Sydney Contemporary

Discover with Kelly Gellatly​—

We invited Sheila Board Director Kelly Gellatly to select her top picks from Explore Sydney Contemporary, celebrating work by women artists at the fair. Browse presentations by over 80 galleries from Australia and New Zealand, online 11–21 November 2021.

"I am inspired by art, and artists, that make us think and feel. I love art’s capacity to open us up to different perspectives and emotions and its ability to push us to continually examine the way in which we engage with the world. I respond to art that keeps you on your toes – art that makes you work, intellectually and emotionally."

Kelly Gellatly is a curator, writer and arts advocate and is the founding director of Agency Untitled. She was Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne from 2013-2020; Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria from 2003-2013, and has held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Australia and Heide Museum of Modern Art.

Kelly is passionate about facilitating and encouraging the broadest possible access to the arts, particularly contemporary practice and to supporting the leadership potential of women in the arts. She is a Board Director of Sheila, a national philanthropic foundation with a mission to overturn decades of gender bias by writing Australian women artists back into art history and ensuring equality for today’s women artists.

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Antara, 2020, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 200 x 250 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Alcaston Gallery.

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani
Antara, 2020
synthetic polymer paint on linen
250cm x 200cm
AU$30,000 incl. GST
Presented by Alcaston Gallery

"I respond to work that intrigues me and that will continue to do so – work that I will want to return to time and time again. I am interested in art that continues to ‘give’, no matter how well you think you know it – art that continues to delight, soothe, repel or surprise – whatever its motivation. I don’t want the art I buy to ever become so familiar that I forget it’s there."

Julie Rrap, Conception, from the series Persona and Shadow, 1984, digital print on archival rag paper, 105 x 194, Edition of 9. Courtesy of the artist and ARC ONE Gallery.

Julie Rrap
Conception, from the series Persona and Shadow, 1984
digital print on archival rag paper
194cm x 105cm
Edition: 9
AU$45,000 incl. GST
Presented by ARC ONE GALLERY


Juz Kitson
The Sanctuary; All That Is series (The Fortress), 2021
Jingdezhen porcelain, black clay, oxide, gold lustre, enamel and resin
82cm x 48cm x 44cm
AU$14,000 incl. GST
Presented by GAGPROJECTS


Nuha Saad
The Folly of Orange, Green and Purple, 2021
acrylic on wood
157cm x 60cm x 40cm
AU$8,000 incl. GST
Presented by Galerie pompom


Fiona McMonagle
Dolly, 2021
watercolour, ink and gouache on paper (framed)
157cm x 114.5cm
AU$8,800 incl. GST
Presented by Hugo Michell Gallery


Rebecca Agnew
Eve & Eve #1, 2021
photographic print on Ilford paper
80cm x 100cm
Edition: 7 + AP
AU$1,800 incl. GST
Presented by Jacob Hoerner Galleries


Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (c.1924 – 2015)
River at my Fathers Country, 2006
synthetic polymer paint on linen.
Provenance: Mornington Island Art and Craft, Queensland (1028/C/SG/0306); Private collection, Brisbane.
174cm x 129cm
Presented by Justin Miller Art


Regina Pilawuk Wilson
Wupun (Sun Mat – Pink), 2021
acrylic on linen
198cm x 198cm
AU$26,000 incl. GST
Presented by Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin


Teelah George
Wheat, 2021
thread, linen, bronze
39cm x 37cm x 4.5cm
AU$5,000 incl. GST
Presented by Neon Parc


Angela Brennan
Two places at once, 2020
oil on linen
136.5cm x 148cm
AU$16,500 incl. GST
Presented by Niagara Galleries

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