Sydney Contemporary, Australasia's premier contemporary art fair, returns from 7-10 September [VIP Preview 6 September, Opening Night 7 September] with the country's largest and most diverse gathering of local and international galleries.
Staged at Carriageworks, Sydney's striking multi-disciplinary arts precinct, the Fair welcomes over 90 galleries from around the Pacific Rim with strong representation from Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.
With a thriving contemporary art scene, Sydney is a dynamic cultural destination with an international reputation for presenting the very best in visual art through its leading commercial galleries, public institutions, private museums, festivals and Biennale. Defined by the vibrancy of its host city, Sydney Contemporary provides collectors, industry professionals and the art loving public access to cutting-edge art from some of the world's most respected artists and galleries as well as the opportunity to discover new, emerging talent.
Alongside the galleries are curated sectors for contemporary video, installation art and performance as well as an ambitious program that includes engaging panel discussions, guided tours, educational workshops and an extensive VIP Program. The Fair is also home to pop-up restaurants by Sydney's much-loved dining institutions making it an all-encompassing art and dine experience.
Billed as one of the most celebrated events on Australia’s cultural calendar, the 2015 Fair welcomed over 32,000 visitors, firmly establishing itself as a must-attend art event and the perfect place to discover and collect modern and contemporary art.
“Sydney Contemporary closed on Sunday with record sales for an Australian art fair, generating over $14 million across five days.”
Jane O'Sullivan | AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW
“[Sydney Contemporary] credits Sydney with more than just its real estate, it lays bare its soul for all to see, with great flair and the flourishes of many brushes"
Charles Waterstreet | SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
DIRECTOR OF ART FAIRS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
Tim Etchells of SME London Ltd. Tim founded Single Market Events in 1989 after a successful career in the exhibitions industry, and is known in the UK for starting the BBC Good Food Shows and his long term involvement with London Fashion Week. He founded ART HK in 2008, the Hong Kong international art fair, which has grown at an exponential rate. This international art fair quickly became a major fixture of the international art world and in 2011 Tim sold the majority stake to the prestigious market leader, Art Basel. More recently, furthering his interest in emerging art trends and markets, Tim founded a new modern and contemporary art fair in London; Art13 London, and launched Sydney Contemporary.
Image Ossi Jalkanen
CEO AND FAIR DIRECTOR, ART FAIRS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
Barry Keldoulis has more than three decades experience in contemporary art. Since his return to Sydney after nearly fifteen years in New York and Europe, Barry Keldoulis has worked in the museum and commercial gallery worlds, and in 2003 opened his own gallery to fill a gap in opportunity for young artists to exhibit between artist-run spaces and the major commercial galleries. He chose the transitional City of Sydney neighbourhood of Chippendale, before moving into the Danks Street, Waterloo complex in April 2004 and then in February 2008 to a warehouse conversion on Young Street, Waterloo.
Artists from his stable are represented in all the state galleries and the National Gallery of Australia, and now exhibit in museums and private galleries around the globe.
DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS AND VIP
Samantha brings to the fair expertise in visual communications, partnership development and marketing strategy within the creative sector. Samantha launched London’s award-winning festival Clerkenwell Design Week and continued the campaign through to its third year. Whilst managing the festivals communications, events and commissions, Samantha was also the Marketing Manager for internationally respected design and culture magazine, Icon. Previous to these roles Samantha worked for John Jones, the largest bespoke art solutions company in the UK. In this role she worked on marketing through exhibition and event curation and management, social media strategy and partnership development. After finishing a Bachelor in Communications and a Masters in Art and Design, Samantha went on to study a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Administration.
GALLERY LIAISON MANAGER
Mary was Associate Director at Gallery Barry Keldoulis for 5 years, a key role involving liaising with artists and collectors, and during which time she was responsible for managing the gallery’s participation at Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Stage Singapore, Korean International Art Fair (KIAF) and the Melbourne Art Fair amongst others. Following to this, Mary was the Associate Director at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, where she oversaw the staging of significant exhibitions including Erwin Wurm, Candice Breitz and You promised me, and you said a lie to me, curated by Alexie Glass Kantor. Mary joined Art Fairs Australia as Fair Coordinator for the Melbourne Art Fair and is now the Gallery Liaison Manager for Sydney Contemporary
With a background in fine arts and marketing, Electra joined Art Fairs Australia in 2014 and played a key role in managing the marketing campaigns for the 2014 Melbourne Art Fair and 2015 Sydney Contemporary. Since then, Electra has managed the marketing strategy and campaign for Art Central 2015 and 2016, Hong Kong's newest, international art fair that takes place alongside Art Basel in Hong Kong.
