Australia's artistic talents set for world stage at New York's Surtex Show

Published by: Catherine Burns | 22-Mar-2018
A crop of the brightest art and design talent from across Australia will be showcasing their fantastic talents to a global stage at a leading exhibition in May. More than 20 artists from the Sydney-based art hub - ArtSHINE - will be heading to New York City to boost awareness and network with clients and other exhibitors at Surtex, the global B2B marketplace for sourcing original art & design. ArtSHINE, headed by Cofounders Vinh Van Lam & Stuart Horrex, have over the past five years, searching and developing a portfolio of artists, and representing them to find suitable manufacturers, companies, art directors who want to license their art and design. ArtSHINE will be participating for the time and representing Australia at Surtex which runs from May 20-22. Booth number 2522.
Venue: SURTEX 2018
Date: 20 -22 MAY 2018
Time: 9-5PM
Ticket: FREE
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"It is a great opportunity for our talented pool of artists and designers to be promoted on the world stage and it can't get any bigger than Surtex," commented Vinh Van Lam.

ArtSHINE launched a project five years back called "Quirk" to discover new artists with unique art, styles and techniques. They were then introduced to the company's Accelerator and Launch Pad programs to assist in their art practice and commercialise their art. Artists from the Accelerator Program include Anthony Van Lam, Carrie Webster, Gabby Malpas, Georgia Patton, Helen Dubrovich, Kristine Ballard, Pattern by Design, Sillier Than Sally.

The Launch Pad Program include artists: Amy Clarke, Arvee Gibson, Emel Jurd, Girija Kulkarni, James Mathurin, Jill Yates, Jim Chen, John Klein, Julia Townsend, Julie Ellitt, Marina Strijakova, Marie Widolf, Melissa Read Devine, Nathan Seabolt, Olga Kolesnik, Sami Woods, Sergio Sill , and Tony Edwards.

They are skilled in a host of art disciplines ranging from apparel fabric, children's merchandise, craft & hobby, decorative accessories, home furnishings and textiles, packaging, paper products, publishing, as well as fashion, greeting cards, tabletop/housewares, wall decor, wall coverings and giftware.

Vinh added: "At Surtex, we want to take Australian artists to the next level. Putting them on an international stage gives the artists an opportunity to shine on a big scale.

"At ArtSHINE, our mission is to promote and help as many artists to build a sustainable art practice, create a residual income and pursue their lives with passion and true purpose."

Now in its 32nd year, Surtex is the global B2B marketplace for sourcing original art and design"”where artists, art agents, designers, licensors and art agencies connect with manufacturers and retailers to create the next best-selling products in every category imaginable.

Thousands of buyers, licensees, manufacturers and retailers, converge on the Surtex show floor to buy or license the newest designs and patterns from approximately 200 exhibitors representing independent artists, agencies and global design studios "“ hundreds of trend-setting artists.

The exhibition, to be held at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, is a veritable who's who of manufacturers and retailers seeking the best original art and design being created today.


ArtSHINE licensing,a division of ArtSHINE Industries, is a Sydney based licensing agency representing a diverse, fresh, and on trend portfolio of Australia based creative industries professionals. Providing support and expertise for artist and clients alike, ArtSHINE showcases a carefully curated range of styles, skills, subjects, and specialties for manufacturers & licensees to choose from. With an extensive, and constantly growing, collection available for immediate licensing, ArtSHINE works in close partnership with our artists & designers as it collaborates with manufacturers & licensees to create successful product lines. Our ArtSHINE licensing artists & designers can design to specification, modify existing art, and create commissioned works.

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