2018 Selection Committee

These members of a globally significant art community set the high standard of the fair, ensuring you can buy from our artists with the confidence that you are investing in the best of emerging talent. Past committee members include Rhianna Walcott, Ramesh Nithiyendran, Annette Larkin, Michelle Newton, Patricia Piccinini, Kathy Temin, Terry Wu, Lisa Fehily, Annika Kristensen, Amanda Love, Ben Quilty, Roslyn Oxley, Paris Neilson, Dr Dick Quan, Mikala Dwyer, Virginia Wilson, and Megan Robson. This year we warmly welcome Rebecca Wilson as our guest curator, as well as; Barbara Flynn, Michael Reid, Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Teresa Biet and Tess Allas to our 2018 Sydney selection committee.

GUEST CURATOR: REBECCA WILSON

Rebecca Wilson is Chief Curator and Director, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art. She was formerly a Director at the Saatchi Gallery, London, where she was instrumental in the launch of the gallery's online presence. In 2007 she created New Sensations, a prize for art students which identifies and supports the most exciting emerging artists in the UK. Prior to joining the Saatchi Gallery, Rebecca worked for 14 years in book and art magazine publishing: she was editor of ArtReview, and before that deputy editor of Modern Painters. She has over 10 years of experience working with emerging artists.

Learn more about Rebecca. 

BARBARA FLYNN

Art advisor Barbara Flynn has drawn on her extensive experience as a New York gallery owner and curator to become one of Australia’s leading curatorial advisors to architects, development companies and public organisations. She is curator of Jenny Holzer’s groundbreaking public artwork I STAY (Ngaya ngalawa) at 8 Chifley Square, Sydney, and is in the process of overseeing some of the most innovative and anticipated public art projects in Australia, including Sydney’s City Centre (for City of Sydney) and new precincts at Circular Quay (AMP Capital, Quay Quarter Sydney), Central Park (Frasers Property and Sekisui House) and Greenland Centre (Greenland (Australia) Investment Pty Ltd) with artists Olafur Eliasson, Jonathan Jones, Pipilotti Rist, Tadashi Kawamata and Agatha Gothe-Snape.

Her role as Curatorial Advisor to the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and Lend Lease for Barangaroo (2014–16) saw her begin the process of selecting and commissioning artists for a range of innovative, site-specific artworks for Barangaroo South on Sydney Harbour. As Curatorial Advisor to the City of Sydney for the City Centre (2013–18), Flynn drafted the City Centre Public Art Plan that was unanimously adopted by Council in July 2013, and identified artists to be part of the transformation of the Sydney city centre with the implementation of light rail in George Street. She continues her role as primary liaison to the artists commissioned for the city centre: Junya Ishigami, Tracey Emin and Hany Armanious. She is contracted to The University of Sydney to write a campus-wide Public Art Masterplan and is the author of a Stage 1 study of public art for the University of Technology, Sydney. South of Sydney, Flynn is overseeing a new work of art by emerging artist Mike Hewson for Wollongong’s revitalised Crown Street Mall on behalf of Wollongong City Council.

Flynn is a dual citizen (US and Australia). Before arriving in Australia in 1996, she was a gallery owner in New York (1980–94) and an executive with Gagosian Gallery, New York (1994– 98). She held curatorial positions in the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, and Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf museums in Germany, with funding from a Yale University Murray Fellowship. Her studies in art history were completed at Yale University (BA cum laude 1975). She undertook studies for a PhD at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts (1977–81).

Flynn’s contacts are wide-ranging, which enables her to bring an active network of artists, curators and other contributors to any project she oversees. 

MICHAEL REID

In less than a decade Michael Reid has become one of the leading art dealers in the country, advising private clients on the formation of their art collections with the aid of decades of experience in the sector. Michael’s cultural commentary, sought across television, print and social media affirms his role as an ambassador for Australian art. Michael received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OMA) on Australia Day 2016 for his services to the arts.

