THE PORTRAIT SERIES | PRESENTED BY RATIONALE

Viewing art as inseparable from the function of daily life and culture, RATIONALE believe in the intrinsic value of artmaking and the paths of connection it forms across our lives. Melbourne Art Fair is thrilled to share The Portrait Series – Presented by RATIONALE. Each video work is an in-depth look into the work and practice of four artists exhibiting at the 2022 Fair: Grant Stevens, Sullivan+Strumpf; Sally Smart, Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert; Jenna Lee, MARS Gallery; and Alexander Knox, Murray White Room.

INDIGENOUS ART CENTRE PROGRAM (iacp) | ARTIST PORTRAIT SERIES

Through the committed work of the 2022 Indigenous Art Centre Program, Melbourne Art Fair and Agency Projects spotlight the five artists whose work was presented within the inaugural program, exploring the mechanisms of their practice, the stories they seek to tell, and the symbolism intertwined throughout their work. Discover the practice of Wanapati Yunupiŋu, Tolarno Galleries & Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka; Ben Ward, Waringarri Aboriginal Arts; Helen Ganalmirriwuy, Milingimbi Art and Culture; Jonathon Bush, Jilimara Arts & Crafts Association; and Patsy Mudgedell, Warlayirti Artists.

MELBOURNE ART FOUNDATION 2022 COMMISSION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ACMI | KAYLENE WHISKEY 'NGURA PUKULPA - HAPPY PLACE'

Discover the making of Kaylene Whiskey‘s ‘Ngura Pukulpa – Happy Place’, the Melbourne Art Foundation 2022 Commission in partnership with ACMI. Brought to life with Whiskey’s ongoing study and celebration of the iconography of popular culture, the new video work is imbued with joyful storytelling told in strikingly contemporary stylings. Melbourne Art Foundation and ACMI went behind the scenes to see Whiskey creating the live-action dreamscape with her community, from her happy place on Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands. Kaylene Whiskey is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.

CAVES gallery invites you to a viewing of, Communal Atmosphere or The Space The air (Falls) behind you as you move, with Clara Adolphs, Stuart Bailey, Baracco-Wright, Laetitia Benat (FR), Stephen Bram, Vincent Bredif – Julien Fajardo(FR), Maggie Brink, Ruth Cummins, Rozalind Drummond, Elein Fleiss (FR), Yanni Florence, Honeyfingers, Shelley Lasica, Kerrie Poliness, Ida Thonsgaard (DE)

A project presented by Rozalind Drummond as a part of CAVES Guest Curator Program

Stephen Bram and Kerrie Poliness are represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery
Clara Adolphs is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery and Chalk Horse Gallery
Maggie Brink and Yanni Florence are represented by ReadingRoom

GALLERY NIGHT is presented as part of the Broadsheet LATE NIGHTS program, and is supported by City of Melbourne through the Events Partnership Program (EPP).

 

Image credit: Ida Thonsgaard, Title Feast, 2022 clay stoneware, porcelain, glaze, ceramic ensemble.

Melbourne’s city streets will come to life on the eve of Melbourne Art Fair to hero the local arts scene, with late night exhibitions, events, roaming performances and pop-up video projections.

Discover roaming LIVE presented by Glenfiddich performances from Angela Goh, Amala Groom, Nick Modrzewski, Scotty So and The Huxleys, late night gallery exhibitions & artist talks, and experience the Nicholas Building come to life with artist studio tours, exhibitions and events.

View program HERE.

GALLERY NIGHT is presented as part of the Broadsheet LATE NIGHTS program, and is supported by City of Melbourne through the Events Partnership Program (EPP).

Curated by Nina Miall, Curator of International Art at QAGOMA, VIDEO presented by SUBTYPE offers an astounding view of contemporary works in the field of moving image. The Fair welcomes for the first time participation from international galleries unable to physically exhibit within the main show sector, enabling Australian audiences access to the world’s most exciting video artists working today.


 

By Nina Miall, Curator VIDEO 2022
Curator of International Art at QAGOMA

Inaugurated for the 2022 Melbourne Art Fair, VIDEO features new directions in contemporary moving image practice as they are being explored by emerging and established artists from around the world. The single-channel works selected for this year’s fair represent some of the boldest, most imaginative expressions of media art, conveying a sense of the remarkable breadth and depth for current experiments with the medium. In recognition of the fact that durational and time-based media are often ill-served by art fairs, whose bright lights and visual and auditory noise take on a particular intensity, VIDEO is presented as a dedicated showcase to encourage a different, more sustained form of engagement among the Fair’s audience.

