Guide to making the most of art fairs

Want to attend an art fair but don’t know where to start? Here are some tips on how to make the most out of your ticket.

With Sydney Contemporary (8 – 11 September) and the Affordable Art Fair Melbourne (1 – 4 September) on the horizon, ArtsHub compiles a go-to guide on how to make the most out of your time at these mega events.

Increasingly art fairs host a breadth of rigorously curated programs including talks, workshops and artist presentations. While strolling leisurely may be your style, checking out one or two of these programs can provide insights on global trends and deepen the understanding of artistic practices.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.