Melbourne Art Fair’s revival: what the dealers thought

Melbourne Art Fair comes back pushing the boutique line and dealers give the new format the thumbs up.
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Michael Reid at Melbourne Art Fair. Image supplied

The Melbourne Art Fair (MAF) has just wrapped up, after the debut of its “reinvented” format in the Southbank Arts Precinct.

The biennial fair – the oldest art fair in Australia, established in 1988 and presented previously at the Royal Exhibition Building – had what could be described as an institutional hiccup in 2016, when its last edition collapsed after several galleries pulled out of the event.

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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