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
Collectors’ Space Curator Gina Mobayed
Festival Assistants Annesa Fung, Sarvika Mishra
Public Relations The Press Society
Web Design Formist
2020 Campaign Design Elle Williams
Australian Art Events Foundation Board Members
Chair, Fredrik Blencke | Ryan Gollan | Emma van Haandel | Brett Kelly | Daniel McMillan | Jarrod Rawlins | Lara Solomons | Rhianna Walcott
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.
Ryan Gollan is the Head of Hurun Report in Australia and the Co-Founder of One Club with an objective to connect the best people in business. He has almost two decades of experience in brand strategy & engagement. Ryan is passionate about sustainability & art. He leads Protect What is Precious® in Australia, a social impact initiative to promote sustainability & ocean conservation, founded by renowned conservationist & philanthropist Susan Rockefeller. He is the Co-Chair of The Sapphire Dinner Project, a charitable project to raise awareness to support our oceans. A long term member of VisAsia Council at Art Gallery of NSW, an ambassador of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and a Board Member of the Australian Ballet Ambassador Board.
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.
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.
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.
Jarrod Rawlins is Senior Curator at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Hobart, Tasmania. Since his appointment in 2013, he has worked on exhibitions, performances and commissions with many artists, including Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney, Daniel Boyd, Christoph Büchel, Mat Collishaw, Simon Denny, Marco Fusinato, Gilbert & George, Alfredo Jaar, Anthony McCall, Hermann Nitsch, Mike Parr andUnited Visual Artists. Before moving to Tasmania, Rawlins was the owner and co-founder of Uplands Gallery in Melbourne (2000–11) after which he co-founded KalimanRawlins (now STATION Gallery) in Melbourne. He is a graduate of the Art History program at the University of Melbourne, where he was also a tutor and part-time lecturer in art history and theory.
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.
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.
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.