Art Month - Sydney's Annual Celebration of Contemporary Art Draws To A Close With Record Results

As Art Month Sydney 2013 draws to a close, 10 group is 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 attention.  

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"

Art Month Sydney is produced by 10 group.

From Newtown to Kalgoorlie

From the hustle and bustle of inner city Sydney to the red dust and wide open spaces of Kalgoorlie there are few parallels.

A place that is 600km east of the most remote city in the world, Kalgoorlie is no metropolis. But with the wonders of the digital age facilitating a smaller world and an ever present passion for adventure and difference, 10 group have spread their wings. 

Traversing the gorgeous Australian landscape, our designer Catherine has followed her heart to Western Australia. With inspiration from WA's red sunsets, rugged terrain and wildflowers, Kalgoorlie is now home to our new remote 10 group branch for the next 12 months.

Thanks to skype, web conferencing and good old email, 10 group continue to be at the forefront of design productivity and work practice.

10 group creates new website for Graham Kuo

10 group is proud to present the new artist website for Graham Kuo.

Graham has had more than 40 solo exhibitions within Australia and internationally spanning four decades. Kuo stands at the forefront of abstract art in Australia and his work is held in all major public collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Queensland Art Gallery and in international collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Caledonia National Gallery.

Interested in having a website created for you? info [at] 10group [dot] com [dot] au (Send us an email) and tell us all about it.

Art Month Sydney 2013

Planning for Art Month 2013 has officially begun and 10 group is looking forward to delivering the biggest event yet.  Co-Artistic Directors Penelope Benton and Alexandra Clapham will inject a fresh and dynamic energy into Art Month, theming the 2013 programming around 'Art Experiences'.

In 2013 Art Month will run from March 1 - 24 and deliver a diverse program of exhibitions, talks, workshops, tours and art bars and as ever, everyone's invited.

For all the latest updates sign up to to the Art Month Insider and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

10 group and Art Month Sydney are pleased to announce the appointment of joint Artistic Directors Penelope Benton and Alexandra Clapham.

Art Month Sydney is pleased to announce the appointment of Penelope Benton and Alexandra Clapham as joint Artistic Directors for Art Month Sydney 2013.
Benton and Clapham are established innovators in Sydney's emerging art scene and share a deep understanding of contemporary art and creativity with experience both as working artists and in arts administration.

Together Penelope Benton and Alex Clapham will draw on a diverse range of art experience to delve further into the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary art in Sydney, while connecting with new and existing audiences.
Clapham and Benton are Sydney based artists working collaboratively and independently across installation and performance.  Alexandra Clapham is a co-Director of Firstdraft Gallery and Manager of Kudos Gallery in Paddington, Sydney. Penelope Benton served a two year directorship at Firstdraft Gallery in 2008 and is a founding member and co-owner/Director of The Red Rattler Theatre in Marrickville. Benton is currently undertaking an MFA at COFA UNSW, and has a BA Visual Arts from the University of Newcastle, and a MArtAdmin from COFA UNSW amongst other qualifications.
Art Month also announced a new Artistic Director mentorship program. In line with Art Month's commitment to supporting the contemporary art industry in Sydney, the mentorship represents an opportunity for emerging creatives and artistic directors to work with industry icons directly. In the inaugural year of the artistic director mentorship Liane Rossler will serve as mentor. Liane Rossler is a highly respected and central figure within Australia’s arts and design sector.
Art Month is Sydney's annual contemporary art festival held each March and is committed to showcasing the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary art in Sydney.

Artist website launched for Lara Scolari

10 group is pleased to annouce the launch of a brand new artist website for Lara Scolari.

Characteristically multi-layered and abstract, Lara's work is deeply emotional and thoroughly engaging. Living and working in Dubbo, NSW, Lara's intention is to explore underlying and complex emotions that are within us and how they play a part in human relationships. 

If you would like a website designed, info [at] 10group [dot] com [dot] au (contact us), we would love to hear from you.

10 group launches new website for James Dorahy Project Space

We are very excited to announce the launch of a brand new website for James Dorahy Project Space.

Opened in July 2006, James Dorahy Project Space is an exciting art forum committed to the presentation of innovative forms of contemporary art.

The gallery features the work of emerging and mid career artists who present work in a wide range of media including drawing, painting, sculpture and photography that reflect a diversity and talent demonstrative of current contemporary practice.

Need a website designed? We'd love to hear from you - info [at] 10group [dot] com [dot] au (drop us a line )and let us know what you're after.

