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10 galleries to watch at Sydney Contemporary

10 galleries to watch at Sydney Contemporary

Kronenberg Mais Wright at Sydney Contemporary 2019, photo by Zan Wimberley

With Sydney Contemporary fast approaching, we asked art advocate Natalia Ottolenghi Bradshaw to share her top ten picks at the fair.

Art advocate extraordinaire, Natalia Ottolenghi Bradshaw is the Chair of the UNSW Galleries Advisory Board, Australian Museum Foundation Trustee, and Member UNSW Faculty Arts, Design and Architecture Advisory Council. Moreover, she is a highly regarded art advisor and collections manager with a known eye for the work of both established and emerging artists. Here she gives us a run-down on artworks and galleries to watch, all of which will be presented at the fair.

When commenting on her selections, Ottolenghi Bradshaw says, “Sydney Contemporary is actually my favourite art fair. Anywhere. It’s a rigorous celebration of our robust local visual arts ecosystem, one that is dynamic and of exceptional quality. It’s hard to pick just ten galleries amongst the many more participating in Sydney Contemporary – but these came to mind (listed alphabetically) – I deal with them often, know many of their artists personally, and know that these galleries look after their artists well. They also show ‘museum quality’ work that in the main is a requisite of what I look for, and certainly not an indication of price, as some works I’m visualising in this list are less than $3000.”

Darren Knight Gallery

Sydney Contemporary 8-11 September

Kushana Bush, This Sacrifice, 2021, gouache, metallic paint and watercolour on paper, 39.25 x 50.5 cm, courtesy the artist and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney


Dominik Mersch Gallery

Sydney Contemporary 8-11 September

Lottie Consalvo, A Holding Place, 2022, acrylic on board, 200 x 120 cm, courtesy the artist and Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney


Gallery Sally Dan Cuthbert

Sydney Contemporary 8-11 September

Donna Marcus, Sown, 2022 Aluminium, adhesive, steel 130 x 150 x 13 cm, courtesy the artist and Gallery Sally Dan Cuthbert


Kronenberg Mais Wright

Sydney Contemporary 8-11 September

Mel O’Callaghan, VANADIUM, 2021, acrylic paint and pigment on glass, 140 x 160 cm, courtesy the artists and Kronenberg Mais Wright, Sydney


N. Smith Gallery

Sydney Contemporary 8-11 September

Joan Ross, On taking possession of the land, 2022, hand-painted digital print on rag paper, 76 x 100cm, courtesy the artist and N. Smith Gallery, Sydney


Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

James Angus, New Gold Dream, 2022, steel, enamel paint, 122 x 125 x 60 cm, courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney


Sullivan + Strumpf

Tony Albert, Interior Composition (with Appropriated Aboriginal Design Vase) V, 2022

Acrylic and vintage appropriated fabric on Arches paper, 57 x 38cm, 68 x 47.5 x 6.2 cm (framed), courtesy the artists and Sullivan + Strumpf Gallery, Sydney


The Commercial

Diena Georgetti, romantic CAMPAIGN, 2022, acrylic on canvas, custom frame, 106.5 x 98.25 x 4cm, courtesy the artist and The Commercial, Sydney


Utopia Art Sydney

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaljtarri, Untitled, 2020, acrylic on linen, 183 x 153cm, courtesy the artist and Utopia Art, Sydney



Christopher Bassi, Still Life No.1, 2022, oil on canvas, 121 x 97 cm, courtesy the artist and Yavuz Gallery, Sydney


Sydney Contemporary runs from 8–11 September and tickets are available now at sydneycontemporary.com.au

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Gillian Serisier

Gillian Serisier is an editor-at-large for Indesign Media Asia Pacific, where she covers all corners of design and art across the Habitus and Indesign network. Gillian has contributed to many outstanding publications, and her extensive knowledge and sharp words make for compelling storytelling.