Journal

July 13, 2018

Sydney Fringe Festival announces international line-up for specialist hubs with acts from Asia, Europe, New Zealand and Australia

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, has announced the inaugural Archie Rose Touring Hub to present award-winning performances touring from Fringe festivals around the world and the inaugural Legs Hub of circus and physical theatre showcasing Australia’s only Indigenous contemporary circus ensemble. The Festival’s 2018 Touring Hub will feature nine touring theatre works from five countries and will take place in the Old 505 Theatre, Newtown. In partnership with legendary physical theatre company Legs on The Wall at the Red Box in Lillyfield, the Legs Hub will present shows curated by the company’s Artistic Director Joshua Thomson, a pop-up bar, workshops and more.

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, has announced the inaugural Archie Rose Touring Hub to present award-winning performances touring from Fringe festivals around the world and the inaugural Legs Hub of circus and physical theatre showcasing Australia’s only Indigenous contemporary circus ensemble. The Festival’s 2018 Touring Hub will feature nine touring theatre works from five countries and will take place in the Old 505 Theatre, Newtown. In partnership with legendary physical theatre company Legs on The Wall at the Red Box in Lillyfield, the Legs Hub will present shows curated by the company’s Artistic Director Joshua Thomson, a pop-up bar, workshops and more.

The inaugural Archie Rose Touring Hub in 2018, follows the Festival’s 2017 International Touring Fund initiative that enabled the community to make tax-deductible donations to the festival to support international works from other Fringe festivals tour to Sydney. As a result, 2018 has seen the touring program grow substantially in size and stature featuring acts from around the world.

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July 12, 2018

Sydney Contemporary announces partnership with Barangaroo Delivery Authority to create three large-scale site specific commissioned works by leading artists Callum Morton, Mel O’Callaghan and Cameron Robbins

Sydney Contemporary has announced a partnership with Barangaroo Delivery Authority for three leading artists, Callum Morton, Mel O’Callaghan and Cameron Robbins to create large-scale, site-specific installation works that will sit throughout Barangaroo’s financial, retail and dining precinct in the lead-up and during the fair from the 20th August – 24th September.

Callum Morton was born in Montreal, Canada and now lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Morton has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1990. 

Sydney Contemporary has announced a partnership with Barangaroo Delivery Authority for three leading artists, Callum Morton, Mel O’Callaghan and Cameron Robbins to create large-scale, site-specific installation works that will sit throughout Barangaroo’s financial, retail and dining precinct in the lead-up and during the fair from the 20th August – 24th September.

Callum Morton was born in Montreal, Canada and now lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Morton has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1990. His practice is inspired by architecture and human interaction with designed spaces and facades. For this project, Callum will be creating a Shelter that will protrude from the pavement creating shelter for the passers-by.

Mel O’Callaghan was born in Sydney, Australia and now lives and works in Paris, France. O’Callaghan is a contemporary artist who works across film, video, performance, painting and installation. Mel O’Callaghan presents a new large-scale floor installation and movement-based performance at Barangaroo. Bold, graphic and monumental lines will intersect across the forum pavement of the Barangaroo site, in a coordinated composition — at once a language and musical score guiding the body through an intensive breathwork performance. The ritualistic movement directed by the lines and arcs of the floor transform both the presence of performers and the public within the Barangaroo space.

Cameron Robbins was born in Melbourne, Australia and now works and lives in Castlemaine, Australia. Using his wind-powered drawing instruments on site, Cameron Robbins will transcribe the invisible energies of nature, the wind, the tides and light to create drawings, photographs, and moving image works along the foreshore of Barangaroo.

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July 7, 2018

French conceptual artist Daniel Buren presents major installation at Carriageworks

Acclaimed French conceptual artist Daniel Buren is presenting the Australian premiere of his large-scale installation ‘Like Child’s Play’ at Carriageworks from 7 July until 12 August 2018. The work represents the fourth major international artist project in the Schwartz Carriageworks series.

Inspired by German educational theorist Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel’s famous children’s wooden block toys, the work features 100 upscaled blocks, arches, triangles and pediments.

Buren arranges the works to create sight lines through the space.

Acclaimed French conceptual artist Daniel Buren is presenting the Australian premiere of his large-scale installation ‘Like Child’s Play’ at Carriageworks from 7 July until 12 August 2018. The work represents the fourth major international artist project in the Schwartz Carriageworks series.

Inspired by German educational theorist Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel’s famous children’s wooden block toys, the work features 100 upscaled blocks, arches, triangles and pediments.

Buren arranges the works to create sight lines through the space. When we look into the void of one object we are looking through a tunnel made of several blocks lined by Buren’s iconic stripes, each 8.7cm wide, which the artist has featured in his work since the mid 1960s.

While half the exhibition space is a riot of colour, this is juxtaposed with the minimalist look of the other half with its white floor and white blocks. The neat geometric forms of Buren’s work will sit against the vast scale of Carriageworks.

Image: Daniel Buren, Like Child’s Play, Carriageworks, Image Zan Wimberley 2018

 

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July 4, 2018

Carriageworks presents Australian premiere of large-scale installation by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda

Carriageworks presents the Australian premiere of two large-scale audio-visual installations by acclaimed Japanese electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda. The free exhibition, titled micro | macro, explores the intersection of art and quantum physics and will be the third major installation presented by the artist at the Redfern-based multi-arts institution, running from 4 July – 29 July 2018.

Presented in a theatrical context and covering 172.8 square metres of exhibition space inside Carriageworks, the first work titled the planck universe [micro] explores the building blocks of matter and is a representation of nature that is infinitesimally small, brought to human scale by enlarging it by a measure of 10-35m

The second installation in the exhibition, the planck universe [macro], features an immense wall projection over 10 metres tall, that seeks to depict nature, scanned from human scale to the cosmological scale beyond our observable universe.

Carriageworks presents the Australian premiere of two large-scale audio-visual installations by acclaimed Japanese electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda. The free exhibition, titled micro | macro, explores the intersection of art and quantum physics and will be the third major installation presented by the artist at the Redfern-based multi-arts institution, running from 4 July – 29 July 2018.

Presented in a theatrical context and covering 172.8 square metres of exhibition space inside Carriageworks, the first work titled the planck universe [micro] explores the building blocks of matter and is a representation of nature that is infinitesimally small, brought to human scale by enlarging it by a measure of 10-35m

The second installation in the exhibition, the planck universe [macro], features an immense wall projection over 10 metres tall, that seeks to depict nature, scanned from human scale to the cosmological scale beyond our observable universe. The installation explores expressive new forms at the frontier of the visual arts and promises to immerse visitors.

Images: Ryoji Ikeda, micro | macro, Carriageworks. Image Zan Wimberly 2018

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July 2, 2018

ARTSPACE ANNOUNCES NEXT SERIES OF ARTISTS INCLUDING AUSTRALIANS MIKE PARR AND VERNON AH KEE TO OCCUPY ONLINE SPACE FOR 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS IN RESPONSE TO URGENT POLITICAL ISSUES OF OUR TIME

Artspace have announced the next series of actions by artists in the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS series, including leading Australian artists Mike Parr and Vernon Ah Kee, artists from Tibet, Cambodia, Pakistan, China, New Caledonia, Afghanistan, Mauritius and more, and collectives including pvi collective, FAFSWAG and the Refugee Art Project. The exhibition sees the creation of 52 artworks in 52 unique locations throughout Asia that are shared globally via Instagram @52artists52actions and online at 52artists52actions.com generating a continuously unfolding archive of creative responses to everything from the refugee crisis and mass migration to the impacts of climate change around the world.

Artspace have announced the next series of actions by artists in the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS series, including leading Australian artists Mike Parr and Vernon Ah Kee, artists from Tibet, Cambodia, Pakistan, China, New Caledonia, Afghanistan, Mauritius and more, and collectives including pvi collective, FAFSWAG and the Refugee Art Project. The exhibition sees the creation of 52 artworks in 52 unique locations throughout Asia that are shared globally via Instagram @52artists52actions and online at 52artists52actions.com generating a continuously unfolding archive of creative responses to everything from the refugee crisis and mass migration to the impacts of climate change around the world.

52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS is curated and instigated by Artspace in Sydney, working with an extensive network of artists, collaborators and agitators from across Asia. Every week from January 2018 – January 2019 Artspace invites a different artist to respond to a current political or social issue in the form of an action (anything and everything that artists use to communicate: from an artwork to a tour or community event, an image, a shared meal, a performance, or a temporary installation) to build awareness around important concerns locally and globally.

