Explore Sydney Contemporary online

Log on to the virtual art fair ‘Sydney Contemporary‘ at 10am tomorrow, Thursday 11 November. Over 80 galleries from Australia and New Zealand will bring 1,700 artworks by more than 500 talented emerging and established artists to audiences via the innovations of Sydney Contemporary’s custom-designed online platform until 21 November. Artworks will be listed for sale from $10 to $800,000 AUD.

The digital fair will provide much needed support for artists and galleries who have been sorely impacted by the pandemic since 2020 and is a fabulous opportunity for the art loving community and collectors to show their interest and explore both existing and newly created artworks across various forms of creative practice; spanning but not limited to painting, sculpture, drawing, printing, and works on paper. It is a chance to see what your favourite artists have been doing, and discover new artists.

Antoinette O’Brien, Pearl, 2021, ceramic and neon rope light, 46 x 35 x 30cm. Courtesy the artist and EDWINA CORLETTE

In addition to the dynamic program of art on view, we are treated to a series of First Nations artist video portraits, a keynote panel discussion titled ‘After Shocks: Art, Disruption and Provocation’, and plenty more.

“We are thrilled to launch Explore Sydney Contemporary this week… The site is a dynamic experience for visitors, who are welcomed with a commissioned digital work by David Booth before diving in to discover the wider suite of works on offer. I’ve been so impressed by the number of new artists I’ve discovered while perusing Explore. Our UNTOLD series of First Nations artist video portraits is a highlight and will provide a deeper dive into the artistic practice of some of the Indigenous artists. We’re proud to be continuing our support of the arts community, helping to drive sales that will benefit artists and their galleries,” says Barry Keldoulis, Fair Director of Sydney Contemporary.

To mention just a handful of the many highlights: APY Art Centre Collective celebrates Aboriginal culture and storytelling with works by artists Sally Scales, Beverly Burton and Kukika Adamson. GAGPROJECTS in Adelaide exhibits the captivating and often haunting theatrically staged photographic portraits by artist Deborah Paawe. Brisbane’s Edwina Corlette presents work by Lismore-based artist Antoinette O’Brien, whose evocative figurative sculptures look as though they might suddenly spring to life.

Beverly Burton, Ngayuku Ngura, 345-21TA, Tjala Arts, 2021, acrylic on linen, 122 x 152.5cm. Courtesy of the artist and APY Art Centre Collective

Also, don’t miss out on the selection from Sydney’s Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery with new works by Tom Polo, Renee So, David Noonan and Linda Marrinon. Hobart’s Michael Bugelli Gallery reveals a recently commissioned series of 22 drawings by artist Isabella Maria Foster. In the mix are Melbourne’s Nicholas Thompson Gallery, THIS IS NO FANTASY and Neon Parc. New Zealand’s Gow Langsford Gallery, Sanderson Contemporary, and PAULNACHE, and so many more.

Held via Zoom on 16 November at 1pm (AEDT) is the panel discussion ‘After Shocks: Art, Disruption and Provocation’. Moderated by Executive Director, Artspace, Alexie Glass-Kantor, the speakers which include artist Tony Albert, curator and writer, Laura Raicovich, Jarrod Rawlins, Director, Curatorial Affairs, Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and Natasha Bullock, Assistant Director, Curatorial and Programs at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA). They will come together to explore how contemporary art and cultural spaces are being shaped by decolonial practices, approaches to greater equity, and direct action.

The ‘UNTOLD’ series of First Nations artist video portraits celebrates the stories, language and connection to Country by First Nations artists, such as Dr Christian Thompson AO, Tony Albert, Karla Dickens, Jemima Wyman, Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, Jenna Lee and Regina Pilawuk Wilson.

Tiger Yaltangki, AC/DC, 2021, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 152 x 122cm. Courtesy the artist and Alcaston Gallery

A number of galleries, in addition to being featured online are also hosting in person exhibitions in their spaces, including Sydney galleries Curatorial+Co, Darren Knight Gallery, Gallery 9, Galerie pompom, Nanda/Hobbs, OLSEN, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sabbia Gallery and Saint Cloche, as well as James Makin Gallery in Melbourne, Bett Gallery Hobart, and Onespace in Brisbane.