Sustainability Policy

Melbourne Art Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation in support of living artists, recognises that arts organisations and festivals can have a negative impact on the environment. We are committed to finding ways in which we can reduce the impact of Melbourne Art Fair, as well as minimise the impact of the day-to-day operations of the organisation. 

In 2022, Melbourne Art Fair has partnered with BetaCarbon to break new ground in carbon emission reduction for the art world. Motivated by the global climate emergency, Melbourne Art Fair has committed to the offset of at least 300 tonnes of carbon – equivalent to the carbon captured by 18,000 trees in 10 years – in the purchase and retirement of Australian Carbon Credit Units. Coupled with the Fair’s move to leading sustainable event destination Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and an investment in reusable exhibition walling and LED lights, Melbourne Art Fair is now proudly Australasia’s most sustainable art fair.


It is our policy to:

  • Stage Melbourne Art Fair in a leading sustainable event destination MCEC. As an institution, MCEC is committed to reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2030.
  • Utilise reusable exhibition walling (10-year lifespan) for the Melbourne Art Fair show build. This approach replaces the model of using disposable walls for each iteration of an event. 
  • Utilise LED lighting system in the exhibition build of Melbourne Art Fair to reduce power usage.
  • Recycle as much event waste material as possible.
  • Work with catering suppliers that source local produce within a 10km radius from the event venue and manage food waste sustainably.
  • Avoid the use of paper wherever possible. Melbourne Art Fair sends all invoices, invitations, tickets and collateral digitally.
  • Avoid printed material wherever possible and utilise recycled paper in print production for publications.
  • Use low impact transport for travel to and from work and travel for business. The Melbourne Art Fair team uses public transport to attend meetings and offer a Cycle Scheme to encourage staff to cycle to work or to carpool.
  • Promote public transport to Melbourne Art Fair event attendees.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel by making use of instant messaging, video and audio conferencing, telephone, and email.


We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the place now called Victoria, and all First Peoples living and working on this land. We recognise and celebrate the cultural heritage, creative contributions, and stories of the First Peoples of Victoria. We pay respect to Elders of today, emerging Elders of tomorrow and Elders of the past.

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