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June 30, 2018

Bundanon Trust receives $8.592 million from NSW Regional Cultural Fund to build new contemporary art gallery at Boyd’s Riversdale property

Deputy Premier John Barilaro, the Minister for Regional New South Wales, and Don Harwin, the NSW Minister for the Arts, have announced a foundational grant of $8.592 million towards realising Bundanon Trust’s Masterplan to house and display its collection and expand its children’s education programs. A light-filled contemporary art gallery embedded in the landscape sits at the heart of the expansion plans for Bundanon Trust on the NSW south coast, gifted to the nation by renowned Australia artist Arthur Boyd and his wife Yvonne in 1993.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro, the Minister for Regional New South Wales, and Don Harwin, the NSW Minister for the Arts, have announced a foundational grant of $8.592 million towards realising Bundanon Trust’s Masterplan to house and display its collection and expand its children’s education programs. A light-filled contemporary art gallery embedded in the landscape sits at the heart of the expansion plans for Bundanon Trust on the NSW south coast, gifted to the nation by renowned Australia artist Arthur Boyd and his wife Yvonne in 1993.

$8.592 million, the largest allocation from the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund, will enable the building of the gallery and storage component of the project, designed to display and house the Bundanon Trust’s $43 million art collection. This tranche of government funds will contribute to the $28.5 million required to complete the project.

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June 25, 2018

TWT Creative Precinct provides rare inner-Sydney studio space for leading Australian contemporary artists

At a time when inner-city artists’ studios are scarce and artists are being pushed further and further away from the city, TWT Creative Precinct in St Leonards has offered valuable studio space to some of Australia’s leading contemporary visual artists including Abdul Abdullah and Caroline Rothwell.

Abdullah and Rothwell are currently working out of their expansive 50-metre square studio spaces within the TWT Creative Precinct, each offering vast windows and natural light essential for the artists to further their practice.

At a time when inner-city artists’ studios are scarce and artists are being pushed further and further away from the city, TWT Creative Precinct in St Leonards has offered valuable studio space to some of Australia’s leading contemporary visual artists including Abdul Abdullah and Caroline Rothwell.

Abdullah and Rothwell are currently working out of their expansive 50-metre square studio spaces within the TWT Creative Precinct, each offering vast windows and natural light essential for the artists to further their practice.

The studio space is part of a dynamic artistic community that is thriving at the TWT Creative Precinct in St Leonards, supporting local artistic talent. The studios are one of only a few options artists have left in close proximity to the city centre.

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June 22, 2018

Pinchgut Opera premieres Handel’s Athalia, performed for the first time in Australia

Maestro Erin Helyard describes the composer as “a poet of the human heart” and the richly dramatic opera as “a hotbed of intrigue and devious characters”.

Australia’s only Baroque opera company, the acclaimed Pinchgut Opera, presents their striking new production of Handel’s Athalia at City Recital Hall Sydney, with four performances from 21 until 26 June 2018. Directed by Lindy Hume, with design by Melanie Liertz, lighting by Matthew Marshall, and with Pinchgut Artistic Director Erin Helyard conducting from the harpsichord, this production reunites much of the phenomenal creative team from Pinchgut’s 2016 lauded production of Handel’s Theodora.

Maestro Erin Helyard describes the composer as “a poet of the human heart” and the richly dramatic opera as “a hotbed of intrigue and devious characters”.

Australia’s only Baroque opera company, the acclaimed Pinchgut Opera, presents their striking new production of Handel’s Athalia at City Recital Hall Sydney, with four performances from 21 until 26 June 2018. Directed by Lindy Hume, with design by Melanie Liertz, lighting by Matthew Marshall, and with Pinchgut Artistic Director Erin Helyard conducting from the harpsichord, this production reunites much of the phenomenal creative team from Pinchgut’s 2016 lauded production of Handel’s Theodora. Debuting for Pinchgut in Athalia are Australian-born soprano Emma Pearson in the title role, South African-born countertenor Clint van der Linde taking the role of Joad and thirteen-year-old Freddy Shaw as Joas. Other artists include Pinchgut favourites Miriam Allan, Brenton Spiteri and David Greco.

The powerful plot tells of the high priest Joad attempting to overthrow the despotic regime of the murderous and ambitious Athalia.  Athalia deals with powerful psychological themes and personal dilemmas: an unstable queen visited by nightmares of her mother, Jezabel, a religious couple concealing a royal child, and a general with divided political loyalties. A central part of the drama is the relationship between the two women – Queen Athalia and Josabeth, wife of Joad, who is raising the boy king Joas.

Image – Robert Catto

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June 19, 2018

Brook Andrew appointed Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney

The Biennale of Sydney has announced Australian artist Brook Andrew as the Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney to be held in 2020.

Kate Mills, Chairman of the Biennale of Sydney, said: “The artist is at the centre of our work at the Biennale of Sydney. We are therefore delighted to announce the appointment of one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, Brook Andrew, as Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney.

The Biennale of Sydney has announced Australian artist Brook Andrew as the Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney to be held in 2020.

Kate Mills, Chairman of the Biennale of Sydney, said: “The artist is at the centre of our work at the Biennale of Sydney. We are therefore delighted to announce the appointment of one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, Brook Andrew, as Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney. He has consistently modelled national and global collaboration and the sharing of knowledge in both his artistic and exhibition-making practice.”

In addition, the Biennale announced that in 2018, the exhibition attracted record visitations of more than 850,000, representing the highest level in the Biennale’s 45-year history.

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June 4, 2018

Judges announced for Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2018

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Australia’s pre-eminent national award for small sculpture presented by Woollahra Council, has announced two new guest judges for 2018 along with a prize pool of $24,000. A free exhibition of finalist works for the 18th annual Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize will be presented from 19 October until 11 November 2018 at the historic Woollahra Council Chambers in Double Bay, Sydney.

The 2018 Prize judges will be respected Australian arts administrator Michael Lynch AO CBE, whose previous roles have included Director of Sydney Opera House, CEO of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong and Chief Executive of London’s Southbank Centre.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Australia’s pre-eminent national award for small sculpture presented by Woollahra Council, has announced two new guest judges for 2018 along with a prize pool of $24,000. A free exhibition of finalist works for the 18th annual Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize will be presented from 19 October until 11 November 2018 at the historic Woollahra Council Chambers in Double Bay, Sydney.

The 2018 Prize judges will be respected Australian arts administrator Michael Lynch AO CBE, whose previous roles have included Director of Sydney Opera House, CEO of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong and Chief Executive of London’s Southbank Centre. Mr Lynch will be joined by Amanda Love, Director of independent Art Advisory Loveart, Artspace board member and former board member of the Biennale of Sydney. The Love private collection of international and Australian contemporary art was exhibited at Casula Powerhouse Museum in 2011.

 

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June 1, 2018

Chenchow Little’s Rosebery Office for Bresic Whitney Shortlisted for AIA 2018 NSW Architecture Awards

Award-winning architects Chenchow Little’s fourth project with lifestyle property group BresicWhitney has been shortlisted by the Australian Institute of Architects for a 2018 NSW Architecture Award. The project is one of 12 up for an award in the Interior Architecture category. The awards will be announced on Friday 6 July.

The new Rosebery office is located in a small warehouse tenancy that forms part of ‘The Cannery’ precinct, which is revitalising one of Sydney’s first model industrial suburbs and is home to the likes of Koskela, Black Star Pastry, Three Blue Ducks and Archie Rose Distilling Company.

Award-winning architects Chenchow Little’s fourth project with lifestyle property group BresicWhitney has been shortlisted by the Australian Institute of Architects for a 2018 NSW Architecture Award. The project is one of 12 up for an award in the Interior Architecture category. The awards will be announced on Friday 6 July.

The new Rosebery office is located in a small warehouse tenancy that forms part of ‘The Cannery’ precinct, which is revitalising one of Sydney’s first model industrial suburbs and is home to the likes of Koskela, Black Star Pastry, Three Blue Ducks and Archie Rose Distilling Company. The office is a study in the art of opposites where raw, industrial forms are softened by circular shapes and fluid, theatrical drapery. Working within a heritage overlay, the office interior is designed as a theatre set, without solid walls, to respect the existing building fabric including the original exposed beams, trusses, roofline and brickwork.

