The Fox Galleries Team
Michael Fox is the Director of Fox Galleries as well as the Principal of Michael Fox Arts Accountant & Valuer. He is a certified accountant, fine art valuer and art collector. He holds a Master of Tax from the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. Fox is a member of the Auctioneers and Valuers Association of Australia AVAA and is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants.
Michael believes Australian society is enriched by having a vibrant cultural sector and has fought for fairer taxation and superannuation policies for the arts. Michael’s advocacy and expertise has been featured in articles in The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and more, as well as in radio interviews and podcasts.
In 2006 Fox established and ran the Queensland division of the national startup Joel Fine Art until its sale to the international auction house Bonhams in 2008. At Joel Fine Art Fox sourced and sold important artworks including Ancestors at Milmilingkan by John Marwundjul, which set a record as the highest sale price for an Aboriginal bark painting. He also worked with the Charles Blackman Trust to present a sold out private treaty exhibition of works from the artist’s studio spanning 40 years.
From 2009 to 2011, Fox was the Australian Art Market Advisor to Lowensteins Arts Management, Melbourne. In 2010 Michael ran the successful Save Super Art campaign that prevented the proposed ban on artwork investment by super funds. In 2012 Fox established Michael Fox Arts Accountant & Valuer. He completed his Masters in Tax from 2012 to 2015. In 2015 Fox co-founded Outlaw Gallery along with Barry Tate in Warrnambool, which provides art therapy classes for the disabled community of Western Victoria.
In 2016 Fox re-established Fox Galleries and relocated his practice to Collingwood, Melbourne. In 2017 Fox became the Public Fund Administrator of the The Baldessin Press & Studio Inc.
Briar Holt is the Manager of Fox Galleries. At the gallery she works directly with our artists to present exhibitions, including writing, promotion, artwork documentation and curatorship.
Briar has worked in curatorial, administrative and visitor service roles within Australian and New Zealand arts organisations including fortyfivedownstairs, the Blue Oyster Art Project Space and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and Master of Arts, both in Art History and Theory, from the University of Otago. She has written for various arts publications including Art New Zealand and Oculus Journal. Briar is particularly concerned with fostering the creative practice of emerging artists, as well as continuing to provide support to established artists in their ongoing careers.