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
Artistic Director Georgia Hobbs
Festival Director Emma O’Neill
Public Relations The Press Society
Web Design Formist
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 | Alex Seton | 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.
Kate Britton joins the board after serving as Artistic Director of the festival from 2018-2019. Kate is current Project Manager, Cultural Events at the City of Newcastle and brings to Art Month Sydney diverse professional experience spanning directorial and board positions with arts organisations; curating and producing across artistic disciplines; public art and place-making and arts administration. She has worked with numerous spaces and festivals with an experimental and interdisciplinary focus including Campbelltown Arts Centre, Firstdraft, Underbelly Arts Festival and Kaldor Public Art Projects. She has published writing in various arts publications as well as catalogues and exhibition texts. Her curatorial practice focuses on queer practices, experimental and interdisciplinary forms, and new modes of collaboration.
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 Dark Mofo (the Museum of Old and New Art’s winter festival) and Fuzzy (Field Day, Harbourlife, Listen Out and Curve Ball). Daniel brings to the table a wealth of knowledge across partnership strategy 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.
Alex Seton is a Sydney artist working in sculpture, photography, video and installation, best known for his use of marble carving. Seton explores the complex role that objects and their modes of production play in our lives. Recent work has used this lens to engage directly with contemporary political issues, such as Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers, and questions of conflict and nationhood. Alex has recently been awarded the prestigious Mordant Family/Australian Council Affiliated Fellowship to study in Rome, which he will take up in early 2020. He is represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney and Singapore.
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