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May 30, 2018

Australasia’s premier international art fair Sydney Contemporary announces 2018 gallery list

Sydney Contemporary today announced over 70 Australian and International galleries participating in the fourth edition of Australasia’s premier art fair, to be presented at multi-arts precinct Carriageworks from Thursday 13 until Sunday 16 September 2018. Sydney Contemporary – Australasia’s largest and most diverse art fair – is now an annual event, in line with major international art fairs around the world, with the 2018 participating galleries list hailing from six continents and featuring artists from 32 countries.

Sydney Contemporary today announced over 70 Australian and International galleries participating in the fourth edition of Australasia’s premier art fair, to be presented at multi-arts precinct Carriageworks from Thursday 13 until Sunday 16 September 2018. Sydney Contemporary – Australasia’s largest and most diverse art fair – is now an annual event, in line with major international art fairs around the world, with the 2018 participating galleries list hailing from six continents and featuring artists from 32 countries.

For the first time in 2018, Sydney Contemporary will welcome one of the world’s leading contemporary galleries, Pace Gallery, with bases in New York, Hong Kong, London, Beijing, Seoul, Palo Alto and Geneva, whilst Flowers Gallery of London and New York also debuts at the Fair in 2018. Returning galleries include Sydney’s Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, OLSEN and Sullivan+Strumpf; Melbourne’s Tolarno Galleries and ARC ONE Gallery; Auckland’s Gow Langsford Gallery and STARKWHITE; Sundaram Tagore Gallery of Hong Kong, New York and Singapore; and Singapore’s Yavuz Gallery.

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May 26, 2018

Sydney Fringe Festival 2018 announces take-over of Sydney’s Oxford Street​

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, today announced its most ambitious program yet including a take-over of the entire Oxford Street precinct for a month-long party. Presented from 1 until 30 September, for the first time in 2018 the Fringe will program performances, exhibitions, large-scale events, a festival club and more, in venues on and surrounding Oxford Street in inner Sydney. There will also be activations in the empty storefronts along the strip, continuing the Sydney Fringe Festival’s passion for enlivening Sydney’s unused spaces.

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, today announced its most ambitious program yet including a take-over of the entire Oxford Street precinct for a month-long party. Presented from 1 until 30 September, for the first time in 2018 the Fringe will program performances, exhibitions, large-scale events, a festival club and more, in venues on and surrounding Oxford Street in inner Sydney. There will also be activations in the empty storefronts along the strip, continuing the Sydney Fringe Festival’s passion for enlivening Sydney’s unused spaces.

Highlighting the city’s vibrant culture, Fringe will bring life to Sydney suburbs with a diverse program spanning theatre, music, comedy, visual art, film, musical theatre, dance, circus, literature and poetry. The 2018 program will feature six festival hubs across the city this September, including its Oxford Street Hub, Liverpool Hub in Western Sydney, Circus Hub, Touring Hub, Dance Hub and Emerging Artist Hub.

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May 25, 2018

The collection of one of Australia’s most avid collectors and generous patrons to be auctioned by Bonhams Sydney

Bonhams Australia is delighted to be offering the Australian art collection of the Late Michael Hobbs OAM to market in June. Michael was an avid collector, generous benefactor and friend to many and his collection is a testament to a lifelong passion. Spanning works from the 1960s through to present day, Michael collected vigorously and in-depth, often making gifts of works to public institutions or supporting avant-garde projects. Considered a friend by many leading Australian artists, in January of 2017, Michael was recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the visual arts as a supporter and benefactor.

Bonhams Australia is delighted to be offering the Australian art collection of the Late Michael Hobbs OAM to market in June. Michael was an avid collector, generous benefactor and friend to many and his collection is a testament to a lifelong passion. Spanning works from the 1960s through to present day, Michael collected vigorously and in-depth, often making gifts of works to public institutions or supporting avant-garde projects. Considered a friend by many leading Australian artists, in January of 2017, Michael was recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the visual arts as a supporter and benefactor.

Michael’s collection is testament to his huge range in taste and a lifetime of collecting with works of all media ranging from the some of his first pieces to his last bought in January 2018. Some of Michael’s earliest acquisitions from Gallery A in the 1960s are on offer including an important work by Ralph Balson, Painting no. 36, 1956 (estimate: $80,000 – 120,000) and a handsome Robert Klippel bronze construction. It is Michael’s passion for sculpture that is evident throughout the collection, with works by Bronwyn Oliver, Caroline Rothwell, Alex Seton, and Nell together with paintings by Cressida Campbell, Rosalie Gascoigne, Nicholas Harding, and Narelle Jubelin.

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May 14, 2018

21st Biennale of Sydney – one month countdown

The 21st Biennale of Sydney, SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, has entered its final month and will conclude on Monday 11 June 2018. With 70 artists from 35 countries presented across seven venues across inner Sydney, the art team at Biennale Principal Partner TWT Property Group offers tips on how to explore the exhibition over a weekend.

The guide is for Biennale visitors wishing to experience a taste of all seven venues with suggestions from Ariel Zhang, Manager of Arts Initiatives at TWT and Natalia Bradshaw, TWT’s Art Advisor and Curator.

The 21st Biennale of Sydney, SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, has entered its final month and will conclude on Monday 11 June 2018. With 70 artists from 35 countries presented across seven venues across inner Sydney, the art team at Biennale Principal Partner TWT Property Group offers tips on how to explore the exhibition over a weekend.

The guide is for Biennale visitors wishing to experience a taste of all seven venues with suggestions from Ariel Zhang, Manager of Arts Initiatives at TWT and Natalia Bradshaw, TWT’s Art Advisor and Curator.

Ariel Zhang, Manager of Arts Initiatives at TWT identified her must-see work as Law of the Journey, Ai Weiwei’s vast 60-metre long inflatable boat located downs the steps in the docks precinct: “Filled with 258 sculptures of anonymous refugees, it is created from the same material used for the vessels that ferry refugees across the Mediterranean Sea to Greece. Take time to read the quotes on freedom, to breath in the heady smell of rubber, and to take note of the conversations – some fraught, some dejected — happening between the still, silent figures.”

Natalia Bradshaw, TWT’s Art Advisor and Curator noted Ciara Phillip’s work as a favourite: “I loved Ciara Phillips’s Workshop which transforms an entire room in the MCA into a printing workshop where members of the community are invited to make art alongside the artist. Not only is the workshop an opportunity to be playful, it also has a serious remit: to comment on the historical use of printmaking politically.”

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April 20, 2018

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents new work by Jan Nelson

Image: Jan Nelson, Black River Running #4, 2017. Oil on linen, 74 x 57 cm. Photo: Mark Ashkanasy. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents Black River Running, a solo exhibition by Australian artist Jan Nelson. The exhibition will run from 27 April to 26 May 2018.

For nearly two decades Jan Nelson has meticulously created paintings that concentrate deeply on the role of the visual in the construction and experience of an adolescent self.

Image: Jan Nelson, Black River Running #4, 2017. Oil on linen, 74 x 57 cm. Photo: Mark Ashkanasy. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents Black River Running, a solo exhibition by Australian artist Jan Nelson. The exhibition will run from 27 April to 26 May 2018.

For nearly two decades Jan Nelson has meticulously created paintings that concentrate deeply on the role of the visual in the construction and experience of an adolescent self. In contemporary times, this concern is more relevant as it has ever been. For her new series Black River Running, Nelson splices and cuts from various sources to create a simulation of the real, an exquisite corpse upon which our worldly anxieties are projected: nuclear blasts, the failure of capitalism, cyber attacks, metadata and the encroachment of the online into everyday existence.

In the age of the curated self-exemplified by; selfies, Instagram, Tumblr and Snapchat, the critical developmental phase of adolescent self-actualisation is now mediated by smartphone screens and subsumed into the online. Screens play a vital role in the crafting of Nelson’s distinctive aesthetic.  The monitor’s high-definition projection of her hybridised portraits, sets a perfectionist bar, which she then sets out to meet through the slowly evolving task of painting. This labour of human hand, Nelson perceives as a performative act, exposing the gap between the constant striving towards digitised perfection and the flawed reality of our idiosyncratic humanity.

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April 18, 2018

PINCHGUT OPERA PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF HANDEL’S STRIKING AND POLITICAL ATHALIA

Australia’s only Baroque opera company, the acclaimed Pinchgut Opera, will present a striking new production of Handel’s Athalia, at City Recital Hall Sydney, with four performances from 21 until 26 June 2018 marking the first time that the opera has ever been staged in Australia. Maestro Erin Helyard describes the composer as “a poet of the human heart” and the richly dramatic opera as “a hotbed of intrigue and devious characters”.

