Art & Design

Dive Into A Virtual World Of New Art, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair Is Going Digital

By Sammy Preston
16th Sep 2020

An artwork by Australian artist Kate Ballis.
An artwork by Australian artist Kate Ballis.

Navigating the busy, art-filled hallways of Sydney Contemporary Art Fair each September is a major springtime highlight in this city.

While the whole thing only started in 2013, this home-grown fair very quickly made a name for itself on the international art calendar for well-heeled art collectors that regularly shop at super-hyped fairs like Basel and Frieze.

And, as well as all of its authentic art world racket, Sydney Contemporary is very—well, Sydney. The fair is easy-going not glitzy. It champions Australian artists and galleries and communities. And its installation and performance program makes your visit exciting, whether you’re keen to drop cash on a painting or not.

However, because busy, art-filled hallways aren’t really a thing in 2020—Sydney Contemporary has been working hard on a digital edition as a show of support to artists, galleries, and the arts community in Australia. Revealed today, “Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020” is the result—a virtual world containing some 450 new artworks created by over 380 artists during 2020.

Accessible throughout October only, the brand-new custom platform will take art-enthusiasts on an artist-led journey of discovery, where you’ll be encouraged to create a pathway to find an artwork (or many) that you love. Of the hundreds of pieces on show, you’ll see paintings, drawings, photography, video, mixed-media, virtual reality, and sculpture, all created by major Australian and international artists to reflect on the turbulence of 2020 and the many and varied human experiences of the last few months.

On the artist line-up is Ben Quilty, John Prince Siddon, Guan Wei, Brook Andrew, Daniel Agdag, Zico Albaiquni, Jan Albers, Juz Kitson, Lindy Lee, Oh Seung Yul and many, many more.

“We encourage people to support the visual arts community in the most direct way possible—by purchasing the work of artists,” Fair Director Barry Keldoulis said in a statement.

“It is a chance to acquire not just an artwork but a memory, something to look upon that was created during this unforgettable year.” 

Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020 will be accessible here from Thursday 1 October. 

The Details

What: Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020
When: 1 - 31 October, 2020
Where: Online, here

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Image credit: Kate Ballis, Harley Ives, Guan Wei, John Prince Siddon, Ben Quilty, Evan Woodruffe

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