Ahead of Syd­ney Con­tem­po­rary, three gal­lerists dis­cuss the busi­ness of the art fair and the fe­male artists they’ll be cham­pi­oning this year.

VOGUE Living Australia - - Contents - By Noelle Faulkner

Ahead of Syd­ney Con­tem­po­rary, gal­lerists share fe­male artists they’ll be cham­pi­oning

Ed­wina Cor­lette Gallery

Now cel­e­brat­ing 10 years, Bris­bane’s Ed­wina Cor­lette Gallery houses a sta­ble of 28 con­tem­po­rary artists from Aus­tralia and the Asia Pa­cific. Di­rec­tor Ed­wina Cor­lette has a keen in­tu­ition for painters on the cusp of no­to­ri­ety — and for what de­sign, fash­ion and art tastemak­ers want. Case in point are the in­dus­try favourites Cor­lette has rep­re­sented since the gallery’s in­cep­tion. Names like Ju­lian Meagher, who went on to be­come a fi­nal­ist in the Archibald, the Wynne Prize and the Doug Mo­ran Por­trait Prize; por­traitist and mul­ti­ple art prize win­ner Paul Ryan; in-de­mand painters Abbey McCul­loch and Mi­randa Skoczek; and Vipoo Sriv­i­lasa and Mark Whalen, both of whom have an in­ter­na­tional fol­low­ing. Cor­lette in­sists her fair stand is only as strong as the art on show. This year’s high­lights in­clude work by ris­ing stars Clara Adolphs, fresh from her Eva Breuer Trav­el­ling Art Schol­ar­ship res­i­dency, and Sally An­der­son, win­ner of the 2017 Brett White­ley Trav­el­ling Art Schol­ar­ship. Cor­lette is most ex­cited to ex­hibit work by the Yar­renyty Arl­tere Artists, a com­mu­nity of women from Lara­p­inta Val­ley Town Camp in Alice Springs who were in­cluded in the 2018 NGV Tri­en­nial and the 21st Bi­en­nale of Syd­ney. “Peo­ple are very in­ter­ested in In­dige­nous work again, which is fab­u­lous,” she says. “These artists are se­nior women in the com­mu­nity and in 2000, their sit­u­a­tion was pretty grim, so they got to­gether to make an arts cen­tre in the town camp and it be­came a safe place for them. They make these won­der­ful, soft sculp­tures from found ma­te­ri­als, woollen blan­kets and stitches — the work is so beau­ti­ful.” ed­wina­cor­lette.com ››

In­stal­la­tion View by Yar­renyty Arl­tere Artists, whose work will be rep­re­sented by Ed­wina Cor­lette Gallery.

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