Invited to respond to the notion of ‘place’, the thematic premise of the Fair’s 2022 edition, Australian and international artists have made works which reflect on the cumulative and lasting impressions left on us by our situated experiences in the world. These works traverse a rich heterogeneity of terrain, navigating environments that are natural, constructed and imaginary, from everyday domestic settings to the uncanny labyrinths of the subconscious. They make visible the unique topographies of these internal and external landscapes through a range of techniques and technologies, including stop motion cinematography, claymation, and computer simulation. Drawing on the languages of documentary photography, experimental film, advertising, video gaming and instructional video-making, they offer excavations of place, both actual and virtual, sublime, and surreal.

Many contemporary artists working today feel compelled to respond to the urgencies of climate change and our unfolding environmental crisis. Among the lines of enquiry in the video works on display are reflections on the increasingly fraught symbiosis between humanity and nature and the need for relations of synergy, intimacy, and co-existence over ones of expenditure, extraction, and atomisation. A reverence for the abiding materiality and cultural significance of the land is an enduring thread in a number of these works, expressed with particular eloquence in First Nations’ perspectives on place which derive from a deep-seated sense of custodianship. Through an ongoing project to decolonise Country, these artists are working to recover stories of place, and to re-centre absent and forgotten narratives.

Absorbing and affecting, the moving image works selected for VIDEO transport the viewer from the hyperreal environ­ments of late capitalist society to remote natural landscapes that few people have ever visited. They examine the singular history, geology and culture of place in ways which take account its past uses, present traces, and future incarnations. In so doing, they offer myriad perspectives on different ways of being in the world, and how we might imagine, and then enact, sustainable futures.

JACOBUS CAPONE l MOORE CONTEMPORARY
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG l LISSON GALLERY
LARESA KOSLOFF l SUTTON GALLERY
JENNA LEE l MARS GALLERY
GABRIELLA MANGANO & SILVANA MANGANO l ANNA SCHWARTZ GALLERY
DOMINIC MANGILA l THE DRAWING ROOM
TUAN ANDREW NGUYEN l JAMES COHAN
MICHAEL RAKOWITZ l JANE LOMBARD GALLERY
HIRAKI SAWA l JAMES COHAN
GRANT STEVENS l SULLIVAN + STRUMPF
JAMES TYLOR l VIVIEN ANDERSON GALLERY

 

Image (top): Laresa Kosloff, Radical Acts, 2020, 4K video, 7:29 duration. Courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery

SUBTYPE’s vision is to create a minimalist boutique that acts as a gallery and destination for premium sneakers and apparel, where their collection is curated based on exclusivity, creativity, and innovation. Their range looks to blur the lines between fashion and street.

They match these assortments with progressive store designs and immersive retail experiences and are a destination for exclusive products and releases from desirable brands.

With stores in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Auckland and Wellington, their curated gallery also acts as a hub for emerging talent, with an immersive environment titled ‘SUB:SPACE’ in their Melbourne store that will host both local and international artists through 2022 and beyond.

 

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Presented by Glenfiddich in 2022, LIVE is an onsite/offsite performance and sound art program captivating the imagination of the artworld and art loving public. Aligned with Glenfiddich’s maverick DNA, the inaugural program celebrated trailblazers featuring Australia’s most boundary-pushing artists with critically significant performances both at the Fair and across the city.

LIVE 2022 PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

ANGELA GOH presented by Performance Review, Naarm/Melbourne

NADIA HERNÁNDEZ & JASON PHU presented by STATION, Naarm/Melbourne, Gadigal Country/Sydney

AMALA GROOM presented by Blackartprojects, Naarm/Melbourne

SCOTTY SO presented by MARS Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne

THE HUXLEYS presented by Murray White Room, Naarm/Melbourne

NICHOLAS MODRZEWSKI presented by Discordia, Naarm/Melbourne

STEVEN RHALL presented by MARS Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne

SALLY SMART presented by Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Gadigal Country/Sydney

A platform for dialogue and the sharing of ideas, hear directly from artists, gallerists and collectors, as they discuss contemporary art and the future of the artworld in a series of video interviews, live discussions and studio visits. 

Monday 1 June

The Subconscious Mind: Stephen Ormandy in conversation with Tim Olsen

Stephen Ormandy’s work is a playful exploration of vibration and rhythm, colour and line. Join Stephen in conversation with dealer, Tim Olsen (Director of OLSEN, Sydney) as they navigate the subconscious mind of both the artist and Creative Director of Dinosaur Designs.

