Despard at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 2019

Geoff Dyer, Patrick Hall, Todd Jenkins and Sam Field

12 September  – 15 September 2019

Carriageworks, Sydney 


After the succes at the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair in 2017, Despard Gallery is thrilled to announce that we are returning to Sydney coming September. This year selected artists are: painters Geoff Dyer, Todd Jenkins and Sam Field and the feature artist Patrick Hall who is creating a visual masterpiece for the booth. 


Patrick Hall 

Patrick Hallconsidered to be one of the most creative and unique visual artists to come from Tasmania in the past twenty years.  Despard has represented Patrick for twenty years and his narrative vision combined with unique making skills put Patrick high up on Australia’s artistic pedestal. Patrick’s work “If They Should Accidentally Fall” is one of the most significant and poignant work to date and will be the featured masterpiece in our booth at Sydney Contemporary 2019. 
”If They Should Accidentally Fall” premiers as part of DARK MOFO 2019 at Narryna, a TMAG historical museum a Colonial Georgian sandstone house in Battery Point. Patrick is working towards completing over twelve individual components for the installation for Sydney. 

“If They Should Accidentally Fall seeks to create a secular, sacred space where fragile vessels spill secrets, longings and desires. It is a place where confessions are made and shared, where voices seep and search for solace. A place where we can bear witness to our own human frailty” – Patrick Hall, 2019


Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer; arguably Tasmania’s best known contemporary painter, hung in the NSW Art Gallery on twenty four occasions, a finalist in the Wynne Prize on ten times, twice in the Sulman and eleven times in the Archibald Prize, winning in 2006 for the portrait of this close friend Richard Flanagan.
This July the TMAG will be exhibiting eleven of Geoff’s Archibald entry portraits painted the past over twenty years, the subjects are all Tasmanian born.  The show will be opened by Jimmy Everett and the catalogue written by John McDonald. Geoff will be exhibiting his landscapes and abstracts at Despard Gallery from 31 July 2019.

Todd Jenkins

Todd Jenkins; represented by Despard gallery since 2010, his finely painted oils are lyrical and compelling with their gaseous veils of colour, the recent series based around the Tarkine Wilderness on the Tasmanian West coast. Todd will have three/five large landscapes displayed in our booth at Sydney Contemporary. 

Sam Field

Sam Field an exciting young painter, who brings a very different energy to the gallery presentation at Sydney Contemporary, his work will be hung between and visually balance Geoff Dyer and Todd Jenkins works. Sam’s narrative paintings feature colourful characters from Australian folk law and criminal past. Sam will include approx. 5 larger scale works in our Sydney Contemporary exhibition. 

Artist Talks and NEXT

Patrick Hall will be at the fair from Thursday to Sunday to talk directly to collectors. He will also be conducting an artist talks on our booth, Saturday and Sunday, time to be confirmed. Patrick will also be a speaker on the Tasmanian Creatives Panel, presented by Arts Tasmania as part of Talk Contemporary. Patrick will be discussing how the changing artistic landscape of Tasmania is influencing his practice, alongside artists Fiona Hall and Julie Gough, as well as Michael Bugelli (gallerist), Analiese Gregory (Head Chef and owner of Franklin), moderated by Jarrod Rawlins (curator MONA). Saturday 14 September 4-5pm.

Young emerging photographer Micheila Petersfield will be represented with her signature work ‘Bang Bang’ at the Sydney Contemporary NEXT. This is a new dynamic platform for emerging artists, which will be located in the Sydney Contemporary Café, Bay 21.

More info contact the gallery or keep an eye out on our website for previews and updates. More information about Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, please click image below.