Barry Keldoulis Departs Sydney Contemporary

After 10 years as Fair Director, Keldoulis heads in another direction.

Words: Erin Irwin

Working as Fair Director for Sydney Contemporary since its inception in 2013, Barry Keldoulis has announced he will stepping down from his role after 10 years with Art Fairs Australia. The fair, held at Carriageworks in Sydney, has been extraordinarily successful during Keldoulis’ time with the team. Sydney Contemporary boasted 28,912 collectors in attendance with 90 galleries represented in their most recent 2022 edition.

Of his time as Fair Director, Keldoulis says that “it has been a wonderful opportunity to work with the Art Fairs Australia team to bring to fruition a premier art fair for Sydney and Australasia. Working with the galleries and their artists to bring the newest and best of contemporary art to a growing audience has been a privilege. I have often said that for a cultural organisation, renewal and refreshment at the helm after 10 years is probably a good idea. So my time has come, but I look forward to enjoying many more invigorating editions of Sydney Contemporary!”

The founder of Sydney Contemporary, Tim Etchells, has added that “Barry has played an important role in establishing Sydney Contemporary as Australasia’s premier art fair. We recognise his work and commitment to the Fair, our participating galleries and presenting partners, over the past decade. Over the past 10 years Barry has helped grow the Fair into one of the most anticipated cultural events in the region. We wish Barry well in his future endeavours”.

The next edition of Sydney Contemporary is set for 7-10 September 2023.

This article was posted 18 April 2023.

Image: Sydney Contemporary, 2022. Courtesy: Sydney Contemporary and Art Fairs Australia.


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