Gonna buy me some serious art
Here's what she found:
There are affordable art fairs in both Sydney and Melbourne, held anually. This year's Melbourne show is in April; the Sydney one is in June. The Age reviewed the shows a couple of years ago:
"Affordable" here means accessible, educational and - to cut to the chase - works that will cost no more than $5000, and as little as $100. The show, which brings together 120 galleries "from all corners of Australia ... and overseas", only offers original works. Nothing, say, like a reproduction print or commercially printed poster.Sounds like it might be worth checking out.
The other show that looks worth a visit is the Sydney Art on Paper Fair. No news about the 2006 fair on the web site yet though.
Artist-run gallery spaces
These are the Australian equivalent of non-profit exhibition spaces. First Draft is probably the best-known (even The Bargain Queen has heard of it!) and has been going since the 80s, but according to the Sydney Morning Herald a lot of other artist-run spaces have disappeared recently, which seems like a shame.
Some of the ones around Sydney include:
- Sydney College of the Arts degree show (November and December)
- National Art School degree show and honours show (November and December), plus an exhibition of 2nd & 3rd year students' drawings (May) and a fundraiser of small works by established artists (October)
- College of Fine Art also have an annual graduation show; no info online about the 2006 show yet