Australasia’s international art fair, Sydney Contemporary, returns this September with an expanded footprint that will see the major biennial contemporary art event take over the entire Carriageworks precinct in Sydney’s Redfern. Presented to the public from Thursday 10 until Sunday 13 September 2015, the second edition of Sydney Contemporary builds upon the success of the inaugural event held in September 2013 that attracted more than 28,000 visitors over four days. Sydney Contemporary 2015 is Australia’s largest art fair and will feature over 75 respected galleries, over 30% of which are international, hailing from 11 countries around the world including China, Japan, Singapore, the UK, USA, Chile and New Zealand. The launch of Sydney Art Week will bring the city to life with a series of art-inspired events.
Fair Director, Barry Keldoulis, revealed the initial list of Australian and international galleries confirmed to participate, which includes 19 new names to the Fair. Presented for the second time in Sydney’s striking multi-arts precinct Carriageworks, Sydney Contemporary will be spread over an expanded footprint of seven large-scale exhibition spaces.
Keldoulis said, “The Fair’s 2015 gallery list includes some of the most exciting names in contemporary art today, with a growing presence from around the Pacific Rim. We’re working to cement Sydney as the cultural centre of the region that takes in the Americas, the Pacific and South East and North Asia”. He added, “Australia’s leading commercial art event appeals to the experienced, the novice, the discerning art enthusiast and those simply curious about buying and living with art. The Fair’s public program and VIP events attract Australasia’s most influential collectors, tastemakers and business leaders.”
Sydney Contemporary 2015 is designed to offer visitors access to a cutting-edge line-up that includes some of the best emerging and established artists from around the world. International highlights include: Pearl Lam Galleries (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore) exhibiting Zhu Jinshi, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Su Xiaobai, Qin Yufen, Joana Vasconcelos; top British gallery Ingleby Gallery showcasing Richard Forster, Peter Liversidge, Jonathan Owen, Katie Paterson, Callum Innes and Ian Hamilton Finlay; from Santiago, Chile – Galeria AFA, exhibiting three South American artists including Sandra Vasquez de la Horra. Los Angeles-based Mark Moore Gallery will present two video artists, Josh Azzarella and Allison Schulnik, and leading New Zealand gallery Two Rooms will show German artist Joachim Bandau and New Zealander Boyd Webb. Future Perfect (Singapore) will present a group exhibition focusing on leading South East Asian artists including Charles Lim and Arin Rungjang, who are the artists representing Singapore and Thailand respectively in the 56th Venice Biennale 2015.
Tim Etchells, founder of Sydney Contemporary, co-founder of Art HK (now Art Basel in Hong Kong) and the recently launched satellite fair in Hong Kong, Art Central, said: “Sydney Contemporary has secured itself as a must-see contemporary art event on the global art calendar, offering a point of difference in its focus on the Asia-Pacific region, and the wider Pacific Rim.”
Australian highlights include solo exhibitions by Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane presenting Ben Quilty; Melbourne’s Tolarno Galleries’ showcasing Brendan Huntley; and Sullivan+Strumpf featuring the work of Karen Black. Adelaide’s Hugo Michell Gallery will feature work by Trent Parke, Tony Garifalakis and Lucas Grogan, whilst Melbourne’s THIS IS NO FANTASY will present a solo exhibition by Natasha Bieniek. The strong gallery line up will be supplemented with a dynamic, four-day public program including contemporary video and innovative art installations, children’s activities and a talks and tours program presented by industry leaders, which will offer insights into collecting and the creative industries, for everyone from the seasoned collector to the first time buyer. Sydney Contemporary will also be home to a pop-up restaurant by Longrain, Sydney’s much-loved dining institution.
Highlights of the Fair include Opening Night (Thursday 10 September), the first official night of Sydney Contemporary; the VIP Preview (Wednesday 9 September), an exclusive preview event for experienced collectors and public institutions and Sydney Art Week, a new initiative for 2015 designed to complement the Fair with a week of art-inspired activities for all ages held at Carriageworks and across the city. Sydney Art Week will continue the festivities of the Fair after hours with free public events, performances, conversations and an ‘art and dine’ program highlighting the City’s distinct precincts.
Sydney Contemporary also boasts five days of VIP events attracting Australasia’s most influential art collectors and taste-makers. The program includes a range of events including artist studio visits, exhibition openings, private and corporate collection viewings, privately hosted parties and dinners, lively panel discussions and behind-the-scenes access to the city’s leading institutions. Sydney Contemporary’s high-profile Advisory Council comprising of Sue Cato, Rachel Griffiths, Mark Hughes, John Kaldor AM, Lucy Turnbull AO and Evan Williams, has been bolstered by the addition of Dr Gene Sherman, Chairman and Executive Director of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation.
Sydney Contemporary also announced details of its dynamic public program including the new Sydney Art Week initiative offering a week of art-inspired events and performances happening across the city from Monday 7 September until Sunday 13 September 2015. Supported by government partner the City of Sydney, Sydney Art Week is a new initiative presented for the first time in 2015 by Sydney Contemporary that brings art into the public domain, creating surprising encounters for Sydney’s residents throughout performance art trails, late night art events and a new ‘art and dine’ program at leading Sydney restaurants.
