The UK's largest artist-led fair, The Other Art Fair, attracted over 7500 on its maiden voyage to Sydney last year, and now it's announced it's coming back this October. The fair aims to directly support emerging artists and unearth fresh talent by presenting the works of 100 Australian artists.
Just which artists make the cut is decided by a panel of esteemed established artists and art world experts: Ben Quilty, Roslyn Oxley, Amanda Love and Leif Podhajsky are on this year's committee, which, according to fair director Laura Richardson, will "select artists based on their merit rather than experience, social status, gender, ethnicity or their financial position."
Proving the fair has a diverse approach to artistic genres is Rhys Gordon of cult-status Japanese tattoo parlour Little Tokyo in Bondi. Gordon, along with a yet-to-be-announced guest artist, is creating exclusive tattoo works for the fair, which will be tattooed onto a member of the public live on each day of the fair.
The 2016 edition will move to new art space Commune in Waterloo and will have Young Henrys hosting the bar, together with Archie Rose and Urban Winery. But we're most excited by Black Pantry's toasting stations, where you can make your own smores from their handcrafted marshmallows.
The Other Art Fair, October 27-30, Commune, 901 Bourke St, Waterloo, NSW.