With much of the past two years having denied us of one of life's most treasured experiences – the simply but joyful moments of art IRL – you could say we're more than thrilled that The Other Art Fair has made its way to Australian shores in 2021. Widely regarded as one of the world's leading art fairs; the event has always been recognised as a space which connects art lovers with all experiences and tastes together with the best emerging independent creatives.
Presented famously by Saatchi Art, the 2021 Other Art Fair will unite a curated selection of over 110 independent young artists all in one place. With each artist selected by a prominent panel of industry experts, you can expect the creative works on site to cover a variety of mediums – and price points – featuring everything from stick-and-poke tattooing on-site, nude life drawing with neon paints and UV light, complimentary illustrations and more.
Beginning on Wednesday December 2 and running until Sunday December 5 at The Cutaway at Barangaroo; the four day event presents an unending source of inspiration for first-time art buyers, seasoned collectors, curators, investors, gallery owners and art lovers alike.
It's not often that we get access to some of Australia’s most exciting emerging young artist all under one roof. And although there's certainly no shortage of incredible creatives to become acquainted with, there's one in particular we have our eyes set on.
Self-taught 3D motion graphics artist Mikaela Stafford has been consciously developing her craft; drawing the industry's attention through her unique exploration of themes such as curiosity and joyfulness. Her latest body of work is no exception. On show at The Other Art Fair 2021; Stafford's animation series considers ideas of AI consciousness and often depicts thriving and abundant bio-digital environments where technology and the natural world exist harmoniously.
Enveloped in layers of detail, her work presents an important metaphor as we enter a new era of technological development – continuously facing and uncovering the unfamiliar challenges and opportunities of a cyber-physical world. Just like many artists of her generation, Stafford's work is an integration of a variety of traditional methods – including photography, sculpture and lighting design – to create her vibrant and playful works.
You'll be able to experience Stafford's work, alongside a remarkable lineup of other creatives at Sydney's The Other Art Fair 2021. For more details and to purchase tickets, head to The Other Art Fair website. And if you're wanting to discover what else is on in the month of December, look to our roundup of the best Australian shows and exhibitions to look forward to this month.