Prestigious international art fair Sydney Contemporary is set to return this September, marking Australia’s first major art fair to go ahead since Covid-19. From September 9 to 12 more than 400 artists, represented by around 85 galleries, will be showcased at Carriageworks for the sixth edition of what’s billed as the country’s largest, most inclusive and diverse art fair. More than 112,000 people have attended the past five editions of Sydney Contemporary, racking up some $80 million in sales.
Both international and Australian artists will be represented at the fair, including big names such as Sol LeWitt, Christopher Wool, Wang Guangyi, Tony Lewis and Cornelia Parker. Auckland’s Starkwhite has partnered with LA gallery 1301PE to present American artists Petra Cortright and Pae White, and Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija. Plus, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery will feature the work of late New Zealand artist Bill Culbert; Justin Miller Fine Art will present work by South African artist William Kentridge; and Chinese artists Li Jin, Chen Wenling, Lin Chunyan and Yang Jinsong will be shown by Vermilion Art.
Other renowned artists showing at the fair include Archibald winner Vincent Namatjira, Joshua Yeldham, Juan Davila and Reko Rennie – the artist behind Carriageworks’ illuminated work Remember Me. And Australian Galleries will display an 18-metre-long painting by Melbourne artist Mary Tonkin.
Sydney galleries announced today include Chalk Horse, Olsen Gallery, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Darren Knight Gallery and Sarah Cottier Gallery. Melbourne’s Neon Parc will also exhibit, as will New Zealand’s Gow Langsford Gallery and Adelaide’s Gagprojects. APY Art Centre Collective will present work from Indigenous artists of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands of Central Australia, while Alcaston Gallery will show works by female Aboriginal artists including Nonggirrnga Marawili, the late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori and Betty Kuntiwa Pumani.
“The fair promises something for everyone – whether you’re a serious collector, an art-curious buyer or just looking to immerse yourself in an incredible art-viewing experience at one of the world’s best venues, Carriageworks,” Sydney Contemporary’s fair director Barry Keldoulis said in a statement.
The line-up for Installation Contemporary – the fair’s program of large-scale installation and moving-image works – will be announced in the coming months. Also expect a program of panel discussions and workshops, as well as pop-up restaurants, cafe and bars.
Sydney Contemporary runs from September 9–12 at Carriageworks.