Fair Program 2019 March


Showcasing work by over 120 contemporary artists, specially selected by an expert-led Selection Committee of contemporary art experts. Each edition of The Other Art Fair provides visitors with the opportunity to discover and buy art directly from emerging artists - your chance to invest in the maker!

Check out our 2019 March artist line-up here


Kate Bryan, Curator of the Greener Futures program for The Other Art Fair Sydney, has invited established contemporary artists to take part in Upcycle. We encourage visitors to bring an artwork to be reborn by a great creative talent. It could be an unwanted print, an unloved old painting, your own artwork or a tired piece resigned to the junk pile, which will be made new for $100.

We are thrilled to be joined by five outstanding Australian artists: Janet Laurence, James Gordon, Camie Lyons, Alan Jones and Jennifer Keeler-Milne.


Thursday 14 March                   Friday 15 March                   

6-8pm                                                6-8pm
Janet Laurence                                Alan Jones                                                                                                                           

Saturday 16 March                   Sunday 17 March

12-2pm                                              1-3pm
Camie Lyons                                    Jennifer Keeler-Milne

James Gordon

Photo credit Jacqui Manning.

ART MONTH Presents 'Open Studios'

See artists in their element! Get an exclusive insight into how some of Sydney’s most dynamic artists get inspired, develop their practice and create their work. Get your hands dirty with exclusive workshops and live demonstrations. You will meet artists from Kil.n.it - an experimental ceramics studio for those with an explorative, avant-garde attitude to ceramics and Little Orange -  based in Campbelltown Arts Centre, who offer a creative space for artists with disabilities to develop their practice and network in a studio environment.

THE SONG ROOM - Charity Partner

Get inspired by the amazing work of our Charity Partner, The Song Room. The Song Room brings music and the arts to the lives of disadvantaged children and facilitates art programs across Australia. Stop by their stand to see the wonderful artwork created by their students and don’t miss The Song Room, CEO, Simon Gipson exploring ‘The Importance of Arts Learning in schools and communities across Australia’  as part of a panel discussion. 

Photo by Thuy Vy


The APY Art Centre Collective is a formidable group of the most celebrated and ambitious Indigenous art studios in Australia based in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, South Australia, including Ernabella Arts, Iwantja Arts, Mimili Maku Arts, Kaltjiti Arts, Ninuku Arts, Tjala Arts and Tjungu Palya, and the regional bodies Maruku Arts and Tjanpi Desert Weavers.
These art centres are home to some of the best-known and most collectable Indigenous artists in the country, as well as a host of young and emerging artists, all exploring a diverse range of mediums to express and share their Tjukurpa (Dreaming Stories). Visit their booth for a taste of the incredible talent developed at The APY Art Centre Collective.

SKELTON & CONWAY - Lunch Special

Skelton & Conway is the collaboration between artists Amelia Skelton and Tango Conway. Together they play with icons of the domestic sphere, using its symbology to communicate ideas,  both universal and political. This creative duo will be presenting “Lunch Special” at the fair, this piece probes the classification and structures of contemporary art and its marketplace.


We're excited for our visitors to experience the past… and the future. Past fair artist Kyle Weyburne's installation takes you on a journey into a world where past and present collide. His juxtaposition of ancient symbolism entrapped within a modern universe seduces us to embody the moment and contemplate our existence. The future is constantly thrust upon us like an Orwellian prophecy; upgrades, new technologies, enforced obsolescence, but this installation merges the new with the old to create a symbiosis that is both comforting, inspiring, but also, disquieting.

MARTIN SHAW - Three Well-Known Australians

Take part in creating a portrait of Australia with “The Three Well-Known Australians” by artist Martin Shaw. This body of work has toured Australia since 1983, visiting a staggering 205 venues and now The Other Art Fair. Contribute to the Yearbook at the Fair and be a part of an ever-evolving art work.


Join a Saatchi Art expert on a free, exclusive guided tour of the fair:

Thursday 14th March - 7pm

Friday 15th March - 6pm

Saturday 16th March - 2pm

Sunday 17th March - 1pm

HAN CAO - Paper Embroidery and Modern Calligraphy Workshops

Hosted by social media sensation Han Cao, visitors will be able to transform their own vintage photographs using a needle, colourful thread, beads and other embellishments, or learn the art of brush lettering in a live setting.

MARK ELIOTT - Essence of Cloud Glass Blowing

Join theatrical artist Mark Eliott as he embodies alias Dr Eliott-McFoggarty on his exploration of the magic of clouds. Visitors will see an apothecary apparatus for the extraction of ‘cloud essence’ and will get to participate in the blowing of a miniature glass cloud.


Don't miss the free panel discussions we have over the weekend:


Panel Discussion: The Importance of Arts Learning in schools and communities across Australia
Lead by Simon Cooper (Head of Studies at the National Art School), featuring fellow Panelists:
- Heather Whitely Robertson (Head of Learning & Participation at the Art Gallery of NSW)
- Katie Crowl (Coordinator of School access programs the Museum of Contemporary Art)
- Simon Gipson (CEO at The Song Room)


Panel Discussion: Best Practice & Industry Ethics 
Lead by Skye O'Meara (General Manager, APY Art Centre Collective), featuring fellow Panelists:
- Sally Scales (Artist)
Nyunmiti Burton (Artist)


Little ones in tow? Not a problem! Visit our Kids Create area; a space dedicated to young visitors getting involved with our Little Art Pages book, to explore whilist at the fair. It's packed with engaging activities and endless colouring. A great way to ignite conversation, inspire young minds and ideal for getting the whole family involved.


Ovolo hotels are a design-led boutique lifestyle hotel collection with properties in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Hong Kong. Our hotels are a celebration of art and design and are inspired unique spaces influenced by local emerging artists, culture and community.  

Our Sydney hotels will be buzzing with all things art during the fair so if you love art be sure to check us out.

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