After a decade of arts industry experience with prestigious auction house Christie’s in London and Australia, culminating with the opening of a major representative office for Christie’s in Brisbane in 1996, Michael went on to contribute weekly as Art Market Analyst to the business section of The Australian newspaper for a decade. Following his time at News Corporation, Michael wrote a regular column for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers’ ‘Good Weekend’ magazine for five years.

Michael’s books Guide to Australian Art Galleries (2005) and How to Buy & Sell Art (2008) have been published by Allen & Unwin. He co-authored Australian Art: Who, when, what and how much? (2011) with Emily Cloney & Nathan Taylor, and The Poetics of Excess (2012) with Emily Cloney.

Michael’s reputation as a respected cultural commentator goes beyond his work in the printmedia, and in 2008 and 2009 Michael co-hosted the Sky Business News Channel Art Industry Hour.

Recognising that interest in Australian art is not bound by geographic constraints, Michael has established galleries in Sydney, Berlin and regional NSW, as well as an extensive online and social media presence.

Michael is co- founding director of Art Month Sydney, former director & deputy chair of Sydney Living Museums Foundation (formerly Historic Houses Trust of NSW), a member of the Law Society of NSW, the Australian Antique Dealers Association and the Berlin Art Galleries Association, and is cited in McCulloch’s Encyclopaedia of Australian Art. Michael is on the Advisory Board of the photography festival Head On and is a co-judge in the years 2016 Head On prize.

SOPHIA KOUYOUMDJIAN

Sophia Kouyoumdjian has worked in the arts sector for over 15 years across directorial, curatorial and exhibition management roles and is currently the Director of Parramatta Artist Studios. Previously she worked as the Curator at Blacktown Arts Centre and has comprehensive experience in Western Sydney’s contemporary arts sector. In 2017, Sophia guest-curated Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia.

TERESA BIET

Teresa Biet is a founder and director of Art Incubator Limited. Art Incubator is a registered charity which operates a financially sustainable support program for emerging Australian artists.

Teresa is passionate collector, philanthropist and arts advocate with a current focus on mentoring emerging artists in the area of professional practice.

She holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree and built a successful career in management consulting prior to focusing on the arts and other philanthropic endeavours. 

TESS ALLAS

BCA (University of Wollongong), MA (University of Sydney).

Tess Allas has worked in the field of Aboriginal art since the early 1990's. She has coordinated, curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions including 181 Regent Street: Addressing Black Theatre in 2012 for the 2012 Festival of Sydney at Carriageworks; Shimmer, 2015/16 at Wollongong Art Gallery andWith Secrecy and Despatch, 2016 at Campbelltown Arts Centre and Under Pressure for the 2017 Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia. She has curated a number of international print exhibitions in Montreal, Canada for the Montreal First Nations Festival; for the Gorman Museum at the University of California, Davis and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection in the United States as well as many smaller exhibitions on the South Coast of NSW. In 2012 Tess was the recipient of an Arts Fellowship from Arts NSW (now Create NSW) for further study and investigation into the history and contemporary practice of shellworking in NSW Aboriginal communities. She has written hundreds of biographies on Aboriginal artists for the 'Storylines Project' (www.storylines.org.au) which were published on the Design & Art Australia Online website (www.daao.org.au). Her print publications include essays for the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection (University of Virginia) as well as articles in Art Monthly, Art & Australia, Artist Profile and Artlink. With Daniel Browning she co-edited the Blak on Blak edition of Artlink (Vol 30 No 1). Tess was the commissioning editor of the 2014 Artspace monograph on artist Frances Belle Parker. With fellow artistic collaborator, Charlie Schneider, Tess showed her video workAndy Warhol on Aboriginal Art at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Adelaide as part of the 2014 Adelaide Festival's visual art program. This video work was also shown at the Kallio Kunsthalle in Helsinki, Finland in 2016 with an accompanying print exhibition. The video was the result of a two-month residency in the Rocky Mountains, Canada in 2012, hosted by the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

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