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Application Information

Melbourne Art Fair brings significant benefits to participants, exposing galleries and the artists they exhibit to both new and established audiences of contemporary art. Showcasing around 40 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.


The application deadline has now passed. For further information on participating in Melbourne Art Fair, please contact:



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Established contemporary galleries from Australasia and the region, exhibiting a diverse range of artists and curatorial themes through both solo shows and group presentations of closely related works. Preference will be given to solo shows.


Accent enables galleries to present emerging artists of any age for discovery by the Australasian art world, with single projects only. Proposed artists must not have been included in a solo or group exhibition within a major institution. No age restriction applies for the gallery or the artist.



Artists represented by participating galleries may be invited to apply for inclusion in a curated exhibition of new media and moving-image artwork.



Who can participate in Melbourne Art Fair? 

Galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the globe who represent living artists and hold regular public exhibitions are eligible for participation in Melbourne Art Fair 2018. 

What are the application deadlines?

First application deadline*: 6 November 2017                     
Second application deadline: 1 February 2018

Please note that the first application deadline has now passed. 

How are gallery applications reviewed? 

Galleries are reviewed by an independently appointed selection committee. Selection is made on the strength of gallery exhibition programming and the proposal submitted. Quality of the artwork, previous Melbourne Art Fair presentations, domestic and international projects and all supporting documentation will be considered. 

Please note that applications will be reviewed in two stages. Those submitting prior to the first vetting will receive early notification, and if selected, priority placement and access to a payment plan.


Who is in the Melbourne Art Fair 2018 Selection Committee?

Victoria Lynn, Director TarraWarra Museum of Art 
Linda Michael, Curator
Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh, Executive Directors IMA Brisbane 
Natalie King, Curator Venice Biennale and Chief Curator, Biennial Lab CoM
Stephen Gilchrist, Curator and Associate Lecturer University of Sydney

How do I apply for Melbourne Art Fair 2018 ?

Application is made by reviewing the Gallery Information Pack and completing the Application Form  before submitting via email to

The application asks for gallery information along with an exhibition proposal, images and supporting documentation. 

What is the Melbourne Art Fair venue like? 

Melbourne Art Fair returns within a temporary structure alongside one of Melbourne’s best loved architectural icons, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. ACCA’s distinctive rusty steel façade and the Southbank Arts Precinct’s artistically diverse, multidisciplinary program offers an inspiring setting for Melbourne Art Week’s anchor event. 

Galleries will receive international standard art fair walling and lighting, supported by a high level of customer service to guarantee a positive art fair experience.  

What is the Victorian art market like? 

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. Consequently, Victoria based philanthropic support for arts and culture is the strongest in the nation.  

A truly global city, Melbourne is enriched by people from more than 200 countries and this continues to influence the city’s robust creative and cultural offering. Host city to 48 private museums, world-class institutions and galleries including ACCA, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Victoria [ranked 19th most popular gallery in the world], as well as one of the largest concentrations of commercial galleries in the country, Victoria is the ideal state for Australasia’s most important contemporary art fair.    

Will there be a VIP Program? 

Yes. The Melbourne Art Fair VIP network is engaged through an exclusive concierge service and a 5-day VIP Program to ensure a first-class cultural experience. The program includes invitation only dinners, studio visits, corporate and private collection tours, exhibition openings and private events. Participation in the program is strictly vetted. Melbourne Art Fair participating galleries will receive an allocation of VIP passes in advance of the fair.