The Mornington Peninsula is abuzz with activity ahead of the festive season.

While it’s fantastic to be able to get back to the activities, cafes, shops and events we have come to know and love, it’s exciting to support new initiatives and ideas born during lockdown.

Kay and Burton Portsea is proud to support one such event, the inaugural Quarantine Art Fair at Portsea’s Point Nepean National Park from January 7 – 10, 2021.

The Quarantine Art Fair will be set within the spectacular grounds of the Commanding Officer’s House on the grounds of Point Nepean, drawing on its history as a quarantine station – a fitting reflection of the year Victorians have had.

The Fair is the brain child of Jane Hayman and Louisa Bosci who have both spent many summers on the Mornington Peninsula thinking about a summer salon show, similar to the concepts often seen and enjoyed in the Hamptons.

Finally we are realising that thought, and we feel strongly that the timing could not be better. Within a year of cancellations - art fairs, sporting, and social events - we know that the appetite is there.

"With Victoria's recent lockdown, Melbourne’s galleries were closed for months on end, and what became more evident than ever was our collective need to experience art, and each other, in the real. We saw Quarantine Art Fair as not only an opportunity to support our artists and galleries, but to engage our audiences with the arts in a very relaxed yet sophisticated setting,” Ms. Hayman explained.

Seven of Melbourne’s most notable galleries will present work by some of Australia’s best contemporary artists, in one of the most picturesque locations on the Mornington Peninsula. Participating galleries include Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, LON Gallery, Murray White Room, Neon Parc, Sophie Gannon Gallery, STATION and This Is No Fantasy.

Kay and Burton Portsea Director Liz Jensen anticipates the Quarantine Art Fair will quickly become one of the ‘must attend’ events on the Mornington Peninsula each summer.  

“Kay and Burton is thrilled to be involved in the first ever Quarantine Art Fair. The event encapsulates everything people love about holidaying and living on the Peninsula – a spectacular outdoor backdrop overlooking the Bay, beautiful food, champagne and socialising with friends and family. And of course, incredible art!”

“It’s been a tough year for everyone, and to launch a new concept and event at the beginning of the year seems quite symbolic – celebrating a new opportunity in a sought after location, bringing people together.”

“I have no doubt that the Quarantine Art Fair will become a permanent fixture on the Mornington Peninsula’s summer calendar and we look forward to supporting the inaugural Fair, and enjoying a long partnership as the event grows.”      

Not surprisingly, the Fair has garnered strong support from sponsors, in addition to Kay and Burton.

Partners include VAULT (Art and Culture magazine); Pommery champagne, which will be flowing from an exclusive bar located under the Moreton Bay Fig overlooking Portsea Pier;

Whispir will ensure technical and COVID safe requirements are taken care of and Hayman Design has provide expert branding and marketing support.

To attend the Quarantine Art Fair, book tickets via the website

Image: Damiano Bertoli Superposition #3, 2019 Inkjet pearl print 110 x 160cm Courtesy the artist and Neon Parc

Image: Dord Burrough Post Office, 2020 Oil on canvas 162 x 193cm Courtesy the artist and LON Gallery

Image: Simon Degroot Flat Monuments Blue 1, 2020 Oil on linen 102 x 97cm Courtesy the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY

Aerial view of Point Nepean National Park, Portsea.

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