Melbourne Art Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of leading Australian gallerist Anna Schwartz and Indigenous artist, curator, and writer, Paola Balla to the board. Established in 2003 to promote contemporary art and living Australian artists, Melbourne Art Foundation is a not for profit organisation which owns and manages the biennial Melbourne Art Fair.

Highly respected in the art industry both in Australia and internationally, Anna Schwartz has owned and directed a private gallery in Australia for over 35 years, working closely with leading Australian and international artists. She has been committed to the development and promotion of contemporary art and audiences and has brought renowned artists to Australian audiences, as well as supporting and representing Australian artists at the Venice Biennale and other significant events on the world art stage.

Commenting on her appointment to Melbourne Art Foundation’s board, Anna Schwartz, Founder of Anna Schwartz Gallery says, “I am pleased to join the board of the Melbourne Art Foundation, a role which reinforces my commitment to the development and promotion of contemporary art and audiences. I support the new direction of the Foundation, and specifically its promise to create cultural assets that respect the intelligence of their audience, through the promotion of challenging, highly critical work of international relevance.” 

Joining Schwartz on the board is Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara woman, Paola Balla, an artist, curator, and writer who founded the Indigenous Arts and Cultural Program at FCAC and Wominjeka Festival, 2010. Balla brings a contemporary artists’ experience to the board and is a regular guest speaker and cultural commentator based at Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Centre, VU. Additionally she is a PhD candidate focussed on Aboriginal women’s art and practices of resistance, and is the inaugural Lisa Bellear Indigenous Research Scholar.

Charles Justin, Melbourne Art Foundation Chairperson and founder of architecture giant SJB, said of the appointments, “Anna Schwartz and Paola Balla bring significant commercial and art industry experience to Melbourne Art Foundation’s board. Their appointments reinforce the Foundation’s commitment to supporting and promoting quality contemporary art and Australian living artists.”

Overseen by Chairperson Charles Justin, Melbourne Art Foundation board members span a diverse skill set across government, commerce and the creative industries. Members include gallerists Sophie Gannon, Amanda Rowell, Jan Murphy and Anna Schwartz; joined by PwC Partner, Justin Home; public policy and management advisor Stuart Hamilton; art advisor Anna Waldmann; collector and philanthropist Theodore Wohng, and artist and curator Paola Balla.

Headed by recently appointed Melbourne Art Foundation Director and CEO Maree Di Pasquale, Melbourne Art Fair returns as the region’s most significant commercial platform for Australasian contemporary art in 2018. The anchor event of Melbourne Art Week, the Fair takes place 2-5 August, housed in a temporary structure within Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA.