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Art on the move

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I thought I’d end the year with a sneak preview of the new look Auckland Art Fair will be rolling out in 2011. The brand was created by Arch McDonnell at In House Design, and inspired by the plywood crates that wing their way around the globe, carrying precious art cargo to fairs and exhibitions.

Galleries themselves are on the move in the New Year. Andrew Jensen is expanding his empire in to Sydney, and Emma Fox will take over the running of the gallery here in NZ. She will be sharing the Newmarket premises with Tim Melville who has decided to come out of his closet on Kitchener Street and take on some larger space.

Michael Lett is travelling westward into some industrial space on Great North Road (beside Philippe’s chocolates – uh oh). In Christchurch, Jonathan Smart relocated to temporary premises in England Street when his space was damaged in the earthquake.

29_glass.jpgThe fair is also shifting – but only a few boat lengths further down the wharf – to the brand new Viaduct Events Centre. The event will present a snapshot of what’s current in Trans-Tasman contemporary art practice by featuring 40 leading galleries and some of the region’s most sought-after artists. But more about that in the New Year…

We’ll be taking a break over summer but will have more art fair news for you in February. For now, my colleagues and I wish you all the very best for the season.

Jennifer Buckley
Director – Auckland Art Fair

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