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Through its flagship events the Melbourne Art Fair and the Melbourne Art Foundation Awards for the Visual Arts. Melbourne Art Foundation brings together the commercial, social, cultural and environmental threads that underpin and sustain the vibrant Australian visual arts ecology.

Committed to servicing the needs of artists, galleries, collectors and visitors, we lead the way in building national and international audiences and markets for the work of Australia’s living contemporary artists.

Our mission is to support and promote contemporary art and Australian living artists



Melbourne Art Fair

The Melbourne Art Fair is an international contemporary art fair that takes place biennially during Melbourne Art Week. It is one of the most important platforms for promoting contemporary artists in Australia, attracting more than 20,000 collectors, curators, museum professionals and art enthusiasts.

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The Melbourne Art Foundation Awards for the Visual Arts is a biannual event that, since 2005 celebrates excellence and outstanding contributions to the Australian visual arts sector.

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Since 2006, the Commissions program has provided a living Australian artist with a significant opportunity to realise a large-scale work for unveiling at the Melbourne Art Fair. Previous artists include Michael Parekowhai, David Griggs, Peter Hennessey, Jon Campbell, Ian Burns, and Mikala Dwyer. 

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