Already this year, the Biennale of Sydney has filled the city with dazzling art. In their long-awaited comeback this winter, Vivid Sydney also did the same. The next event planned to make the port city creative: Sydney Contemporary, which will return to Carriageworks in September for the first time since 2019.
The reason for this discrepancy is obvious. When the art fair returns for its sixth edition from Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 11, it’s understandable that it’s getting big to celebrate. More than 90 galleries will occupy the multi-arts center, showcasing works by 450 artists from 34 countries, including a particular focus on large-scale artworks.
Galleries making their presence known – emerging and established, and spanning both Australian and New Zealand institutions – include Melbourne’s Neon Parc and Niagara Galleries, Station and This Is No Fantasy; Edwina Corlette from Brisbane; Sullivan+Strumpf of Sydney, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and Martin Browne Contemporary; and Gow Langsford Gallery and Michael Lett from Auckland. APY Art Center Collective, which operates in Adelaide and Sydney, will also participate in the fair, as will Singapore and Sydney’s Yavuz Gallery.
The list goes on – with Sydney Contemporary newcomers Mangkaja Arts (from Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia), C Gallery (Melbourne), N Smith Gallery and Formist Editions (Sydney), and A Secondary Eye and Onespace Gallery (Brisbane) should also be represented.
And, as for the art that will be on display, it will come from artists from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Germany and Indonesia, as well as from Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa and Thailand. and Turkey — among other nations.
As just announced, Installation Contemporary’s newly renamed range – now called Amplify – will be a big feature, focused on large-scale rooms. Annika Kristensen, Curator of Visual Arts at the Perth Festival and Associate Curator at the Australian Center for Contemporary Art, curates the selection. Like most things at Sydney Contemporary, its program doesn’t hold back. Peta Clancy’s undercurrent, a photographic series, will be projected on the exterior facade of Carriageworks; Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro made a huge papier-mâché representation of the surface of the moon; and the towering wall sculptures by Callum Morton are actually exact-scale replicas of the Sirius Building’s iconic window frames.
Vincent Namatjira, winner of the 2020 Archibald Prize, will exhibit The Royal Tour (Diana, Vincent and Charles), while Catherine O’Donnell is set to create a design directly on one of the fair’s walls – which will prove site-specific and remain for the duration of Sydney Contemporary. This is just a taste of the Amplify range, of course.
Elsewhere in the fair, the Performance Contemporary program will focus on artists WeiZen Ho, Rakini Devi, Salote Tawale and Alli Sebastian Wolf – and the Talk Contemporary recap will be announced in August.
Whatever catches your eye, expect to have company. Over 112,000 visitors have attended in recent years and over A$85 million in art sales have been garnered.
“Sydney Contemporary has firmly established itself as the most influential fair in the region, and Sydney Contemporary’s sixth edition promises to be our strongest fair yet,” said Sydney Contemporary founder Tim Etchells. “The fair provides the largest concentration of art sales each year in Australia and we expect 2022 to be no exception.”
Sydney Contemporary 2022 runs from Thursday September 8 to Sunday September 11 at Carriageworks. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the art fair’s website.
Top photo: Zan Wimberley.