Art Month Sydney 2013 – Artistic Director

Now in its fourth year, Art Month Sydney is a month long festival that celebrates the diversity and vibrancy of the visual arts in Sydney and embraces commercial, public and artist run gallery spaces. 

We are looking for an Artistic Director to contribute to the creative vision of Art Month for the March 2013 Festival, creating a program of events that will resonate with both new and existing contemporary art audiences.

You will have a strong visual arts background, event experience in a leadership role, ideally festival experience, and be part of/understand Sydney’s gallery scene. You will be comfortable communicating with multiple stakeholders including the public, media, galleries, sponsors and Art Month Board.

This is a great opportunity to take your career in the arts to the next level whilst contributing to building audiences for contemporary art in Sydney. The role is open to emerging directors as well as more experienced candidates.

You will be supported by an inspiring and professional team and report to the Art Month CEO.

Hours are flexible and negotiable – we envisage a part time role between August and December 2012 and full time from late January through to March 2013. An excellent salary package is available for the right person.

Click here to download a full job description. To apply, please send your application and CV, or enquiry, to paul [at] artmonthsydney [dot] com [dot] au

Applications close Friday 20 July.

10 group launches new website for Aboriginal & Pacific Art

10 group is proud to announce the launch of a brand new website for Aboginal and Pacfic Art.

Aboriginal & Pacific Art represents contemporary Aboriginal art from around Australia. Working with community-owned and -governed art centres, the gallery shows monthly exhibitions of new works, including painting, sculpture and works on paper, from established and emerging artists. Aboriginal & Pacific Art was established by Gabriella Roy in 1996 at the Sydney Dymock’s Building. Roy has worked with both Aboriginal and Pacific artists and artefacts for the past four decades and brings an acute sense of history and aesthetics to the gallery.

Need a website designed?  We'd love to hear from you - admin [at] 10group [dot] com [dot] au (drop us a line) and let us know what you're after.

My Name is Elizabeth

10 group are proud to have produced our first commercially available book.  ‘My Name is Elizabeth’ was a bit of an unusual project for 10 group, it's neither arts nor education focused, but it's been a great experience for designers Loren and Catherine, and project manager Rebecca.  We worked with the authors Ross Steele and Keith Howes to produce a beautiful gift book that explores the stories and celebrates the achievements of famous “Elizabeths” throughout history.  The book will be officially launched on Thursday 21 June @ Lesley Mckay's Bookshop in Woollahra. To find out more or purchase, visit


Almost 2000 professionals, students and creative-minded people flooded the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre last Friday for another year of Semi-Permanent: a two-day conference dedicated to inspiring all. They covered all bases of design, including photography, film, graphic design, interactive design, motion graphics and architecture.

In its tenth year in 2012, the SP crew did not disappoint with a line-up that held our gaze up until the final minute. The message of the day? Say yes, take risks - the reward is in the journey.

"Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it."
Florian Schmitt, Hi-Res

Stand out speakers included Hi-Res, GMunk, Luca Ionescu and Roman Coppola.

Art Month Sydney 2012. 300 artists, 200 events, 100 Galleries and You.

In 2011 10 group was commissioned to produce Art Month Sydney on behalf of the Australian Art Events Foundation for the next 3 years. We've been busy ever since and we look forward to launching Art Month Sydney 2012.

Check out the brand new website for full program details here and book into some events. They're mostly free and have been designed with you in mind.

We've created an Art Month Sydney for iPad app. It's one of the first of its kind and it's FREE! Download here.
We went behind the scenes and chatted with some amazing Art Month artists and gallerists to create a series of videos. Check them out here.
Head to the Art Month Blog for artists QandA, interviews and more.
Follow AMS on TW and FB and stay up to date.

Bring on March. We hope to see you there!

Thank you

Thank you for your ongoing support this year. 10 group will be closed for business from Wednesday December 21 and reopen on Tuesday January 3. Have a wonderful summer break and we look forward to working with you again next year. 

Eliza Muldoon, Artistic Director Art Month Sydney 2012

We're thrilled to announce that Eliza Muldoon has joined our team as Artistic Director for Art Month 2012. 

A long time lover of the arts and respected arts writer, Eliza enjoys a challenge.  “Art Month offers a unique opportunity to showcase the artists and galleries that form the heart of Sydney’s thriving contemporary art scene. We want people to get excited, to make them feel both welcomed and involved.” 

An awarded lecturer at the University of New South Wales’ College of Fine Arts (COFA) and founding director of the Arts Interview website, Eliza will be responsible for developing and implementing a curatorial and artistic program to form the basis of Art Month Sydney 2012.