“Sydney Art Week celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary art in Sydney with art-inspired events and activations held across the city. Experience seven days of exhibitions, free public events, performances, conversations and an Art and Dine program that continue the festivities of Sydney Contemporary outside of the Fair hours throughout different Sydney precincts,” says Fair Director Barry Keldoulis.
The new Art and Dine program involves leading Sydney restaurants The Apollo, Longrain, Otto and Riley St Garage offering customers special art-inspired dishes during Sydney Art Week. Art and Dine also extends to bars, with 2014 Archibald winning artist Fiona Lowry collaborating with a mixologist to create ‘Pink Frost’, a delectable cocktail being served at Sydney Contemporary’s favorite bars and restaurants across the city, including at QT Hotel in Sydney’s CBD. Furthering the food and art crossover, a pop-up restaurant by Longrain, Sydney’s much-loved dining institution as well as their new restaurant Subcontinental will be onsite at Carriageworks during the fair’s public dates from 10 until 13 September.
Sydney Art Week includes a series of Night Cap late night events presented from 10pm onwards each evening from Wednesday 10 September until Sunday 13 September. The Night Cap series, hosted in QT Hotel’s secret cinema and bar space in the Sydney CBD invites guests to join a conversation with leading artists and curators, to the backdrop of a curated program of film or moving image artworks. Each evening will be hosted by leading arts figures including Tracey Moffat, Fiona Lowry with Tim Silver and Joan Ross. Acclaimed Australian artist will kick off the event series by premiering her new short film “Artist behaving badly” whilst she bar tends.
Sydney Contemporary’s official Opening Night on Thursday 10 September – an event that attracted more than 10,000 visitors at the inaugural opening in 2013 – will this year feature live performances by musicians and artists throughout Carriageworks, including soul-singer Sarsha Simone, contemporary harpist Jake Meadows, The Alaska Orchestra, Hissy Fit and Bhenji Rah. Opening night will be followed by a trail of performance art taking place inside Carriageworks and in surrounding areas of Redfern. The festivities continue after Sydney Contemporary closes each evening at Carriageworks, with free after parties hosted nightly at local Redfern venues including The Dock, The Bearded Tit, Arcadia and 107 Projects.
After hours art tours will be offered of key public art sites around the CBD and Redfern. Trailblazers – curated by Emma Price and Connie Anthes and part of the Fair’s Performance Contemporary program – is a performance art trail starting at Sydney Contemporary and continuing along a string of local sites leading to Bearded Tit, Sydney’s clubhouse for artists and art lovers as well as other neighborhood hotspots. Performance Artists participating in Trailblazers include Latai Tamoepeau, Alex Chapman and Penelope Benton, Erica Englert and Bhenji Rah.
The Redfern Night Markets will present a special one off edition of the markets called Urban Nights Sydney Contemporary during Sydney Art Week, showcasing local culture and craft in an evening of art, performance and food on Friday 11 September at Redfern Community Centre.
Talk Contemporary, presented across the Fair dates, offers a series of free panel discussions exploring topical and, at times, controversial themes relating to contemporary art with leading figures across a diverse range of fields. Talks and topics include:
Does gender matter in art? A panel discussion with actress Rachel Griffith, Artspace Director Alexie Glass-Kantor, MONA curator Jarrod Rawlins and artists Emma Price and Liam Benson.
How Australia sees itself through art with international gallerist Pearl Lam, with artists Fiona Hall, Abdul Abdullah and Christian Thompson. This talk explores Australian culture and how we represent ourselves to the world as a young country in the process of creating an identity.
Talent borrows, Genius steals – a discussion about appropriation in art with artists Joan Ross and Sam Leach, moderated by author and academic Rex Butler.
Post internet Art – Understanding the new revolutionary movement with Google’s Creative Lab Director Tom Uglow, collector Clinton Ng, and moderated by critic Andrew Frost.
Meet the Creatives – Speak to people across creative industries as they track their process, limitations and production, with artist Michael Zavros, architect Sam Marshall and moderated by James Valentine.
A VIP Preview will be held on Wednesday 9 September, offer an exclusive first look at the Fair for experienced collectors and public institutions. Sydney Contemporary also boasts five days of VIP events – offered as part of the Fair’s VIP program – attracting Australasia’s most influential art collectors and taste- makers. The program includes a range of events including artist studio visits, exhibition openings, private and corporate collection viewings, privately hosted parties and dinners, and behind-the-scenes access to the city’s leading institutions.
Sydney Contemporary’s program includes Video Contemporary being presented for the first time in partnership with ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image). ACMI’s Ulanda Blair, Fiona Trigg, Jess Bram, Sarah Tutton and Emma McRae have curated an exhibition of digital and moving image artworks by artists at the forefront of their field. Paper Contemporary, presented in association with The Print Council of Australia Inc, is an exciting new addition to the Sydney Contemporary program, presenting national and international printmaker’s works.
