Art Month to look at new event production team for 2016

Posted on Tuesday, 30 June, 2015

The Australian Art Events Foundation and 10 Group announced today that 10 Group will no longer produce Art Month, Sydney’s contemporary art festival.

The Foundation wish to thank 10 Group for the vital role they have played in shaping Art Month, establishing it as Sydney's much loved contemporary art festival.

Highlights of 10 Group’s four years of custodianship include significantly increasing audiences for contemporary art in Sydney and the continued support of artists and the commercial gallery ecosystem.  Over this time Art Month has seen the introduction of the role of Artistic Director, culminating in the appointment of Glenn Barkley for 2015; the conception and production of the Collectors' Space - now a unique and much loved feature of Art Month; the launch and delivery of the Ambassador and Young Collector Membership program and the delivery of hundreds of events across Sydney's art spaces, both public and private, increasing engagement with contemporary art and creating pathways for the next generation of collectors.

10 Group’s CEO Paul Becker said,

‘’10 Group is proud to leave Art Month in a place of strength following the most successful festival to date with record audiences, new art buyers and secured sponsorships. We wish the Australian Art Events Foundation well in continuing to do credit to the vision of founders Michael Reid and Vasili Kaliman. 

I thank the AAEF for the opportunity to grow Art Month to its potential and will now focus energy on new projects. I look forward to watching the festival continue to grow in new directions.’’

Becky Sparks, chair of the Foundation, said:

“Art Month is now a firm fixture on the Sydney festival calendar and we are very grateful to 10 Group and particularly CEO Paul Becker for his hard work and creative energy. We wish them well in their new endeavours. We will shortly be announcing exciting new plans for Art Month 2016 and beyond.”