In a city financially bogged down by what seems like an entire generation that\u00a0can't afford housing, an art fair might seem like an anachronism of sorts. A distant memory of things past, when people could afford trinketry; pretty things to look at, purchased on a whim with their extra money,\u00a0for no reason other than the fact they liked it, and that they could.\r\n\r\nThe 2017 return of Sydney Contemporary, however, is demonstrable that not all things may be what they seem. This year will be\u00a0the first time the once-biennial exhibition featuring exhibitors from all over the world will become an annual affair, only solidifying the viewpoint that Sydney's once-dwindling arts scene is on the up-and-up.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhile other art fairs (of which there are many) pitch themselves as somewhat 'different', 'quirky' or 'edgy', Sydney Contemporary has led the way since 2013 as the authority on contemporary Australian art and local exhibitors, without shutting our neighbours out, or creating an unnecessary air of exclusivity. The 2015 fair was a huge success, selling $14 million of art in\u00a0the four day period. 30% of the exhibitors hailed from overseas, a welcome shake-up which invigorated the local scene and in turn, attracted foreign investment, a welcome injection of funding\u00a0for\u00a0our home-grown\u00a0artists. The organisers also stayed ahead of the curve by putting a conscious focus on different, emerging mediums, namely video works.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhile the room might be filled with money old and new, and deep-pocketed folk\u00a0in skivvies, you'd be mistaken if you assumed\u00a0that this is\u00a0some sort of exclusive, intimidating hall of pretension. Propped up by the fact it coincides with Art Week,\u00a0there's art all around the surrounding venues and suburbs, and events abound\u00a0wherever you look. While the fair will undoubtedly showcase the best of the best in contemporary art, expect to be\u00a0exposed to a broad range of price points, with something on offer for everybody. They've even partnered with Art Money, a program designed to get people buying art with interest-free loans, so you can get some culture on your wall without denting the savings.\r\n\r\nSydney Contemporary has teamed up with Man of Many to offer readers 20% off the full price for opening night tickets and adult day tickets to the fair. Simply enter the code MANY at the checkout.\r\nGet 20% off\r\nSydney Contemporary\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.