Australasia’s international art fair, Sydney Contemporary, today announced it will become an annual event from 2017 onwards, responding to gallery and artist demand for a premium art fair held yearly in Australia. Formerly a biennial fair, Sydney Contemporary will be held annually commencing with its third edition in 2017, presented from Thursday 7th until Sunday 10th September, across the entire Carriageworks multi-arts precinct in Redfern, Sydney.

Sydney Contemporary Fair Director, Barry Keldoulis said: “Building on the successes of the previous editions, this year Sydney Contemporary presents its strongest line-up to date. We have been encouraged by all of our stakeholders to go annual: the artists and their galleries; the collectors and the art-loving public; our sponsors and partner organisations. We are heeding their call in announcing that Sydney Contemporary will now be an annual event.”

The 2017 edition of Sydney Contemporary will feature more than 80 leading Australian and international exhibitors from around the pacific rim and further afield including China, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Singapore, Chile and New Zealand. Works spanning a diverse range of mediums, from established through to emerging artists will be showcased in museum-quality booths across seven large-scale exhibition spaces at Carriageworks, complemented by a robust curated program of talks, performances and events.

Sydney Contemporary 2017 expects to build upon the success of its previous two editions that attracted over 60,000 visitors in total. The previous two Sydney Contemporary art fairs resulted in more than AUD$25 million in art sales, each representing the largest short-term concentration of art sales in Australia.

Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah said: “Carriageworks is thrilled to be the home of Sydney Contemporary – one of the most important contemporary art events in Australia. We look forward to continuing our partnership as Sydney Contemporary becomes an annual event on the international arts calendar.”

Pearl Lam Galleries (China, Hong Kong, Singapore) will return for the second time to the Fair in 2017, with Director Pearl Lam commenting: “The new yearly platform for Sydney Contemporary is an exciting development as Australia has become an important market for us and one which we hope to develop further. Importantly the annual edition of Sydney Contemporary allows the art world to maintain a regular engagement with the vibrant contemporary art scene in Australia.”

Singapore-based Can Yavuz, Director of Yavuz Gallery added: “Sydney Contemporary going annual is an inevitable and somehow natural progression. A truly Australian art fair and a reflection of the vibrant local art market, SC is increasingly attracting collectors, curators and art lovers from the Asia Pacific region and beyond. For us as an international gallery, an annual art fair is a fantastic opportunity to further strengthen the relationships we have established over the past few years in Australia.”

John McCormack, Director, Starkwhite (New Zealand) said: “The decision to stage Sydney Contemporary annually will enable Tim Etchells and his team, led by director Barry Keldoulis, to fast track the development of Sydney Contemporary into a fair groomed to capitalise on international interest in contemporary art in the Asia-Pacific region. Sydney has a world-class biennale. It’s about to get a world-class art fair.”

“Bravo Sydney Contemporary for your vision and for recognising that private galleries are ready to invest in their artists when there is a great opportunity to showcase their work,” said Melbourne-based Tolarno Galleries Director Jan Minchin.

Sydney Contemporary’s high-profile Advisory Council overseeing the 2017 edition will be comprised of Sue Cato, Rachel Griffiths, Mark Hughes, John Kaldor AM, Dr Gene Sherman, Lucy Turnbull AO, and Evan Williams.  Deutsche Bank is the Principal Partner for Sydney Contemporary 2017.

Sydney Contemporary was founded in 2013 by Tim Etchells of SME London Ltd. Etchells is the founder of Art Central HK and co-founder of ART HK (now Art Basel Hong Kong).



Sydney Contemporary runs from Thursday 7 until Sunday 10 September 2017 at Carriageworks located at 245 Wilson Street, Redfern NSW.


Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s premier contemporary art fair, returns from 7-10 September [VIP Preview 6 September, opening night 7 September] with the country’s largest and most diverse gathering of local and international galleries. Staged at Carriageworks, Sydney’s striking multi-disciplinary arts precinct, the Fair welcomes over 90 galleries from around the Pacific Rim with strong representation from Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

With a thriving contemporary art scene, Sydney is a dynamic cultural destination with an international reputation for presenting the very best in visual art through its leading commercial galleries, public institutions, private museums, festivals and Biennale. Defined by the vibrancy of its host city, Sydney Contemporary provides collectors, industry professionals and the art loving public access to cutting-edge art from some of the world’s most respected artists and galleries as well as the opportunity to discover new, emerging talent.

Alongside the galleries are curated sectors for contemporary video, installation art and performance as well as an ambitious program that includes engaging panel discussions, guided tours, educational workshops and an extensive VIP Program. The Fair is also home to pop-up restaurants by Sydney’s much-loved dining institutions making it an all-encompassing art and dine experience.

Billed as one of the most celebrated events on Australia’s cultural calendar, the 2015 Fair welcomed over 32,000 visitors, firmly establishing itself as a must-attend art event and the perfect place to discover and collect modern and contemporary art.



Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
Artereal Gallery, Sydney
Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
Bartley + Company Art, Auckland
Beaver Galleries, Canberra
Bett Gallery, Hobart
Chalk Horse, Sydney
COHJU contemporary art, Kyoto
Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Cologne, Hong Kong
Cooee Art, Sydney
Despard Gallery, Hobart
Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
-f-i-l-t-e-r-, Sydney
Galeria AFA, Santiago
Gallery 9, Sydney
Gow Langsford, Auckland
Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland
Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
JENSEN / FOX JENSEN, Sydney, Auckland
Justin Miller Fine Art, Sydney
Karen Woodbury Fine Art, Melbourne
Kronenberg Wright Artists Projects, Sydney
Lesley Kehoe Galleries, Melbourne
.M Contemporary, Sydney
MARS, Melbourne
Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
Michael Reid, Sydney, Berlin
Mossenson Galleries, Perth
NandaHobbs Contemporary, Sydney
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
OLSEN, Sydney
Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Sabbia Gallery, Sydney
Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland
Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
Silverlens Galleries, Manila
Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney, Singapore
Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong
The Commercial, Sydney
THIS IS NO FANTASY + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
Tim Klingender Fine Art, Sydney
Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Two Rooms, Auckland
UMI Arts, North Cairns
Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney
Vermilion Art, Sydney
Via Margutta Arte Contemporaneo, Cordoba
Watters Gallery, Sydney
Yavuz Gallery, Singapore


107, Sydney
Art Collective WA, Perth
blackartprojects, Melbourne
Bowerbank Ninow, Auckland
Galerie pompom, Sydney
Hanging valley, Melbourne
Interlude Gallery, Sydney
MUTT, Santiago
Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne
Studio A, Sydney


Australian Galleries – Works on Paper, Sydney
Canopy Art Centre / Editions Tremblay, Cairns
Cicada Press, Sydney
Gallery by Toko, Sydney
Good to Print Studio, Sunshine Coast
Handmark, Hobart
Impediment Press, Sydney
Marnling Press, Sydney
The News Network Project, Melbourne
Northern Rivers Contemporary, Northern Rivers
Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), London
Solander Gallery, Wellington
Sydney Printmakers, Sydney
Whaling Road Studio, Sydney