Stephen Ormandy | Artist represented by OLSEN (Sydney)

Alongside his role as Creative Director of Dinosaur Designs, Stephen Ormandy has maintained and continued his independent artistic practice. Ormandy is inspired by the natural world and informed by a strong design aesthetic based on colour and form. There is a discernible dialogue between his large-scale oil paintings and sculptural work, with line, shape and surface each informing the other.

Tim Olsen | Director of OLSEN (Sydney)

Tim Olsen is one of Australia’s most recognised and respected art identities and successful gallery owners. Son of Australia’s national living treasure, artist Dr John Olsen, A.O. O.B.E., Olsen was born into a life of modern and contemporary art but has forged his own path and successful career with galleries in Sydney and New York. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his memoir ‘Son of a Brush’ being published by Allen and Unwin this year.

Exclusive screening: Residency, Marrgu, Residenza

Agency & Melbourne Art Fair Present;

Residency, Marrgu, Residenza

A film by Timothy Hillier that documents a process of cross-cultural exchange conducted through artist residencies and a public program of exhibitions and events that took place between Sicily (Italy), Gippsland and Peppimenarti (Australia) from July to November 2019. 

The project involved Sicilian artist Giuseppe Lana, Gunai and Monero Nations artist Steaphan Paton and Durrmu Arts’ Cultural Director and senior artist Regina Pilawuk Wilson, and aimed to establish a dialogue across different art practices, organizations and communities located within an expanded understanding of The Global South. 

The project was conceived by Miriam La Rosa (Sicilian, Melbourne-based curator) in the context of her PhD at the University of Melbourne, which looks at the relationship between host and guest in the artist residency, and developed in collaboration with Kade McDonald (Executive Director of Durrmu Arts and CEO of Agency Projects, Melbourne) with the support of the following organizations: Australia Council for the Arts; Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation; Coasit/Museo Italiano, Melbourne; and Italian Institutes of Culture, Sydney and Melbourne. Further partners included: the University of Melbourne; Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania; FARM Cultural Park, Favara; and Museo Palazzo RISO, Palermo.

In these critical times, where concerns on global mobility and artistic production are expanding and geographical borders narrowing, this work cements the importance of a cross-cultural collaboration achieved through artistic exchange, where outcomes are not short-lived material products but long-term human relationships. 

Agency is a not-for-profit organisation that facilitates social and ethical investment into Indigenous-led projects that promote and maintain Indigenous art, culture, people and knowledge on a local, national and international scale.

 

Regina Pilawuk Wilson is Represented by Michael Reid Gallery (Sydney)

Giuseppe Lana is represented by Daniel Benjamin Gallery (London)

Steaphan Paton is represented by Station Gallery (Melbourne)

Tuesday 2 June

Nabilah Nordin Live Studio Tour

Nabilah Nordin (b. 1991) is a Malay Singaporean/Australian artist working and living in Melbourne, represented by Neon Parc (Melbourne). She is known for her large-scale sculptural installations, covering domestic and industrial detritus with thick layers of plaster, cement and paint. Embracing a wonky craftsmanship, Nabilah transforms objects into new forms that celebrate the monstrous, visceral and anthropomorphic characteristics of materials. The finished installations dominate space. They speak of hidden histories, imagined futures and cultural tensions.

Join Nordin on a live virtual studio tour, as she takes over Melbourne Art Fair Instagram.

Photo: Julian Meagher in his studio.

Julian Meagher Virtual Studio Tour

Julian Meagher (b. 1978, Australia) is a Sydney based artist who has exhibited extensively across Australia, Asia and America. Meagher has been a finalist in the Archibald Portrait Prize 2014, 2015 and 2018, the Wynne Prize 2015 and the Gold Award at Rockhampton Art Gallery 2016. He has also been a finalist multiple times in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Salon des Refuses, Metro Art Prize, Blake Prize for Religious Art and the RBS Emerging Artist Prize. 

Step inside the space where Meagher creates, as he takes us on a virtual studio tour.

Wednesday 3 June

Collectivity Talks: Art + Design

Join Genevieve Brannigan, Director of Communications Collective, as she leads a panel discussion with Lucy Feagins, Founder & Editor of The Design Files, Pascale Gomes McNabb, Director of PGM Design, Roger Nelson, Director of NHArchitecture and Sally Ross, Melbourne-based artist, addressing the intersection of art and design.