Directed by Lindy Hume, with design by Melanie Liertz, lighting by Matthew Marshall, and with Pinchgut Artistic Director Erin Helyard conducting from the harpsichord, this production reunites much of the phenomenal creative team from Pinchgut’s 2016 lauded production of Handel’s Theodora.Debuting for Pinchgut in Athalia are Australian-born soprano Emma Pearson in the title role, South African-born countertenor Clint van der Linde taking the role of Joad and thirteen-year-old Freddy Shaw as Joas.

Australia’s only Baroque opera company, the acclaimed Pinchgut Opera, will present a striking new production of Handel’s Athalia, at City Recital Hall Sydney, with four performances from 21 until 26 June 2018 marking the first time that the opera has ever been staged in Australia. Maestro Erin Helyard describes the composer as “a poet of the human heart” and the richly dramatic opera as “a hotbed of intrigue and devious characters”.

Directed by Lindy Hume, with design by Melanie Liertz, lighting by Matthew Marshall, and with Pinchgut Artistic Director Erin Helyard conducting from the harpsichord, this production reunites much of the phenomenal creative team from Pinchgut’s 2016 lauded production of Handel’s Theodora.Debuting for Pinchgut in Athalia are Australian-born soprano Emma Pearson in the title role, South African-born countertenor Clint van der Linde taking the role of Joad and thirteen-year-old Freddy Shaw as Joas. Other artists include Pinchgut favourites Miriam Allan, Brenton Spiteri and David Greco.

Thu 21 June 7pm | Sat 23 June 2pm | Sun 24 June 5pm | Tue 26 June 7pm | City Recital Hall Sydney

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April 16, 2018

THE NATIONAL ANNOUNCES 2019 CURATORS AND EXHIBITION DATES

Image: Rose Nolan, Big Words – To keep going, breathing helps (circle work), 2016–17, installation view, The National 2017: New Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Photograph: Ken Leanfore.

The curators for the second edition of The National: New Australian Art 2019 were announced today by the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA).

Staged concurrently at three of Sydney’s premier cultural institutions from 30 March 2019, The National: New Australian Art 2019 presents a joint curatorial vision of emerging, mid-career and established artists drawn from around the country, including Australian artists practicing overseas.

Image: Rose Nolan, Big Words – To keep going, breathing helps (circle work), 2016–17, installation view, The National 2017: New Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Photograph: Ken Leanfore.

The curators for the second edition of The National: New Australian Art 2019 were announced today by the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA).

Staged concurrently at three of Sydney’s premier cultural institutions from 30 March 2019, The National: New Australian Art 2019 presents a joint curatorial vision of emerging, mid-career and established artists drawn from around the country, including Australian artists practicing overseas.

The curators for The National: New Australian Art 2019 are: Isobel Parker Philip, Curator of Photographs at the AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Senior Curator of Visual Arts at Carriageworks; Clothilde Bullen, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections and Exhibitions at the MCA; and Anna Davis, Curator at the MCA.

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March 28, 2018

National Trust announces program for 2018 Australian Heritage Festival

The National Trust has announced that almost 1,000 events have been registered for the 2018 Australian Heritage Festival.

The nation-wide Festival is the largest and longest-running grassroots festival celebrating Australia’s historic, natural, indigenous and multicultural heritage.

Now in its 38th year, the Australian Heritage Festival invites Australians to engage with their culture and heritage through a dynamic program presented across all States and Territories from 18 April to 20 May, 2018.

The National Trust has announced that almost 1,000 events have been registered for the 2018 Australian Heritage Festival.

The nation-wide Festival is the largest and longest-running grassroots festival celebrating Australia’s historic, natural, indigenous and multicultural heritage.

Now in its 38th year, the Australian Heritage Festival invites Australians to engage with their culture and heritage through a dynamic program presented across all States and Territories from 18 April to 20 May, 2018. The Festival is supported by the Australian Government through the National Trust Partnerships Program.

This year’s theme is “My Culture, My Story” and celebrates the diversity of the cultures that have shaped Australian Heritage. The events showcase the breadth of the cultures in Australia as well as the places that are truly unique, on our National Heritage list.

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March 21, 2018

Gail Hastings and Adrian McDonald awarded 2018 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize

Image: Gail Hastings, colour circle: four colour scheme for a room (2018), lead pencil and acrylic polymer on wood, 120 x 240 x 3 cm. Image courtesy the artist and the National Art School. Photo: Robin Hearfeld

The 2018 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize was today awarded to Melbourne-based artist Gail Hastings and Sydney-based emerging artist Adrian McDonald. Celebrating its 22nd year, the Prize is among Australia’s best-known art awards, spanning all mediums and offering a total of $36,000 in prize money.

Image: Gail Hastings, colour circle: four colour scheme for a room (2018), lead pencil and acrylic polymer on wood, 120 x 240 x 3 cm. Image courtesy the artist and the National Art School. Photo: Robin Hearfeld

The 2018 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize was today awarded to Melbourne-based artist Gail Hastings and Sydney-based emerging artist Adrian McDonald. Celebrating its 22nd year, the Prize is among Australia’s best-known art awards, spanning all mediums and offering a total of $36,000 in prize money. Hastings was awarded the established artist category ($25,000) for colour circle: four colour scheme for a room (2018) and McDonald was awarded the emerging artist category ($10,000) for Approximating a Circle (2018). The Viewer’s Choice Award of $1,000 is to be announced in May at the end of the exhibition.

Gail Hastings has been working and exhibiting since 1989. Her rigorous and deeply-committed practice is informed by a complex spatial investigation from the 1960s that the artist and others believe has been miscalled ‘minimalism’. Her works, which she describes as ‘sculptural situations’, or ‘sculptuations’, call our attention to a real space made active through its co-extension with an aesthetic space of objects and form, with colour and text that engage the viewers’ imagination. Her ‘sculptuations’ are like ‘passages’ of thought that meander through rooms with walls, where we find ‘ourselves’ physically wandering, while wondering. The viewer’s ‘engagement’ becomes an unfolding plot that turns back on itself: her work is poetic, witty and always visually accomplished.

Adrian McDonald was awarded the emerging artist prize for his compelling and pared-back painting, Approximating a Circle (2018).  McDonald is a Sydney-based artist who has been exhibiting since 2003, a painter whose work may be characterised as a mode of philosophical reflection, inspired by the formal language of music. Appearing as a series of fine, raised lines on a raw linen surface, McDonald’s painting explores unseen spaces and speaks of the pauses, silences and purity of harmony, conveyed in the gaps between the lines on the canvas. The artist sees his painting as an ongoing exploration of complex relationships between beauty, truth and freedom as they relate to the historical origins of both abstract and concrete art.

 

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March 20, 2018

ST. VINCENT TO HEADLINE VIVID SYDNEY 2018 AT CARRIAGEWORKS

Image: St. Vincent by Nedda Afsari

Sydney, Australia: Carriageworks today announced a program of contemporary music, immersive visual experiences and a global design forum that will animate the multi-arts precinct for Vivid Sydney 2018. Grammy award-winning artist St Vincent is confirmed to headline the program alongside design forum Semi Permanent, music video festival CLIPPED and the return of Fuzzy’s legendary Curve Ball. This is the fifth year Carriageworks has presented a program for Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.

Image: St. Vincent by Nedda Afsari

Sydney, Australia: Carriageworks today announced a program of contemporary music, immersive visual experiences and a global design forum that will animate the multi-arts precinct for Vivid Sydney 2018. Grammy award-winning artist St Vincent is confirmed to headline the program alongside design forum Semi Permanent, music video festival CLIPPED and the return of Fuzzy’s legendary Curve Ball. This is the fifth year Carriageworks has presented a program for Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.

Headlining the Vivid line-up at Carriageworks is one of the most compelling artists of a generation, St. Vincent aka Annie Clark. St. Vincent has released five albums to worldwide critical acclaim, including 2014’s Best Alternative Album Grammy winning St. Vincent and, most recently, last year’s MASSEDUCTION.

As with its predecessors, MASSEDUCTION has earned an ecstatic reception from critics and fans alike. Cracking the Australian top 20, MASSEDUCTION was named the #1 album of 2017 by the likes of The New York Times and the Guardian, who noted”Annie Clark makes a rock-star power play by embracing thrilling glam traditions while producing something strange, new and unequivocally moving.” St. Vincent has also collaborated with the likes of David Byrne, made her debut at the Oscars playing guitar for Sufjan Stevens; and made her directorial debut with a short horror film The Birthday Party.

