Melbourne Art Fair is nationally renowned as the region's most significant platform for Australasian Contemporary Art. AGAA is very excited to see the return of the Melbourne Art Fair in August 2018, with a renewed focus and venue. The Fair will take place as the anchor event of Melbourne Art Week, 2-5 August 2018, housed in a temporary structure within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside the iconic Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA).
Showcasing 40-50 Galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the region, Melbourne Art Fair returns with a curated selection of some of the newest and most respected names in contemporary art. Owned and managed by Melbourne Art Foundation, the Fair is set to welcome 20,000 visitors over 4 days as the anchor event of Melbourne Art Week; a city-wide program embracing cultural organisations, public institutions, independent art spaces and commercial galleries in the creation of public events, exhibitions, talks and performances.
Beginning in 1988, the biennial event provides a platform for artists, collectors, curators, arts professionals and enthusiasts to connect and engage with contemporary art, providing commercial and curatorial opportunities for galleries and their artists.
The revitalised fair is driven by the newly appointed Melbourne Art Foundation Director and CEO Maree Di Pasquale, who brings international art fair expertise having worked in key global markets across Asia and the Middle East. Di Pasquale takes the helm after holding senior positions with key regional fairs, namely Assistant Director of Sydney Contemporary and founding Director of Art Central in Hong Kong.
Di Pasquale is supported by a new Melbourne Art Foundation board. At AGAA, we are very excited several of our members will hold a seat on the new Melbourne Art Foundation Board. We are also very excited by the opportunity that the Melbourne Art Fair will present to our member galleries, by providing commercial opportunities for the industry, and building national and international audiences for the Australian art market.