You get one chance to make a good first impression and Sydney Contemporary nailed it with the first edition of Australia's newest art fair. Staged at Sydney's historic Carriageworks, it was launched last week with a vernissage attracting over 12,000 guests and a final attendance figure of just under 30,000. Galleries reported better-than-expected sales over the three-day event and gallerists were saying they would be back for the second edition in 2015.
Sydney Contemporary will be staged every two years, alternating with the Melbourne Art Fair, but Melbourne will now be under pressure to lift its game as many of the gallerists at Sydney Contemporary said the fair at Carriageworks should be an annual event.
Image: Seung Yul Oh's Huggong (Variation 1), Installation Contemporary, curated by Aaron Seeto for Sydney Contemporary