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Art Month Sydney attracts over 40,000 visitors

23 March 2013

As Art Month Sydney 2013 finishes this week, organisers are delighted to announce that the event has this year reached new heights, presenting the most ambitious and diverse program to date and welcoming record numbers into Sydney's art galleries. Over three weeks 300 events and exhibitions were presented, featuring 200 artists in over 100 art spaces across Sydney.

Attendance in 2013 saw a significant increase with over 40,000 Sydneysiders participating in the event directly and around half a million people connecting with the event online and via social media. In addition, more than 90 per cent of Art Month 2013 events were fully booked out. This year, Art Month also enjoyed unprecedented media coverage and public awareness.

Highlights of the 2013 program included panels, art tours, debates, precinct nights, performances, workshops and artist dinners. The launch of the inaugural Collector's Space, a unique pop up exhibition celebrating personal art collecting journeys, was received with wide acclaim. Returning for the fourth year, the popular Artist Speed Dating saw Art Month introduce emerging artists to some of Sydney's most prominent gallerists, an important Art Month professional development initiative.

Art Month perennial favourites such as Art at Night precinct walks and gallery bars, and Art Cycle tours continued to grow in popularity. Other highlights of the program included ‘Two's Company', a performative dinner exploring the art of collaboration with some of Sydney's well known artistic duos, and ‘The Art of War', a sell-out panel discussion discussing the role of artists in warfare with artists Ben Quilty and Wendy Sharpe.

Art Month CEO , Paul Becker said: "It's great to see Art Month Sydney realising its potential for cultural change in our city and wonderful to see audiences embracing contemporary art in increased numbers."

Art Month Chair, Natalia Bradshaw, added: "The fact that more than 40,000 people participated in Art Month Sydney 2013 in just three and half weeks - is a truly spectacular result for a not-for-profit in its fourth year."

Co-Artistic Directors Penelope Benton and Alexandra Clapham said: "It has been wonderful to be part of such a positive and inclusive community event. We are grateful for the support of Sydney's artists and galleries and humbled by the enthusiasm from the public. Thank you for embracing our program, taking part in new art experiences and celebrating the talented artists living and working in our city"

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