Genevieve Brannigan | Director of Communications Collective

After beginning her career in the fashion industry, Genevieve Brannigan founded Communications Collective in 2011 as a full-service agency focused on culture, arts, design, and luxury. Genevieve has consulted to leading creatives, brands and organisations to deliver creative advisory and innovative campaigns. A passionate supporter of arts and culture, Genevieve founded Collectivity Talks in 2016, bringing together industry leaders to discuss trends and ideas.

Lucy Feagins | Founder & Editor of The Design Files

After studying Creative Arts and working as a set dresser in the film industry, Melbourne stylist Lucy Feagins founded The Design Files in 2008 as a blog to share art, design and beautiful spaces. Since then, The Design Files has become Australia’s most popular design blog, keeping readers informed about creative happenings Australia wide as well as hosting regular art exhibitions, events, talks and pop-ups.

Pascale Gomes-McNabb | Director of PGM Design

Pascale Gomes McNabb’s bold take on design is influenced by a life of exploration in art, architecture, travel, food, nature and culture. With design skills honed by an Architectural degree, PGM’s body of work varies from commercial projects, to brave domestic commissions. The Melbourne-based architect focuses on delivering solutions and products using materials inventively to merge art and design to create sculptural responses. Her interests and products range from furniture and lighting to graphics, clothing and jewellery.

Roger Nelson | Director of NH Architecture

As Managing Director of NH Architecture, Roger has built a highly regarded national profile as an urban designer and architect. With place-making and retail architecture at the core of his skillset, Nelson is recognised in the industry for his ability to deliver a quality design outcome whilst managing the commercial imperatives of a project. At NH Architecture, Roger’s strategic thinking has become the foundation for a practice which embraces new ideas and creative solutions, for constantly changing consumer trends and demands.

Sally Ross | Artist represented by Martin Browne Contemporary (Sydney)

After completing graduate and post-graduate degrees in Australia, Sally Ross lived in France for 8 years. A self-confessed art monster, she regularly exhibited in the US, Australia and Europe while also running an artists’ squat in an abandoned 17th century hospice, working for the Festival d’Avignon theatre festival and for one of the most innovative private contemporary art collections in France Returning to Australia in 2006, the four-time Archibald Prize finalist. has established a successful career as a ‘traditional easel painter.’

Image: David Griggs in his studio. Photo: Mason Kimber

David Griggs Live Studio Tour

Best known for his intense, energetic paintings, eight times Archibald Prize finalist David Griggs has long portrayed the often-overlooked underbelly of society. Combining borrowed motifs, political imagery, symbols of popular culture, street culture and art history, his works articulate the unfettered reality of life, death, violence, poverty, religion and sex.

Griggs’ new series of paintings, presented by STATION (Melbourne/Sydney) in Melbourne Art Fair Viewing Rooms, were created during the COVID-19 lockdown. The Propaganda Paintings and their companion Restaurant Paintings represent the biases, phobias and fears of dealing with a pandemic, as well as perhaps the boredom and malaise. The intention was to make a body of work pertinent to our very immediate and universal experience, and to expose the persuasive power of propaganda as a means of managing the global populace. 

Join Griggs on a live virtual studio tour, as he takes over Melbourne Art Fair Instagram and talks about his new body of work.

6:00PM | Presented by STATION (Melbourne/Sydney) | Live on Instagram @melbourneartfair

Thursday 4 June

Photo: Dr Christian Thompson AO

In Conversation with Dr Christian Thompson AO

Through his intense and transgressive self-portraits, Thompson explores notions of identity, gender, sexuality, race and cultural hybridity. Inhabiting a range of personas through handcrafted costumes and orchestrated poses, Thompson employs photography to communicate his own narrative.

Join Dr Christian Thompson AO live, as he discusses his works featured in Viewing Rooms

Dr Christian Thompson AO | Artist represented by Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin

Thompson is an Australian born contemporary artist whose work explores notions of identity, cultural hybridity & history. Formally trained as a sculptor, Thompson’s multidisciplinary practice engages mediums such as photography, video, sculpture, performance & sound. His work focuses on the exploration of identity, sexuality, gender, race and memory. In his live performances and conceptual portraits he inhabits a range of personas achieved through handcrafted costumes & carefully orchestrated poses & backdrops. Christian is a Research Affiliate at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.

Friday 5 June

The Female Archetype: Ann Shelton in conversation with Emily Cormack

Join Melbourne Art Fair Artistic Director, Emily Cormack, in conversation with Ann Shelton, a New Zealand artist working and living in Wellington and represented by Sumer Gallery, New Zealand.

