Fair Program

Experience a fair that is instrumental in shaping the future of art in the region, a progressive forum for contemporary art and ideas. The program will include four days of the very best in contemporary art, public events, talks and performance that provide opportunities to engage with the Australasian art scene.


Commissioned by HOTA Gallery in partnership with the Melbourne Art Foundation and supported by Artwork Transport, the $70,000 2020 MAF Commission has been awarded to Sri Lankan-born, Sydney-based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran. For the second time in partnership with a regional Australian collecting institution, the monumental site-specific work will be unveiled at Melbourne Art Fair 2020 before moving to its permanent home at Home of the Arts, Gold Coast.

The Melbourne Art Foundation Commission program provides a living artist with a rare opportunity to realise a large-scale work for unveiling at Melbourne Art Fair, which is later gifted to a prominent Australian institution. Previous partners in the program include the Bendigo Art Gallery, NGV, QAGOMA, the University of Queensland Art Museum, MCA, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Australia; and artists Ronnie van Hout, Michael Parekowhai, David Griggs, Peter Hennessey, Jon Campbell, Ian Burns, and Mikala Dwyer.

Installation shot, False Gods, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney. Photograph: Aaron Anderson


Making its debut at the 2020 fair, 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 supports the inaugural sector by providing a monetary grant to participating Beyond galleries. 

Melbourne Art Fair 2018. Chiharu Shiota, The Crossing, 2018 (Site specific installation: 175 books, white wool. 10 x 3 x 4 m) Anna Schwartz Gallery. Photography: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Project Rooms

Partnering with independent art spaces from across Australia and New Zealand our Project Rooms offer a platform for experimentation. Discover artists that push the boundaries of art practice with groundbreaking performance and multimedia works.

Melbourne Art Fair 2018 Project Room: IMA (Brisbane). Ryan Presley, Infinite Dollar Note – Dundalli Commemorative, 2017. Watercolour, 60.5 x 145.5cm.


Conversations is a platform for dialogue 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 the contemporary world through a series of talks and panels featuring artists, gallerists, curators, collectors, architects, critics, and cultural luminaries.

Melbourne Art Fair acknowledges the Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of Melbourne and pays respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of lands and waters across Australia and recognise that Indigenous sovereignty has never been ceded.

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