Alternative art fair returns with new curators and heritage-listed venue

The artist-led NotFair art fair will welcome its 11th iteration with co-curators Darren Tanny Tan and Linsey Gosper under the title, ‘Alchemy’.
NotFair. Image is installation of bricks, mannequin arms, pieces of rubble.

Alternative art fairs have gained their fair share of popularity in the past decade or so. Often housed in unconventional settings that diverge from the standard booth model, these fairs aim to platform underrepresented artists with a strong curatorial focus, while giving art lovers the opportunity to financially support bold, experimental work.

The SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York is one example, while in Melbourne, the biennial NotFair returns this December for its 11th iteration. This year, NotFair founders Sam Leach, Tony Lloyd and Ash Crawford have handed the reins to artists and NotFair alumni, Darren Tanny Tan and Linsey Gosper.

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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. Instagram: @lleizy_