Semi Permanent, 24 – 26 May
Clipped Music Video Festival, Sat 2 June
Curve Ball, Sat 16 June
St. Vincent, Sun 17 June

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March 20, 2018

National Art School announces new partnership with APY Art Centre Collective

Image: Mitakiki Men’s Collaborative, acrylic on linen,198cmx198cm, Tjala Arts, 2018 Photo credit: Tjala Arts for the APY Art Centre Collective

The National Art School today announced a new partnership with APY Art Centre Collective, working together on the APY Photography Program, the APY Weapons for the Soldier program, and a collaborative APY and National Art School art skills development program.

The APY Art Centre Collective is a group of ten Indigenous owned and governed enterprises.

Image: Mitakiki Men’s Collaborative, acrylic on linen,198cmx198cm, Tjala Arts, 2018 Photo credit: Tjala Arts for the APY Art Centre Collective

The National Art School today announced a new partnership with APY Art Centre Collective, working together on the APY Photography Program, the APY Weapons for the Soldier program, and a collaborative APY and National Art School art skills development program.

The APY Art Centre Collective is a group of ten Indigenous owned and governed enterprises. Located in the APY Lands, they work with a united vision and voice on strategic business initiatives and collaborative artistic projects.

Their latest venture is the APY Gallery down the road from the National Art School in Darlinghurst, which will be launched on 23 March 2018. The APY Gallery is a platform for emerging Indigenous Artists from the APY Art Centre Collective to connect with a wide audience outside of their remote communities, gain professional development opportunities and build a network within the art industry supporting them to pursue successful careers in the arts.

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March 7, 2018

TWT Creative Precinct’s 2018 Block Party returns during Art Month Sydney

Image: Tim Da Rin

This March, as part of Art Month Sydney, TWT Creative Precinct presents 2018 Block Party, a one-night only, free arts event spread across three blocks in St Leonards on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. The annual event will be held on Friday 23 March from 5pm until 10pm, providing open access for Sydneysiders to experience to the TWT Creative Precinct – home to more than 70 local artists – and a dynamic program of exhibitions, performances, music and workshops for all ages.

Image: Tim Da Rin

This March, as part of Art Month Sydney, TWT Creative Precinct presents 2018 Block Party, a one-night only, free arts event spread across three blocks in St Leonards on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. The annual event will be held on Friday 23 March from 5pm until 10pm, providing open access for Sydneysiders to experience to the TWT Creative Precinct – home to more than 70 local artists – and a dynamic program of exhibitions, performances, music and workshops for all ages.

2018 Block Party brings to life the TWT Creative Precinct, one of the largest creative workspace precincts in Australia spread across three-blocks in St Leonards between Atchison and Chandos Streets. The event invites guests to follow a trail through the artist studios, to experience an eclectic program of exhibitions, performance, music and workshops. Highlights include: a roller racing event; art market: projected drawing and dance performance; the Lonely Kids Club fashion parade; a chocolate hunt; Spacejunk puppetshow; and live music by Collective Sound.

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February 27, 2018

BONHAMS AUSTRALIA DISCOVER RARE 17TH CENTURY CHINESE ALBUM OF LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS FOUND IN GEELONG FAMILY HOME

Image: Yun Shouping (1633 – 1690) Album of Ten Landscapes

Bonhams Australia have consigned a rare Chinese album to be sold in the forthcoming Chinese Paintings sale in Hong Kong in April 2018. Discovered in a family’s home outside Geelong, Victoria, the album is estimated value is between HK$2.3M (372,000 AUD) to HK$3.3M (534,000 AUD)

Including ten leaves of landscapes painted in different styles, some ink and some colour, by Yun Shouping (1633 – 1690), the album survived the fall of imperial China in the 1910s, the Sino-Japanese war and civil war in China during the 1930s and 40s, the Cultural Revolution, and the largest earthquake of the 20th century by death toll in 1976.

Image: Yun Shouping (1633 – 1690) Album of Ten Landscapes

Bonhams Australia have consigned a rare Chinese album to be sold in the forthcoming Chinese Paintings sale in Hong Kong in April 2018. Discovered in a family’s home outside Geelong, Victoria, the album is estimated value is between HK$2.3M (372,000 AUD) to HK$3.3M (534,000 AUD)

Including ten leaves of landscapes painted in different styles, some ink and some colour, by Yun Shouping (1633 – 1690), the album survived the fall of imperial China in the 1910s, the Sino-Japanese war and civil war in China during the 1930s and 40s, the Cultural Revolution, and the largest earthquake of the 20th century by death toll in 1976. Despite this, the album remains in good condition and bears seals of famous collectors dated from the 19th century to the 20th century on all leaves of the album.

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February 26, 2018

Biennale of Sydney offers Public Preview of its 21st edition featuring exclusive artist talks and extended opening hours

Sydney, Australia: The Biennale of Sydney has invited residents of New South Wales to an advance full-day preview of its 21st edition offering a first look at the work of 70 artists and artist collectives from around the world across six Biennale venues on Wednesday, 14 March 2018, before the exhibition officially opens on 16 March.

Residents who register to attend the free Sydney Preview event will be among the first to experience SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement curated by Artistic Director Mami Kataoka.

Sydney, Australia: The Biennale of Sydney has invited residents of New South Wales to an advance full-day preview of its 21st edition offering a first look at the work of 70 artists and artist collectives from around the world across six Biennale venues on Wednesday, 14 March 2018, before the exhibition officially opens on 16 March.

Residents who register to attend the free Sydney Preview event will be among the first to experience SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement curated by Artistic Director Mami Kataoka. They will have the opportunity to engage with visiting international and Australian artists through a free program of artist talks during extended hours at the following Biennale venues: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Image: Eija-Liisa Ahtila, POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE – MAHDOLLINEN RAKKAUS, 2018

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February 22, 2018

Chinese artist Xia Hang to create permanent public artwork for Sydney

Renowned contemporary artist Xia Hang has been commissioned to create a major new public art work for Sydney by TWT Property Group. Xia Hang’s Memory Tree commission will see the creation of a six-metre-high ‘tree’ out of intricate metal-work and kinetic-lighting in an Ultimo laneway in inner Sydney.

The Beijing-based Chinese artist, whose work is included in the White Rabbit Gallery collection and was featured in Bondi’s Sculpture by the Sea in 2017, is celebrated for his intricate sculptures created from stainless-steel parts that he individually designs and makes.

Renowned contemporary artist Xia Hang has been commissioned to create a major new public art work for Sydney by TWT Property Group. Xia Hang’s Memory Tree commission will see the creation of a six-metre-high ‘tree’ out of intricate metal-work and kinetic-lighting in an Ultimo laneway in inner Sydney.

The Beijing-based Chinese artist, whose work is included in the White Rabbit Gallery collection and was featured in Bondi’s Sculpture by the Sea in 2017, is celebrated for his intricate sculptures created from stainless-steel parts that he individually designs and makes.

Memory Tree will be the first permanent public artwork for Xia Hang, who studied at the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and has exhibited at Art Basel Miami, in Singapore, Moscow, ART Taipei and ART Singapore.

Xia Hang’s sculptures are inspired by his childhood love of animations such as the Transformers television series, which steered him towards a style he refers to as ‘Steampunk’ – the melding of ancient and traditional mortise-and-tenon joinery with virtual reality.

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February 6, 2018

2018 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize artist pairings announced

Image: Vivienne Binns, Urban Graph, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 130 x 165 cm Courtesy the artist and Sutton Projects, Melbourne

The Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2018 today announced 19 pairings of contemporary Australian and New Zealand artists, selected by Guest Curator and artist Nike Savvas, to present work in the 22nd annual prize exhibition at Sydney’s National Art School Gallery from 15 March until 12 May 2018.

The 2018 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize features the work of 19 established and 19 emerging contemporary artists or artist duos.

Image: Vivienne Binns, Urban Graph, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 130 x 165 cm Courtesy the artist and Sutton Projects, Melbourne

The Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2018 today announced 19 pairings of contemporary Australian and New Zealand artists, selected by Guest Curator and artist Nike Savvas, to present work in the 22nd annual prize exhibition at Sydney’s National Art School Gallery from 15 March until 12 May 2018.

The 2018 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize features the work of 19 established and 19 emerging contemporary artists or artist duos. They include some of the Australia’s brightest contemporary art stars: Vivienne Binns OAM whose work is included in Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; acclaimed Australian Indigenous artist Richard Bell; Agatha Gothe-Snape, recipient of the 2016 Biennale of Sydney Legacy Artwork and Jenny Watson, who last year was honoured with a major survey exhibition at the MCA Australia.

The pairings of established and emerging artists for the 2018 Prize, who will present work at the National Art School exhibition, are:
Richard Bell & Megan Cope
Vivienne Binns OAM & Jacob Potter
Vicente Butron & Gemma Avery
Richard Dunn & Adrian McDonald
Sarah Goffman & Connie Anthes
Agatha Gothe-Snape & Aodhan Madden
Gail Hastings & Dan McCabe
Tim Johnson & Hayley Megan French
Lindy Lee & Kath Fries
Hilarie Mais & Conor O’Shea
Stephen Little & Joe Wilson and Chanelle Collier
Jonny Niesche & Mason Kimber
John Nixon & Lucina Lane
Rose Nolan & Renee Cosgrave
Kerrie Poliness & Melissa Deerson
Elizabeth Pulie & Zoe Marni-Robertson
Huseyin Sami & Consuelo Cavaniglia
David Serisier & Oliver Wagner
Jenny Watson & Annie O’Rourke

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January 29, 2018

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES 2018 KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD PUBLIC PROGRAM

Image: Eszter Salamon, Replay, Dancehouse, 2018. Katrin Schoof

Carriageworks today announced the public program for the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award (KCA), Australia’s first major choreographic award, in partnership with The Keir Foundation, Dancehouse and Australia Council for the Arts. From 27 February – 20 March 2018, the diverse public program expands on the Keir Choreographic Awards Sydney season and includes performances, workshops and discussions engaging the 2018 KCA jurors.

Highlights of the program include the Australian premiere of an evening of solo works from acclaimed choreographer and performer Meg Stuart at Carriageworks and two workshops in Western Sydney in association with Campbelltown Arts Centre; Black Dance facilitated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, US choreographer and improviser; and Little Orange Workshop with celebrated Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin for emerging Western Sydney artists with disabilities.

Image: Eszter Salamon, Replay, Dancehouse, 2018. Katrin Schoof

Carriageworks today announced the public program for the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award (KCA), Australia’s first major choreographic award, in partnership with The Keir Foundation, Dancehouse and Australia Council for the Arts. From 27 February – 20 March 2018, the diverse public program expands on the Keir Choreographic Awards Sydney season and includes performances, workshops and discussions engaging the 2018 KCA jurors.

Highlights of the program include the Australian premiere of an evening of solo works from acclaimed choreographer and performer Meg Stuart at Carriageworks and two workshops in Western Sydney in association with Campbelltown Arts Centre; Black Dance facilitated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, US choreographer and improviser; and Little Orange Workshop with celebrated Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin for emerging Western Sydney artists with disabilities.

Hungarian choreographer, dancer and performer, Eszter Salamon will speak at the National Gallery of Australia; present a seminar in conjunction with the University of New South Wales and lead a choreographic lab at Critical Path, Sydney.

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January 12, 2018

Artspace launches year-long online exhibition

Image – Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

This January, as part of Sydney Festival Artspace presents a series of actions by artists to launch the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS series, a year-long online exhibition that will respond to the urgent political circumstances of our times. The exhibition will see the creation of 52 new artworks in 52 unique locations throughout Asia that will be shared globally via Instagram and online @52artists52actions and www.52artists52actions.com

Australian artist, Richard Bell launched the exhibition, from 8 – 15 January, scrutinizing the Australian government’s stance on nuclear weapons.

Image – Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

This January, as part of Sydney Festival Artspace presents a series of actions by artists to launch the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS series, a year-long online exhibition that will respond to the urgent political circumstances of our times. The exhibition will see the creation of 52 new artworks in 52 unique locations throughout Asia that will be shared globally via Instagram and online @52artists52actions and www.52artists52actions.com

Australian artist, Richard Bell launched the exhibition, from 8 – 15 January, scrutinizing the Australian government’s stance on nuclear weapons. From 15 – 22 January, Turkish artist Hera Büyüktaşçıyan posts images of architectural elements from various geographies and timelines to narrate shared memories of invisibility and loss, and internationally renowned South Korean collective Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, known for their use of animated texts set to their own music, will deliver their action ‘Discovering God’ from 22 – 29 January 2018.

52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS is curated and instigated by Artspace in Sydney, working with an extensive network of artists, collaborators and agitators from across Asia. Every week for one year Artspace will invite a different artist to respond to a current political or social issue in the form of an action to build awareness around important concerns locally and globally.

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January 9, 2018

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES NIGHT MARKET CURATED BY KYLIE KWONG WITH NEWLY COMMISSIONED ARTWORK

Carriageworks today announced the line-up for the Night Market, showcasing locally-sourced seasonal produce and Australian ingredients prepared by some of Australia’s best chefs. Curated by acclaimed Australian chef and Carriageworks Ambassador, Kylie Kwong, the Night Market on Friday 9 February will feature more than 60 food, beverage and produce stalls promoting uniquely Australian ingredients alongside free cooking demonstrations from leading chefs and Indigenous food specialists. Visitors will be entertained by local DJs; a live performance by internationally renowned Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin performing her piece for piano, ‘Road to Harvest’, written for the Fair Trade movement; and will witness the unveiling of a newly commissioned artwork by women artists from Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, created in response to the theme of the Night Market.

Carriageworks today announced the line-up for the Night Market, showcasing locally-sourced seasonal produce and Australian ingredients prepared by some of Australia’s best chefs. Curated by acclaimed Australian chef and Carriageworks Ambassador, Kylie Kwong, the Night Market on Friday 9 February will feature more than 60 food, beverage and produce stalls promoting uniquely Australian ingredients alongside free cooking demonstrations from leading chefs and Indigenous food specialists. Visitors will be entertained by local DJs; a live performance by internationally renowned Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin performing her piece for piano, ‘Road to Harvest’, written for the Fair Trade movement; and will witness the unveiling of a newly commissioned artwork by women artists from Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, created in response to the theme of the Night Market.

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January 8, 2018

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents Isaac Julien: ‘Film-Noir Angels’ Looking for Langston

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents the exhibition, Isaac Julien: ‘Film-Noir Angels’ Looking for Langston, as part of the official program of Sydney’s 40th Mardi Gras Festival.

Presented from 23 January until 3 March 2018, the exhibition features Julien’s award-winning film Looking for Langston (1989), which will be presented as part of the solo exhibition of his newly conceived, large-scale photographs as well as originals silver gelatin photographic works.

Looking for Langston (1989), shot in sumptuous monochrome, is a lyrical exploration of the private world of Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) and his fellow black artists and writers who formed the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s.

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents the exhibition, Isaac Julien: ‘Film-Noir Angels’ Looking for Langston, as part of the official program of Sydney’s 40th Mardi Gras Festival.

Presented from 23 January until 3 March 2018, the exhibition features Julien’s award-winning film Looking for Langston (1989), which will be presented as part of the solo exhibition of his newly conceived, large-scale photographs as well as originals silver gelatin photographic works.

Looking for Langston (1989), shot in sumptuous monochrome, is a lyrical exploration of the private world of Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) and his fellow black artists and writers who formed the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s.

 

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January 4, 2018

Acclaimed German artist Katharina Grosse creates monumental site specific work at Carriageworks

Image: Katharina Grosse, The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then it Stopped, 2017, commissioned by Carriageworks Courtesy the artist and Gagosian © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017, image: Zan Wimberley

Carriageworks today unveiled a major new commission by renowned German artist Katharina Grosse of a site-specific installation representing the third in the Schwartz Carriageworks series of major international projects. The world premiere of the work titled The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then it Stopped is presented free to the public at Carriageworks from 6 January as part of Sydney Festival 2018 and continues until 8 April 2018.

Image: Katharina Grosse, The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then it Stopped, 2017, commissioned by Carriageworks Courtesy the artist and Gagosian © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017, image: Zan Wimberley

Carriageworks today unveiled a major new commission by renowned German artist Katharina Grosse of a site-specific installation representing the third in the Schwartz Carriageworks series of major international projects. The world premiere of the work titled The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then it Stopped is presented free to the public at Carriageworks from 6 January as part of Sydney Festival 2018 and continues until 8 April 2018. Grosse’s exciting new work envelopes Carriageworks, responding to the unique industrial architecture and grand scale of the heritage building.

Working directly on site at Carriageworks, Grosse enveloped the Public Space in more than 8250 square metres of suspended fabric—draped, knotted and hung across and through the architectural elements of the building—using a palette of raw colour to create a vast painting over the layers of folds. Visitors will be able to enter this total environment and experience the transformation of Carriageworks historic structure.