Reasons why it's great to work in Newtown #1

Amazing cakes from the talented folk over at Black Star Pastry.  We really are spoiled for choice with all of the amazing restaurants and cafes in Newtown, and in our humble opinion, Black Star are right up there with the best.

We recently celebrated Rebecca's birthday with a lemon meringue basil jelly pyramid. Minds were blown and we're still savouring it days later!

10 group's first computer, 1980, courtesy of Steve Jobs.

It's worth spending 22 minutes of your life to hear his now famous Stanford speech - 3 personal stories with extraordinary resonance.

If you have less time, the Think Different campaign still resonates powerfully.

Colour you can eat...

These incredible Pantone inspired biscuits by American blogger and designer Kim Neill have captured our imagination / hearts / stomachs. 

Appealing to our predilection for rainbow colour coding and virgo-esque organisation - so satisfying! Not sure we possess her patience however.

Peloton: The Great Winter

September at Peloton in Sydney’s Chippendale has seen a month-long celebration of performance art. We were lucky enough to get along and see The Great Winter, by Penelope Benton and Alexandra Clapham. 

The Great Winter is a still performance piece, conveying the act of pausing and moving at the same time, to arrive at a new place. In Norse mythology, the Great Winter lasts for three years throughout which snow falls in all directions and there is no intervening summer. Afterward, the world resurfaces anew and fertile and the world is repopulated by two human survivors who have no recollection of the end of the world, or the Great Winter.

A beautiful and magical installation in the window of Peloton, this performance proved timely, as we shake off the cold Sydney winter months and welcome the Spring’s new bloom.

10 group launches 2 new websites!

We are very excited to announce the launch of two brand new websites: for Sydney gallery Eva Breuer Art Dealer, and local artist Emma Anna.

Eva Breuer Art Dealer specialises in buying and selling museum-quality Australian paintings and works on paper by traditional, modern and contemporary Australian artists. 10 group has created a website that is simple, elegant and easy to navigate, even when there are almost 200 artists to showcase! View the website here.

Emma Anna is a visual artist, creative producer and writer who has worked for local councils in a number of Australian states creating public projects with an emphasis on text, colour, modes of communication and the idea of ‘the mass’. 10 group tailored Emma's website to focus on her public installations.  You may recall her prizewinning installation Imag_ne which debuted in 2008 at Sculpture by the Sea Bondi. View Emma's website here.

Need a website designed?  We'd love to hear from you - drop us a line info [at] 10group [dot] com [dot] au (here) and let us know what you're after.

Are you our new Admin Coordinator?

10 group is a boutique publishing company specialising in visual arts and education.

Clients include the Art Gallery Society of NSW, the University of Sydney and commercial galleries throughout Australia. We are the company behind and are now gearing up to produce the Art Month Sydney March 2012 Festival.

We are seeking a unique individual to join our small, dynamic team. This position is an entry level one, however for the right person can be a launching pad for a career in arts admin or marketing.

You will be exceptionally organised, have impeccable attention to detail, love working in a varied environment, have a positive and friendly personality and be proficient with Microsoft Office and web content management systems.

Your contribution will be crucial to the smooth running of our various businesses – your multi-faceted role will include reception and general admin as well as web and app content loading for and Art Month.

An understanding of the Australian visual arts scene is a pre-requisite given our client base and brands. Work experience in the visual arts in some capacity will also need to be demonstrated. Newtown, Sydney location.

Salary: Up to $35,000pa inc super depending on experience. Full time position.

Please send your resume to Paul Becker via paul [at] 10group [dot] com [dot] au by 23 September 2011.  

What Is Not Commonly Held In Nature Or Art

A warm welcome to the newest member of the 10 group crew. 

What Is Not Commonly Held In Nature Or Art by Troy Emery or 'the critter' as he has been christened is the latest addition to the growing 10 group collection and is already proving to be a huge hit with all the clients who come through our door. 


Thanks to Iain Dawson Gallery for match making!

View more of Troy's work here

Are you the new Artistic Director of Art Month Sydney?

Now in its third year, Art Month Sydney is a month long festival that celebrates the diversity and vibrancy of the Sydney art scene, and embraces commercial, public and artist run gallery spaces. 


After two successful years we are looking for an Artistic Director to contribute to the creative vision of Art Month for the March 2012 Festival.

You will have a strong visual arts background, event experience in a leadership role, ideally festival experience, and be part of/understand Sydney’s gallery scene.


You will be comfortable communicating with multiple stakeholders including the public, media, galleries, sponsors and Art Month Board.

This is a great opportunity to take your arts career to the next level and make a mark on the Sydney visual arts scene. You will be supported by an inspiring and professional team and report to the Art Month CEO.


