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May 29, 2024

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, announce return to Carriageworks this September of Australia’s Premier Art Fair and initial list of 81 galleries

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with Principal Partner MA Financial Group, today unveiled first details for the Fair’s eighth edition. The Fair has announced the initial list of 81 galleries and the curators for Installation Contemporary, Performance Contemporary and Talk Contemporary. Presented from 5 – 8 September 2024 at Carriageworks, this edition marks the first under the direction of new Fair Director Zoe Paulsen.

The Fair program for Sydney Contemporary 2024 caters for collectors and the art-loving public alike, presenting engaging activities alongside the extensive artworks on show.

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with Principal Partner MA Financial Group, today unveiled first details for the Fair’s eighth edition. The Fair has announced the initial list of 81 galleries and the curators for Installation Contemporary, Performance Contemporary and Talk Contemporary. Presented from 5 – 8 September 2024 at Carriageworks, this edition marks the first under the direction of new Fair Director Zoe Paulsen.

The Fair program for Sydney Contemporary 2024 caters for collectors and the art-loving public alike, presenting engaging activities alongside the extensive artworks on show. Senior Curator at Artspace Talia Linz will curate Installation Contemporary, the section of the Fair dedicated to large-scale artworks, and Director of Friends with Strangers Samantha Watson-Wood will curate Performance Contemporary. Talk Contemporary will have two strands, one focused on architecture and design curated by Design Editor of Australian Financial Review Stephen Todd, and another on art curated by Curator of Contemporary Art at the Sydney Opera House Michael Do. Further details are soon to be announced.

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May 20, 2024

NATIONAL ART SCHOOL ANNOUNCES UNDO THE DAY

The National Art School has announced undo the day, a new exhibition curated by Gina Mobayed, bringing together work from 10 earlier career and established contemporary artists, exploring the human response to move towards the light when in darkness. Presented across two floors of the NAS Gallery from 14 June – 3 August 2024, artists include Karen Black, Nathan Hawkes, Irene Hanenbergh, Ruth Hutchinson, Nabilah Nordin, Mel O’Callaghan, Tom Polo, Ronan Pirozzi, Jodie Whalen and Coen Young.

The National Art School has announced undo the day, a new exhibition curated by Gina Mobayed, bringing together work from 10 earlier career and established contemporary artists, exploring the human response to move towards the light when in darkness. Presented across two floors of the NAS Gallery from 14 June – 3 August 2024, artists include Karen Black, Nathan Hawkes, Irene Hanenbergh, Ruth Hutchinson, Nabilah Nordin, Mel O’Callaghan, Tom Polo, Ronan Pirozzi, Jodie Whalen and Coen Young.

Working in and around abstraction and figuration, undo the day explores the notion of finding hope, and a way forward in times of doubt and change. As curator Gina Mobayed explains: “In darkness there is less definition and more uncertainty, there is an instinctual urge to move forward through both vision and feeling. We rely on light for orientation to mark the distance between what we desire, what we are looking for, and sometimes what we know. A flicker or a spark can be enough to offer hope, even if blurred and ambiguous”.

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May 16, 2024

Hoor Al Qasimi appointed as Artistic Director of the 25th Biennale of Sydney (2026)

The Biennale of Sydney is delighted to announce Hoor Al Qasimi as the Artistic Director of the 25th Biennale of Sydney, which will take place from 7 March – 8 June 2026.

Hoor Al Qasimi is the President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, the independent public arts organisation in the UAE founded by her in 2009 as a catalyst and advocate for the arts around the world. Al Qasimi has been the Director of Sharjah Biennial since 2002, an internationally recognised platform for contemporary artists, curators and cultural producers, and curated the critically acclaimed Sharjah Biennial 15 in 2023.

The Biennale of Sydney is delighted to announce Hoor Al Qasimi as the Artistic Director of the 25th Biennale of Sydney, which will take place from 7 March – 8 June 2026.

Hoor Al Qasimi is the President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, the independent public arts organisation in the UAE founded by her in 2009 as a catalyst and advocate for the arts around the world. Al Qasimi has been the Director of Sharjah Biennial since 2002, an internationally recognised platform for contemporary artists, curators and cultural producers, and curated the critically acclaimed Sharjah Biennial 15 in 2023. She was appointed as the President of the International Biennial Association (IBA) in 2017 and serves as the President of The Africa Institute, Global Studies University, Sharjah and President and Director of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial.

Al Qasimi was appointed as the Artistic Director of the sixth Aichi Triennale (2025), becoming the first person to be chosen for the role from outside of Japan. She has also co-curated exhibitions at leading organisations around the world, including the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Image: Dan Boud.

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May 7, 2024

$100,000 Hadley’s Art Prize Finalists Announced

Hadley’s Art Prize has today announced 35 contemporary Australian artists selected as finalists for the 2024 edition of the esteemed annual $100,000 acquisitive landscape prize. The finalists’ works will be presented in an exhibition at Hadley’s Orient Hotel from 3 – 25 August 2024, this year marking the hotel’s 190th birthday, with the winning work announced on 2 August.

Selected for the best portrayal of the Australian landscape, the finalists for this year’s Hadley’s Art Prize feature an exciting cross section of established and early career artists including Robert Fielding, Zaachariaha Fielding, Rosie Hastie, Naomi Hobson, Harrison Bowe, Belinda Yee,  Jane Burton, Helen Mueller, and Stephanie Tabram

The 35 selected artworks encompass a wide array of mediums including oil, acrylic, graphite, pencil, enamel, woodcut prints and digital etching, offering diverse and contemplative interpretations of the Australian landscape.

Hadley’s Art Prize has today announced 35 contemporary Australian artists selected as finalists for the 2024 edition of the esteemed annual $100,000 acquisitive landscape prize. The finalists’ works will be presented in an exhibition at Hadley’s Orient Hotel from 3 – 25 August 2024, this year marking the hotel’s 190th birthday, with the winning work announced on 2 August.

Selected for the best portrayal of the Australian landscape, the finalists for this year’s Hadley’s Art Prize feature an exciting cross section of established and early career artists including Robert Fielding, Zaachariaha Fielding, Rosie Hastie, Naomi Hobson, Harrison Bowe, Belinda Yee,  Jane Burton, Helen Mueller, and Stephanie Tabram

The 35 selected artworks encompass a wide array of mediums including oil, acrylic, graphite, pencil, enamel, woodcut prints and digital etching, offering diverse and contemplative interpretations of the Australian landscape.

The 2024 judging panel of art specialists is comprised of the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia Tina Baum; Senior Curator of Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Jane Devery; and celebrated British-Australian artist and Associate Head of Art at the University of Tasmania, Dr Neil Haddon.

Alongside the Major Prize of $100,000, there is the $10,000 Residency Prize, the $2,500 People’s Choice Award, the $1,000 Packing Room Prize, and $1,500 worth of prizes for students. Artworks are for sale and entry to the exhibition is free.

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