Melbourne’s coolest hotel-based art fair, Spring 1883 returns to Sydney’s Establishment Hotel on the 6-9th of September 2017. The fair will showcase upcoming contemporary art from renowned galleries across Australia and overseas, whilst focusing on artists who are paving the way with their contemporary art practice. Spring 1883 emerged in the Melbourne art scene in 2014 and is led by gallerists Geoff Newton (Director, Neon Parc), Vikki McInnes and Kate Barber (Directors, Sarah Scout Presents) and art advisor Vasili Kaliman.
The concept of the fair was inspired by the traditions of New York’s Gramercy Park Art Fair, which showcases diverse collections of contemporary art from across the world in a boutique setting. “Spring 1883 is an independent, curated enterprise providing a platform for the exhibition and acquisition of contemporary art.” – Spring 1883
What sets Spring 1883 apart from other art fairs is its locational concept. By removing the artworks from the confines of traditional white-walled galleries, the hotel-based art fair creates an intimate and innovative approach to how we view and experience art.
A highlight this year is New Zealand artist Eve Armstrong’s project ‘Trading Table’, which will be exhibited in the hotel’s gym. The project invites viewers to participate in the artwork by offering objects in exchange for a trade. The project operates without money and Armstrong facilitates the work by acting as the negotiator of the trades.
The fair brings together more than 20 boutique galleries from all over the world and is free to all who want to attend. Spring 1883 is a must-see for all who are interested in alternative contemporary art, individuality and free expression.
Artists in order: Ross Taylor, Ebony Truscott, Sarah Scout Presents Gallery, Nadine Christiensen, Fiona Abicare, Eve Armstrong, Yvonne Todd, Annika Koops, Daine Singer Gallery, Anthony Romagnano (feature image)
Credits: Spring 1883