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December 13, 2017

21st Biennale of Sydney announces artistic program for 45th anniversary edition in 2018

Image: Ai Weiwei, Law of the Journey, 2017, Photograph: Ai Weiwei Studio

The Biennale of Sydney today announced the 70 artists who will present work at seven venues across Sydney for the 45th anniversary of Australia’s most well-known contemporary art event, recognised for commissioning and showcasing innovative and thought-provoking Australian and international art. Participating artists in the 21st Biennale of Sydney hail from six continents including Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America and Europe with a quarter of the exhibiting artists from Australia.

Image: Ai Weiwei, Law of the Journey, 2017, Photograph: Ai Weiwei Studio

The Biennale of Sydney today announced the 70 artists who will present work at seven venues across Sydney for the 45th anniversary of Australia’s most well-known contemporary art event, recognised for commissioning and showcasing innovative and thought-provoking Australian and international art. Participating artists in the 21st Biennale of Sydney hail from six continents including Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America and Europe with a quarter of the exhibiting artists from Australia. The 21st Biennale of Sydney is a free exhibition spanning three months from 16 March until 11 June 2018.

Exploring the curatorial theme of SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, the 21st Biennale of Sydney will be presented at seven of the city’s most respected museums, galleries and non-traditional exhibition spaces: Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Sydney Opera House and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

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December 4, 2017

Site-specific sculpture unveiled in Sydney CBD’s Wynyard Station suspended above a bank of escalators

Image: Josh Raymond

Australian contemporary artist and sculptor Chris Fox has today unveiled a major site specific installation suspended from the ceiling above a bank of escalators inside Wynyard Station in Sydney’s CBD.

The work, titled Interloop, is a hovering sculpture that loops together two pairs of reconfigured heritage escalators measuring more than 50 metres in length and incorporating 244 wooden escalator treads and 4 escalator combs from the historic Wynyard escalators.

Image: Josh Raymond

Australian contemporary artist and sculptor Chris Fox has today unveiled a major site specific installation suspended from the ceiling above a bank of escalators inside Wynyard Station in Sydney’s CBD.

The work, titled Interloop, is a hovering sculpture that loops together two pairs of reconfigured heritage escalators measuring more than 50 metres in length and incorporating 244 wooden escalator treads and 4 escalator combs from the historic Wynyard escalators.

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November 29, 2017

Dr Gene Sherman announces inaugural Fashion Hub programme highlights for the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI)

Image: Detail, Design for Tear-a-Way: an interactive fashion presentation. Designed and developed by University of Technology Sydney (UTS) fashion students in collaboration with Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF), 2013

– More than 40 talks, performances, workshops & films to be presented over 17 days in April 2018 –

Founder and executive director of the newly created Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI), Dr Gene Sherman AM, today announced the Centre’s five-year vision to elevate fashion and architecture to a more prominent place alongside other mediums of cultural expression.

Image: Detail, Design for Tear-a-Way: an interactive fashion presentation. Designed and developed by University of Technology Sydney (UTS) fashion students in collaboration with Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF), 2013

– More than 40 talks, performances, workshops & films to be presented over 17 days in April 2018 –

Founder and executive director of the newly created Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI), Dr Gene Sherman AM, today announced the Centre’s five-year vision to elevate fashion and architecture to a more prominent place alongside other mediums of cultural expression. SCCI is the latest evolution of the re-named not for profit Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF).

Dr Sherman said “Our aim is to provide a vibrant platform for the exchange of the most challenging and engaging ideas on architecture and fashion, within the broader context of culture. Fashion, in particular, has lacked serious attention as a sophisticated, intellectually rich and multifaceted mode of creative expression. Through SCCI, we seek to elevate it to a more prominent position alongside other artforms, and begin a conversation that is long past due. The very best of contemporary ideas on architecture, and its intersections with cultural, social, aesthetic and economic life, will also be explored intensively at SCCI.”

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November 28, 2017

Bridging Hope Charity Foundation announces philanthropic support for UNSW Art & Design’s ANNUAL and inaugural winner of the TWT Excellence Prize

Image: Jessica Long, Apartment Block. No. 10, supplied by UNSW

The Bridging Hope Charity Foundation has announced a five-year commitment to support UNSW’s A&D ANNUAL 2017 graduate exhibition, which will feature the work of more than 200 emerging creative artists. Presented from 29 November – 9 December, the A&D ANNUAL is Australia’s largest and most diverse national showcase of graduate contemporary art, design and creative media work.

At an event at UNSW to announce the partnership, the Bridging Hope Charity Foundation also revealed the inaugural winner of the TWT Excellence Prize, a new annual award for a graduating student that will be offered until 2021.

Image: Jessica Long, Apartment Block. No. 10, supplied by UNSW

The Bridging Hope Charity Foundation has announced a five-year commitment to support UNSW’s A&D ANNUAL 2017 graduate exhibition, which will feature the work of more than 200 emerging creative artists. Presented from 29 November – 9 December, the A&D ANNUAL is Australia’s largest and most diverse national showcase of graduate contemporary art, design and creative media work.

At an event at UNSW to announce the partnership, the Bridging Hope Charity Foundation also revealed the inaugural winner of the TWT Excellence Prize, a new annual award for a graduating student that will be offered until 2021.

Graduating artist Jessica Long was awarded the 2017 TWT Excellence Prize, which includes a $2,000 bursary, for her video work titled Apartment Block No. 10. Graduating students Caitlin Dubler, Maya Mulvey-Santana, Luke Power and Beccy Tait also received Highly Commended awards.

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November 27, 2017

Carriageworks unveils 2018 Program and announces 1.2 million visitors for 2017

Thelma Plum, Solid Ground artist in residence for 2018. Image: Cole Benetts

Carriageworks today announced 1.2 million visitors will engage with the Carriageworks Program in 2017 whilst unveiling a dynamic program for 2018 spanning contemporary art, dance, performance, music, screen, food and ideas. In 2018 the Artistic Program will support 690 artists and will present 70 projects, including 10 world premieres, 17 international works and 17 new Australian commissions.

Highlights include three large-scale, site-specific exhibitions by international contemporary artists Katharina Grosse (Germany), Ryoji Ikeda (Japan) and Nick Cave (USA), as well as three world premiere works by Carriageworks Resident Companies: Sydney Chamber Opera, Marrugeku and Force Majeure, and the presentation of leading cultural events including the 21st Biennale of Sydney, the 2018 Sydney Writers’ Festival and Sydney Contemporary 2018.

Thelma Plum, Solid Ground artist in residence for 2018. Image: Cole Benetts

Carriageworks today announced 1.2 million visitors will engage with the Carriageworks Program in 2017 whilst unveiling a dynamic program for 2018 spanning contemporary art, dance, performance, music, screen, food and ideas. In 2018 the Artistic Program will support 690 artists and will present 70 projects, including 10 world premieres, 17 international works and 17 new Australian commissions.

Highlights include three large-scale, site-specific exhibitions by international contemporary artists Katharina Grosse (Germany), Ryoji Ikeda (Japan) and Nick Cave (USA), as well as three world premiere works by Carriageworks Resident Companies: Sydney Chamber Opera, Marrugeku and Force Majeure, and the presentation of leading cultural events including the 21st Biennale of Sydney, the 2018 Sydney Writers’ Festival and Sydney Contemporary 2018.

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November 16, 2017

COMMON GOOD Design exhibition exclusive to Powerhouse Museum

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) will open a major contemporary design exhibition on 2 March 2018 to celebrate the 20th Sydney Design Festival. Curated by and exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Common Good explores design trends in Australia and neighbouring regions and the positive design-lead responses to social, ethical and environmental challenges.

Common Good surveys contemporary design practices from Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Designers from a range of disciplines and countries are profiled, including leading international designers and architects Nendo, Studio Swine, Bijoy Jain, Jo Nagasaka, Kwangho Lee and WOHA, as well as globally recognised local designers Ken Wong, Lucy McRae and Henry Wilson.

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) will open a major contemporary design exhibition on 2 March 2018 to celebrate the 20th Sydney Design Festival. Curated by and exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Common Good explores design trends in Australia and neighbouring regions and the positive design-lead responses to social, ethical and environmental challenges.

Common Good surveys contemporary design practices from Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Designers from a range of disciplines and countries are profiled, including leading international designers and architects Nendo, Studio Swine, Bijoy Jain, Jo Nagasaka, Kwangho Lee and WOHA, as well as globally recognised local designers Ken Wong, Lucy McRae and Henry Wilson.