We anticipate this will be a part time role from September to December 2011 and full time from January to April 2012. An excellent salary package is available for the right person.


Please send your application and CV, or enquiry, to jobs [at] artmonthsydney [dot] com. Applications close Monday 22 August.

10 group partners with Art Month Sydney

At 10 group we are very excited to announce we have been engaged by Art Month to produce Sydney's premier visual arts festival event Art Month Sydney

March 2012 will be the first in an exciting, long term partnership between 10 group and Art Month. 


Art Month Sydney is a month long festival each March celebrating the diversity and vibrancy of Sydney's visual art scene.

MCA: Tell Me Tell Me

With renovations in full swing at the Museum of Contemporary Art exhibitions have been moved offsite to National Art School in Darlinghurst, Sydney. The first of these is Tell Me Tell Me: Australian and Korean Art 1976–2011- the result of collaboration between curators Glenn Barkly from the MCA and Inhye Kim from National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul. The most surprising aspect of the exhibition is the history of artistic exchange between Korea and Australia, which dates back 1970s and was built upon particularly during early Sydney Biennales. The exhibition is comprised of some fascinating historical works from artist such as Nam June Paik and Stelarc as well some contemporary Australian artists such Brooke Emery and Louise Weaver, both of whose installations work particularly well in the National Art School exhibition space. Recommended!

Showing until 24 August 2011. 

More info here and here

Image credit: Louise Weaver Grey Forester 2005 City of Stonnington Collection Image Courtesy the artist and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney. 

Expansive, Impressive & Inspiring

The new John Kaldor Family Gallery @ AGNSW is a gift to be enjoyed by generations. Lets start with the space. Light and expansive, it feels like it's always been there, a natural progression that seamlessly ties the new with the old. The collection is varied, exciting and personal. Holding over 200 works of art, it includes some of the most important names of our time. Robert Rauschenberg, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Jeff Koons, Bill Viola and Ugo Rondinone all feature. The site specific iPads are a great touch, if we had to grumble it’s a slight shame there are only 6 of them...

 A fabulous opening night event marked the first of many future visits. What a gift!

Read more about the launch here

Image credit: John Kaldor and Edmund Capon, image courtesy Kaldor Public Art Projects

artwhatson app response

The response to the artwhatson iPhone app has been staggering, with over 10,000 downloads in the first two weeks, we are now approaching 20,000 users.

Enthusiasm for the app has prompted glowing coverage from enthusiasts and industry alike, a fabulous indication that people are interested in engaging with art in new and interesting ways.

 ‘A wonderfully useful and well designed app. I highly recommend this to the art enthusiast or casual weekend browser. Functionality, ease of use and always up to date’

“The new artwhatson iphone app is exactly what the Australian Art World has been needing! It is the best way to get the latest information on the run”

Get involved! Download your free app here


Inspiration Abroad

Inspiration comes in the most unlikely places. I wasn't expecting Manchester to be the biggest cultural highlight of my recent trip to the UK and Italy (it wasn't), however I was excited to discover Manchester Art Gallery was hosting a rare retrospective of Anish Kapoor, the celebrated English artist/sculptor who's work I'd always wanted to see. Interestingly, many of the works need to be 'recreated' in order to show them, such as the coloured pigment work White Sand, Red Millet, Many Flowers (1982). Personal favourite? 2005's Negative Box Shadow, basically a massive big red wax object dissected by a metal plane. Intriguing and inspiring.

10 group launches australia's first visual arts app!

10 group is thrilled to announce the successful launch of our latest venture - the artwhatson iPhone app. 

This fabulous app puts a world of Australian art in your pocket. Location driven, it's the perfect personal exhibition planner, making it easier than ever to find out what's on nearby and access gallery and exhibition info on the go. Browse hundreds of exhibitions happening right now, sorted by gallery, location or days till end. Maps, directions, featured lists and opening times make engaging with art local art a breeze. 

In it's first week of release the app has had a great response with over 3500 downloads.  

“If you’re in Australia, download this fantastic new gallery/exhibition iPhone app. Best directory app we’ve seen” The Art Market

 Download your free app here!

Art Month Sydney

There's definitely a buzz in the air during March in Sydney. Art Month kicked off with a bang with the official opening Party at the Ivy. Highlights included interactive performance work by Sydney artist Tom Polo, who took the idea of eavesdropping to new and public levels! We've thoroughly enjoyed being spoilt for choice with art related events to attend daily.   We've loved rediscovering the different art precincts, catching up at openings, attending floor talks and being rewarded for our efforts at Thursday night Art After Hours events!  

