Art Fairs are back: #IRL and international

With the announcement of gallery participation for Sydney Contemporary, we take the pulse on the art fair sector, and its optimism for recovery.

The first piece of COVID news we reported back in early February 2020 was the cancellation of the Art Basel Hong Kong art fair, just a week prior to Australian galleries shipping out for the major regional event, and well before domestic lockdowns.

It was the first of many art fairs forced to rethink their model in 2020 – a platform which had grown to dizzying numbers in recent years.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina