Melbourne Art Fair

About

Melbourne Art Fair is a seminal fixture on the Australasian cultural calendar, stimulating critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists for over 30 years. The biennial fair supports and promotes Australasian living artists through the staging of a world-class platform for contemporary art, showcasing iconic and new works by artists from the region’s most respected galleries.

With this global creative city as a backdrop, the fair returns in 2022 to take up residence at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, continuing its lead role in the region for fostering the development of new audiences for contemporary art.

Melbourne Art Fair is supported by government partners The Australia Council for the Art and Creative Victoria.

17-20 February 2022, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Foundation

Started by a group of galleries in 1988, Melbourne Art Fair is owned and operated by the Melbourne Art Foundation, a systemically significant Australian arts organisation dedicated to the support of living artists.

With the endorsement of the Art Galleries Association of Australia (AAGA) and the support of Government Partners the Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria, the Fair continues to be a seminal fixture on the Australasian cultural calendar, stimulating critical and commercial attention for artists for over 30 years.

Established in 2003, Melbourne Art Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation committed to servicing the needs of artists, galleries, collectors and the art loving public. It leads the way in building national and international audiences and markets for the work of Australia’s living contemporary artists, bringing together the commercial, social, cultural and environmental threads that underpin and sustain the vibrant Australian visual arts ecology.

The Foundation sponsors a range of programs during and in the off year to Melbourne Art Fair for the benefit of living artists, to facilitate public discussion and develop new audiences for contemporary art. These programs include major commissions and grant programs, projects with independent non-collecting contemporary art organisations, public talks, collector programs and guided tours. 

The Board

Charles Justin, Chairman

Director, Justin Art House Museum

Charles Justin was a Founding Director of architecture and design practice, SJB, and a founder of Plus Architecture. Charles was the RAIA (now AIA) Victorian Chapter President and was awarded a Life Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects. Following his retirement from architectural practice, Charles and his wife Leah established the Justin Art House Museum- JAHM, a privately funded, not for profit house museum which opened to the public in April 2016. It presents curated exhibitions both from their contemporary art collection and externally sourced, with a supporting public program. Charles has also served on the board of the Jewish Museum of Australia, for five years as President, and was recently made a Life Member.

Peter Jopling AM, QC

Queens Council 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Advisory

N'arweet Carolyn Briggs am

Founder and Chair, Boon Wurrung Foundation

Carolyn is a Boon Wurrung senior elder and is the chairperson and founder of the Boon Wurrung Foundation. She has been involved in developing and supporting opportunities for Indigenous youth and Boon Wurrung culture for over 50 years.

A big part of her work is defining her role as an elder, but also having it validated by the wider community. This involves teaching a generation of children about language and history.

Carolyn was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019 for her significant service to the Indigenous community and she sees this national recognition as part of her role of an elder.

She has undertaken studies in Language & Linguistics in the hope of recording her Boon Wurrung language in oral and written form, as well as a Doctorate in Philosophy – Media & Communication researching assisting urban Indigenous youth to understand Indigenous knowledge, which has been part of Carolyn’s life-long journey documenting the history of her ancestors.

Key people

Maree Di Pasquale

CEO and Fair Director 

Maree Di Pasquale is credited with successfully repositioning and relaunching Melbourne Art Fair 2018 in the Southbank Arts Precinct as a leading showcase for Australasian contemporary art.

She was previously Director of Strategic Partnerships, MCB Visit Victoria (2016-2017). A member of the leadership team for Art Fairs Australia / Single Market Events (2010-2016), Maree played a pivotal role in developing new ventures in new markets, most notably as founding Director of Art Central Hong Kong (2014-2016) and Assistant Director of Sydney Contemporary (2013) and Melbourne Art Fair (2014). She has also delivered public programs for Abu Dhabi Art Fair and the Saadiyat Island Cultural District (Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Zayed National Museum) (2009-2010).

BA Creative Industries, QUT. MA Marketing, Melbourne Business School. Board Member 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

MAREE@MELBOURNEARTFOUNDATION.COM

Esther Lawler

Head of Programs and Events 

Esther Lawler is a small business strategist turned arts manager who works with galleries, not-for-profits and artists to pass on her knowledge, passion and experience in both the art and business worlds, not only to those with a long-held passion for the arts, but to those fostering an interest. Alongside this, she enjoys looking at the bigger picture and coming up with solutions to other people’s problems.  
 