 ‘…no one knows who she is or what happened to her. She is at once every woman and an anonymous or unknown woman.’ –Ann Shelton 

Shelton’s work is often centred around the female subject, most often with the figure absent. Shown in Sumer’s Viewing Room are works from Shelton’s series ‘jane says’: photography of the artist’s plant arrangements, which feature herbs and flowers from folk traditions associated with women’s reproductive health; and whose titles draw upon female archetypes which are both classical and contemporary in origin.

These plant-based photographic constructions engage plant, gender focused, and anthropogenic narratives or histories and in particular examine the intersection of these histories with human knowledge systems and with feminisms. For Shelton making photographs comes with a complex potential agency and set of overwhelming ethical and moral margins that are at the heart of the medium’s difficult ontology. 

Other Worlds: Zara Stanhope in Conversation with Lonnie Hutchinson

Spiritual and political, the work of Lonnie Hutchinson engages with issues of power relations and culture, gender and sexuality to generate conversations that are timeless, current, relevant and accessible. Join Lonnie in conversation with Zara Stanhope, Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art QAGOMA, as they discuss the life and practice of the trail-blazing Pacific woman artist with a distinctly Polynesian worldview.

Lonnie Hutchinson | Artist represented by Bartley & Company Art (Wellington)

Lonnie Hutchinson is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded Pasifika visual artists. She uses the language of contemporary art to innovatively and politically articulate a distinctively Polynesian world view reflecting her own Maori (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kuri ki Ngāi Tahu) and Samoan heritage. In doing this, across a wide range of media including film, performance, painting, sculpture and installation she has made an important contribution to broadening understanding of contemporary art in New Zealand and to raising awareness of non-western culturally-specific world views.

Zara Stanhope | Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art QAGOMA (Queensland)

As a curator practising within institutions and independently Zara Stanhope focuses on expanding engagement with contemporary art across the Global South. As  Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art at Queensland Art Gallery|Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Stanhope is the lead curator on the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial (APT) for 2021 and is working on the exhibition Unfinished Business: The Art Of Gordon Bennett for later this year. She led the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial in 2018, and was Lead Curator for Dane Mitchell’s Post hoc, New Zealand at Venice at the 58th La Biennale di Venezia (2019).

Alison Kubler in conversation with Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Join Alison Kubler in a conversation with artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, recipient of the Melbourne Art Foundation 2021 Commission in partnership with HOTA Gallery. Hear Ramesh talk about his process as an artist, experiences of COVID-19 and upcoming projects.

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran | Artist represented by Sullivan + Strumpf (Sydney)

Sri Lankan-born, Sydney-based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran creates rough-edged, vibrant, new-age idols that are at once enticing and disquieting. He experiments with form and scale in the context of figurative sculpture to explore politics of sex, the monument, gender and organised religion. 

Alison Kubler | Editor of VAULT

Alison Kubler has over 20 years experience working as a curator in museums and galleries in Australia. She worked as Arts Adviser to Senator The Hon George Brandis, SC, the Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport in 2007, is currently a Council Member at the National Gallery of Australia and Editor of Australasian art & culture magazine, VAULT.

Saturday 6 June

Exclusive screening: 'Lick' by Angela TiaTia

Angela Tiatia is a New Zealand-Australian artist, who explores contemporary culture, drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place, often through the lenses of history and popular culture.

The performance ‘Lick‘ centres on the body of the artist and the body of water. The artist is posed facing the waves as the high tide comes in, her hands pierce the surface of the water, her head out of view. Her feet maintain a strong foot-hold on a large flat white coral stone, an island. The performance is broken when her pose is broken and she is licked by an incoming wave, her feet lifting from the coral stone and she floats away.

Podcast: Peter Craven in conversation with Bill Henson

Bill Henson is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists with a career in photography spanning more than 40 years. From twilight portraits of adolescents through to contemplative moody landscapes, Bill Henson is a master at capturing the emotional intensity of the human experience. Join Bill Henson in conversation with Australian Literary Critic, Peter Craven. 

Bill Henson | Artist represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (Sydney)

Bill Henson (Australian, b.1955) is one of Australia’s most notable leaders in Contemporary photography. Bill Henson represented Australia at the 46th Venice Biennale in 1995. Henson’s solo exhibitions include: Bill Henson, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth (2017); Cloud Landscapes, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2013); Bill Henson: Three Decades of Photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2005); Bill Henson, Centro de Fotografia, University of Salamanca, Spain (2003); Bill Henson, Scalo, Zurich, Switzerland (2001); Bill Henson, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (1993); Bill Henson Photography, Denver Art Museum, Colorado, USA (1989); Bill Henson Photographs, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (1990); and Bill Henson Fotografien, Museum Moderner Kunst, Palais Liechtenstein, Vienna (1989).

