- Article by Natalie Mortimer
Sydney Contemporary has announced that three leading artists, Callum Morton, Mel O’Callaghan and Cameron Robbins will each create a large-scale installation that will sit throughout Barangaroo’s financial, retail and dining precinct in the lead-up to and during the fair.
Returning for its fourth edition, and now an annual event occurring every September, Sydney Contemporary 2018 presents galleries from Australia, Argentina, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand Singapore, South Africa United Kingdom, and the United States of America, spread across the entire footprint of Carriageworks in Sydney’s Redfern.
The artists commissioned for the Barangaroo partnership are internationally established artists who are responding to the precinct to develop their works. Callum Morton will create a Shelter that will protrude from the pavement creating shelter for passers-by, Mel O’Callaghan will present a large-scale floor installation and movement-based performance, while Cameron Robbins will use wind-powered drawing instruments on site, transcribe the invisible energies of nature, the wind, the tides and light to create drawings, photographs, and moving image works along the foreshore of Barangaroo.
“It is great to be partnering with the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and these three great artists,” says Sydney Contemporary fair director, Barry Keldoulis. “Barangaroo is developing a reputation for supporting artists to make work in a way few others do: the creation of public temporary, large-scale installations. The three artists are chosen for their capacity to make work that engages the viewer in intriguing and innovative ways.”
Barangaroo Delivery Authority executive director of activation and precinct management, Sandra Bender, adds: “Partnerships with local Sydney events such as Sydney Contemporary are key to achieving our ambition to deliver a contemporary program that is diverse and dynamic at Barangaroo. It is through these collaborations with internationally established Australian contemporary artists that we are able to create a space to inspire, intrigue and even challenge our visitors during a period of growth and constant change onsite.”
The installation works at Barangaroo will be open to the public from 20 August – 24 September 2018.
Pictured: Callum Morton, Sisyphus, 2017