2022 Melbourne Art Fair to showcase 50 galleries in one space

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2022 Melbourne Art Fair to showcase 50 galleries in one space

Melbourne Art Fair
Tolarno Gallery
Words by Lucas Radbourne

The Melbourne Art Fair will bring the best works from 50 leading galleries to one Melbourne space this February.

The Melbourne Art Fair will bring work from 53 leading galleries and Indigenous-owned arts centres to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre this summer.

With a focus on contemporary art and work from many galleries that feature largescale installations and dizzying video projections, it’s likely to pack some punch.

From February 17 – 20, the contemporary art and ideas forum will showcase a program of conversations, special projects, commissions, and performance, all in the aim of supporting the exhibition and sale of contemporary art.

It will also be Australia’s most sustainable art fair, committing to offset 300 tonnes of carbon from staging the event.

What you need to know

  • The Melbourne Art Fair will return from February 17 – 20, 2022
  • It will feature work from 53 leading and up-and-coming galleries
  • Works, projects and forums will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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The works will be shown across 7,000 square-metres at the convention centre, while a parallel Melbourne Arts Fair Virtual program will run from February 17 – March 3, connecting the fair with galleries and audiences across the globe.

Melbourne Art Foundation CEO and Fair director, Maree Di Pasquale, said that the fair promises to kick-start the city’s cultural calendar, revitalising Melbourne post-pandemic.

“Set to be the first Australian art fair since the start of the pandemic, and the first major event of the cultural calendar for 2022, Melbourne Art Fair is excited to once again connect galleries and their artists with collectors and the art loving public, and to resume its important role as a meeting place for the artworld,” she says.

“We are proud of the Fair’s resilience and digital innovation that was accelerated by the global pandemic, but there is no real substitute for seeing art and people physically.

“The return of Melbourne Art Fair brings a renewed sense of celebration and optimism in the artworld. Our gallery list encompasses the well-known and the emerging, as well as invited Indigenous-owned art centres, representing the most comprehensive overview of the Australian art market at any art fair.”

Melbourne Art Fair

Darren Knight Gallery

The Melbourne Art Fair will feature work from a huge array of leading Melbourne galleries, such as the Anna Schwartz Gallery, Tolarno Galleries and Vivien Anderson Gallery. It will also feature boundary-pushing project spaces with the likes of Gertrude Contemporary and LAST Collective.

There will also be works exhibited from leading spaces around Australia and New Zealand: highlights will include works from the Olsen Gallery and The Commercial in Sydney, and Art Collective WA from Perth.

The Fair will also showcase five Indigenous-owned Art Centres, featuring work from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre (Yirrkala), Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association (Milikapiti), Warlayirti Artists (Balgo), Waringarri Aboriginal Arts (Kununurra) and Milingimbi Art (Milingimbi).

For more information, head to the Melbourne Art Fair website here.