Peter Craven | Literary Critic

Peter Craven is an Australian literary critic and cultural studies writer. Craven has written for The Age, The Australian and the Australian Literary Review. His work has also appeared in Oxford Guide to Contemporary Writing, the Times Literary Supplement and London Review of Books.

Bonita Bub, Agatha Gothe-Snape and Jude Rae in conversation

Join artists Bonita Bub, Agatha Gothe-Snape and Jude Rae for an open discussion at The Commerical (Sydney).

Agatha Gothe-Snape | Artist

Agatha Gothe-Snape (b. 1980, l. Sydney). Gothe-Snape’s work is based in performance, engaging with the politics and poetics of language and other embodied knowledge as it is performed interpersonally and is creative of our relationships with each other and with art and architecture.

Bonita Bub | Artist

Bonita Bub (b. 1982, l. Sydney) is a sculptor who produces elevated replicas of industrial equipment and furniture in materials and with processes upgraded and more highly-refined than their expressly functional, mass-produced prototypes. Her selection of and improvements to found design, perfected welds etc. are part of a subtle conversation between form, function and aesthetics in which she draws extensively on her own technical skill and labour in pursuit of a kind of industrial haute couture.

Jude Rae | Artist 

Jude Rae (b. 1956, l. Sydney). Jude Rae’s observational painting practice is analytic of objects, space and light. Her work is as much concerned with the generative energy around things and the relationships adhering between them as the things themselves. She works within the genres of still life and large-scale interiors and the conceptual and perceptual propositions they offer as within a laboratory.

All artists are represented by The Commercial (Sydney)

Take a virtual step inside artist’s studios, as they take you on a live tour. Explore the spaces in which they create, preview works in development and hear the artist talk about their process and upcoming projects.

Image: David Griggs in his studio. Photo: Mason Kimber

David Griggs Live Studio Tour

Best known for his intense, energetic paintings, eight times Archibald Prize finalist David Griggs has long portrayed the often-overlooked underbelly of society. Combining borrowed motifs, political imagery, symbols of popular culture, street culture and art history, his works articulate the unfettered reality of life, death, violence, poverty, religion and sex.

Griggs’ new series of paintings, presented by STATION (Melbourne/Sydney) in Melbourne Art Fair Viewing Rooms, were created during the COVID-19 lockdown. The Propaganda Paintings and their companion Restaurant Paintings represent the biases, phobias and fears of dealing with a pandemic, as well as perhaps the boredom and malaise. The intention was to make a body of work pertinent to our very immediate and universal experience, and to expose the persuasive power of propaganda as a means of managing the global populace. 

Join Griggs on a live virtual studio tour, as he takes over Melbourne Art Fair Instagram and talks about his new body of work.

Photo: Nabailah Nordin

Nabilah Nordin Live Studio Tour

Nabilah Nordin (b. 1991) is a Malay Singaporean/Australian artist working and living in Melbourne, represented by Neon Parc (Melbourne). She is known for her large-scale sculptural installations, covering domestic and industrial detritus with thick layers of plaster, cement and paint. Embracing a wonky craftsmanship, Nabilah transforms objects into new forms that celebrate the monstrous, visceral and anthropomorphic characteristics of materials. The finished installations dominate space. They speak of hidden histories, imagined futures and cultural tensions.

Join Nordin on a live virtual studio tour, as she takes over Melbourne Art Fair Instagram.

More Artist Studio Tours to be announced..

