Why there is no art capital in Australia

(Premium content) Premium content

While Melbourne and Sydney duke it out, neither is as necessary to art as it used to be, according to a new book Australian Art: A History by Sasha Grishin.
Howard Taylor, Spiral 1970 (detail) Jarrah 232.5 x 87.5 x 72 cm Photo: Galerie Dusselfdorf

There has always been a traditional rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney for supremacy in the Australian art world. As with most parochial contests, where there exists no absolute qualitative criterion (in contrast to a sporting code, where there can be a finite winner), in the art world it has always been a case of perception based on frequently arbitrary criteria. Further, in questions of supremacy there is an implied comment on the relative strength of the art market in each city and on the collecting policies of the respective state art galleries as determined by their trustees and curators.

Sabina Wynn and Jill McKeough

This content is only available to members of ArtsHub

Join Now for instant access!

A subscription to ArtsHub will enable you to:
  • Access the most comprehensive jobs board for the arts sector, with hundreds of positions posted weekly
  • Keep up to date with the latest industry news
  • Access thousands of members-only features, articles and guides
  • Be in the know with upcoming events and exhibitions added daily
  • Learn how and where to get grants, with the most extensive grant finder

... and much, much more.

Join Now and join the Australian arts community today