7th Edition of Sydney Contemporary: What You Need to Know

Carriageworks will welcome back the blockbuster art fair.

Words: Erin Irwin

Sydney Contemporary is set to return in September 2023 for it’s 7th Edition, boasting a massive line-up of premier galleries and artists. Since its launch 2013, the fair has racked up over $100 million in art sales, and 2023 looks to be its biggest year yet.

This year, 96 galleries will be converging on Carriageworks in Sydney to exhibit more than 500 artists both established and emerging. The Sydney space will see a solo presentation of work British artist Antony Gormley in the international Gallery Continua’s stand, as well as one-man shows for Yolŋu artist Dhambit Munuŋgurr with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, and Australian photographer Murray Fredericks with ARC ONE, Melbourne. In all, 35 countries will be represented by artists at the fair, including Australia, China, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, the UK and the USA.

Featured galleries will include both Australian and international galleries. 18 new galleries will be participating this year, including day01. from Sydney and Robert Heald Gallery from across the pond in Wellington, as well as Everywhen Artspace, Flinders, Redbase Art Gallery, Sydney and Yogyakarta, and Tezukayama Gallery, Osaka.

Well known local names who will make an appearance include Sydneysiders Sullivan+Strumpf, Yavuz Gallery, Chalk Horse, OLSEN Gallery, Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Martin Browne Contemporary, COMA, Michael Reid, Fox Jensen, Fine Arts, Sydney and STATION. Melbourne galleries Neon Parc, Alcaston Gallery and Niagara Galleries will be making the trip up, whilst EDWINA CORLETTE heads from Brisbane, and GAGPROJECTS and Hugo Michell Gallery will be coming from Adelaide. The fair will also see PAULNACHE and STARKWHITE from New Zealand.

Taking over the PAPER section of the fair will be galleries focused on showing the best of works on paper, with 22 galleries participating from Australia and Indonesia including Krack Studio of Yogyakarta and 16albermarle Project Space from Sydney. Nearby, the FUTURE sector will show what newer galleries have in the pipeline, with presentations by Jennings Kerr, Robertson NSW, Laree Payne Gallery, Hamilton NZ, LON Gallery, Melbourne, Void_Melbourne, Melbourne, Diginner Gallery, Tokyo, EG Projects, Fremantle WA and Sweet Pea, Perth.

To sum up, Sydney Contemporary Founder and Co-Owner Tim Etchells states that “Sydney Contemporary has been firmly established as the most influential art fair in the region, providing the most concentrated week of art sales annually in Australia. The distinctive setting of Carriageworks in the stunning destination of Sydney makes for an incredible week of art and we look forward to welcoming collectors and art lovers from across the region to enjoy our strongest program to date. With an expanded footprint of galleries, programming, and supporting events, this edition will be a Fair not to be missed.”

Tickets are already on sale for the fair, which is scheduled for 7 – 10 September. For more information visit Sydney Contemporary’s website here.

This article was posted 17 May 2023.

Image: Sydney Contemporary 2022, exterior. Courtesy: Sydney Contemporary and Carriageworks, Sydney.

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