Susi Muddiman is looking forward to opportunities for the Tweed River Regional Art Gallery if she visits the Hong Kong Art Fair.
Susi Muddiman is looking forward to opportunities for the Tweed River Regional Art Gallery if she visits the Hong Kong Art Fair.

Tapping art market in Hong Kong

A POTENTIALLY huge market for Australian art in Asia could be tapped during Tweed River Regional Art Gallery director Susi Muddiman's proposed visit to the Hong Kong Art Fair in May.

Tweed Shire councillors will today decide whether that possibility justifies spending $2200 to send Ms Muddiman to the event where she would mingle with “affluent and internationally-minded” collectors from Taiwan, Korea, Japan, South-East Asia, Australasia and mainland China.

Senior council staff have backed the proposal in a report to be considered at today's council meeting, saying the proposal presents a number of worthwhile opportunities.

They say the visit would raise the profile of the Tweed gallery, and the cost represents good value for money.

Ms Muddiman, who has offered to stay with “industry friends” to keep costs down, declined to comment until after councillors made up their minds, except to say: “If I get to go I would be looking around to get an international show here (in Tweed).

“A lot of Australian work is purchased by Hong Kong collectors,” she added. “It's a very good market to tap into.”

Senior council staff have told councillors the art fair lures collectors, curators and artists from all over the world.

“International collectors are drawn by an opportunity to see a quality and geographical diversity of art not presented anywhere else in the world.

“The opportunities to meet with leading gallery directors and artists offers many possibilities for the Tweed River Art Gallery, from enhancing the gallery's profile to networking with key collectors for future exhibitions.”



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