Powerhouse Australian gallery expands its commercial reach

With an eye still on Asia and a new gallery opening in Melbourne, gallerist Joanna Strumpf speaks about commercial growth post pandemic.

It has become accepted that commercial galleries did well during COVID lockdowns, even as the art fair market took a significant hit.

Perhaps this was a case of the pendulum swing rebalancing the commercial sector, or perhaps it is was testament that Australia’s collector base is pretty solid – and growing.

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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