Art fairs around the world are subject to a continuous process of re-evaluation and re-invention, as contemporary art develops and the art market changes. The Board and Executive Director of the Sydney Art on Paper Fair have followed the recent great success of the 10th Sydney Art on Paper Fair with a period of reflection on the future of the SAPF, considering new ideas and fresh approaches.
Sydney Art on Paper Fair is the only international art fair in Sydney, and the only one of its kind in the Asia Pacific region. Since its inauguration in 1989, the fair has established itself as a significant player in Australia’s art market. As a boutique-sized art fair with over 35 exhibitors every two years, the SAPF has delivered substantial rewards for Australian and international artists, galleries and collectors.
After celebrating the achievements of ten (10) successful Art Fairs, SAPF organizers decided to use 2007 as an interval to consider the changing nature of international art fairs and other recurring arts events, and particularly their; future in Australia and especially Sydney.
Executive Director Akky van Ogtrop says: We envisage a program that looks more broadly at the relevance of art fairs with the focus on SAPF, the contribution the fair makes to audience development and the expansion of art forms. Our aim is to produce a lively discussion through an Experts Forum. The Forum will be divided into several programs which will be developed throughout the year. Collectors, art fair directors, curators from museums and art centers, opinion leaders and exhibition policy makers from different cities and states national and international will be invited to play an active role. We envisage that speakers and panellists will address the current philosophical and practical questions about the development purposes and successful delivery of an art fair in Sydney
Most importantly, this discussion aims to reflect on the future of the SAPF , either as it has existed to date as a specialist boutique art fair, or as something new.
An in-depth discussion about the Sydney Art on Paper Fair will be beneficial and assist in turning this art event into a more diverse and fresh event.