Melbourne Art Fair Appoints Shelley McSpedden as Curator of BEYOND

Melbourne Art Fair is delighted to announce the appointment of Shelley McSpedden as Curator of BEYOND in 2024.

Harnessing the monumental exhibition spaces within the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, BEYOND will present four large-scale installations and spatial interventions that respond to the Fair’s thematic, ketherba. The sector goes beyond traditional artistic boundaries to redefine the individuals experience of space, and extends opportunities beyond the confines of the art fair booth, offering artists the chance to showcase their work in an immersive environment.

Shelley McSpedden is Senior Curator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne. Prior to joining ACCA, she was Senior Curator and Acting Artistic Director at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), where she oversaw the development of the inaugural exhibition program and major commissions for the launch of the new purpose-built, landmark museum in 2021. Shelley has also held curatorial roles at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) and National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS), as well as academic appointments at Monash University and RMIT. She has written extensively on contemporary art and edited several art publications. Shelley holds a PhD from the Art History and Theory program at Monash University.  

Melbourne Art Fair will run 22-25 February 2024 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Galleries announced and tickets on sale early October.


Image: Shelley McSpedden