Paper Contemporary will offer limited edition prints by 19 print galleries and studios showcasing some of Australia’s best-known artists including Emily Floyd, eX de Medici, Chris O’Doherty a.k.a. Reg Mombassa, John Olsen and Mike Parr. Throughout the Fair dates master printmakers will be onsite running a live Printmakers Studio producing works inviting visitors to interact and ask questions.
Sydney Contemporary announced the full speaker line-up for the Fair’s Talk Contemporary series of free panel discussions presented from Wednesday 9 September to Sunday 13 September 2015 at Carriageworks. The talks explore topical and controversial themes in contemporary art with leading figures across a range of fields including actresses Rachel Griffiths and Claudia Karvan; Art Gallery of NSW Director Dr Michael Brand; chef Adriano Zumbo; Romance Was Born designers Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett; and respected Asian gallerist Pearl Lam of Pearl Lam Galleries. Talk Contemporary topics touch on fashion, gender, food and technology as they relate to contemporary art with highlights including:
– Actress and philanthropist Rachel Griffiths, speaking alongside Alexie Glass-Kantor (Director of Artspace), Liam Benson (artist), Emma Price (artist and curator) and Jarrod Rawlins (MONA Curator) will present ‘Does Gender Matter in Art?’ to answer the question of whether gender matters in art on Thursday 10 September.
– ‘Meet The Creatives’, a talk that will explore the life of invention beginning with points of inspiration through to the final realization of a vision. Claudia Karvan (actress), Sam Marshall (architect), James Valentine (broadcaster, musician and writer), Michael Zavros (artist), Adriano Zumbo (patissier and chef) and designer from Camilla and Marc, Camilla Freeman-Topper will explore the creative process of art, architecture, acting, fashion and cuisine on Sunday 13 September.
– Deputy editor of Vogue Australia Sophie Tedmanson will present ‘The Fashion Forums’ on Thursday 10 September with Romance Was Born designers Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett, Romance Was Born collaborator Rebecca Baumann and Alison Kubler (art and fashion writer and curator), a look at how fashion and art have the power to predict cultural trends and communicate a moment in time.
– Pearl Lam, Director of Pearl Lam Galleries (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore) will be speaking on Saturday 12 September, about Australian identity and how Australian culture has been represented in art practice. Artists Fiona Hall, Christian Thompson and Abdul Abdullah join her.
– Director of Art Gallery of NSW Dr Michael Brand will present the ‘Sydney Modern’ project on Wednesday 9 September.
– Tom Uglow, Creative Director of Google Creative Lab, will be joined by Andrew Frost (art critic), Clinton Ng (art collector and philanthropist) and Melissa Loughnan (art consultant, curator and public art advisor) on Friday 11 September to present ‘Post-Internet Art: Understanding The New Art Movement).
– Director of Collections at the Art Gallery of NSW Suhanya Raffel presents ‘Leading From The Edge’, a discussion on how emergent economies have provided new collectors, institutions and philanthropists that support new networks of creative growth. Joining her on Friday 11 September will be Irene Abujatum (Director of Fundación FAVA and Director of Feria ch.ACO, Chile), Leo Silitonga (Sydney Contemporary South East Asian VIP Liaison, director of Art Jakarta) and Dr. Gene Sherman, Chairman and Executive Director of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation.
– Imperial Slacks Presents The Slackers, a discussion jointly presented by Campbelltown Arts Centre and Sydney College of the Arts Galleries. The artist-run collective Imperial Slacks was formed in 2000 as a social and cultural experiment that functioned as the home, studio and gallery space for a number of emerging artists. Speaking on Thursday 10 September will be artists Simon Cooper, Chris Fox, Emma Price, Melody Willis, curator Nicholas Tsoutas and Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre Michael Dagostino.
– Habitus and Living Edge present ‘Art, Design & Architecture’ in collaboration with architect Miriam Green (Tribe Studio Architects) and interior designer Anna Trefely (Alexander & Co). Hosted by Editor of Habitus, Nicky Lobo on Thursday 10 September. Habitus will also present a talk on selecting art for interiors on Saturday 12 September.
– ‘Point of Connection’, by Print Council of Australia will be presented by Trent Walter (Negative Press), Theo Tremblay (Editions Tremblay), artist Belinda Fox and Anne Virgo OAM, Director of the Australian Print Workshop on Friday 11 September.
– ‘Talent Borrows, Genius Steals’, a discussion about appropriation in art’ will be presented on Friday 11 September by academic and author Rex Butler in conjunction with artists Sam Leach and Joan Ross.
In addition to the Talk Contemporary series of discussions, Sydney Contemporary will present the debut of two short artistic films. Acclaimed Australian artist Tracey Moffatt will premiere her new short film and comedic montage, titled ‘The Art’ and created with experimental filmmaker and music video producer Gary Hillberg on Wednesday 9 September. Sydney Contemporary will also present the cinematic debut of ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’, a collaborative effort between Del Kathryn Barton and Brendan Fletcher. A conversation with Brendan Fletcher and composer Sarah Blasko will follow the screening on Saturday 12 September at Carriageworks.