Artbank impresses at Sydney Contemporary

Between 8 and 11 September 2022, Artbank participated in Sydney Contemporary – one of Australia’s biggest and most dynamic arts events of the year. A selection of their acquisitions was on display, including the newest pieces purchased at the fair.

Artbank curator Oliver Watts and art consultant Martin Tokarczky shared valuable tips on collecting and curating, and championed Artbank’s unique leasing and artist support program.

Artbank is a unique government artist support and access initiative that enables organisations and individuals to lease artworks from an impressive collection of over 10,000 artworks. The income generated from the leasing program is directed back into supporting current and future generations of Australian artists.

After a three year hiatus, Sydney Contemporary welcomed over 90 galleries and 450 artists to Carriageworks in Sydney and included a full program of events and installations.

5 contemporary art pieces hang on a wall of a temporary gallery space. Two pieces are on plinths. On the wall there is hanging textile in primary colours, a square yellow painting showing people in a crowded room, a small  beige fabric piece, a square pai

Image: Artbank at Sydney Contemporary. Nadia Hernandez, Generoso Corazón Herido, 2019, Rhonda Sharpe, Me, the Echidna Woman, 2019, Tay Haggarty, Sun on Bare Back,2021, Nabilah Nordin, Twizzle, 2021, Lou Hubbard, Sunday Best, 2016, Rowan Kane, Untitled Figure, 2021, Vanessa Inkamala, 80 km, 2021.

: A contemporary art piece sits on a plinth. There is a concrete rectangle base and thin cast bronze legs holding up two circular woven desert grass discs. The discs are painted in acrylic reds and  browns, whites and greens and are made from raffia and w

Image: Louise Haselton and Papulankutja atists, Untitled, 2017, woven desert grass, raffia, cast bronze, acrylic paint and concrete, 162 x 60 x 15cm.

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