Australasia’s most established art fair returns, taking place for the first time in Southbank, the nation’s largest and most diverse arts precinct.
The flagship event of Melbourne Art Week, Melbourne Art Fair takes place 2-5 August 2018 in a temporary structure alongside the iconic Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA).
Melbourne Art Fair takes place for the first time within a temporary structure in the Southbank Arts Precinct, alongside one of Melbourne’s best loved architectural icons, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. ACCA’s distinctive corten façade and the Southbank Arts Precinct’s artistically diverse program offers an inspiring setting for Melbourne Art Week’s anchor event.
Melbourne Art Week is a city-wide program created in support of contemporary art and living artists. Melbourne Art Week embraces cultural organisations, public institutions, satellite art fairs, independent art spaces and commercial galleries in the creation of public and private events, exhibitions, talks and performances.
Beginning in 1988, Melbourne Art Fair was the first commercial fair of the Asia Pacific to establish an international network for collectors to connect and engage with the Australian art market. The Fair's legacy continues under the direction of the newly appointed Director and revitalised board.
Cutting edge artists, curators and art spaces present innovative and experimental work within the context of a major international visual arts event. Sponsored by Melbourne Art Foundation the Project Rooms were initiated in 2002 and form the curated non-commercial component of Melbourne Art Fair.
Since 2006, the Commissions program has provided a living Australian artist with a significant opportunity to realise a large-scale work for unveiling at the Melbourne Art Fair. Previous artists include Michael Parekowhai, David Griggs, Peter Hennessey, Jon Campbell, Ian Burns, and Mikala Dwyer.
A free to attend talks program during Melbourne Art Week to promote discussion, education and interest in contemporary art practice in Australia and around the world. The program includes talks, interviews and panels with a range of speakers including artists, curators, collectors and critics.