We are excited that you are interested in applying for The Other Art Fair Melbourne.
For more information on exhibiting with us, you can download our Artist Information Pack.
If you still have unanswered questions please feel free to contact Maya for further assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Other Art Fair will take place from May 26-29,2022. Artists looking to participate can submit an application here. You can also subscribe to our Artist Newsletter to be kept up-to-date on Fair news.
The Fair schedule:
Thursday 26th May- 8:00-14:00 – Bump-in
Thursday 26th May – 16:00-22.00 – VIP Preview & Opening Night
Friday 27th May – 14:00-22:00 – Regular fair hours
Saturday 28th May- 10:00-18:00 – Regular fair hours
Sunday 29th May- 10:00-17:00 – Regular fair hours
Sunday 29th May – 17:00-20:00 – Bump-out
The Online Studios Melbourne will go live 4 weeks prior to the Fairs and continue for 12 weeks after the Fair. All selected artists, with an active Saatchi Art profile, will be featured throughout this time. You can create your Saatchi Art account for free and start selling your art today. For more information go to www.saatchiart.com/whysell.
APPLYING FOR THE FAIR
When can I apply for the Fair?
Our Call For Artists for The Other Art Fair Melbourne will begin in September.
(If, however, you would like to be considered for The Other Art Fair Sydney applications are currently open for the exhibition taking place 2-5 December 2021. You can submit your application here.)
I am represented by a gallery, can I still exhibit at the Fair?
Yes. Many of our artists have relationships with galleries and work with them to showcase their work independently.
Can a gallery exhibit my work on my behalf?
No. As an artist-led event it is required that you represent yourself on your stand during the Fair. The Other Art Fair is dedicated to connecting artists directly with buyers and collectors, the opportunity for personal connection is a crucial part of the Fair’s success for artists.
Can I choose to apply to participate in the Virtual Edition only?
Not currently but this opportunity may be available in the future. To keep up to date on new opportunities you can sign up to the artist newsletter here.
I have shown at a previous fair, do I need to reapply?
Yes. Each edition has a new Selection Committee with a new set of ideas so a new application is necessary for each Fair you would like to take part in.
Can I share a stand with another artist?
Yes. In order to do so, each artist must submit an independent application and each be accepted by the Committee. The minimum size for a stand shared by two artists is a 6 linear metre stand. Once the applications are submitted, please contact us at email@example.com so we can make a note on the applications that you wish to share a stand.
I live abroad and need to obtain a visa. Can you help with this?
The Fair cannot offer advice regarding visas, however, if your application is successful, you will receive a confirmation letter which can be used as proof of acceptance to the Fair.
ONSITE AT THE FAIR
Do I need to be present during the Fair?
Yes. The ethos of the Fair is artist self-representation and buyers really respond to the opportunity to connect with you as the artist. Each exhibiting artist should be available to meet with potential clients and collectors throughout the in-person Fair.
Do I need to install/hang the artwork myself?
Installation and hanging of your work is not included in the Fair Package. Artists can choose to hang or install their work themselves or our partner, Grace Fine Art, also offer paid-for installation services, bookable in advance. Artists can also choose to bring in their own additional third-party support to assist with the bump-in and bump-out of their stands.
Is there a wrapping service onsite?
Yes. Our wrapping partner provides a complimentary wrapping service for all artworks purchased at the Fair. Customers can also arrange shipping directly with the partner.
Is there storage onsite?
There are a limited number of bookable storage spaces available for exhibitors for an additional fee. Selected artists will be sent information on when these spaces go on sale to book pre-fair. The organisers cannot accept any responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged stock.
Is there any furniture (small table, chair or stool) included in my booth package or available for rent?
No furniture is included in the Fair Package however we encourage exhibitors to bring in required furniture. The Other Art Fair will also partner with a furniture hire company that artists can deliver rented furniture directly to artists’ stands.
I am bringing someone to help me install my booth, will I get a guest pass?
Yes, you will receive this when you check in at the welcome desk onsite.
What additional items are available to order?
Additional spotlights and electrical sockets are available to order. Plus your walls can be painted alternative colours from the standard white walls that are provided in your Fair package.
What are the stand prices?
5 linear metres + 2 spotlights = $2,200 + GST
6 linear metres + 2 spotlights = $2,640 + GST
7 linear metres + 3 spotlights = $3,080 + GST
8 linear metres + 3 spotlights = $3,600 + GST
9 linear metres + 4 spotlights = $4,050 + GST
All prices are in Australian Dollars.
For an additional $695+GST all selected artists will also have the opportunity to upgrade their exhibitor package to include a stand in the dedicated Virtual Edition of The Other Art Fair.
What shape are the stands?
