Sydney Contemporary


Sydney Contemporary is Australasia’s premier art fair – the largest and most diverse gathering of leading contemporary art galleries from Australia, New Zealand, Asia and around the world.

Staged at Carriageworks, Australia’s largest multi-arts centre, the Fair welcomes over 95 emerging and established galleries, showcasing the work of over 500 artists presenting the best in contemporary and modern art.

Sydney Contemporary is the pre-eminent meeting place for the art world to engage with diverse practice. The Fair provides a critical platform to exhibit vibrant, ambitious and cutting-edge art from emerging and established artists to audiences from Australasia, including private and corporate collectors, high net-worth VIPs, institutional and museum directors and curators, art advisors, media and new art buyers. With a thriving art scene and sophisticated collector base, Sydney the financial capital of Australia and a dynamic cultural destination with an international reputation, home to significant public institutions, private museums and foundations, leading commercial galleries and the internationally renowned Biennale of Sydney, and newly opened Sydney Modern.

Alongside the gallery sectors, the curated program presents a showcase of the very best in contemporary art, current trends and emergent practices – installations, performances, an ambitious program of talks, guided tours, educational workshops, artist talks, the highly anticipated Art Night celebration and an exclusive VIP Program. Additionally, the Fair is home to bars, cafes and restaurants, making it an all-encompassing experience. Billed as one of the most celebrated events on Australia’s cultural calendar, Sydney Contemporary is 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 | New York, Tokyo Gendai and ART SG. The Art Assembly 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 to the benefit of its fairs, galleries and audiences. For further information, please visit The Art Assembly.

The Team

Tim Etchells


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 across different countries. In 2008 Tim developed the idea to stage Art HK which became the largest art fair in Asia, and is now under the ownership of MCH and renamed Art Basel Hong Kong. In 2013 Tim launched Sydney Contemporary initially on a biannual basis. 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).  In 2016 Tim received two separate Lifetime Achievement Awards from the UK Exhibition industry.

Jo Duncan


Jo Duncan brings extensive experience to Sydney Contemporary from launching and working across a range of high-profile consumer events. Jo helped to successfully launch a range of events in new markets globally including the Good Food and Wine shows nationally across Australia and has worked on a range of other events across Australia, the UK and Asia including London Fashion Week, Melbourne Art Fair, Fashion Week Sydney, Taste of Sydney and Melbourne, the Affordable Art Fairs and Better Homes and Gardens Live. Jo oversees all operational, marketing and gallery needs for Sydney Contemporary.

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Zoe Paulsen

Fair Director

Zoe Paulsen is an experienced arts professional with a demonstrated history of successfully delivering multiple contemporary art fairs in Australia, including The Other Art Fair (Sydney, Melbourne), Can’t Do Tomorrow (Australia’s largest street art festival – Melbourne), the Affordable Art Fair (Sydney) and the Incognito Art Show (Sydney).

Zoe has a Bachelor of Arts, Media and Communications from the UNSW and began her professional career as a TV Producer in the advertising industry. Zoe has been an MCA Next committee member since the group’s inception in 2010. The program advocates for the institution, encouraging philanthropic engagement and support for the contemporary art sector.

Zoe believes that a supported cultural sector is key to building a more resilient and well-rounded society. Motivated by the success of past creative endeavours, Zoe is excited to continue with her contribution to this all-important sector.

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Lyn Moran

Finance Director

Lyn Moran joined Art Fairs Australia as Finance Director in 2014. After graduating from the University of Georgia (USA), she spent 7 years traveling as Touring Company Manager for Australian children’s group, The Wiggles, before settling in Australia and working on the production side of 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. Overseeing Sydney Contemporary as General Manager from 2018-2022, Lyn has now relocated to the US where she continues to lead on all financial and business matters.  

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Erin Kent

Head of Partnerships

Erin is an experienced director in strategic partnerships with a demonstrated history of working with fashion, art, interior and lifestyle brands, along with non-profit organisations. Erin has worked with some of the world’s most coveted brands through her positions at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in New York and Endeavor in Los Angeles. Before joining the team, Erin ran her own consultancy company providing business development guidance for start-up and established brands. Skilled in all aspects of brand positioning and consumer engagement strategy, Erin has been instrumental in growing and deepening Sydney Contemporary’s mission to bring together the most aligned luxury brands to the mutual benefit of the contemporary art scene.

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Rowena Talacko

VIP Relations Manager

With a background in film production, working for the Australian Film Commission and on internationally renowned feature films such as Muriel’s Wedding and Strictly Ballroom. Rowena then went on to establish a career in the visual arts. Alongside her work for Sydney Contemporary, Rowena manages The Laverty Collection, one of Australia’s most significant private art collections; She also runs a consultancy service, The Art Collection Manager. Rowena has also worked as an Art Consultant at Artbank, working with clients to showcase carefully chosen artworks.

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Alex Boyd

Operations Manager

Alex joins Sydney Contemporary from New Zealand, where she brings over four years of experience working with the Aotearoa Art Fair. Starting as a Visitor and VIP Liaison, she advanced to become the Fair’s Operations Manager. Alex successfully organised the past three editions of the fair at Auckland’s ‘The Cloud’ and will oversee the upcoming edition in April 2024. Prior to her involvement with the art fair, Alex gained expertise in public property projects, asset management, and tourism management, which she now strategically applies to her role in operations management at Sydney Contemporary.

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India Ford

Fair Manager

India is an MA graduate from the University of Edinburgh. Returning to Sydney after five years in the UK, India joined the team in 2022 as VIP Relations Liaison before transitioning to the Fair Coordinator. With a background in contemporary and Indigenous Australian art, India has previously worked as a Gallery Assistant for Utopia Art Sydney. She has also held a range of sales and administrative positions within the events, high-end hospitality and financial services industries.

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Bonnie Lee

Marketing Executive

Bonnie joins Sydney Contemporary from Auckland, New Zealand, where she concurrently works as the Marketing Manager of the Aotearoa Art Fair. Since completing her Fine Arts degree, Bonnie has held curatorial, administrative, and communication roles at various public galleries, and went on to play a pivotal role in the expansion of ArtNow. Outside of her role, Bonnie runs an online bookstore which aims to increase the visibility of arts publishing in New Zealand.

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