Committed to constant evolution, NotFair, the Melbourne art fair that is determinedly different, is back this year with new curators, new venues, a host of exciting new artists and a new major sponsor.
In its 11th iteration, the biennial NotFair will be curated by Darren Tanny Tan and Linsey Gosper, with the original founders Sam Leach, Tony Lloyd and Ash Crawford stepping aside in favour of “fresh blood”.
“It has always been NotFair’s intention to allow new opportunities, new talent and new ideas. That applies to the curatorial sensibilities alongside the art and artists. We’re delighted to have Darren and Linsey take over from us!”, said the founding curators.
Darren Tanny Tan is a Singapore-born artist living and working in Melbourne/Naarm.
Linsey Gosper is an artist, witch, and arts worker living on Bundjalung country, northern NSW.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the basic NotFair curatorial premise, with artists selected on NotFair’s commitment to diversity, supporting, unearthing and empowering artists.
Exhibited artists can be emerging, mid-career or well-established artists who might be totally unknown or already quite successful. The key criterion is that the curators believe that more people should know about these artists’ works.
The main NotFair 2023 show, titled Alchemy, 8-13 December 2023, will be held at 333 Malvern Road South Yarra, which was previously Joels Auction Rooms, and originally the Hawksburn Primary School built in the grand Gothic style in 1874.
True to its record of finding interesting and quirky locations, NotFair will be the last major event held in the heritage-listed building before being imagined into global headquarters by new owner Scanlan Theodore.
NotFair 2023 will also stage a companion exhibition, Das Kapital, featuring video and new media curated by Victorian College of the Arts staff, Brie Trenerry, Amanda Morgan and Kieran Boland held at a former bank building 236 Chapel Street, Prahran.
Fashion house Scanlan Theodore will be the major venue sponsor for NotFair 2023, with further support from Bendigo Bank and the City of Stonnington.
Darren Tanny Tan