The walls are configured to create a U-shape. For example a 5 linear metre stand would follow the configuration: 1x3m back wall + 2x1m side walls. If alternative dimensions/configurations are preferred please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your request after you have submitted your application.
SELLING AT THE FAIR
All payments from sales made during the onsite Fair are processed through a central till system (via a EFTPOS machine, a system that enables buyers to easily purchase your work). A 15%+GST commission will be charged which covers a 3% credit card transaction, handling fees, a full wrapping service for purchased items and staff to manage the tills and sales process. Please ensure you factor this commission into your pricing.
All payments from sales made through the Online Studios and the optional Virtual Edition will be facilitated by Saatchi Art and your Saatchi Art profile. If you don’t already have one set up you can set up your free account at saatchiart.com. Shipping is paid for by the customer and shipping is managed by Saatchi Art. Saatchi Art’s standard 35% commission will apply for the Online Studios and Virtual Edition.
Is there a restriction on pricing?
No, however, it is fair policy that all artwork on display must show prices. We strive to create an accessible, welcoming atmosphere at the fair. Not pricing your work can discourage visitors from buying or even asking about it. There is no set template for labels.
If someone wishes to buy a piece at the Onsite Fair, can they take it right away after payment or do they have to wait until the end of the fair and come back? I would need to know so I can bring extra art to replace something that sells.
As this is an art fair, visitors come to the fair expecting to purchase an artwork and take it home on the same day. However, each sales scenario is different and this is something to discuss with the buyer. If you would prefer to display the piece on your stand until the end of the fair, this is not usually a problem for customers. Many artists use red-dots to indicate purchased work and often bring extra works. There is no storage for additional artworks onsite at the fair, any extra works you bring must be stored in your stand or offsite.
What happens if I sell a piece at the Virtual Edition or in the Online Studios?
Shipping is paid for by the customer and shipping is managed by Saatchi Art, the artist would need to prepare the artwork for shipment. You can also update your Virtual Edition booth and upload a new work to replace the sold piece.
What is The Other Art Fair’s relationship with Saatchi Art?
We are thrilled to partner with Saatchi Art, the world’s leading online gallery, which provides artists with an expertly curated environment in which to exhibit and sell their work to collectors around the world. Working across 100 countries with over 50,000 artists, their ethos parallels that of The Other Art Fair: providing an invaluable channel for artists to sell their work directly to art buyers who wish to discover original artwork. We invite you to sell your work via The Other Art Fair on Saatchi Art and reach an international audience throughout the year.
As an exhibitor at The Other Art Fair, your Saatchi Art profile will be promoted to Saatchi Art’s extensive network of curators, collectors, and interior design buyers, plus you will be promoted extensively as part of The Other Art Fair’s Online Studios. There will also be scope for selection as a highlighted fair artist or for inclusion within Saatchi Art’s curated collections ‘One To Watch’ and ‘Curator’s Choice’; the possibility of being featured in Saatchi Art’s quarterly catalogues and being hand-picked by their Art Advisory team; and benefits from exposure to their social media network of nearly 1M followers. With Saatchi Art’s support, the Online Studios provides the perfect platform to expand our online content through collections, Canvas blog posts and more to further promote individual fair artists – unique material that will support your practice.
- Following the ethos of the fair, you are free to edit and curate your own Saatchi Art profile.
- Your Saatchi Art profile will additionally be promoted through The Other Art Fair Online Studios.
- There is no sign-up fee or monthly subscription fee.
- Saatchi Art handles all shipping on your behalf.
- Saatchi Art takes a 35% commission fee on sales.
- All sales generated through the Online Studios will be facilitated by Saatchi Art and subject to the Saatchi Art commission.
- These profiles form the only Exhibitor list and basis for all online artist marketing including e-shots, social media and Canvas.
- Further details about selling your work on Saatchi Art can be found here: https://support.saatchiart.com/hc/en-us/categories/200315048-Seller-s-Guide-
What preparation materials are provided?
Each artist will receive an Exhibitor Manual and detailed information prior to the Fair, plus we are on hand to answer any questions you may have and support you through the process.
Is the fair curated?
Yes. Stands cannot be booked on a first-come, first-served basis. The Fair is carefully curated taking into account the nature of the work and how it is complemented by that of adjacent stands. Each artist will be given the number of linear feet as requested on the contract.
What are the artist workshops?
The artist workshops are led by the Australian team and are a series of videos that will help you to prepare for various aspects of the event. We will cover different aspects of the Fair including logistics, marketing, PR and sales and will also host live webinars to answer artists questions and provide additional support. We will also host a meet up in Melbourne which will be a chance to meet other exhibitors.
KEEP IN TOUCH
Good luck with your application!