Across five days of enticing contemporary art and culture, the Melbourne Art Fair 2018 surveys 40 leading galleries and art institutions. Alongside enigmatic works by some of the finest names in the Australian, New Zealand and South East Asian art scenes, is an engaging supporting cast of talks, award shows, one-off commissions and curated project rooms to check out.
Running from August 1–5, MAF launches with Vernissage on the opening night. Providing an exclusive up-close look at the artworks that'll set the tone for the rest of the event, the event has limited tickets. They are $75 each and include a welcome drink, live performance art and access to the Southbank Arts Precinct venues and exhibitions.
Celebrating the Melbourne Art Fair's 30th birthday, the event has expanded its horizons to two additional Southbank spaces. Alongside Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and The University of Melbourne Southbank campus, there is the temporary Vault Hall — a 2000-square-metre marquee located in the forecourt of ACCA — as well as the light-filled exhibition space of Riding Hall, aka Martyn Myer Arena.
In addition to the massive arts program, prominent New Zealand born, Melbourne-based artist Ronnie van Hout will unveil a darkly humorous large-scale installation that'll consider his lifelong interest in UFOs, and Japanese-born artist Hiromi Tango will present a performative piece, called Lizard Tail (Dawn), on the streets of the Southbank Arts Precinct throughout the festival.
Melbourne Art Fair runs from August 1–5. See website for full program details and tickets.