Melbourne Art Fair returns 2-5 August [Vernissage, 1 August]. The 2018 edition will showcase a curated selection of 40 leading galleries, presenting works by some of the newest and most respected contemporary artists from Australia, New Zealand and the region.
As the flagship event of Melbourne Art Week [30 July – 5 August], Melbourne Art Fair has partnered with 50+ galleries and cultural institutions across Australia’s capital of culture to create a dynamic calendar of talks, tours, events and performances that will celebrate contemporary art and encourage participation and discourse.
Set to attract over 20,000 art lovers over 5 days, the Fair and its associated programs will activate the city’s vibrant artistic centre, the Southbank Arts Precinct.
Over its 30 year history, Melbourne Art Fair has been instrumental in stimulating critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists, presenting and celebrating the rich and diverse cross-section of the region’s visual art scene.
Beginning in 1988, Melbourne Art Fair was the first commercial fair of the Asia Pacific to establish a global network for collectors to connect and engage with the Australian art market. Consequently, Victorian based philanthropic support for arts and culture is the strongest in the nation.
A truly global city, Melbourne is enriched by a population from over 200 countries and this cultural framework continues to influence the Fair’s creative 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, Melbourne is a fitting location for Australasia’s most critically important commercial platform for the presentation and celebration of contemporary art.