Words: Charlotte Middleton
Much-respected gallerists Ursula Sullivan and Joanna Strumpf have today announced exciting plans to expand their Sydney and Singapore operations, with the opening of a new Melbourne gallery designed by multi-award-winning Melbourne architects Flack Studio.
Occupying 300sqm in Collingwood on the city’s coveted north-eastern fringe, the new gallery will showcase works by Sullivan+Strumpf’s star-studded stable of contemporary Australian and Asia Pacific artists – amongst them Lindy Lee, Polly Borland, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Tony Albert, Angela Tiatia, Alex Seton, and Darren Sylvester.
One of the only major Australian contemporary art galleries to open in both Sydney and Melbourne, the move comes after more than 20 years as an integral part of the national arts community, forging relationships as advocates and ambassadors for contemporary art within the arts and creative industries, and the philanthropic and business sectors.
“Melbourne’s a great art town and we’ve been travelling back and forth for nearly twenty years – it’s about time we set up a permanent home!” commented Sullivan and Strumpf in making the announcement. “With new developments underway, such as the National Gallery of Victoria Contemporary Gallery, we felt that the timing was perfect.”
Founded in 2005 in Sydney, Sullivan+Strumpf quickly established itself as one of Australia and the Asia Pacific’s leading contemporary art galleries. In 2016, it became the first Australian gallery to establish a permanent presence in Asia at Singapore’s Gillman Barracks, where programming has since come to also comprise extensive public talks, art fairs, a strong digital presence, and printed content.
The new Melbourne gallery will feature a similar year-round program of exhibitions, talks, and events.
“We look forward to building on the valued relationships we have established in Melbourne over the years, to developing new ones, and to providing an exciting new platform for our artists, and contemporary art in Australia,” said the gallerists.
Sullivan+Strumpf Melbourne will open in October 2022 with a major solo exhibition by Tony Albert titled ‘Remark’.
This article was posted 23 August 2022.
Image: Joanna Strumpf (left) and Ursula Sullivan (right). Photo: Anna Kucera.