ABOUT

D’Lan Contemporary hosts regular exhibitions of exceptional modern and contemporary art by Australian First Nations artists at our gallery spaces in Melbourne and New York, at partner venues in Australia and overseas, and at international art fairs.

Our aim is to engage and educate audiences, and to promote and elevate Australian First Nations art on a global stage. 
 

MISSION

Our mission is to develop an inclusive and sustainable marketplace for Australian First Nations art, and to help support artists, artist estates and their broader working communities. 

 

Read more about how we do this here.

 

Our vision is for D’Lan Contemporary to become a platform for the voices of Australian First Nations artists past and present, and a destination for discussion and discourse, with a programme of educational and engaging Exhibitions, Talks and Events. 

BUY + SELL WITH D’LAN CONTEMPORARY

D’Lan Contemporary maintains strict ethical practices and exclusively sources, exhibits and sells works of art with impeccable provenance, to protect the artist, the buyer, and the market, from fraudulent sales or unethical procurement. 

 

We offer works of art for sale via exhibitions and by Private Treaty. 

 

If you are interested in selling or buying a work of art or a collection of works, please contact us for a confidential discussion or appraisal. 

COLLABORATIONS

D’Lan Contemporary has partnered with global contemporary gallerist, Gagosian for a series of successful exhibitions in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York and Paris, with an aim to increase awareness of and appreciation for Australian First Nations art and culture.

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TEAM

Founder & Director

D’Lan Davidson

D’Lan has over 20 years’ experience as a leading international Australian Indigenous art consultant, dealer and gallerist.

 

In 2016, after over 10 years working with commercial galleries and auction houses, D’Lan established D’Lan Contemporary. As Director, D’Lan works closely with collectors, gallerists and institutions around the world to source, exhibit, buy and sell exceptional works of art by Australia’s leading First Nations artists and to raise awareness and appreciation in Australia and overseas.

 

In 2019, D’Lan helped curate the Collection of Steve Martin & Anne Stringfield at Gagosian Gallery, New York, which was later exhibited at Gagosian L.A. In 2023, he helped curate 60 Over 50, an exhibition of works from the private collections of John and Barbara Wilkerson and Steve Martin and Anne Stringfield in New York.

 

dlan@dlancontemporary.com.au

Managing Director

Diane de Mascarel

Diane has over 18 years experience in the arts industry career spanning galleries, auction houses and museums in Paris, London and Melbourne. 

 

Diane completed Bachelor degrees in art history at the Ecole du Louvre and La Sorbonne University in Paris. After a few years working in London, Diane relocated to Australia in 2008 and has held a variety of roles at organisations within the commercial and non-profit sector of the arts industry. 

 

In early 2022, Diane joined D’Lan Contemporary, after several years at Heide Museum of Modern Art.  

 

diane@dlancontemporary.com.au

Head of Research

Vanessa Merlino

Vanessa has been part of the D’Lan Contemporary team since 2019 and currently holds the position of Head of Research. Starting as a Field Officer for Papunya Tula Artists and then as Studio Manager at Ninuku Arts in the APY Lands, Vanessa has worked closely with several of Australia’s most significant First Nations artists. In these roles, she acquired a rich understanding of artists and art centres; the role they play in indigenous communities and their essential contribution to contemporary Australian art.

 

It was the experience of living in remote communities that sowed the seed for an ongoing passion for Indigenous Art, which, once leaving the bush, informed her work with private art collections and other areas of the art market. Vanessa is completing a Graduate Diploma in Art History at the University of Melbourne. She holds degrees in Visual Arts, Community Cultural Development and Art Curatorship.

 

vanessa@dlancontemporary.com.au

Gallery Registrar

Isabella Wadley

Isabella is a graduate of The University of Melbourne and holds a Bachelor Degree in Art History, Screen and Cultural Studies.

 

As a student, Isabella developed a keen interest in the evolving industry landscape for First Nations art in Australia, particularly its unique position in the context of global contemporary art. She has gained experience through internships at various galleries and artist run Initiatives in Queensland and Victoria.

 

Previously, Isabella held the position of Registrar & Assistant in the Fine Art department at Leonard Joel auction house, where she collaborated closely with the Indigenous Art Specialist to deliver important collections of First Nations Art from key regions and art centres across Australia at auction. Isabella has also worked as a Curatorial Assistant on local and international public art projects, contributing to the development of First Nations placemaking in public installations.

 

Isabella joined D’Lan Contemporary as Gallery Registrar in January 2024.

 

isabella@dlancontemporary.com.au

Gallery Manager, New York

Lucy Foster

Lucy has worked in the commercial art sector in Australia for more than a decade, where her expertise has traversed both the primary and secondary markets.

 

During her time as a Senior Specialist at an Australian auction house, she focused on the ethical handling of First Nations art and its positioning within the secondary art market.

One of her most notable achievements during this time was the introduction and implementation of an Indigenous Art Policy, which ensured that all works offered at auction held a clear line of provenance which could be traced back to the artist, community art centre or primary representative. 

 

Lucy holds an Executive Master of Arts from Melbourne University and a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts. She joined D’Lan Contemporary as Gallery Manager, New York in January 2024.

 

lucy@dlancontemporary.com.au

Marketing & Communications

Nicole Kenning

Nicole has extensive experience in both commercial and not for profit arts industry sectors in Europe and Australia. She began her career at Christie’s auction house, London where she worked for over ten years in the Impressionist & Modern Art Department and as a Senior Marketing Account Manager, Europe.

 

In 2010, Nicole relocated to Australia and has worked in a variety of roles within the arts industry, including Marketing Manager at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Mossgreen and Leonard Joel auction houses and Marketing Director, Melbourne Art Fair. 

 

Nicole joined D’Lan Contemporary in early 2021. She is currently based in the UK, and continues to work with the gallery to fulfil its marketing and communications requirements and to foster awareness of Australian First Nations Art following the gallery’s successful inaugural exhibition at Frieze Masters 2023 in London.

nicole@dlancontemporary.com.au

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