Art Month Sydney is a city-wide festival that celebrates contemporary art, artists and galleries through a rich and diverse program of exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, artist studio visits, tours, precinct nights, parties and more.

We hope you will join us in exploring Sydney’s thriving creative spaces and connecting with our diverse community of artists!

Art Month Sydney is a not-for-profit festival of contemporary art produced by the Australian Art Events Foundation, a registered non-profit organisation ABN 97 137 878 098

Art Month Sydney Staff
Festival Director Emma O’Neill
Public Relations 
The Press Society
Web Design 
Campaign Design
Elle Williams
Volunteer Manager Abigail Bryan

Australian Art Events Foundation Board Members

From left clockwise: Fredrik Blencke, Alex Seton, Daniel McMillan, Nick Tobias, Rhianna Walcott, Emma van Haandel. Photo: Christian Blencke.

Chair, Fredrik Blencke | Kate Britton | Rhianna Walcott | Daniel McMillan | Nick Tobias | Brett Kelly | Emma van Haandel | Lara Solomons


Fredrik Blencke is a Senior Private Client Adviser with Bell Potter Securities Limited. Fredrik has more than 20 years’ experience in financial markets and has worked for global investment houses in London, Madrid and Sydney. His international career began at Lloyd’s of London in 1996 before being recruited as an investment adviser in the Private Wealth Management Business of UBS. Fredrik was employed by Goldman Sachs JBWere before joining Bell Potter. Fredrik is passionate about art and joined the Art Month Sydney board in 2013 to assist the foundation with corporate sponsorship and fundraising to ensure the continuity of the festival.


Rhianna Walcott is the Associate Director of Artereal Gallery in Rozelle, Sydney. With over 12 years industry experience, she has previously worked with the University of Sydney Art Collection and as a freelance arts writer for various contemporary art publications. Rhianna also sits on the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Young Ambassador Committee and the Artistic Advisory Council for Milk Crate Theatre.


Daniel McMillan founded McMILLAN MGMT in 2012, and represents a host of premium clients and events such as Fuzzy (Listen Out/Listen In, Harbourlife and Field Day), RISING (the new iteration of Melbourne International Arts Festival & White Night) and Dark Mofo. Daniel has expertise and experience across partnership strategies and procurement, contract negotiation, creative proposal development, event execution, and post-event reporting.


Nick Tobias has 20 years’ experience designing and delivering architectural and interior design projects. His work has been published and awarded globally. A passionate ambassador for and collector of contemporary art, Nick serves on the Board of Directors of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), the MCA’s Foundation Council, the advisory board of the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair and was part of the Commissioner’s Council for Australia at the 56th Venice Art Biennale. He is Chairman of the ME Foundation supporting Montessori education.


Brett Kelly is Founder, Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Kelly+Partners Chartered Accountants, the principal sponsor of Art Month Sydney. Brett founded Kelly+Partners Chartered Accountants in 2006 and over the past 11 years has grown the business to become the largest private business specialist accounting network in the Greater Sydney area. Brett holds a Master of Taxation degree, is a best-selling author and a sought-after professional speaker. He brings to the board a passion for philanthropy along with 15 years experience in business advisory, corporate finance and software sales roles.


Emma van Haandel is the founder and managing director of EVH, Australia’s leading full-service luxury communications agency. Based in Sydney with a team of 20, she is the visionary force behind the business, guiding creativity, innovation and strategy, and a respected thought-leader in the fields of design, fashion, hospitality and retail. Emma is a passionate art enthusiast and collector, and brings her expertise in marketing, publicity and partnerships to the Art Month Sydney board.


Lara Solomons is a Senior Associate in the Corporate M&A team at leading Australian law firm Clayton Utz with broad ranging experience across high-profile transactions for major Australian and international clients. She has been recognised in the industry as a finalist for the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards and the Australasian Law Awards. She also advises not-for-profit boards and is currently completing a Masters of Law at Columbia University in New York. Lara is passionate about enriching Sydney’s arts and cultural landscape and making it more accessible to broader audiences. She recently joined the Board of Art Month and is a member of the AGNSW Atelier foundation.


Art Month Sydney Founders
Vasili Kaliman & Michael Reid

Previous Board Members:
Michael Reid, Vasili Kaliman, Sarah Hetherington, Katherine Dezarnaulds, Julia Champtaloup, Andrew Rothery, Dick Quan, Kym Elphinstone, Sue Cato, Martin Green,James Dorahy, Paul Becker, Eliza Muldoon, Natalia Bradshaw, Clinton Ng, Helen Maxwell, Delwyn Everard, Richard David Kuo, Rebecca Sparks, Max Germanos, Maree Whybourne, Alexander Seton, Phebe Chan, Kate Britton

Previous Directors: Georgia Hobbs, Kate Britton, Barry Keldoulis, Glenn Barkley, Scrap Wall, Penelope Benton & Alex Clapham, Eliza Muldoon.