Melbourne Art Fair was the first commercial fair of the Asia Pacific to establish a global network for collectors to connect and engage with the Australian art market.
The 5-day Collector Program provides a first-class cultural experience with an exclusive concierge service, invitation only dinners, studio visits, corporate and private collection tours, exhibition openings and private events.
Register your interest in participating in the Melbourne Art Fair 2018 Collector Program by submitting your details opposite and we will contact you to discuss the program in greater detail.
Artist and activist, Ben continues to draw critical acclaim with regular and highly successful solo exhibitions both in Australia and internationally. He has been a finalist in the prestigious Wynne and Archibald prizes and won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2009 and the Archibald Prize in 2011 with his portrait of artist, Margaret Olley. Also In 2011, Quilty travelled to Afghanistan as an official war artist with The Australian War Memorial. He was invited by World Vision Australia to travel to Greece, Serbia and Lebanon with author, Richard Flanagan, to witness firsthand the international refugee crisis in 2016. His work is represented in numerous major public, corporate and private collections.
Lisa has been actively engaged in the Australian art world since the mid ‘90s, when she returned home after many years living as an ‘expat’ in Singapore. Married to a Norwegian, her life is heavily influenced by the large amount of time she spends in the northern hemisphere.
Her collection of contemporary art was begun in 1996. Since then, her (art) life has revolved around building a body of work which tells a primarily Australian story…she believes passionately that, just like our athletes, musicians, writers, scientists and actors, our artists punch well above their weight on the world stage.
She did a brief stint as an employee of the AGNSW, is a past board member of the MCA Australia (3 terms) and has twice served on the Australia Council’s Commissioners Council for the Venice Biennale. She is a supporter of various arts organisations and counts one of her major achievements as that of (finally) convincing her husband to join her on the journey.
Auckland-based interior designer, Gerry Hetet, is a passionate collector of contemporary art. A graduate of The University of Auckland, where he gained a Bachelor of Commerce Majoring in Accounting/Marketing, Gerry went on to gain a Diploma of Interior Design, before establishing his own practice in 2015. He is an Executive committee member of the NZ Interior Design Guild, and specialises in creating bespoke spaces that are tailored to his clients needs, while also facilitating the acquisition of contemporary pieces to complement and enhance their living spaces. With a strong client list, Gerry works in partnership with fellow designers and renown architectural practices on luxury residential and commercial projects both domestically and internationally.
Assistant Director (Learning + Public Engagement) at Queensland Art Gallery l Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
Simon has held public programming, exhibition, curatorial and management positions in private, commercial, public gallery and museum realms since 1993. Currently Assistant Director (Learning + Public Engagement) at Queensland Art Gallery l Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), he is a former Director of Griffith Artworks + Griffith University Art Gallery, Exhibitions Manager at Brisbane City Gallery, curatorial consultant to private collections and Gallery Manager at Bellas Gallery (now Milani Gallery). He has worked on over 250 exhibition and publication projects, receiving a Museums Australia Gallery and Museum Individual Achievement Award in 2004-5, and a National Australia Bank Partnering Award [QLD] at the Australia Business Arts Foundation Awards in 2006. In 2009 he was appointed to The Venice Biennale Commissioner’s Council for Australia at the 53rd Venice Biennale and has since participated as a member of the Venice Biennale Champions Program for Australia (VB54-57). In 2012 he was a member of the selection committee for The Premier of Queensland’s International Sculpture Commission and in 2013 was elected to the Board of The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. In 2014 he became Founder Benefactor of the QAGOMA Foundation, and is currently completing the Asialink Business Leaders Program.
N’arweet (Elder) Carolyn Briggs
Boon Wurrung senior elder and Chair/Founder of the Boon Wurrung Foundation
A descendant of the First Peoples of Melbourne, the Yaluk-ut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung, she is the great-granddaughter of Louisa Briggs, a Boon Wurrung woman born near Melbourne in the 1830’s.
Carolyn has been involved in developing and supporting opportunities for Indigenous youth and Boon Wurrung culture for over 40 years.
In 2005, she established the Boon Wurrung Foundation, which has been responsible for significant work in cultural research, including restoration of the Boon Wurrung language. The Foundation also helps connect Aboriginal youth to their heritage. Carolyn has worked across numerous communities for over 40 years and is currently completing her Doctorate in Philosophy researching assisting urban indigenous youth to understand indigenous knowledge.
Her cultural knowledge and experience has been recognised by communities throughout Australia. These achievements have been recognised by:
She is the author of “Journey Cycles of the Boon Wurrung: Stories with Boonwurrung Language”.