Esther believes the beauty of art lies in the unspoken interactions between art and onlooker: it connects with people, challenges them and communicates ideas. Great art puts people outside of their comfort zones and stimulates conversation which she thinks is a pretty special thing.  
 
She has previously lent her talents to Sullivan + Strumpf where she was gallery manager for 3 years, driving their art fair strategy and participation in Australia and the region. Prior to her entry into the artworld, Esther worked in the MedTech start-up space, bringing her commercial skills and entrepreneurial spirit to her role with MAF.
 
Esther holds an MA in Art Curatorship from The University of Melbourne and a PGDip Art History and Theory alongside a BCApSc from The University of Otago. 
 
 
esther@melbourneartfoundation.com
 
 

Erin Hodge

Director, Marketing and Partnerships

Prior to joining Melbourne Art Foundation, Erin worked as an integral member of the marketing team at Emporium Melbourne. From its beginning in 2014, Erin was involved in delivering the new-to-market $1.6 billion asset; responsible for seeing the brand through development, launch and stabilisation, successfully positioning the centre as an iconic Melbourne destination.

Whilst at Emporium Melbourne, Erin developed and delivered many successful partnerships that received critical acclaim from both local and international media. Passionate about working with both emerging and established creative brands, Erin collaborated with a diverse range of clients, including; Baz Luhrmann, The Australian Ballet, National Gallery of Victoria, Disney, Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Melbourne Fashion Week.

Prior to this, Erin built a diverse skill set working in various roles within the fashion industry, including public relations for Stella McCartney in Paris & London (2010; 2012).

erin@melbourneartfoundation.com

Jodie Kras

Gallery Relations Manager

Jodie Kras has over 10 years of experience in the art industry, working across commercial galleries, biennales, art fairs and auction houses in Melbourne and Sydney. Now based in Melbourne, she runs a private art consulting business focused on nurturing and advising experienced and first-time collectors.

Jodie’s passion for helping the next generation of art collectors led her to establish The Arts Club in 2018, a series of pop-up exhibitions in unique locations aiming to bridge the gap between emerging artists and collectors. The Arts Club created spaces distinctly different to the setting of a traditional gallery and sourced unique works by emerging artists at affordable prices.

jodie@melbourneartfoundation.com

Keir Duncan

Operations Director 

Keir has over 20 years experience in bringing events fairs and exhibitions to life.

Keir has worked on a huge variety of events including Melbourne Art Fair, Sydney Contemporary, Noosa Food and Wine Festival, Taste Festivals Australia and many more

Helen McKenzie

VIP Liaison (NSW)

Helen McKenzie is an established arts writer and art consultant. Helen has been writing about Australian and International art fairs for over a decade. Additionally, Helen curates and manages collectors’ tours to art fairs, including Hong Kong and Auckland.

“While collectors areas of interest and motivations many vary, they all have a common curiosity and enthusiasm to learn about art. It is one of the great pleasures of my job to introduce artists and their gallerists to collectors and in turn collectors to other collectors. It usually an inspiring experience for all.”

helen@melbourneartfoundation.com

Claire Summers

Marketing and Partnerships Coordinator

Claire Summers has spent the establishing years of her career working for and collaborating with independent arts businesses and design studios, building a network of young creatives pushing the parameters of what is possible in their fields. Her experience is focused on using effective communication, both visual and written, to improve advocacy for the industry within arts communities and beyond.

Claire brings an unabashed enthusiasm for art in all forms and a sincere desire to connect with practitioners in ways that enhance the experience for all. A practicing writer and photographer, Claire’s work is preoccupied with finding the phenomenal in the ordinary and quietly considering small details to which we assign greater meaning.

claire@melbourneartfoundation.coM

VIP Relations

Partnering with Melbourne’s leading institutions, private museums and independent art spaces, the Melbourne Art Fair VIP Program celebrates the vibrancy of Victoria’s cultural landscape. The program engages an international network of collectors through invitation-only dinners, studio visits, private collection tours, exhibition openings, and private events. Melbourne Art Fair allows collectors to discover artists, galleries and artworld figures at the forefront of contemporary art, and experience the best of our host city, Melbourne.

For more information on the Melbourne Art Fair VIP Program, or to register your interest, please email: 

vip@melbourneartfoundation.com

Melbourne Art Fair acknowledges the Traditional Owners, the Wurundijeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, on whose land we will meet, share, and work. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People from all nations of this land.

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