10 Chancery Lane, Hong Kong

Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney

Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne

Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne

Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

Annandale Galleries, Sydney

Arc One Gallery, Melbourne

Arts Project Australia, Melbourne

Australian Galleries, Melbourne

Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne

Beaver Galleries, Canberra

Bett Gallery, Hobart

Breenspace, Sydney

Chalk Horse, Sydney

Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

China Art Projects, Beijing

Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney / Cologne

Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne

Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane

Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne

FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane

Gallery 9, Sydney

Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney

Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

Gallerysmith, Melbourne

Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, Perth

Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne

Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide

Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide

James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney

James Makin Gallery, Melbourne

Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

Jensen Gallery, Auckland

John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne

Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, Melbourne

Karen Brown Gallery, Darwin

Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

Liverpool Street Gallery, Sydney

MARS- Melbourne Art Rooms, Melbourne

Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney

Michael Reid at Elizabeth Bay, Sydney

Mossenson Galleries, Perth

Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne

Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne

Neon Parc, Melbourne

Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

Orexart, Auckland

Perth Galleries, Perth

Raft Artspace, Alice Springs

Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Sydney

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane

Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney

Sarah Scout, Melbourne

Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne

Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne

Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

Stills Gallery, Sydney

Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

Tim Melville Gallery, Auckland

Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

TrépanierBaer Gallery, Calgary

Turner Galleries, Perth

Uplands Gallery, Melbourne

Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney

Utopian Slumps, Melbourne

Watters Gallery, Sydney

William Mora Galleries, Melbourne

Yamaki Art Gallery, Osaka

Artspace, Auckland

Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney

Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

Experimenta, Melbourne

Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne

Hell Gallery, Melbourne

Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, Melbourne

Sticky Institute, Melbourne

TCB Art Inc, Melbourne

Twitcher, Melbourne

Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney

Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne

Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

Annandale Galleries, Sydney

Arc One Gallery, Melbourne

Arndt, Berlin

Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

Arts Project Australia, Melbourne

Ausin Tung Gallery, Melbourne

Australian Galleries, Melbourne

Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne

Bartley + Company Art, Wellington

Beaver Galleries, Canberra

Bett Gallery, Hobart

Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney

Breenspace, Sydney

Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

Chalk Horse, Sydney

Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane

Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne

FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane

Fox/Jensen, Auckland

Gallery 9, Sydney

Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney

Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

Gallerysmith, Melbourne

Gould Galleries, Melbourne

Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

Greenhill Galleries, Perth

Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne

Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide

Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide

James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney

James Makin Gallery, Melbourne

Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

KaiKai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo

Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

Liverpool Street Gallery, Sydney

MARS, Melbourne

Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney

Mossenson Galleries, Perth

Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne

Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Sydney

RH Gallery, Nelson

Richard Martin Art, Sydney

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane

Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney

Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne

Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne

Starkwhite, Auckland

Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

Stills, Sydney

Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane

Tim Melville Gallery, Auckland

Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

Turner Galleries, Perth

Two Rooms, Auckland

Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney

Utopian Slumps, Melbourne

Watters Gallery, Sydney

William Mora Galleries, Melbourne

Yamaki Art Gallery, Osaka

BUS Projects, Melbourne

C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne

Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

Death Be Kind, Melbourne

Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney

Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne

Next Wave, Melbourne

The Physics Room, Christchurch

Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane

Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne

Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

Arts Project Australia, Melbourne

Australian Galleries, Melbourne

Bartley + Company Art, Wellington

Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne

Bowerbank Ninow, Auckland

Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

Fine Arts, Sydney, Sydney

GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide

GALLERY 9, Sydney

Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne

Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide

IMA: Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, Melbourne

Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney

Michael Lett, Auckland

Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin, Sydney

Murray White Room, Melbourne

Neon Parc, Melbourne

Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne

OLSEN, Sydney

PAULNACHE, Gisborne

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland

Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney

Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne

Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne

STATION, Melbourne

Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

The Commercial, Sydney

The Drawing Room, Manila

The Physics Room, Christchurch

TIM MELVILLE, Auckland

Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

Tristian Koenig, Collingwood

Two Rooms, Auckland

Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

William Mora Galleries, Melbourne

PETER JOPLING AM, QC, CHAIRMAN

QUEEN'S COUNSEL AT VICTORIAN BAR

Peter Jopling is a Melbourne based Queen’s Counsel. Peter is the Chairman of the Ian Potter Museum of Art and Chair of the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation Ltd. Peter has been Deputy Chair of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, a Director of the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery and Director of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation. Peter is a Patron of the Australian World Orchestra. Peter is a member of the Victorian College of the Arts Foundation and the Melbourne University Humanities Foundation. Peter has also held board directorships of science and business school boards as well as various legal governing boards. In 2014 Peter was made a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the law in Victoria and to the community. 

ANNA WALDMANN

DIRECTOR, ART ADVISORY

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.

MICHAELA WEBB

Founder/Creative Director, Studio Round

With over 20 years’ experience, Michaela has worked for some of the world’s leading brand and design companies, including Wolff Olins and Spin in London, and in 2016 was elected as a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). In 2002, Michaela founded Round with Robert Nudds a design practice that connects culture, commerce and creativity to deliver transformative brands across arts & culture, food & drink, hospitality, publishing, property, retail and architecture & design. Michaela currently sists as an advisor on boards for RMIT Design Hub and Ian Potter Museum of Art.

