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
2021 Campaign Design Meg Perkins
Collectors’ Space Curator Gina Mobayed
Festival Assistants Annesa Fung, Sarvika Mishra
Public Relations The Press Society
Web Design 

Australian Art Events Foundation Board Members

Chair, Daniel McMillan | Johanna Greenway | Rhianna Melham | Jarrod Rawlins | Lara Solomons | Ryan Gollan | Ian Neil

Daniel McMillan is the founder of McMILLAN MGMT – a small but mighty production and partnerships powerhouse that specialises in the arts, culture and events industries. Throughout the past decade, Daniel and his team have developed a detailed understanding of the passion points that connect people, artists, and brands – pioneering a unique and multifaceted approach that is authentic, sensitive and most importantly, successful. With a deep appreciation of the industries in which he works, Daniel seeks to expand the presence of the Australian cultural landscape while raising awareness for all involved.

Johanna Greenway is a music, arts, entertainment, and lifestyle specialist with a powerful skill set amassed through decades of industry experience. From community events to the biggest touring festivals in the world, this extensive experience informs Johanna’s approach towards creating and producing culturally intuitive and transformative experiences.

Rhianna Melhem is the Associate Director of Artereal Gallery in Sydney. With a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Art History from the University of Sydney, Rhianna has over 13 years’ industry experience and specialises in working with artists practicing at the forefront of contemporary art. She has previously worked at a number of commercial galleries and with the University of Sydney Art Collection. Rhianna has also worked as a freelance arts writer for various contemporary art publications and currently sits on the Young Ambassador Committee at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Rhianna is an Artistic Advocate for Milk Crate Theatre.

Jarrod Rawlins is the Director of Curatorial Affairs 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 and United Visual Artists. Before moving to Tasmania, Jarrod was the owner and co-founder of Uplands Gallery in Melbourne (2000–11), after which he co-founded KalimanRawlins Gallery (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, and has extensive experience in high-profile transactions for major Australian and international clients. She is currently completing a Master of Law at Columbia University in New York. She has been recognised as a finalist for the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards and the Australasian Law Awards. Lara is also a member of the AGNSW Atelier foundation and advises not-for-profit boards. Lara is passionate about enriching Sydney’s arts and cultural landscape and making it more accessible to broader audiences.

Ryan Gollan is the head of Hurun Report Australia and the co-founder of One Club, which seeks to connect the best people in business and art. He has almost two decades of experience in brand strategy and engagement. Ryan is passionate about art and sustainability, and leads Protect What is Precious® in Australia – a social impact initiative that promotes sustainability and ocean conservation (founded by renowned conservationist and philanthropist Susan Rockefeller). He is the co-chair of The Sapphire Dinner Project, a charitable initiative that raises awareness and support of our oceans. Ryan is a long-term member of VisAsia Council at the Art Gallery of NSW, an ambassador of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and a board member of the Australian Ballet Ambassador Board.

Ian Neil is one of Australia’s leading barristers. He is a passionate advocate in and outside of the courtroom, a mentor and leader, as well as an accomplished speaker, commentator and writer. Ian acts for, and provides, strategic advice to many of Australia’s largest corporations and has an active pro bono practice with a particular interest in human rights and social justice. He chairs the Board of Grameen Australia, which works with disadvantaged and financially excluded women. Ian is devoted to the visual arts, literature, and theatre and is a strong supporter and advocate of the creative economy.

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, Nick Tobias, Emma van Haandel, Brett Kelly, Catherine Haigh, Fredrik Blencke.

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