With the unceremonious dumping of the long-running Melbourne Art Fair a few months ago due to a perceived lack of support, you might not expect another art fair to set up shop in its wake. And yet The Other Art Fair will return to Sydney later this year following its successful inauguration in 2015. But unlike the glossy Sydney Contemporary, which runs on alternate years (the next in September 2017), The Other Art Fair aims to break down the barriers for both artists and collectors by offering work that’s more affordable and showcasing emerging talent rather than big-name crowd pleasers. “By purchasing art at the fair, visitors directly support emerging talent and contribute to growing the opportunities for undiscovered artists in Australia,” explains newly-appointed international fair director Laura Richardson.
This year’s fair will present 100 emerging Australian artists selected by a high profile panel including artist Ben Quilty, galleries Roslyn Oxley and consultant Amanda Love, with applications now open. Already confirmed to present at the fair are artists Celeste Wrona, Joe Helmore, Mark Collis and Sarah Beetson, demonstrating a varied range of disciplines, including more traditional forms of painting and illustration. In addition to art, The Other Art Fair’s program comprises workshops, talks and children’s activities, as well as a curated dining selection including a Young Henrys bar.
The Other Art Fair will run 27-30 October 2016 at Commune, Waterloo. Visit the website for more information and to apply.