Explore Sydney Contemporary

Sydney Contemporary, and the international host of artists and galleries it calls together, are indefatigable. Emerging from a long period of closure, cancellation, and increased financial precarity across the arts sector in New South Wales – and indeed Australia – the fair continues online this month with a robust, vibrant program. On the eve of its launch, we survey the Artist Profile alumni who are appearing at this year's fair, its public programs offerings, and other highlights.

From the November 11 to 21, 2021, Explore Sydney Contemporary offers access to over eighty galleries, 500 artists, and 1700 works of art. Usually housed in Sydney’s Carriageworks, this year a commitment to public health priorities sees the event accessible from across the country, and indeed the world, via its online platform. Highlights of the fair include a keynote panel discussion entitled After Shocks: Art, Disruption and Provocation, which focusses on leading in situational structural change and embedding new perspectives I note arts sector. Over Zoom on November 16,  at 1pm, Tony Albert, Laura Raicovich, Jarrod Rawlins, Natasha Bullock, and moderator Alexie Glass-Kantor will consider how contemporary art and cultural spaces are being shaped by decolonize practices, greater equity and direct action.

Alongside this keynote runs UNTOLD, a new commissioned series of First Nations artist video portraits, created exclusively for the fair. This series brings to life the language, Country, and stories of several exhibiting First Nations artists, including Dr Christian Thompson AO, Tony Albert, Karla Dickens, Jemime Wyman, Nongirrna Marawili, Jenna Lee and Regina Pilawuk Wilson. Visitors to the site will also be greeted by a specially commissioned animation by David Booth, who presents further work at the fair with Blackartprojects (Melbourne) and Hugo Michell Gallery (Adelaide). 

A great many artists at the fair have been featured on the pages of Artist Profile: Teelah George (Gallery 9, Neon Parc), Tricky Walsh (MARS Gallery), Jonathan Jones (Formist Editions), Joshua Yeldham (Arthouse Gallery), Aida Tomescu (Fox Jensen), Dale Frank (Neon Parc, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery), Karla Dickens (Sullivan+Strumpf), Linda Marrinon (Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery), Justine Varga (Hugo Michell Gallery), Kirtika Kain (Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery), Jason Phu (CHALK HORSE), Guan Wei (ARC ONE GALLERY), Tamara Dean (Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin), Prudence Flint (Fine Arts, Sydney), Nongirrna Marawili (Alcaston Gallery), Brenda L. Croft (Niagara Galleries), and Rhys Lee (Nicholas Thompson). You can find essays on these artists and their work, interviews, and reviews in our archive, or across our digital content.

Exhibiting galleries also include .M Contemporary, 1201 PE | STARKWHITE,  Alphabet City Press/Liz Jeneid, Ampersand Duck, Annette Larkin Fien Art, APY Art Centre Collective, Art Atrium, Art Collective WA, Artbox Artclub, Artereal Gallery, Baldessin Studio, Barbara A Davidson, Beaver Galleries, Bett Gallery, Blackartprojects, Canopy Art & Editions Tremblay NFP, CHALK HORSE, Cooee Art, Curatorial+Co, Darren Knight Gallery, Dominik Mersch Gallery, EDWINA CORLETTE, Finkelstein Gallery, Flinders Lane Gallery, GAGPROJECTS, Galerie pompom,  Gallery East, Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Gallerysmith, How Langsford, Hugo Michell Gallery, ILEANA, Jacob Hoerner Galleries, James Makin Gallery, Justin Miller Art, Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, KAMILE GALERY, KRONENBERG MAIS WRIGHT, Martin Browne Contemporary, MAY SPACE Online, Melbourne Studios, Michael Bugelli Gallery, Michael Lett, Michelle Perry Fine Arts, Mint NFT, Nanda/Hobbs, National Art School, OLSEN, Onespace Gallery, Open Bite Printmakers Inc, PAULNACHE, PIERMARQ*, Print Council of Australia, Sabbia Gallery, SAINT CLOCHE, Sanderson Contemporary, Southeast Studios, Sullivan+Strumpf, Susan Baran, The Commercial, THIS IS NO FANTASY, TRANSMEDIAL, UPSPACE Ultimo Project Inc., Utopia Art Sydney, Vermilion Art, Wagner Contemporary, Whaling Road Studio, and Yavuz Gallery.

On the opening of the fair, director Barry Keldoulis comments that “We are thrilled to launch Explore Sydney Contemporary . . . I’ve been so impressed by the number of new artists I’ve discovered while perusing Explore. We’re proud to be continuing our support of the arts community, helping to drive sales that will benefit artists and their galleries.”

Explore Sydney Contemporary 
11 – 21 November 2021

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