Anna Briers announced as BEYOND Curator for Melbourne Art Fair 2025

Wed 29 May 2024
Image: Rhett Hammerton.

Melbourne Art Fair is thrilled to announce Anna Briers, Curator Len Lye & Contemporary Art, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, as BEYOND curator for Melbourne Art Fair 2025.

Harnessing the monumental exhibition spaces within the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, BEYOND presents large-scale installations and spatial interventions from leading contemporary artists. Melbourne Art Foundation supports the sector by providing a monetary grant to participating galleries.

Anna Briers is Curator Len Lye and Contemporary Art at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery | Len Lye Centre (Aotearoa/New Zealand), and guest Curator at The University of Queensland Art Museum (Meanjin/Brisbane). She has twenty years curatorial and project management experience, working across both institutional and freelance contexts. With a focus on contemporary art that addresses the eco-critical and techno-political questions of our time, each exhibition presents a research based, cross-disciplinary approach. Many projects respond to site and context, explore sonic or performative outcomes, or have an element of relationality that promotes audience collaboration towards the production of meaning. 

She has produced ambitious large-scale group exhibitions featuring Australian and international contemporary artists as well as artist surveys and new commissions. Key exhibitions include: We Are Electric: Extraction, Extinction and Post-Carbon Futures  (2023), UQ Art Museum; the two-part series Conflict in My Outlook featuring Don’t Be Evil  (2021), UQ Art Museum, and We Met Online  (2021), online;  Craftivism: Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms (2018-2020), a two-year national touring exhibition with Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) and NETS Victoria (co-curator);  I hope youget this: Raquel Ormella  (2018-2020), a two-year national touring exhibition with SAM and NETS Victoria (co-curator);  CoverVersions: Mimicry and Resistance  (2017-18), SAM; Cornucopia  (2016), SAM; and Nell  (2016), (co-curator) SAM. She holds a Master of Art Curatorship from The University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam, The University of Auckland.  

A recent publication, Conflict in My Outlook, was published with Perimeter Editions, Melbourne and launched at the Brisbane Writers Festival at QAGOMA. Focused on the techno-politics of our time, this edited anthology of texts includes Australian and international scholars, thinkers and interlocutors who have written on themes such as digital intimacies and surveillance capitalism, artificial intelligence and the internet as a neo-colonial force. 

The 18th edition of Melbourne Art Fair takes place in the Victorian summer, 20 – 23 February 2025 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Galleries announced and tickets on sale in October.