Wednesday to Saturday from 11am – 5pm
or by appointment outside these hours
Michael Reid Sydney hosts a dynamic exhibition program presenting contemporary Australian and international art as well as curated exhibitions of contemporary art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and art from the vast Oceanic region.
Michael Reid and the galleries’ specialists are experts in contemporary painting and sculpture as well as contemporary photography, print media and media art. In addition to gallery exhibitions in Sydney and Berlin, Michael Reid and its represented artists are a regular feature at Australian and international art fairs.
105 Kippax Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010 Australia
(enter from Waterloo Street)
+61 2 8353 3500
Chairman and Directorinfo@michaelreid.com.au
Michael Reid is one of the leading art dealers in Australia, advising private clients on the formation of their art collections with the aid of decades of experience in the sector. Michael’s cultural commentary, sought across television, print and social media affirm his role as an ambassador for Australian art. Michael received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on Australia Day 2016 for his services to the arts. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Melbourne; a Bachelor of Law degree from Sydney University & a Masters in Arts Administration, Art Business from the University of New South Wales.
After a decade of arts industry experience with Christie’s in London and Australia, culminating with the opening of a major representative office for Christie’s in Brisbane in 1996, Michael went on to contribute weekly as Art Market Analyst to the business section of The Australian newspaper for a decade. During this time Michael taught on Art Business at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. Following his time at News Corporation, Michael wrote a regular column for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers’ ‘Good Weekend’ magazine for five years.
Michael’s books Guide to Australian Art Galleries (2005) and How to Buy & Sell Art (2008 & 2010) have been published by Allen & Unwin. He co-authored Australian Art: Who, when, what and how much? (2011) with Emily Cloney & Nathan Taylor, and The Poetics of Excess (2012) with Emily Cloney.
Michael’s reputation as a respected cultural commentator goes beyond his work in the print media, and in 2008 and 2009 Michael co-hosted the Sky Business News Channel Art Industry Hour and anchored an arts spot of Drive Time ABC Radio.
Recognising that interest in Australian art is not bound by geographic constraints, Michael has established galleries in Sydney, Berlin and regional New South Wales, as well as an established online and social media presence. The Sydney & Berlin galleries exhibit extensively at art fairs within Australia and Europe.
For one brief shining moment, Michael was Recess Milk Monitor at Narrandera Primary School. Michael is a co- founding director of Art Month Sydney; founder of Ackerstrasse “Open Street”, Berlin; a former director & deputy chair of the Foundation for Sydney Living Museums he is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales; the Australian Antique Dealers Association; The International Confederation of Art & Antique Dealers Association. Michael was a co-judge of the 2016 Head On Photo Festival and sat on the judging panel, of the Australian Financial Review’s, True Leaders 2017 award. In 2018 Michael was asked to sit on Christie’s Education Art World Professional Advisory Panel.
McCulloch’s Encyclopaedia of Australian Art, The Miegunyah Press, 2006, Michael Reid’s entry pages 822-823.
Michael Reid, has been ranked from the go-get in The Art Life Power Trip, for six years straight, as one of the most influential people in Australian art world.
Art Advisor, Hong Kong Representative
Widely considered to be among the finest Australian art specialists of her generation, Nicola Townsend brings her expertise to the role of Art Advisor at Michael Reid. Nicola sources art works for sale by the gallery, and liaises with collectors to determine their acquisition needs, with the aid of her extensive experience and discerning eye.
Nicola obtained a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Fine Arts from the University of Sydney before going on to work for prestigious auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s, where she was elevated to the position of Associate Director of Paintings. Not one to rest on her laurels, Nicola went on to establish a highly successful art dealing consultancy in Tokyo over a period of nine years before returning to home soil and more recent move to Hong Kong.
When not immersed in the world of Australian art Nicola can be found spending time with her family on land and on the water.
Toby is a specialist in contemporary Australian art.
After Directing the Berlin gallery for two years, Toby returned to the Sydney gallery in 2017. His time abroad developed a strong European network for the gallery, allowing for sales and opportunities for gallery Artists across the continent, developing ongoing projects in London, Paris and Cologne. Toby has a strong grasp of the complexities of international freight, both for sales and touring exhibitions. With a particular interest in client service, Toby brings a straightforward approach to acquisition advice and collection management. Toby has been with the gallery since 2013.
Toby holds a degree in Art History & Theory from the University of Sydney as well as a Masters of Art Administration from UNSW Art & Design (formerly COFA). While completing his Masters program Toby interned in the Photography Department at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra as well as working at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. He also built on his experience in roles with Kaldor Public Art Projects and as a researcher for the Australian Research Council’s Major Project: Australia Art Exhibitions 1968-2009.
Beyond his work with Michael Reid, Toby continues to pursue a passion for arts writing and has a particular interest in photography and urban Indigenous art practice. Toby also runs a small wine label with friends out of Mudgee, NSW and is a keen fly fisherman.