Wednesday 24th July 2013

Welcome to the first Sydney Contemporary blog, with less than 3 months until the Fair opens it is all getting very exciting. The Fair’s opening night is on Thursday 19 September at Carriageworks in Redfern, and is then open each day from Fri 20 September until Sunday 22.

The Fair will have a diverse selection of multimedia work from contemporary and modern artists from all over Australia, and some great international artists too. Check out the list of artists.

Carriageworks is a great spot for the Fair; the old railyards have fast become a destination for all things art and design. Mercedes Benz Fashion week was held there earlier this year, which was quite the show! It is also a great location, in Redfern and right near Newtown (granted I live right near by, so may be slightly biased!). It is super close to lots of cool places to eat, drink and hang out before and after the Fair!

Along with all the galleries and the great space, there will be curated exhibitions of video and installation work in and around the site. So even more work to see here! Aaron Seeto Director of Gallery 4A and Artspace curator Mark Feary are programming this section of the Fair.

And it is not all art to see either, as part of the program there is Talk Contemporary presented by the Australian Financial Review. See here a list of debates and speakers. There is also dedicated art walks with industry leaders to give you the lowdown about the Fair. Details of this will be announced soon, so stay tuned!

And, not sure how I left this bit until last, there will also be great spots to drink and eat. The recently opened Cornerstone Bar will be happening of course, with those delish arancini balls! But there will also be new specially built spaces, one fuelled by Petaluma wines, which will be fantastic.

How did I come to know all of this? I have the rather enviable job on working one day a week the great team here at Sydney Contemporary in Darlinghurst. I am the Special Projects Coordinator. I have a day job too, working for the Australia Council’s Visual Arts team, also here inSydney, but am on secondment working on the Fair helping out with all the fun extras that are going to make Sydney Contemporary unforgettable! And working on this blog is on the top of my to do list from now until the big weekend.

Barry Keldoulis is the director and CEO (super knowledgeable art guy around town, you may remember his gallery in Danks Street) and his team have welcomed me in and it is going to be quite a ride for the next few months. And this blog is your ticket for finding out all sorts of updates and news about Sydney Contemporary stay tuned and we will bring you interviews,info and all the details for the event in the lead up to the big opening in September.