Therese de villiers
VIP AND PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
Therese de Villiers is an industry professional with over twenty years experience in both commercial and artistic photography. Her astute managerial acumen coupled with an expansive knowledge of both the technical and creative aspects of her craft make her a notable addition to Sydney Contemporary. Therese comes with impressive credentials, having majored in a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at The University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts. She has also worked at The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) as Curator of Creative Programs. During her tenure at ACP, she managed the educational programs on offer and made a significant and lasting contribution to this iconic Sydney institution.
Therese was invited to work for Art Fairs Australia during Art Month 2016 as Gallery Coordinator at Collectors’ Space and now joins us as our Partnerships and VIP Manager for Sydney Contemporary 2017.
2017 ADVISORY COUNCIL
PRINCIPAL, CATO COUNSEL
Sue Cato has been a leader in corporate communications and issues management for over 20 years and is avid art collector. She is a board member of Carriageworks and is a member of Chief Executive Women. Sue is a regular panelist on ABC TV’s The Drum and on the 2UE Breakfast Show and is a commentator on business issues for the national press.
ACTRESS AND PHILANTHROPIST
Distinguished actress Rachel Griffiths has earned a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and three Australian Film Institute Awards for her work in film and television. Rachel and husband, artist Andrew Taylor are passionate collectors and are actively involved in Australia’s contemporary art community.
MARK HUGHES ART ADVISORY
Mark Hughes is a leading Art Advisor with over two decades experience working in commercial galleries in Sydney and New York. Mark has represented artists from all over the globe and collaborated on exhibitions with many of the world’s leading museums including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art New York, Centre Pompidou Paris, and the Tate Gallery London.
John Kaldor AM
PHILANTHROPIST AND DIRECTOR OF KALDOR PUBLIC ART PROJECTS
John Kaldor AM is a collector, patron and supporter of contemporary art. Director of Kaldor Public Art Projects since its inception in 1969. He has been collecting and commissioning art since the late 1950s, and since 1969 has shared his love of art with the Australian public through his series of art projects. He has brought the most innovative and groundbreaking art to Australia for over 40 years through what is now the not-for-profit organisation Kaldor Public Art Projects, listed since 2004 on the Register of Cultural organisations. Kaldor has participated on the boards and international councils of many art organisations over the years, including P.S.1, New York; Tate Modern, London; the Biennale of Sydney; and as Chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art and a trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and is currently on the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He was selected as commissioner for the Australian Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2007. In 2011, Kaldor gifted his private collection of contemporary art to the Art Gallery of NSW, bringing this significant collection into public view.
Dr Gene Sherman AM
CHAIRMAN AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SHERMAN CONTEMPORARY ART FOUNDATION
Gene is the Chairman and Executive Director of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, a philanthropic organisation dedicated to the public exhibition of significant contemporary art from Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East. From 1986–2007 she was Director and Proprietor of Sherman Galleries. Dr Sherman is currently Adjunct Professor, UNSW Art & Design (formally COFA); Deputy Chair of the National Portrait Gallery Board; (Advisory) Board Member of ARTAND (formally Art & Australia) magazine, and The Australian Institute of Art History (2013). She is a member of the Tate Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee and the International Association of Art Critics; and an Asialink Asia Literacy Ambassador. The Foundation is a member of CIMAM, the International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern Art. In 2012 it supported Dinh Q. Lê’s project, Sketches of Life from the War Zone (working title), 2011–12, commissioned and produced by dOCUMENTA (13). Dr Sherman’s former Board appointments include the Bundanon Trust (1995–2002), the Powerhouse Museum (1994–2001) and Deputy Chair of the Power Institute Council at The University of Sydney (1996–2006). She regularly lectures to a wide range of institutions on topics such as gallery management, the art of collecting, philanthropy, private foundations and contemporary Japanese fashion.
PRINCIPAL, TOBIAS PARTNERS
Award winning architect Nick Tobias established Tobias Partners in 1999 and quickly cemented the firm’s reputation as one of Sydney’s leading architecture and interior design studios. An insatiable fascination with design in turn manifested a passion for the visual arts establishing Nick as one of Sydney’s most exciting young collectors. Nick is a member of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Young Ambassadors and sits on the MCA Foundation Council.
Lucy Turnbull AO
DIRECTOR OF TURNBULL & PARTNERS PTY. LTD
Former Lord Mayor of Sydney, Lucy Turnbull is a prominent Australian business and political leader. Lucy is well-known for her community activism and sits on many boards including the US Studies Centre, the Redfern Foundation and the Turnbull Foundation. Lucy is also Chair of the Committee for Sydney and has previously held a position on the Board of Directors of the internationally acclaimed Biennale of Sydney.
CEO, WILLIAMS LAND LIMITED
Evan founded Williams Land Limited after a successful career as a commercial lawyer with one of New Zealand’s preeminent law firms. Williams Land is a land development firm committed to preserving the legacy of the environments it develops. A passionate advocate for arts, culture and heritage, Evan sits as Chair of the Board of the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa.