Paper Contemporary returns for the fourth time as an important segment of Sydney Contemporary, with a strong representation of galleries, printmaking workshops and art publishers from Australia, New Zealand and the UK, featuring top modern and contemporary works of art on paper.
In a globally influenced, culturally diverse world, contemporary artists working in the printmaking or any other paper based medium today, explore concepts, questions, and practices that examine the past, describe the present, and imagine the future. In light of such diversity, there is no simple or singular way to define the importance of works of art on paper in a contemporary context. It amplifies though, that art on paper is an exciting and critical part of our visual arts culture, and arguably can be seen as the most fundamental, spontaneous, collectible and personally satisfying of all art forms.
While there still is much ignorance about these mediums and undervaluation, there is a growing emergence of the recognition of the importance of art on paper. Limited edition prints, artists book, zines etc., all are original artworks. A comprehensive and entertaining program of talks, demonstrations, workshops and tours, provides an up close, personal and professional insight into artists practice, the process and the intense work and skills. Specialist galleries, print studios and art publishers, with a wealth of expertise and knowledge at hand, can inform the public, collectors, both just starting out, and those building on established collections about exciting new projects from today’s leading and emerging artists from around Australia and abroad.
We make sure to keep works on paper in the forefront, stimulate debate and create a wonderful ambiance for the general public to enjoy and appreciate Paper Contemporary. Paper Contemporary presents such a good opportunity and platform to show the best of the best, to better educate future collectors on the joy of buying and living with works of art on paper.
Paper contemporary CURATOR
AKKY VAN OGTROP
PRINT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA INC.
Akky van Ogtrop graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, majoring in printmaking, and has a Masters Degree Fine Arts, Sydney University.
As a director and project manager of major arts events, Akky has worked for national and international arts organisations including: the Biennale of Sydney, ARTiculate Campaign, the World out West, and she is Founder and Executive Director of the Sydney Art on Paper Fair. She is this year's Curator of Paper Contemporary at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair.
Akky has proven experience as arts administrator and creative manager with extensive contacts and national and international project experience, and as an organiser, speaker and facilitator of national and international symposia, workshops and discussion panels.
Apart from her expertise as a public program, event manager and art historian, Akky is an Approved Valuer Australia Government’s Cultural Gift Program. She works as an independent curator with art museums, galleries and contemporary art spaces, presenting exhibitions by Australian and international artists. Akky is an avid collector of Australian and international works of Art on Paper.
Akky is presently serving on various boards, including: President of Print Council of Australia Inc., President Sydney Chamber Music Festival, President Walter Burly Griffin Society and Board member of Dutch Link Inc. She is a Foundation member of the Art Gallery of NSW.