Art Month Sydney 2010

November 2009
Kym Elphinstone

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Sydney's art world unites with new annual visual arts festival
- Inaugural Art Month Sydney launches March 2010 -

The vibrancy and diversity of Sydney's visual arts scene will be put under the spotlight with a new annual, month-long festival launching March 2010.

Art Month Sydney runs from 1?31 March 2010 uniting the different elements of the city?s art world under one umbrella for the first time in order to celebrate Sydney as a thriving centre of visual art.

More than 70 of Sydney's leading commercial galleries, artist-run initiatives, public art institutions and auction houses will host exhibitions and special events as part of the Art Month Sydney official program.

A diverse cross-section of artists will be on show as part of Art Month Sydney, from the emerging to the established, spanning all artistic mediums and presented within gallery spaces and beyond. Aspects of the art world often considered off limits to the general public will be opened up with behind-the-scenes tours of artist studios, gallery stockrooms, as well as corporate and private collections.

A series of talks and lectures with artists, collectors and art world commentators will offer advice on building an art collection. Another will explore creative collaborations between visual artists and other creative industries such as architecture, fashion, food and music.

As part of Art Month Sydney artists will collaborate with retailers and local businesses to create bespoke window art installations and happenings around Sydney in residential, business and retail spaces.

A special artist "speed-dating" event will offer aspiring artists the chance to make a two-minute pitch to gallery owners and art dealers about their work.

Follow your art: exploring the gallery precincts
Art Month Sydney will shine the spotlight on a different arts precinct each week during March to helping visitors to uncover some of the lesser known arts venues throughout the city. Four gallery precincts will be featured:
- Paddington/Woollahra (week 1);
- Surry Hills/Darlinghurst/Potts Point (week 2);
- Danks Street/Waterloo (week 3); and
- CBD/Redfern/Chippendale (week 4).

Coinciding with the weekly art precinct focus, local galleries will offer late-night opening hours on Thursday evenings. The weekly late nights will culminate at a pop-up Art Bar to be revealed during the festival.

The seed of an idea
The idea for Art Month Sydney germinated over coffee between two Sydney gallery owners Vasili Kaliman (Kaliman Gallery, Paddington) and Michael Reid (Michael Reid Gallery, Elizabeth Bay).

Vasili Kaliman explains: "Art Month Sydney offers those who have never taken part with art in Sydney the chance to get involved with our thriving arts scene. From the artists, to the openings, to building a collection - there is a world of art activity happening in Sydney. Art Month offers the chance for locals and visitors to become part of that world and to grow their understanding and enjoyment of visual art."

Dr Dick Quan, an avid contemporary art collector and Sydney medical practitioner believes the event symbolises the symbiosis of the city's art scene. "Art Month Sydney represents the coming together of that magic triangle in art creation ? the artist, the gallery or dealer who supports them and the collectors and institutions who buy the work," said Dr Quan.

"More artwork is bought in sold in Sydney than in any other city in Australia.
It is appropriate then that Sydney has an event such as Art Month Sydney which celebrates our artistic community at all levels - from the making of the work, to the presenting and collecting, which in turn supports artists to create new work."

Official Participants of Art Month Sydney:
Commercial Galleries: Aboriginal and Pacific Art | Anna Schwartz Gallery | Annandale Galleries | Annette Larkin Fine Art | Australian Galleries | Boutwell Draper Gallery | BREENSPACE | Brenda May Gallery | Chalk Horse | Charles Hewitt | Conny Dietzschold Gallery | Damien Minton Gallery | Darren Knight Gallery | Dominik Mersch Gallery | Factory 49 | Flinders Street Gallery | Gallery 4A | Gallery Barry Keldoulis | GRANTPIRRIE | Iain Dawson Gallery | James Dorahy Project Space | Josef Lebovic Gallery | Kaliman Gallery | King St on William | Liverpool Street Gallery | Martin Browne Fine Art | Maunsell Wickes at Barry Stern Galleries | Michael Reid Gallery at Elisabeth Bay | N G Art Gallery | Rex Irwin Art Dealer | Robin Gibson Gallery | Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery | Sarah Cottier Gallery | SH Irvin Gallery | Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation | Stella Downer Gallery | Stills Gallery | Sullivan and Strumpf Fine Art | Tim Olsen Gallery | Utopia Art Sydney | Watters Gallery | White Rabbit Gallery | Wilson St Gallery | Yuill/Crowley
Public and Private Institutional Partners: ArtSpace, AGNSW, MCA, Powerhouse Museum + Australian Center for Photography + UTS Gallery + Carriageworks

Artist Run Initiatives: MOP + SNO+ Chalkhorse + Firstdraft +Peloton
Auction Houses: Christie's Australia, Deutscher + Hackett; Shapiro, Sotheby's

Media Partners: Sydney Morning Herald, Vogue Living, Drum Media

Art Month Sydney Online:

For further information and to request interviews and imagery associated with the event please contact Kym Elphinstone on 0421 106 139 or email

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