Visitor Information

Melbourne Art Fair is a seminal fixture on the Australasian cultural calendar, stimulating critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists for over 30 years. The biennial fair supports and promotes Australasian living artists through the staging of a world-class platform for contemporary art, showcasing iconic and new works by artists from the region’s most respected galleries.

With this global creative city as a backdrop, the fair returns in 2020 to take up residence at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, continuing its lead role in the region for fostering the development of new audiences for contemporary art.

18 – 21 June 2020, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Opening hours

Vernissage

Thursday 18 June, 5:00pm to 10:00pm

General Admission

Friday 19 June, 10:00am to 9:00pm
Saturday 20 June, 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday 21 June, 10:00am to 5:00pm

Venue


Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, image credit: Earl Carter

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Melbourne Art Fair moves to its permanent home at the world-class Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

Designed by Denton Corker Marshall and known colloquially as ‘Jeff’s Shed’, the state-of-the-art convention venue boasts pillarless exhibition bays with soaring 18 meter high ceilings. The venue is walking distance from 50+ restaurants, cafes and bars and over 25 hotels, including Crown Melbourne hotels, The Langham, Pan Pacific Melbourne and the Novotel South Wharf.

A short walk or taxi ride to the Melbourne Arts Precinct, MCEC has proximity to the state’s leading institutions including Arts Centre Melbourne, NGV International, The University of Melbourne, Buxton Contemporary, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Malthouse Theatre, Chunky Move and more. 

Location

Melbourne Art Fair
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006

Getting to the fair

Melbourne Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is found on the banks of the iconic Yarra River in South Wharf. A short walk from Melbourne’s central business district and just a 20-minute drive from Melbourne Airport.

Tram

Hop on any of the below listed trams and get off at the stop opposite the Clarendon Street entrance of Melbourne Convention Centre:

  • Route 96 – St Kilda to East Brunswick
  • Route 109 – Port Melbourne to Box Hill
  • Route 112 – West Preston to St Kilda
  • Alternatively catch tram number 48 or 70 and get off at the Flinders Street stop. Then take a short walk towards the Yarra River, across the Seafarers Bridge. For further tram timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website here.

Train

Catch any train that goes to Southern Cross Station. Get off at Southern Cross Station and take tram number 96, 109 or 112 as above. For further train timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website here.

Bus

The SkyBus transports visitors directly from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross train station.

Bus route 238 operates to and from Southern Cross Station to Convention Place between the hours of 10.00am and 3.00pm, Monday to Friday. The coach pick up/drop off point is in ‘Bay 1’, Convention Centre Place (closest to DFO South Wharf). For further bus timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website here.

Car

If you’re driving to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, there is ample underground parking.

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Tickets

Tickets on sale February 2020. Book in advance online and save. 

Vernissage

Adult: $50 (Door: $55)

Celebrate the launch of Melbourne Art Fair at the opening night Vernissage. Be the first to experience new and iconic artists from the region’s leading galleries, including live performance and epic installations. 

General Admission

Adult: $28 (Door: $30) / Concession: $22 (Door: $25)

Admission is FREE for children* U14 (*must be accompanied by an adult)

VIP Ticket Packages

Access to Vernissage, VIP Program + unlimited Fair entry.
Adult: $165 / Concession: $165

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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