FAIR GAME

This year’s Syd­ney Con­tem­po­rary will see some 90 gal­leries put hun­dreds of artists on show over four days at Car­riage­works. Fair di­rec­tor Barry Kel­doulis lets us in on the all-im­por­tant game plan

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THE AP­PROACH

Our se­lec­tion com­mit­tee is made up of gal­lerists who ex­hibit in art fairs around the world and cu­ra­tors who work in­ter­na­tion­ally, so their judge­ment is in­formed by the global con­tem­po­rary art scene. They vet ap­pli­ca­tions ac­cord­ing to how well a work will stand on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

THE ARTISTS

I’m ex­cited about Aus­tralian artist Ri­ley Payne, who will show in the Fu­ture sec­tion. And it’ll be the first time we’ve seen [Indige­nous painter] Vin­cent Na­matjira, New Zealand ce­ram­i­cist Vir­ginia Leonard and Chilean painter Ig­na­cio Gu­mu­cio.

THE BUZZ

Kiwi sculp­tor Glen Hay­ward is carv­ing an en­tire car for the fair and Ja­pan’s Team­lab are work­ing on a ni­ne­screen video in­stal­la­tion. Ce­ram­ics will fea­ture heavily, as will artists work­ing with em­broi­dery and fab­ric – look out for Me­hwish Iqbal. And you can never write off a paint­ing – Ben Quilty and Michael Zavros both draw ad­mir­ers.

THE HOT TIP

Open­ing night is a great way to ex­pe­ri­ence all the ex­cite­ment of the fair. Car­riage­works will be trans­formed into an im­mer­sive night of art, mu­sic and food with live per­for­mance and large in­stal­la­tions.

THE PLAN

Al­low three hours – you’ll feel like you’ve cheated your­self if you don’t see ev­ery­thing. Start with a glass of wine and take the time to chat to the artists and gal­lerists. The talks pro­gram is also worth check­ing out.

THE FU­TURE-PROOF IN­VEST­MENT

The Fu­ture sec­tion is a good place to find the emerg­ing gang of young hot things. Sup­port­ing the artists you like now has the power to cre­ate ma­jor artists of the fu­ture.

Syd­ney Con­tem­po­rary runs Septem­ber 7-10; syd­n­ey­con­tem­po­rary.com.au

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