Join us at 333 Malvern Road for NotFair 2023. The venue is well known as having hosted Leonard Joel Auction House for decades, and is now changing hands to luxury fashion label Scanlan Theodore. But before the handover NotFair is hosting its biennial art fair at this iconic venue: a curated exhibition showcasing 41 extraordinary artists with over 300 works for sale.
The memory of much-loved artist Howard Arkley is honoured by the Arkley Award, established in 2010 by Arkley’s mother, Gwen and her late partner Frank Lewis. The aim of the prize is to acknowledge the skills of emerging artists and reflect Howard Arkley’s passion as practitioner and teacher.
“We’ve done it in memory of Howard,” said Gwen Arkley. “I feel he would have wanted to help younger artists. He won awards himself, but he was also a very generous artist, teacher and friend.”
The $5,000 non-acquisitive award focusses on talent in painting and photography.
Winner: George Goodnow
Established in 2017, the Anne Runhardt Art Award was founded to uncover and enable outstanding talent within the visual arts. The $5,000 non-acquisitive award is dedicated to independent, experimental and thought-provoking art deserving of greater recognition and opportunity. All participating artists of |notfair| are considered finalists of the Anne Runhardt Art Award.
The inaugural 2017 winner was Chris Henschke for his eponymous work Songs of the Phenomena (2016). A transformed nuclear reactor, a mechanical beast feeding of fruit through electrodes, softy howling, pulsing, creating random sounds. The work was since acquired by Dark MOFO, under auspices of MOMA Hobart.
The 2017 award was judged by Gareth Sansom – who’s retrospect exhibition Transformer was showing at NGV Australia at that same time – together with Ashley Crawford and Anne Runhardt.
Winner: Pimpisa Tinpalit
A House Haunted… by Art
Ghosts, Gangsters, Artists, Actors, Authors and Musicians have all collided in this magical abode. A veritable Who’s Who of Melbourne’s cultural characters have collected, at one time or another, at a former pub, now dubbed The Lennox, at Richmond’s 208 Lennox Street.
The Lennox Award is founded to enable emerging artist to exhibit and connect at this historical venue. It offers a free exhibition with a fully catered opening night.
The award is kindly presented by Helen Bogdan.
The Lennox Award 2023 will be judged by Helen Bogdan and the Ashley Crawford.
Winners: Sis Cowey, Dominic Kavanagh and Rowan E. Cassidy.
NotFair, Australia’s perpetually unruly alternative art fair, is delighted to announce a new curatorial team for their upcoming 2023 event.
NotFair was founded in 2010 by artists Sam Leach and Tony Lloyd and writer Ashley Crawford as a satellite event to the Melbourne Art Fair in order to showcase independent artists who often do not fit the commercial mould and are overlooked and under-recognized. The initial grass roots event has grown into a well-known and popular event on the Australian arts calendar. Now in its 13th year NotFair has launched many artists into successful careers, while the nature of the event is still unchanged: NotFair does things differently.
Thus Leach, Lloyd and Crawford have resigned as curators in order to allow fresh blood to take the reigns, with Darren Tanny Tan and Linsey Gosper as the new curators of @notfair_artfair 2023. Dates, artists and location to be announced shortly.
“After 13 years and a number of NotFair events it seemed time to allow a new generation to take over,” said the original team in a joint statement. “It has always been NotFair’s intention to allow new opportunities, new talent and new ideas. That applies to the curatorial approach alongside the art and artists. We’re delighted to have Darren and Linsey take over from us!”
DARREN TANNY TAN is a Singapore-born artist living and working in Melbourne/Naarm. He holds a Bachelor of Photography from Photography Studies College and a Master of Contemporary Art from the Victorian College of the Arts. Tanny Tan was a participating artist in NotFair 2021. @darrentannytan.
LINSEY GOSPER is an artist, witch, and arts worker living on Bundjalung country, northern NSW. Gosper is currently the Community Engagement Officer at the Lismore Regional Gallery, working to service a community devastated by flood. Gosper has held previous positions in Naarm / Melbourne as the Event Producer at PHOTO 2022 and PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography, Curator at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (2021), Curator of Engagement at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (2018 - 2020), and Director of Strange Neighbour gallery and darkroom (2013 - 2019). Gosper was a participating artist in NotFair 2017. @pulsing_animacy
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