Joanna Strumpf

CO-DIRECTOR, SULLIVAN+STRUMPF

Joanna Strumpf is the Co-Director of Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney. Strumpf graduated from Queensland University (BA HONS) in 1996, working at Eva Breuer Art Dealer (Sydney), Savill Galleries (Sydney), and was Head of Paintings, Lawson-Menzies, and Art Specialist at Deutscher Menzies (Sydney) before establishing Sullivan+Strumpf in 2005 with Ursula Sullivan. Now one of the leading spaces for contemporary art in Sydney, Sullivan+Strumpf works with over 40 contemporary emerging and established artists from the Australia and the Asia Pacific regions, with an exhibition schedule that has included regular participation in key national and international art fairs, including Art Basel Hong Kong, Taipei Dangdai, West Bund, Shanghai, Melbourne Art Fair and Sydney Contemporary. In 2016, Sullivan+Strumpf opened a second gallery space at Singapore’s Gillman Barracks, the first Australian gallery to establish a permanent presence in Asia.

 

Adrian Fini OAM

Founder/Director, FJM Property and Fini Group

Adrian Fini OAM is a prominent Perth business executive involved in property development and the arts. He was managing director of family company Fini Group. Following its merger with ASX-listed Mirvac in 2001, he became chief executive of the expanded Mirvac Fini Business. He was subsequently appointed an executive director of Mirvac Group, responsible for its development division before resigning in 2010 to concentrate on private business ventures through FJM property and the ‘reborn’ Fini Group. In July 2020, Fini Group and Linc Property merged their operations under the name Hesperia. Mr Fini is a director of Perth Festival and the University of Western Australia Foundation. In 2016, Mr Fini was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to the arts in Western Australia, and named the Western Australian of the Year.

Rose Hiscock

Director of Museums and Collections, University of Melbourne

Prior to the University of Melbourne, Rose was Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum), Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. Rose’s career includes a period at the Australia Council, where she held the position of Executive Director, Arts Development and Museum Victoria where she was responsible for commercial and audience growth across Museum Victoria’s highly successful venues. She is committed to building a thriving and dynamic arts sector and is Board member of Back to Back Theatre and Chunky Move.

Prof. Brian Martin

Associate dean, indigenous
monash university art, design and architecture

Professor Brian Martin is the faculty’s inaugural Associate Dean, Indigenous. Brian is a descendant of Muruwari, Bundjalung and Kamilaroi peoples. Brian is represented by William Mora Galleries. He has been a practising artist for twenty-seven years and has exhibited both nationally and internationally specifically in the media of painting and drawing. His research and practice focuses on refiguring Australian art and culture from an Indigenous ideological perspective based on a reciprocal relationship to “Country”. Brian was previously Professor and Head of Research at the Institute of Koorie Education at Deakin University. He is also Honorary Professor of Eminence at Centurion University of Technology and Management in Odisha, India.

Vivien Anderson

Director, Vivien Anderson Gallery

Vivien Anderson has over 30 years’ experience in Australian Indigenous art. After returning from a career in London in documentary film, she became Manager of the Aboriginal Artists Gallery in Melbourne and later managed and directed several acclaimed contemporary galleries in Melbourne and Sydney, all with a focus on the representation and exhibition of Australian indigenous visual artists. Vivien has directed her own specialist gallery in Melbourne since 2006.The current gallery is in St Kilda. Vivien Anderson is a former board member of the Art Galleries Australia Association and is a current board member of the Indigenous Code of Conduct. 

Anna Schwartz

Director, Anna Schwartz Gallery

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.

Olivia Radonich

Director, ReadingRoom

Olivia Radonich founded ReadingRoom gallery in 2018, after ten years as Associate Director at Tolarno Galleries. A unique space combining gallery and library, Reading Room collaborates with, and also represents, a small group of artists, developing a program of solo exhibitions, artist publications, artist led projects, film screenings
and conversations. 

Justin Homer

Partner, PriceWaterhouseCooper

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

Director, Sophie Gannon Gallery

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.

Stuart Hamilton AO

Public Policy Consultant, Council Member, Deakin University

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.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the place now called Victoria, and all First Peoples living and working on this land. We recognise and celebrate the cultural heritage, creative contributions, and stories of the First Peoples of Victoria. We pay respect to Elders of today, emerging Elders of tomorrow and Elders of the past.

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