To apply, please create an account by completing the fields below, and then complete the online application form.
Applications to Sydney Contemporary are open to commercial galleries or artist agents with a consistent exhibition history who present a minimum of 4 exhibitions per year in their own business premises, external project spaces or art fairs.
Selection is based on the curatorial strength and premise of each gallery’s exhibition program, represented artists and the proposal for Sydney Contemporary. Criteria such as quality of the art, previous art fair presentations and any projects undertaken by the gallery and its artists both locally and internationally will be taken into consideration.
Decisions on admission are made by the Sydney Contemporary Selection Committee, a panel of industry experts.
Should you have any questions about your application please contact:
GALLERY LIAISON MANAGER
+612 9331 9255
2017 SELECTION COMMITTEE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ARTSPACE, SYDNEY
Alexie Glass-Kantor is Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney, supporting the commissioning of contemporary art, publishing initiatives, and research residencies for artists and curators. Since 1999 she has curated or co-curated over one hundred exhibitions across independent spaces, collecting institutions, biennials and festivals, collaborating with international artists across generations to develop projects throughout the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. Prior to her appointment to Artspace she was Director–Senior Curator, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne and worked in Curatorial at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Glass-Kantor is the Chair of the Contemporary Art Organisations of Australia and on the Academic Board of the National Art School. She is curator of the Encounters sector for Art Basel | Hong Kong 2015-2018.
CO-DIRECTOR, STARKWHITE, AUCKLAND
John McCormack is a director of F M & Associates and co-director of the Auckland-based gallery Starkwhite, which has participated in many international art fairs including: Art Basel (Art Statements and Art Unlimited), Art Basel Hong Kong, Art HK, The Armory Show (New York), Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Art Cologne, ShContemporary (Shanghai) and Art Beijing. He is Vice Chair of the international Award for Public Art (Shanghai) and has held senior positions in the visual arts including: Chair of the College of Governors, Arts Foundation of New Zealand; Chair of Artspace, Auckland; Director of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery; Director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (New Plymouth); and Director of the Arts Development Unit, Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand
DIRECTOR, ROSLYN OXLEY9 GALLERY, SYDNEY
Roslyn Oxley has been a leading dealer in Australian contemporary art since 1982 and has driven Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery’s commitment to promoting cutting-edge Australian contemporary art, winning critical and commercial recognition for the Gallery’s artists both in Australia and overseas. The growth of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery has paralleled the careers of the artists it represents, most of whom came to the Gallery as unknown names and have gone on to be some of the very best in Australian contemporary art, with careers of international significance. Roslyn Oxley9 Galley has earned a significant reputation internationally due to the consistent and long term representation at the most prestigious art fairs in the world.
CURATOR, THE MUSEUM of OLD and NEW ART (MONA), HOBART
Jarrod Rawlins was the co-founder and director of Uplands Gallery which operated in Melbourne between 2001 – 2011. He was a partner in the KalimanRawlins gallery also in Melbourne (2011 – 2013); during his time as a galleries he participated in the Frieze Art Fair, London; Artissima in Turin; the NADA Art Fair in Miami; the Melbourne Art Fair and the inaugural edition of Sydney Contemporary. He is a graduate of the art history program at the University of Melbourne and has written on contemporary art for many years in a variety of publications. In 2013 he moved to Hobart, Tasmania to take up a curator position at The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).
CO-DIRECTOR, SULLIVAN+STRUMPF, SYDNEY
Ursula Sullivan is the Co-Director of Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney. Sullivan graduated from College of Fine Arts, University of NSW in 1996, working at Eva Breuer Art Dealer (Sydney), Savill Galleries (Melbourne), and Liverpool Street Gallery (Sydney) before establishing Sullivan+Strumpf in 2005 with Joanna Strumpf.
Now one of the leading spaces for contemporary art in Sydney, Sullivan+Strumpf works with over 25 contemporary emerging and established artists, with an exhibition schedule that includes regular participation in key national and international art fairs, including Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Stage Singapore, Art Brussels, the Melbourne Art Fair and Sydney Contemporary. In 2016, Sullivan+Strumpf opened a second gallery space at Singapore’s Gillman Barracks, the first Australian gallery to establish a permanent presence in Asia.
