Sydney Contemporary returns in 2022 from 8–11 September (Collector Preview, 7 September) with the country’s largest and most diverse gathering of leading galleries.
Staged at Carriageworks, Australia’s largest multi-arts centre, the Fair welcomes over 80 galleries showcasing the work of over 450 leading and emerging artists exhibiting the best in contemporary art.
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 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, Sydney Contemporary has established itself as a must-attend art event and the perfect place to discover and collect modern and contemporary art.
The Art Assembly
The Art Assembly is an affiliation of major international art fairs with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific region comprising Taipei Dangdai, India Art Fair, Sydney Contemporary, PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai and the forthcoming ART SG. It represents a joint initiative between three of the world’s leading art fair organisers headed by Sandy Angus, Tim Etchells and Magnus Renfrew.
The Assembly’s member fairs provide an important meeting place for the local and international art worlds and act as regional focal points for creative and commercial exchange. Informed by a deep-rooted understanding of the local market, each event is tailored to its unique orientation.
The Art Assembly aims to drive innovation, deepen engagement with contemporary art and encourage cross-cultural conversations. It achieves this by strengthening collaboration and promoting knowledge and resource sharing across the group. The Assembly pulls together decades’ worth of experience, expertise, and an extensive global network of contacts and assets, to the benefit of its member fairs, galleries and audiences.
Tim Etchells has spent the last 30 years creating and managing Events and Fairs all over the world. From The Good Food Shows to London Fashion Week to Art HK, Tim has worked in numerous different industry sectors and in many different countries. In 2016 Tim received two separate Lifetime achievement awards from the UK Exhibition industry. In 2008 Tim developed the idea to stage Art HK which very quickly became the largest art fair in Asia, and now under the ownership of MCH and renamed Art Basel Hong Kong, is now one of the world’s leading art fairs. In 2013 Tim launched Sydney Contemporary initially on a biannual basis, and, having established itself as the largest international art fair in Australasia, Sydney Contemporary moved to an annual cycle in 2017. Tim’s art fair portfolio includes ART SG (Singapore), Taipei Dangdai (Taiwan) and Art Central (Hong Kong).
Barry Keldoulis, Director of Sydney Contemporary, 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, GBK (Gallery Barry Keldoulis), to fill a gap in opportunity for young artists to exhibit between artist-run spaces and the major commercial galleries. 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. Barry was also Chair of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).
Lyn joined Art Fairs Australia as Finance Director in 2014 with a strong background in finance and business administration. After graduating from the University of Georgia in the US, she spent 7 years traveling as Touring Company Manager for Australian children’s group, The Wiggles. She then settled in Australia and continued her production work on several International TV programs, including The Amazing Race and The Real Housewives franchises, as well as on live events with IMG Australia and Single Market Events. She has worked in finance roles across several different industry sectors and moved into the General Manager role at Sydney Contemporary in 2018.
Sarah joins Art Fairs Australia with over fifteen years of experience working in contemporary art. At the Biennale of Sydney, where she was Benefaction Manager, Sarah was responsible for philanthropy and major gifts, high-level VIP relationship management and servicing, as well as national and international event management. Prior to this, Sarah was Gallery Manager at Liverpool Street Gallery, Sydney, specialising in the areas of commercial gallery management, sales and business development, artist, art fair and exhibition management, curatorial, publishing and writing. Sarah was also a Board Director of Art Month Sydney during its inaugural year. Sarah is a member of the International Art Critics Association (AICA) and moonlights as a freelance art, architecture and design writer.
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 Operations Manager for Sydney Contemporary.
Head of Marketing
Emma joins Sydney Contemporary in 2021 after seven years working across galleries and art fairs in Asia. Emma has worked concurrently for affiliated fairs ART SG and Art Central, in roles spanning fair management and marketing. Formerly, Emma was the Operations Director at an international art gallery in Singapore, contributing to projects and exhibitions including collaborations with international museums and high-profile cultural organisations. Emma holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Master of Arts Management.
After obtaining her Bachelor in History of Art and Specialising in Contemporary Art from the University of Bologna, Italy, Debora worked as gallery manager in contemporary art galleries in London, spending over three years as the Communication and Press Manager of Beers London Art Gallery, liaising with artists, art fairs, and collectors internationally. Debora worked at major art fairs internationally and is also the co-founder and co-director of Art Browsers, art advisory based in New York City. Debora joined Art Fairs Australia in 2015 and is now Fair Manager at Sydney Contemporary and Taipei Dangdai.
Alongside her work for Sydney Contemporary, Rowena Talacko manages one of Australia’s most significant private art collections, The Laverty Collection. She also runs a consultancy service, The Art Collection Manager. Rowena previously worked as an Art Consultant at Artbank, working with clients to showcase carefully chosen artworks. Her background is in film production, first working for the Australian Film Commission and later working on feature films, such as ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ and ‘Strictly Ballroom’. Rowena then transitioned through her own interior design business before establishing a career in the visual arts.
After interning for Art Fairs Australia in 2019, Katriya returns to join Sydney Contemporary as Marketing Assistant. Before her current role, Katriya worked as a marketing assistant for Carriageworks, supporting the team in delivering campaigns for Vivid and The National 2021. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Commerce at UNSW where she majors in Marketing, Digital Media and Drawing.