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Melbourne Art Fair 2012

The highlight of Melbourne Art Week, the Melbourne Art Fair will bring together over 70 leading Australian and international galleries, representing over 900 living artists for Australia’s leading Fair of contemporary art.

Melbourne Art Fair 2012 will feature project rooms showcasing the work of an exciting new generation of artists, presented in association with independent contemporary art spaces from across Australia and New Zealand.

There are numerous opportunities to further engage in contemporary art during Melbourne Art Week including Australia’s favourite ‘art party’ – the much anticipated Vernissage opening night, as well as the Lecture and Forum Program, Education Program, Art Tours and many other exciting and stimulating activities taking place as part of Melbourne Art Week 2012 from 30 July – 5 August.

Artist Commission

Whether it be an eight metre high inflatable rabbit by Michael Parekowhai or a full-sized, highly detailed rendition of a military Jeep by Peter Hennessey, one of the highlights of the Melbourne Art Fair is undoubtedly the unveiling of Melbourne Art Foundation’s Artist Commission.

The 2012 Artist Commission will continue the tradition of exhibiting an exciting, new, large-scale artwork by a renowned, contemporary artist. We look forward to announcing the commissioned artist closer to the event.

Exhibited at the Royal Exhibition Building throughout the Melbourne Art Fair, the Artist Commission is gifted to an Australian art institution at the conclusion of the Fair.

Education Space

Following the success of the 2010 Education Space, the Melbourne Art Foundation is proud to present the Amanda Marburg Education Space for Melbourne Art Fair 2012. The Amanda Marburg EducationSpace will facilitate public discussion and develop new audiences for contemporary art by providing a fun and active learning space and a significant opportunity to engage directly with, and learn from, practising artists.

Amanda Marburg will be producing a unique artwork to be presented in the MelbourneArt Fair 2012 Education Space. The project will involve four or more emerging and senior Australian artists, facilitating audience responses to the work. The audience will be encouraged to add to Amanda’s artwork using plasticine, developing an ever changing and growing work over the days of the Fair.

2012 Project Rooms

Sponsored by the Melbourne Art Foundation, the Project Rooms exhibit unrepresented and emerging artists and once again for 2012, we have some exciting exhibitions in store. Melbourne Art Fair 2012 Project Rooms will include BUS Projects, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Death Be Kind, Firstdraft Gallery, Gertrude Contemporary, Next Wave and Physics Room.

Chandon presents the Melbourne Art Foundation Winter Artspace

As the vines go into their winter slumber, the magnificent grounds of Domaine Chandon winery have awakened, featuring the works of some of Australia’s most exciting and highly regarded visual artists. The exhibition, entitled All You Need Is Love, will excite and inspire as you discover the artists and works amidst the gorgeous backdrop of the winery. All You Need Is Love considers relationships among friends, strangers, relatives and partners that may be fleeting, wistful, unrequited and enduring. Artists include Robert Arnold, Ted Barraclough, Jon Campbell, Patrick Hartigan, Anastasia Klose and Tracey Moffatt.

Melbourne Art Fair
Royal Exhibition Building
Carlton Gardens Melbourne Australia

Wednesday 1 August 2012
7:00pm – 10:30pm

Public Days
2 – 5 August 2012
Open Daily from 11am