Head here to check out events still to come. 

Book Launch: Col Jordan

Last weekend saw the launch of 10 group's latest publication, Col Jordan: Edge and Paradox

Written by Peter Pinson, Edge & Paradox is a beautiful full colour book about the life and work of Col Jordan.  Edge and Paradox represents a collaboration between two of Australian art's brightest minds and working with Peter and Col was nothing short of a privilege. The launch was held at Peter Pinson Gallery accompanied by an exhibition of Col's works. Despite the intense heat a beautiful afternoon was held by all! 

Particular thanks to our designer Geraldine Fitzgerald who did an incredible job.

Personally signed, limited edition copies can be obtained by contacting jordanart [at] tpg [dot] com [dot] au (the artist) directly.

Happy New Year from 10 group

Wishing all of our clients and friends an excellent Year of the Rabbit.

It's going to be a big year for us - consolidating existing projects as well as launching some exciting new ones... We have big plans for our labour of love, more details soon!

As always, a brand new year provides a moment to pause and consider, take stock and clear the slate before launching into new initiatives with renewed energy and enthusiasm. 

We look forward to working with you in 2011 

Chapman Gallery Website Launch

10 group is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new website for Chapman Gallery. 

Chapman is an established gallery in the ACT specialising in Indigenous art. 10 group created a simple and elegant site, encouraging the beautiful artworks to take centre stage. 

With enquiries and compliments received almost instantly, 10 group is thrilled to have another happy gallery customer! 

Browse the site here

Or send us an enquiry about your new website here


Congratulations to staff member Edith Moss on her recent wedding at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art.  We wish Edie and her new husband David every happiness and look forward to welcoming Edie back post honeymoon!

New artwhatson partnership

10 group is pleased to announce that has partnered with Art Month Sydney in a sponsorship role for 2011. 
In its second year, Art Month brings Sydney alive with a wonderful program of art related activities. From art bars, floor talks, special exhibitions to studio tours and workshops, it's the ultimate 'choose your own adventure' for the art enthusiast and a wonderful fit with - Australia's Online Art Space.

Book Launch - Graham Blondel

Saturday marked an exciting milestone for 10 group - our first book was launched amidst much excitement.

Having watched Graham Blondel's career develop over the years we approached him with a plan to compile his life's work into a beautiful full colour book.

Designed, printed and published by 10 group, Graham's work literally jumps from the page.

Book publishing is a recent direction for 10group, look out for several more beautiful artist books in the new year!

There Are Places You See In Your Mind Before You Go There

Tracey Emin inspires at AGNSW

A Saturday afternoon spent listening to YBA member Tracey Emin in conversation with Edmund Capon at AGNSW was fascinating and inspiring. Emin discussed her career, The Young British Artist movement and shared some insights about life from the unique standpoint of one of the most critically and commercially successful artists alive today.

Emin spoke about sending subliminal messages out to the universe, losing her dad earlier this year, what 'comfort' means in a life lived so publicly, and her plans for the future (principally to learn french and how to steer her new boat) All with numerous broken ribs!

10 group celebrates 20 years in business

2010 marks 20 years of business for 10 group. We celebrated the occasion with our wonderful clients and friends in a beautiful event at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Director Paul Becker reflected
“20 years doesn’t feel like an end in itself – it feels like a beginning, an opportunity to realise our potential and welcome new challenges. I'm proud of how we've diversified, grown and evolved. How we've embraced change, indeed tackled it with relish."

Special thanks to 10 group member Jess for her amazing party planning skills.

Flightful sponsorship – new Australian Theatre

Written by former 10 group member Emily Calder, this electrifying new Australian play is about passion, fidelity and the creative mind.  Flightfall is playing at The Old Fitzroy Theatre, Woolloomooloo 21 October – 13 November.

A former long time member of 10 group staff, Emily is a graduate of the NIDA playwright studio, and we’re sure we’ll be seeing many more of her plays in years to come.

For tickets please, visti

artwhatson sponsors Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2010

10 group is pleased to announce that we have renewed our sponsorship of Sculpture by the Sea for a second year. SxS is a flagship Sydney event, combining our beautiful coastline with wonderful site-specific sculpture. We are thrilled to be an event partner under our arts publishing brand

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2010, the 14th annual exhibition, is on from 28 October - 14 November 2010.

A new arrival for Loren

Congratulations Loren on the arrival of your healthy baby boy…we wish you well in this magical moment of firsts and unprecedented sleep deprivation! We look forward to meeting the newest member of the extended 10 group family and welcoming Loren back to the studio next year.