Meet the makers and make an affordable investment in beauty at the fourth Sydney edition of this fair for emerging artists
ICYMI: art fairs are the driving force of the contemporary art world – from London’s Frieze and New York’s Armory Show to Switzerland’s pioneering Art Basel. Usually they’re like massive expos where commercial galleries buy a booth and spruik their wares: artworks.
The Other Art Fair is different. Founded by British events and exhibitions producer Ryan Stanier in 2010 as an alternative to Frieze, the fair showcases emerging artists who aren’t represented by a commercial gallery. The Fair made its Sydney debut in 2015, returning in 2016 with a larger line-up and venue (Commune in Waterloo).
Last year it moved to the Australian Technology Park where it will return in March for its fourth Sydney edition. This year's fair has been timed to coincide with Art Month Sydney, a citywide contemporary art festival.
The line-up of artists will be selected via a blind judging by a committee of curators, gallerists and artists: Barbara Flynn (Leading Curatorial Advisor), Michael Reid (Contemporary Art Advisor, Co-Founder Art Month Sydney), Rebecca Wilson (Saatchi Art, VP Art Advisory and Chief Curator), Sophia Kouyoumdjian (Director of Parramatta Artist Studios), Teresa Biet (Founder and Director of Art Incubator Ltd.) and Tess Allas (Aboriginal Art Advisor and Curator).
Last year, works ranged from around $100 upwards, and spanned prints and works on paper, paintings, sculpture and photography.