05-08 September 2024
05-08 Sept 2024
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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.

Contact: jo@artfairsaustralia.com.au

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.

Contact: zoe@artfairsaustralia.com.au

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.  

Contact: lyn@artfairsaustralia.com.au

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.

Contact: erin@artfairsaustralia.com.au

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.

Contact: rowena@artfairsaustralia.com.au

India Ford

Fair Manager

India joined Sydney Contemporary as VIP Relations Liaison upon returning to Sydney, before transitioning into the position of Fair Manager. With an MA in History of Art from the University of Edinburgh, integrated with a background in contemporary and Indigenous Australian art previously working for Utopia Art Sydney, India’s perspective is rooted in an international context. She has also held a range of sales and administrative positions within the events, high-end hospitality, nonprofit, and financial services industries.

Contact: india@artfairsaustralia.com.au


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.


Diana Chen

Operations Manager

Diana is an event specialist with 18+ years of experience in B2B and public events, exhibitions, and experiences. With tertiary qualifications in design, her career began in the art departments of film & television productions. She then transitioned her skills to events and exhibitions and has been involved in productions across Australia and Asia, in industries including automotive, telecommunications, not-for-profit, and the arts. Diana is a problem solver with a passion for creativity and tackling new challenges.


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