There’s a fair in there: our guide to Melbourne Art Week

A sense of community spirit and collaboration sees Melbourne's visual arts community step up to fill the void left by the collapse of Melbourne Art Fair.
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Image: Louise Paramor, Jam Session #6, 2016, found plastics, 30 x 30 x 60cm, Courtesy: the artist and Karen Woodbury Gallery. Showing @ SPRING 1883.

Exactly two decades ago I bought my first artwork, from an art fair held in Melbourne: the Australian Contemporary Art Fair or ACAF (later to become of course, the Melbourne Art Fair). This was its fifth edition, and my visit was a very tentative initiation into the art world. Were it not for the clearly, good cheer of the gallerist at the time – I asked for shock-horror, “lay-by” – together with a palpable celebratory atmosphere, I may well have never bought the work, and perhaps not ventured into the gallery circuit quite as promptly thereafter.  

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Catherine Asquith
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Catherine Asquith is a former gallerist, now art advisor, based in Melbourne.
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