Ben Howe. Tectonica. Oil on linen

Media Release

The |not|fair| returns in November 2017 with double its size and strength. Founded as a humble satellite to the Melbourne Art Fair in 2010 with an emphasis on artists who are unknown or overlooked |not|fair| is a hybrid of curated survey exhibition and commercial art fair. It puts the spotlight on artists of talent who have yet to emerge from the shadows. It challenges the established gatekeepers of the art world and offers new opportunities for artists and collectors.

|not|fair| is a new model of art fair that has the look and feel of a Biennial exhibition but all artworks are available for purchase. It is both a fair and not a fair at the same time.

|not|fair| aims to introduce under-represented artists to art lovers, collectors, critics, curators and commercial gallery directors. Now in its fifth iteration the event has proven to be a resounding success with a significant number of |not|fair| artists moving on to successful careers, gallery representation, inclusion in major curated exhibitions, grants, awards and media attention.

Curated by |not|fair|’s original founders – artists Sam Leach and Tony Lloyd and writer Ashley Crawford – this year’s event will feature over 40 emerging artists set in a sprawling industrial factory in James Street, Windsor.


Not Fair opens 3pm till late, Saturday 11 November to Tuesday 14 November.

Hours of opening: 11am to 5pm daily

Introducing the amazing artists showing at |not|fair| 2017 in November.
This is Laetitia Olivier-Gargano. Untitled (Nose fungi).

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We are about to begin announcing the artists who will be showing at |not|fair| 2017 and we are aflame, agitated, aroused, beside ourselves, disconcerted, disturbed, feverish, fired up, hot and bothered, hysterical, inflamed, juiced up, keyed up, nervous, on edge, on fire, piqued, provoked, roused, steamed up, stimulated, wired and totally worked up about it!

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We are excited to announce that the fifth |not|fair| will take place in November 2017. We have secured a former industrial site in the inner city suburb of Windsor for the exhibition and over 30 artists from around Australia have been chosen to exhibit. The unconventional exhibition space will make for an equally unconventional, challenging and exciting show.

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