Between the art, film and music worlds, Sydney is certainly not shy of staging a festival. It can take a lot to snag an RSVP from the city's well-heeled cultural set, but the second edition of Sydney Contemporary has nailed the formula, presenting a program on par with the likes of Art Basel, Hong Kong and Frieze London.
From September 10-13, Sydney Contemporary brings together over 75 respected galleries and hundreds of big-name artists from eleven countries, whose work is for available for sale to the public throughout Redfern's über-stylish Carriageworks precinct. The artist list includes some of the most exciting names in contemporary art today - offering a veritable smorgasbord appealing to the novice, the discerning art enthusiast and those simply curious about buying and living with art.
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In conjunction with the art fair, Sydney Contemporary and the City of Sydney present the inaugural Sydney Art Week. Consider it the fashion week of the art world - a dynamic seven day program of VIP art parties, exclusive access to private collections, artist studio visits, lively panel discussions, insider tips on how to collect art and public art tours. A must see on the bill is The Other Art Fair. Originating in London as the underdog to London Frieze, the Fair showcases the best emerging and unrepresented artists Australia has to offer, meaning premium work, sans the premium price tag.
There's something to satisfy the foodies as well, with a slew of restaurants including the Apollo, Cho Cho San, Longrain, and Riley St Garage serving up special deals for Sydney Contemporary ticketholders during Art Week. Selected bars and restaurants are also serving a limited-edition 'Pink Frost' cocktail designed by 2014 Archibald Prize winner Fiona Lowry.
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The cutting-edge contemporary line-up of artists includes some of the best emerging and established artists from around the world. International highlights include: Pearl Lam Galleries (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore) exhibiting Zhu Jinshi, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Su Xiaobai, Qin Yufen, Joana Vasconcelos; top British gallery Ingleby Gallery showcasing Richard Forster, Peter Liversidge, Jonathan Owen, Katie Paterson, Callum Innes and Ian Hamilton Finlay; from Santiago, Chile - Galeria AFA, exhibiting three South American artists including Sandra Vasquez de la Horra.
Australian highlights include solo exhibitions by Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane presenting Ben Quilty; Melbourne's Tolarno Galleries' showcasing Brendan Huntley; and Sullivan+Strumpf featuring the work of Karen Black. Adelaide's Hugo Michell Gallery will feature work by Trent Parke, Tony Garifalakis and Lucas Grogan, whilst Melbourne's THIS IS NO FANTASY will present a solo exhibition by Natasha Bieniek.
Special offer: Sydney Contemporary is offering friends of Buro 24/7 the chance to purchase Opening Night tickets and Day tickets at 20% off. To book, simply enter the promo code BURO990294 here and click 'APPLY'.
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