The Other Art Fair produces a comprehensive program of interactive art activations for you to engage with. Check out our 2019 program below to see what we’re all about, and then again in March 2020 when our newest program will be released.
Showcasing work by over 120 contemporary artists, specially selected by an expert-led Selection Committee of contemporary art experts. Each edition of The Other Art Fair provides visitors with the opportunity to discover and buy art directly from emerging artists – your chance to invest in the maker!
TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL
We’re excited to be collaborating with Grammy-nominated, and 5 x ARIA Award winning singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett in an exclusive immersive installation.
Courtney Barnett is one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in indie-rock, a singer-songwriter who mixes deeply insightful observations with devastating self-assessment. Barnett’s rise to global prominences feels both unprecedented and important, with Rolling Stone praising her as “one of the sharpest, most original songwriters around – at any level, in any genre.. a [Bob] Dylan-style word ninja.” The release of her sophomore album ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ in 2018 asked audiences around the world to contribute their own insightful observations – telling Courtney how they really feel.
The Other Art Fair in Melbourne will bring to life the inner-most thoughts of these people from all over the globe in an immersive and auditory installation – prepare to be inspired, heartbroken, elated, saddened and overjoyed as you enter the world and minds of those who contributed to this emotional project.
GREENER FUTURE – UPCYCLE
Kate Bryan, Curator of the Greener Futures program for The Other Art Fair Melbourne, has invited established contemporary artists to take part in Upcycle. We encourage visitors to bring an artwork of their own to be reborn by a great creative talent. It could be an unwanted print, an unloved old painting, your own artwork or a tired piece resigned to the junk pile, which will be made new for $100.
We are thrilled to be joined by outstanding Australian artists: Paul Yore, Zory McGrath and Emma Currie.
THURSDAY 2 MAY
6pm – 8pm
FRIDAY 3 MAY
6pm – 8pm
SATURDAY 4 MAY
1pm – 3pm
THE SONG ROOM – Charity Partner
Get inspired by the amazing work of our Charity Partner, The Song Room. The Song Room brings music and the arts to the lives of disadvantaged children and facilitates art programs across Australia. Proceeds from artworks across the Fair will be donated in full to The Song Room, look out for their logo next to artist’s work!
Photo by Thuy Vy
Celeste Mountjoy aka @Filthyratbag, is a Melbourne-based illustrator who amuses her thousands of followers daily with her witty interpretation of modern-day life. Visit Celeste at the Fair to take part in her interactive comic wall.
LILY GLORIA – Hand-poked Tattoo
You can get inked live here at the Fair, with hand-poked tattoos by Melbourne tattoo artist Lily Gloria. Visit Lily at the Fair and get one of her exclusively designed artwork!
THE BAD LAMENT – VR Experience
Under the moniker of The Bad Lament, Michelle Brown creates fantasy worlds and neon visual environments. Visit her stand at the Fair, don a VR headset and be transported into a world that plays with art and augmented reality.
HAN CAO – Workshops
Hosted by social media sensation Han Cao, visitors will be able to transform their own vintage photographs using a needle, colourful thread, beads and other embellishments throughout the Fair days. Book your spot here.
FOOD & DRINK
Little ones in tow? Not a problem! Visit our Kids Create area; a space dedicated to young visitors getting involved with our Little Art Pages activity sheet, to explore whilist at the fair. It’s packed with engaging activities and endless colouring. A great way to ignite conversation, inspire young minds and ideal for getting the whole family involved.
KYLE WEYBURNE – Installation
We’re excited for our visitors to experience the past… and the future. Past fair artist Kyle Weyburne’s installation takes you on a journey into a world where past and present collide. His juxtaposition of ancient symbolism entrapped within a modern universe seduces us to embody the moment and contemplate our existence. The future is constantly thrust upon us like an Orwellian prophecy; upgrades, new technologies, enforced obsolescence, but this installation merges the new with the old to create a symbiosis that is both comforting, inspiring, but also, disquieting.
MARK ELIOTT – Glass Blowing
Join theatrical artist Mark Eliott as he embodies alias Dr Eliott-McFoggarty on his exploration of the magic of clouds. Visitors will see an apothecary apparatus for the extraction of ‘cloud essence’ and will get to participate in the blowing of a miniature glass cloud.