10 Galleries to Visit at Sydney Contemporary

Sydney Contemporary is open to ticket holders now, with the VIP Art Pass, opening night and weekend admission still available for purchase. To celebrate the opening, there will be a party on Friday night followed by the fair and festivities across the weekend. Sydney Contemporary brings together galleries from all around Australia, and some from New Zealand, to showcase their talent. You can also enjoy a range of public programming occasions including talks, performance, demonstrations and tours, from tomorrow Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 September.

We are happy to share our pick of 10 galleries and their artists across the curated zones of ‘galleries, paper and future’ to keep on your radar this Sydney Contemporary.

Many of the galleries we mention have catalogues available online or online stores, so you can enjoy the art fair from where-ever you may be! Of course on the ground there is a wealth of creativity to explore and engage with, as well as experiences, food and drink options to make a great day of it.

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APY Art Centre Collective represent aboriginal owned art centres from the APY Lands, with galleries in Sydney and Adelaide. Artists included in the booth will be Umatji Tjapalyi, Emily Cullinan, Janie Kulyuru, Imitjala Curley, Meredith Treacle, Yaritji Heffernan, Paul Andy, Kulitja Adamson, Rhoda Tjitayi, Sally Scales, Marion Baker, Myra Kumantjara, Kay Finn and Jeanie Minunga.

Imitjala Curley, artist and senior traditional woman, Imitjala holds cultural knowledge relating to the Ngintaka (Perentie lizard) Tjukurpa, and Ngapari (Sugar leaf) Tjukurpa at Watarru.⁠

Darren Knight Gallery (Sydney) has a line-up of artists working across painting, sculpture and drawing that includes Fraser Anderson, Kushana Bush, Alan Constable, Noel McKenna, James Morrison and Louise Weaver. It’s a dynamic collection of works which have a strong narrative element, and the artists are drawn to using unique materials.

Image: James Morrison, A walk in the garden 2018, oil on canvas

Egg & Dart (Wollongong) will show new work from Madeleine Peters, Scott Duncan and Lee Bethel. Previously based out of Thirroul and now in Wollongong’s centre, the gallery presents intriguing practices to follow outside of the main city hubs.

Image: Scott Duncan, Spiritual Bender, 2022, Earthenware, underglaze and glazes, 55 x 35 x 20 cm.
Image: Lee Bethel, Sweet Hours Have Perished Here, 2022, Encaustic on paper on board, framed, 168 x 183 x 10cm.

FLG (Melbourne) is delighted to be presenting the new artworks by Kim Anderson, Annika Romeyn and Richard Blackwell for this year’s Sydney Contemporary Art Fair. The trio come together to navigate both the ecological and technological challenges that face contemporary society

Image: Annika Romeyn, Guerilla Bay I 2019, watercolour monotype on paper, framed size 190cm x 250cm

Yavuz Gallery (Sydney) presents ‘Flock Together’ which celebrates the strong bonds between Asia and Australia, reflecting notions of community and embracing individual experiences. You can experience new works by Abdul Abdullah, Zico Albaiquni, Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, Christopher Bassi, Cybele Cox, Debra Dawes, Fergus-Berney Gibson, Ayka Go, Alya Hatta, André Hemer, Mehwish Iqbal, Yeo Kaa, Solomon Kammer, Guido Maestri, Julian Meagher, Alvin Ong, Joanne Pang, Ruben Pang, Kien Situ, Ian Tee, Mark Whalen.

Image: Abdul Abdullah, Recalling something nice, 2022, Oil on linen, 198.12 x 162.56 cm (artwork); 200 x 165 cm (framed)

Mars Gallery (Melbourne) have curated a selection of works from artists Atong Atem, Jenna Lee, Nasim Nasr, Scotty So and Kenny Pittock. Mars promise ‘powerful and provocative’ work which serves as a ‘portrait of Australia’s rich diversity and imaginative potency.’

Image: Atong Atem, Green Fields, 2022

Australian Artists At Sydney Contemporary

Art Box Art Club (Melbourne) commission artists every month to make limited editions and originals. For Sydney Contemporary they will present editions from Stelarc.

Stelarc, Artist

Cicada Press (Sydney) shares prints from leading Australian artists Elisabeth Cummings, Euan Macleod and Chris O’Doherty a.k.a. Reg Mombassa!

Image: Reg Mombassa, Robot Priest

Avant Garde Australian Artists At Sydney Contemporary

N. Smith (Sydney) is showing work by Joan Ross, including a new digital animation, hand-painted prints, neon works, and a surprise or two…

Image: Joan Ross, On Taking Possession of the Land, hand-painted digital print on rag paper, 76 x 100 cm (unframed)

Michael Bugelli Gallery (Hobart) presents work by John Vella in ‘The things that shape to come’ whose practice explores aspects of our personal and material histories and ‘recycle the act and artefact of lived experience.’ Bugelli will platform 14 years of John Vella’s works on canvas and paper.

John Vella