The organisers of alternative art fair Spring 1883 have indicated they will go ahead with the event in August despite the cancellation of this year's Melbourne Art Fair. Spring 1883 director Luisa Bosci says while "it's disappointing for all those involved that the 2016 edition of the Melbourne Art Fair has been cancelled . . . the Melbourne art communities are both robust and innovative, and we look forward to supporting the new models that might emerge instead".
Positioning itself as an "invitation-only, hotel-based art fair", Spring 1883 was established in 2014 by the directors of Neon Parc, Sarah Scout Presents and Station galleries. The event returns this year to the Hotel Windsor, where it was inaugurated, before travelling to play offsider to the Sydney Contemporary fair.