Sydney Contemporary returns in 2021 from 9 – 12 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.
2021 Advisory Council
Principal, Cato & Clive
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.
Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney
Alexie Glass-Kantor is a curator, cultural producer, advocate for the arts and Executive Director at Artspace, Sydney. Since 1999 she has been active as a curator working across independent spaces, galleries, museums, art fairs, and biennials; she regularly jury’s art awards and prizes, and is frequently invited to contribute to public speaking events such as symposiums, forums, public programs and offer media commentary. As an advocate for the cultural sector she is on several boards, including: Chair, Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOA); Academic Board, National Art School, Sydney; Council, Sydney Culture Network; and on the Advisory Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, Philippines. Glass-Kantor was co-curator with Natasha Bullock of Parallel Collisions the 12th Adelaide Biennial of Contemporary Art; she is curator for Encounters at Art Basel | Hong Kong (2015 – ongoing); and in 2022 she will curate artist Marco Fusinato for the Australian Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia.
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 Centre for Culture and Ideas
Gene is the Chairman and Executive Director of Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI). The Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) is a Hub series fashioned as the newest evolution of the re-named Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF, 2008-2017). SCCI launched in April 2018 with its inaugural Fashion and Architecture Hubs, returning in 2019 with highly acclaimed programming. The Foundation’s deliberately intimate and high-impact events explore intersections with these disciplines and the cultural, social, aesthetic and economic life of contemporary Australia, Asia Pacific, Europe 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
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.
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).
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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.
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.
Head of Partnerships
Christian studied Communications at The University of Leeds in the UK. He started his career at Red Bull in London working in brand management & events as well as roles in experiential, integrated and digital agencies before making his way across to Australia in 2011. He then led the partnerships and marketing at startup ‘Supergraph Contemporary Graphic Art Fair’ in Melbourne before becoming Director at a specialist partnerships, events, and content division within a media agency in Sydney. He worked there for 4 years bringing nationwide media, TV, and event partnerships to life for high profile brands. Christian also works as a TV presenter and actor in addition to working at Sydney Contemporary.
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.