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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

Melbourne Art Foundation is a not for profit organisation established in 2003 to promote contemporary art and living Australian artists. The Foundation produces the biennial Melbourne Art Fair and the Melbourne Art Foundation Awards for the Visual Arts; the flagship events of Melbourne Art Week. 

Melbourne Art Fair [2-5 August 2018] takes place for the first time in a temporary structure within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Showcasing a curated selection of 40 galleries, Melbourne Art Fair will present some of the newest and most respected artists from Australia, New Zealand and the region.

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Awards for the Visual Arts

The Melbourne Art Foundation Awards for the Visual Arts is a biennial event that, since 2005 celebrates excellence and outstanding contributions to the Australian visual arts sector. The 2018 edition takes place on Saturday 4 August at ACCA. Nominations open February 2018. 

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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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