The program for the 2018 Melbourne Art Fair has been announced. This year the fair has been divided into three broad categories. The biggest part of the show will be the Galleries section with 40 contemporary art galleries from Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia participating. They will present both solo shows and curated group exhibitions. Solo shows by emerging artists will feature in the Accent section and a new platform titled Time will showcase moving image, sound, and performance-based artworks situated at five locations across the city and the Southbank Arts Precinct.
The revamped Melbourne Art Fair will take place in the forecourt of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in the Southbank Arts Precinct for the first time and includes a wider program of talks, performances, awards and experiences as part of Melbourne Art Week.
This year’s Melbourne Art Foundation 2018 Commission has been awarded to Melbourne-based artist Ronnie van Hout. Commissioned in partnership with the Bendigo Art Gallery, his large-scale work will find a permanent home at Bendigo Art Gallery after it debuts at Melbourne Art Fair.
“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,” said Karen Quinlan, director of Bendigo Art Gallery. “We look forward to working closely with Ronnie to realise his ideas for this new work.”
The Melbourne Art Week Keynote speaker will be Philip Tinari, director of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing. Tinari is also founding editor of the Chinese edition of Artforum magazine.
Maree Di Pasquale, Melbourne Art Foundation CEO and director of the Fair said, “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.”
Exhibiting galleries for 2018 include: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sullivan+Strumpf, Darren Knight Gallery, Sarah Cottier Gallery, The Commercial, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Fine Arts Sydney, Martin Browne Contemporary, Gallery 9, and OLSEN from Sydney; Michael Reid, Sydney and Berlin; Anna Schwartz Gallery, Alcaston Gallery, Tolarno Galleries, Anna Pappas Gallery, Arts Project Australia, Australian Galleries, Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, Niagara Galleries, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Neon Parc, Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Scott Livesey Galleries, Sutton Gallery, STATION, Tristian Koenig, Vivien Anderson Gallery, and William Mora Galleries from Melbourne; GAGPROJECTS, and Hugo Michell Gallery from Adelaide; Jan Murphy Gallery, and Andrew Baker Art Dealer from Brisbane; The Drawing Room from Manilla; Bartley + Company Art, Bowerbank Ninow, PAULNACHE, Sanderson Contemporary Art, Tim Melville, Two Rooms, and Michael Lett from New Zealand.