2017 Media Releases

September 7, 2017

Sydney Contemporary opens to the art loving public today with Deutsche Bank as Principal Partner

With Deutsche Bank as Principal Partner, Sydney Contemporary officially opens today offering four days of the very best visual art, current trends and emergent practices  through curated exhibitions, installations, conversations and cutting-edge performances.

Thorsten Strauss, Global Head of Art, Culture & Sports, said: “We are proud to be the Principal Partner of Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s premier contemporary art fair. The third year running and it has already become the country’s largest and most diverse gathering of local and international galleries.”

James Roth, Co-Head of Corporate Finance Australia and member of the Biennale of Sydney's board of directors, said he sees the Sydney Contemporary partnership as "an extension of the bank's sponsorship of other leading art fairs around the world including the Frieze Art Fairs in London and New York and the Tokyo Art Fair.”

Art in Australia

Deutsche Bank has a long-standing commitment to contemporary art in Australia, which is reinforced by the new Sydney Contemporary partnership and evident in its collection throughout Sydney’s Deutsche Bank Place.

Anthony Miller, Deutsche Bank Australia & New Zealand CEO, said: “From the very first time I stepped into Deutsche Bank Place, the bank’s support for contemporary art became immediately clear.” Miller who joined Deutsche Bank in July added: “There are art installations that stretch across entire floors and are entwined with the architecture of the building. I soon learnt that this was just the tip of the iceberg; Deutsche Bank has been opening up the world of contemporary art to new audiences for decades.”

For Sydney Contemporary, Deutsche Bank has commissioned a new installation called Double Take by Australian artist Robyn Stacey that plays continuously at the entrance to the event and is open to the public.


The Deutsche Bank VIP Lounge, which features exclusive artworks from both the global and Australian Deutsche Bank Collection, provides visitors with a comfortable haven inside the popular event.

The two previous Sydney Contemporary events have attracted more than 60,000 people with a further 30,000 expected to attend this year.

About Sydney Contemporary

First held in 2013, Sydney Contemporary has become Australia's largest art fair. More than 80 Australian and international galleries are participating this year, including those from China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Chile and New Zealand.

Tim Etchells, the London-based founder of Sydney Contemporary, said he decided earlier this year to hold the fair annually instead of every two years because there is a demand for it. He said that art fairs generally tend to attract a new, younger demographic as well as the established top end of serious collectors, which supports Deutsche Bank’s commitment to bringing contemporary art to new audiences.

"What most people are after is simply a good piece of art that makes you smile," Etchells said.

Tickets to Sydney Contemporary available at sydneycontemporary.com.au/tickets


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