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Melbourne Art Week​

500 + Artists | 50 + Events | 30 + Venues

Melbourne Art Foundation has joined with over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries to stage Melbourne Art Week (30 July-5 August 2018); a dynamic program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops that will take place across Melbourne this winter. 

Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage, 1 August) as the main event of Art Week and will be housed for the first time across two venues within the Southbank Arts Precinct; Vault Hall and Riding Halland alongside ACCA and The University of Melbourne Southbank Campus.

Other Art Week highlights include the Visual Arts Awards (Saturday 4 August), From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout, VCA Open Studios + more. 

MLC Life Insurance​ Commission

Melbourne Art Foundation continues to support contemporary art and living artists through its presentation of Melbourne Art Week. This year, the Foundation has joined with 2018 Associate Partner, MLC Life Insurance to commission a new work from Japanese-born, Australian-based artist Hiromi Tango entitled Lizard Tail (Dawn), to visually represent Melbourne Art Week 2018. 
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The Melbourne Art Week Keynote is co-presented by The University of Melbourne and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and supported by Fed Square. 

Philip Tinari, Director of Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing

Prior to joining UCCA, Tinari launched LEAP, an internationally distributed, bilingual magazine of contemporary art published by the Modern Media Group, in 2009. He is a contributing editor of Artforum, and was founding editor of that magazine’s Chinese edition in 2007. Widely regarded as an authority on China’s contemporary art scene, he was co-curator, with Alexandra Munroe and Hou Hanru, of the 2017 exhibition “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. 

Keynote | FREE | Tuesday 31 July 2018 6.30pm | Deakin Edge, Fed Square 

Visual Arts Awards

The biennial Visual Arts Awards celebrate excellence in the Australian visual arts. The 2018 Awards will take place on Saturday 4 August at ACCA and will be followed by the Art Party of the year with drinks, live performance art and a DJ Set from NO ZU (pictured). 

Adult $55 / Concession $50 

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Young Artist Award
In 2015, Melbourne Art Foundation introduced an accolade for a young artist. The Young Artist Award is bestowed on an artist under 35 and seeks to support the next generation of artistic practice with a cash prize of $5,000 supported by Artwork Transport. Past Recipient, Daniel Boyd (2015).  

ST ALi Artist Award
Recognising the outstanding achievement of an Australian artist for a comprehensive body of work produced within the last 2 years. The 2018 recipient will receive a $10,000 cash prize supported by ST ALi.

Past Recipients include Bill Henson (2015), Patricia Piccinini (2014), Fiona Hall (2011). 

I AM GEORGE Curator Award

The inaugural Curator Award celebrates the extraordinary, acknowledging a daring Australian curator who has forged their own path and made an outstanding and sustained contribution to Australian visual art. The recipient will receive a $5,000 cash prize, supported by I AM GEORGE.