The boutique art fair ‘SPRING1883’ returns to The Establishment in Sydney’s CBD from Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 September with a number of leading contemporary galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the United States who will take over the entirety of the luxurious hotel.

Now in its sixth year and running concurrently with ‘Sydney Contemporary’, ‘SPRING1883’ focuses on delivering an intimate experience-driven art fair format for both galleries and audiences.

Photograph: Zan Wimberley. Sutton Gallery, 2017. SPRING1883

Kate Barber, co-founder of ‘SPRING1883’, says the fair ‘responds to a more intimate encounter with contemporary art. Both audiences and collectors enjoy discovering challenging and cutting-edge contemporary art behind each new door, across The Establishment’s four levels.’

Modeled after the ‘Gramercy International Art Fair’ in New York (now The Armory Show), ‘SPRING1883’ offers new and first-time collectors the opportunity to see art in an immersive domestic setting, which is a more accurate approximation of their home than the usual sterility of art fairs, while also having the chance to meet gallery representatives and artists in a relaxed environment.

‘The intimacy of the SPRING1883 presentation context in a hotel and its approachability also gives art patrons a sense of the way that contemporary art may look in their own homes, introducing new and younger audiences to collecting; actively building a next generation of supporters of contemporary art practice,’ said Melbourne-based gallerist and participant Kalli Rolfe.

The quasi-domestic environment makes for dynamic art, explains co-founder Vikki McInnes ‘The terrific frission of encountering art in a hotel room, which is quite a charged space to be in… many of the works that artists make for the fair, respond to this context.’

‘SPRING1883’ showcases the best of contemporary art from emerging artist-run spaces and established institutions, this year including Melbourne’s Arts Project Australia, Blockprojects, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Funaki, Gould Creative, John Street Studios, Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, LON Gallery, Murray White Room, Neon Parc, Sarah Scout Presents, Success and THIS IS NO FANTASY. As well as, Andrew Baker Art Dealer and The Renshaws from Queensland, Sydney’s, Cement Fondu and Fires, Fontanelle from South Australia, Tributary Projects, Canberra and Moore Contemporary from Perth, and Jonathan Smart Gallery, Mercy Pictures, Sumer, {Suite} and The Vivian from New Zealand, and from further afield; Daata Editions, London and Dutton, New York.

Wednesday 11 September – Media & VIP Preview by Invitation Only
Thursday 12 September – 12-7pm
Friday 13 September – 12-8pm
Saturday 14 September – 12-7pm


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