Sydney Contemporary opens at Carriageworks next month for its seventh and most dynamic iteration. Featuring more than 500 artists and 96 leading galleries from across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Indonesia and Singapore, it really is the meeting place for the art world. Art collectors, industry professionals, and all art lovers have an amazing  opportunity to get up close and personal with what’s really happening in contemporary art right now. 

Carriageworks is itself one of Australia’s largest and most renowned contemporary multi-arts organisations and is the perfect backdrop for the fair. Since it began in 2013, Sydney Contemporary has established itself as Australasia’s premier art destination and a highlight of our city’s cultural calendar. The fair attracts over 25,000 visitors and has generated art sales in excess of an impressive $100 million.

Regular attendees at the fair include corporate collectors, high net-worth VIPs, museum directors and curators, art advisors, the arts media, and an enthusiastic audience of art buyers looking to build their knowledge and add to their collections.

Sydney Contemporary offers unparalleled access to cutting-edge art from some of the world’s most respected artists and galleries as well as the opportunity to discover new and emerging talent.

This year sees the launch of the MA Art Prize, an acquisitive prize valued at $10,000. It will be awarded to one emerging artist whose work is on display at Sydney Contemporary. 

A major attraction will be Installation Contemporary featuring ambitious large-scale artworks by twelve leading artists and curated by Sarah Hetherington. It is designed to showcase works that extend beyond the traditional booth presentation and will allow attendees to experience innovative, site-specific, and interactive installations within the unique architecture of Carriageworks.

In something of a coup for the organisers, renowned British sculptor Sir Antony Gormley, creator of the world’s largest angel sculpture, will be presenting his iconic  large-scale sculptural works. It’s been over ten years since his work was last shown in Sydney. 

Other highlights of Installation Contemporary include an impressive array of glass chandeliers by acclaimed Australian artist  Alex Seton, a life-sized, hyper-realistic sculpture of a horse by celebrated artist Abdul Rahman Abdullah; Lindy Lee’s glimmering major work inspired by the ancient Chinese story of the Dragon’s Ball, made of mirrored polished stainless steel to reflect its surroundings; and six large colourful drawings rigged from the ceiling in the form of a hexagon by Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, for viewers to lie beneath and experience its internal energy system.

Alongside the galleries are performance spaces and an ambitious program of conversations on art, design, and architecture; guided tours; educational workshops; and an extensive VIP Program. 

Create Contemporary is another new feature for 2023. This immersive workshop and creative space allows attendees of all ages to explore ways to unleash creative thinking through the power of mark-making. 

Sydney Contemporary is a must-attend art event and the perfect place to meet, to discover, and to collect ambitious and cutting edge contemporary art. 

Sydney Contemporary at Carriageworks 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh 

Wednesday 6 September: 2pm – 8pm Collectors Preview (by invitation/VIP access only)

Thursday 7 September: 11am – 5pm

Thursday 7 September Art Night: 5.30pm – 9pm

Friday 8 September: 11am – 8pm

Saturday 9 September: 11am – 6pm

Sunday 10 September: 11am – 5pm

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