FOUNDER, YAVUZ GALLERY, SINGAPORE
Can Yavuz is the founder of Yavuz Gallery, Singapore. Born in 1972 in Turkey, Yavuz grew up in Germany and completed his studies with a B.Sc. in Development Economics from the University of London. His interest in South East Asia and emerging countries led him to Singapore in 1998. Fascinated by the artistic voices in performance and installation art in Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia, he started a collection which now includes over 200 works from the region. In 2009 he opened a commercial gallery in Singapore which since its inauguration has established itself as one of the region’s leading destinations for contemporary South East Asian and Middle Eastern art. Yavuz is committed to providing a platform for artists engaged in social change that is linked to the region’s vast economic growth and is a regular contributor to conferences and seminars on South East Asian contemporary art.
The main sector, Current Contemporary, provides a significant platform for solo or group exhibitions by leading galleries from across the globe.
A dynamic platform for young galleries on the rise which have been operating for less than five years who will present curated dual or solo exhibitions
Presented in association with The Print Council of Australia Inc, PAPER CONTEMPORARY will showcase the best of national and international contemporary printmaking and works on paper
Performance Contemporary places dynamic and diverse performance art within Carriageworks and the Redfern Precinct.
A curated exhibition of large-scale installation works that go beyond the scope of the art fair booth and feature throughout Carriageworks.
FAQs for Galleries
HOW DOES A GALLERY APPLY TO SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY?
To apply, galleries must complete the online application, by creating an account and supplying the compulsory material required for consideration by the Selection Committee. Applications for SC17 will open in July 2016.
HOW ARE GALLERIES SELECTED FOR THE FAIR?
The Selection Committee is comprised of an industry panel of highly regarded local and international gallerists and curators. The committee selects participants in accordance with criteria of quality and suitability for the Sydney Contemporary 2017 concept.
WHEN WILL I LEARN IF MY APPLICATION HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL?
Applicants will be advised of the Selection Committee decision in writing.
I AM AN ARTIST, CAN I APPLY TO SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2017?
Only commercial galleries or artist agents with a consistent exhibition history who present a minimum of 4 exhibitions per year in their own business premises, external project spaces or art fairs can apply to participate at Sydney Contemporary.
We do not accept applications from self-representing artists.
HOW MANY GALLERIES WERE AT SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY IN 2015?
In 2015, Sydney Contemporary showcased over 90 galleries with an exhibitor list spanning countries from 5 continents. Over 35% of galleries were international, including representatives from Argentina, Chile, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
WHO ATTENDS SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY?
Sydney Contemporary attracts an international audience of artists, gallerists, collectors, museum directors, and curators, as well as people who simply appreciate modern and contemporary art.
HOW MANY PEOPLE VISITED SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY IN 2015?
Over 32,000 visitors attended the 2015 edition of Sydney Contemporary.
WHERE IS SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY HELD?
Sydney Contemporary is held at Carriageworks, the striking nineteenth century Eveleigh Rail Yards, located within an evolving urban arts precinct. Carriageworks is central to Sydney’s urban creative hub, and well known for its dynamic cultural events, Saturday farmers market, and community engagement.
WHO RUNS THE CURATORIAL PROGRAM AT THE FAIR?
Sydney Contemporary will appoint a series of curatorial specialists to administer the varying art fair projects. These specialists are leaders in their fields and will ensure the delivery of a high calibre program.
WILL THERE BE OTHER EVENTS RUNNING ALONGSIDE SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY?
A designated VIP program will accommodate novice and experienced collectors over the duration of the Fair, providing exclusive access to Fair highlights at both Carriageworks and at offsite locations. In addition, an extensive program of public events will be developed to run alongside the Fair, highlighting the cultural life of the city.
ARTIST RUN INITIATIVE PLATFORM
Alaska Projects, Sydney
Whaling Road Studio
Editions Tremblay NFP, CairnsImpediment Press & Wand’ring Bark Studio, Sydney