Digital or physical? Latest art fair updates

As lockdowns continue to wreck havoc across the country, ArtsHub takes a look at Melbourne's SPRING1883, Sydney Contemporary, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair and Cairn Indigenous Art Fair with their take on the future of art fairs.

* In light of Melbourne’s week long snap lockdown announced today (5 August), all SPRING1883 satellite events will be paused while waiting for further advice from health directives. SPRING1883 will be on Artsy until 29 August.

2021 has seen art fair organisers haunted with the same travel and venue-capacity hurdles from the year before. Threatened existentially, art fairs have been promoted to become more flexible and reimagine model – think digital pivots, satellite booths, and a whole lot of dedication.

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Celina Lei is an Arts Writer at ArtsHub. She acquired her masters 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. Prior to joining ArtsHub, she was an editorial assistant at the Hong Kong based ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is an art host on independent Instagram platform Club Ambroise. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. Instagram: @lleizy_