Melbourne Art Fair’s 2018 edition will feature 40 leading galleries from Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, presenting a curated selection of some of the newest and most respected names in contemporary art. The Fair returns with a focus on solo shows and considered group presentations from both new and established galleries. Melbourne Art Fair is the flagship event of Melbourne Art Week, set to take place for the first time in the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside the iconic Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August 2018 (Vernissage, Wednesday 1 August).
Recent and long-term participants return to Melbourne Art Fair in its new, highly selective format including important galleries Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (Sydney), Sullivan+Strumpf (Sydney), Anna Schwartz Gallery (Melbourne), Darren Knight Gallery(Sydney), Sarah Cottier Gallery (Sydney), The Commercial (Sydney), Alcaston Gallery (Melbourne), Tolarno Galleries (Melbourne), Anna Pappas Gallery (Melbourne), Arts Project Australia (Melbourne), Australian Galleries (Melbourne), Dominik Mersch Gallery (Sydney), GAGPROJECTS (Adelaide), Gallery 9 (Sydney), Hugo Michell Gallery (Adelaide), Jan Murphy Gallery (Brisbane), Martin Browne Contemporary (Sydney), Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin (Sydney/Berlin), Niagara Galleries(Melbourne), Bartley + Company Art (Wellington), OLSEN (Sydney) , PAULNACHE (Gisborne), Sanderson Contemporary Art (Auckland), Scott Livesey Galleries (Melbourne), Charles Nodrum Gallery (Melbourne), Sophie Gannon Gallery (Melbourne), Tim Melville (Auckland), Two Rooms (Auckland) and William Mora Galleries (Melbourne).
Melbourne Art Fair also welcomes five galleries returning after a multi-fair break including Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art (Melbourne), Michael Lett (Auckland), Neon Parc (Melbourne), Sutton Gallery (Melbourne) and Vivien Anderson Gallery(Melbourne), and seven first-time exhibitors, Andrew Baker Art Dealer (Brisbane), Bowerbank Ninow (Auckland), Fine Arts Sydney (Sydney), Nicholas Thompson Gallery (Melbourne), STATION (Melbourne), The Drawing Room (Manilla) and Tristian Koenig (Melbourne).
Galleries, the main show sector, will present new and established galleries exhibiting a diverse range of artists and curatorial themes through both solo presentations and group shows of closely related works. Accent presents emerging artists of any age for discovery by the Australasian art world with single projects only. Time, a new proposal-based platform, will showcase five works of time-based media, including moving image, sound and performance art, presented across five locations around the city and the Southbank Arts Precinct, the new home of Melbourne Art Fair.
Melbourne Art Foundation CEO and Fair Director Maree Di Pasquale, says “We are delighted to return with our 15th edition, focusing on the fundamentals of supporting contemporary art and living artists. We are very excited and humbled by the reception we have received by the industry and Melbourne’s cultural institutions. Melbourne Art Fair will play a core role in reaffirming the city’s position as a commercial hub and centre for cultural accomplishment.”
Di Pasquale continues, “The quality of galleries and affiliated programs, including the Melbourne Art Foundation 2018 Commission and Melbourne Art Week Keynote, are a testament to the Fair’s identity and strength as a leading showcase in the region.”
Commissioned by Bendigo Art Gallery in partnership with the Melbourne Art Foundation and supported by Artwork Transport, the Melbourne Art Foundation 2018 Commission has been awarded to prominent Melbourne-based artist Ronnie van Hout. Commissioned for the first time in partnership with a regional Victorian institution, the ambitious large-scale work will be unveiled at Melbourne Art Fair before moving to its permanent home at Bendigo Art Gallery. Ronnie van Hout is represented by exhibiting galleries, STATION (Melbourne) and Darren Knight Gallery (Sydney).
Karen Quinlan, Director of Bendigo Art Gallery, said: "We are thrilled to work with the Melbourne Art Foundation on the 2018 Commission, and delighted that the selected artist is Ronnie van Hout. Given his sculptural works are known for their social narrative and drama, this commission will undoubtedly set the tone for the anticipated 2018 Melbourne Art Fair. It will also be a most welcome addition to the Bendigo Art Gallery collection after Melbourne Art Week. We look forward to working closely with Ronnie to realise his ideas for this new work."