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October 26, 2017

Bridging Hope Charity Foundation in collaboration with TWT Creative Precinct presents: Professionalising Art Practice

Image: Alex Seton, The Soloist, bronze, 95 x 75 x 70 cm, 2012

Bridging Hope Charity Foundation have issued an open invitation to an audience to attend a panel discussion on Wednesday 8 November at the new TWT creative precinct in St Leonards asking how artists professionalise their art practice? The discussion will explore varying aspects of being a professional artist, with panelists including:

Alex Seton – one of Australia’s most prominent and successful visual artists
Brianna Munting – Acting Co-Executive Director, National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
Delwyn Everard – Everard Advisory, past Deputy Director and Director of Legal Services Arts Law Centre
Natalia Bradshaw – Art Advisor and Curator to the TWT Creative Precinct and Bridging Hope Charity Foundation, Convenor

Event Details

Admission: Free (RSVP essential to rsvp@bridginghopecf.org.au)

When: Wednesday 8 November 2017, 6pm

Where: Level 2, 63 – 65 Chandos Street, St Leonards

Image: Alex Seton, The Soloist, bronze, 95 x 75 x 70 cm, 2012

Bridging Hope Charity Foundation have issued an open invitation to an audience to attend a panel discussion on Wednesday 8 November at the new TWT creative precinct in St Leonards asking how artists professionalise their art practice? The discussion will explore varying aspects of being a professional artist, with panelists including:

Alex Seton – one of Australia’s most prominent and successful visual artists
Brianna Munting – Acting Co-Executive Director, National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
Delwyn Everard – Everard Advisory, past Deputy Director and Director of Legal Services Arts Law Centre
Natalia Bradshaw – Art Advisor and Curator to the TWT Creative Precinct and Bridging Hope Charity Foundation, Convenor

Event Details

Admission: Free (RSVP essential to rsvp@bridginghopecf.org.au)

When: Wednesday 8 November 2017, 6pm

Where: Level 2, 63 – 65 Chandos Street, St Leonards

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October 25, 2017

National Art School celebrates next generation of emerging artists in the 2017 Postgraduate Exhibition and ‘NAS Nights’ after-hours event

Image: Murat Urlali, Wattles and Flannel, 2015,oil, acrylic, enamel, rhinestones and glitter on wooden panel

The National Art School will unveil the next wave of emerging artists at the 2017 Postgraduate Opening Night (2 November) and exhibition presented from 3 until 12 November 2017. Celebrating and showcasing the achievements of 38 students completing the Masters of Fine Art this year, the exhibition features diverse artworks spanning a range of mediums including ceramics, drawing, painting, photomedia, printmaking and sculpture.

Image: Murat Urlali, Wattles and Flannel, 2015,oil, acrylic, enamel, rhinestones and glitter on wooden panel

The National Art School will unveil the next wave of emerging artists at the 2017 Postgraduate Opening Night (2 November) and exhibition presented from 3 until 12 November 2017. Celebrating and showcasing the achievements of 38 students completing the Masters of Fine Art this year, the exhibition features diverse artworks spanning a range of mediums including ceramics, drawing, painting, photomedia, printmaking and sculpture.

This exhibition celebrates the achievements of the School’s Master of Fine Art students and offers a rare opportunity to experience the studios of the most recent cohort. Visitors gain unprecedented access to the artists’ working spaces and are able to invest in artwork from the very best emerging talent.

The Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Don Harwin, will open the exhibition, and comments “I am delighted to be able to open this exhibition of the work of National Art School Masters of Fine Arts Graduates. This ambitious two year program exemplifies the unique approach to visual arts education that takes place at the National Art School. I congratulate the Director Steven Alderton, Head of Studies Simon Cooper, the school’s staff and most of all the graduates themselves on their achievements, dedication and commitment. I look forward to watching their careers progress, and to their contributions to the cultural life of NSW.”

The National Art School will hold a special NAS Nights Event to mark the exhibition on Thursday 2 November on the campus. NAS Nights will feature a curated evening of music by FBi DJs and space-funk band, The Goods, food and pop up bars, inviting guests to explore the artist studios around the National Art School’s iconic campus.

 

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October 16, 2017

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize presented to Melbourne artist Sanné Mestrom

The 2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize – Australia’s pre-eminent national award for small sculpture – has been awarded to Melbourne artist Sanné Mestrom. Ms. Mestrom has been awarded the $20,000 acquisitive main prize for her work, Sleeping Muse, a four-kilogram bronze sculpture of the artist’s head that has been knocked around and chewed on by Mestrom’s dog.

675 entries were submitted to the Prize this year, the second highest number of entries in prize history, with Ms.

The 2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize – Australia’s pre-eminent national award for small sculpture – has been awarded to Melbourne artist Sanné Mestrom. Ms. Mestrom has been awarded the $20,000 acquisitive main prize for her work, Sleeping Muse, a four-kilogram bronze sculpture of the artist’s head that has been knocked around and chewed on by Mestrom’s dog.

675 entries were submitted to the Prize this year, the second highest number of entries in prize history, with Ms. Mestrom’s sculpture being one of a selection of 47 finalists. The judging panel for the 17th annual Prize was comprised of curator, writer, artist, activist and first Indigenous judge for the Prize Djon Mundine, OAM, Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney and Curator, Encounters, Art Basel | Hong Kong Alexie Glass-Kantor, and gallerist and benefactor Roslyn Oxley, OAM.

 

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October 4, 2017

2017 Underbelly Arts Festival artists prepare at the National Art School

Image by Steven Siewert depicting artists preparing for the 2017 Underbelly Arts Festival, October 7-8.

Showcasing 21 ambitious new projects, the Festival hosts 116 artists from around Australia for a two-week Lab period onsite at the National Art School as they develop their works for the Festival and culminates in a two-day, no holds barred presentation and celebration of contemporary Australian art in all its forms.

Audiences can explore 21 ambitious new projects spanning installation, performance, dance, sound, visual art, intervention, digital art, radical opera, architecture, activist and participatory practices and everything in between.

Image by Steven Siewert depicting artists preparing for the 2017 Underbelly Arts Festival, October 7-8.

Showcasing 21 ambitious new projects, the Festival hosts 116 artists from around Australia for a two-week Lab period onsite at the National Art School as they develop their works for the Festival and culminates in a two-day, no holds barred presentation and celebration of contemporary Australian art in all its forms.

Audiences can explore 21 ambitious new projects spanning installation, performance, dance, sound, visual art, intervention, digital art, radical opera, architecture, activist and participatory practices and everything in between.

 

 

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September 25, 2017

Carriageworks presents Project Banaba

Image: Native Dance Ocean Island circa 1900. Photo from the Archives of the British Phosphate Commissioners, Courtesy of the National Archives of Australia

“Agriculture is not in our blood, but our blood is in agriculture.”

Teresia Kieuea Teaiwa (1968-2017)

Carriageworks presents Project Banaba from 17 November until 17 December 2017, a solo exhibition by Banaban scholar and artist Katerina Teaiwa that commemorates the history of Banaba Island in the Pacific Ocean.

Image: Native Dance Ocean Island circa 1900. Photo from the Archives of the British Phosphate Commissioners, Courtesy of the National Archives of Australia

“Agriculture is not in our blood, but our blood is in agriculture.”

Teresia Kieuea Teaiwa (1968-2017)

Carriageworks presents Project Banaba from 17 November until 17 December 2017, a solo exhibition by Banaban scholar and artist Katerina Teaiwa that commemorates the history of Banaba Island in the Pacific Ocean. Banaba Island was destroyed by environmentally devastating phosphate mining during the 20th century, leading to the total relocation of its people in 1945, with the 72nd anniversary of their displacement being marked on 15 December 2017 during the exhibition dates.

Curated by Yuki Kihara, working closely with artist Katerina Teaiwa, this exhibition brings together rare historical archives and new work that sheds light on this little known era of Australian history and its ongoing impact on contemporary Pacific communities.

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September 20, 2017

Bridging Hope Charity Foundation Principal Partner of THE BIG ANXIETY FESTIVAL

Image: Steven Siewert

The Big Anxiety Festival, the biggest mental health and arts festival in the world, launched today supported by principal partner the Bridging Hope Charity Foundation. The Festival will explore and re-imagine the state of mental health in the 21st century from 20 September to 11 November.

Tackling the big anxieties of our times, as well as the stresses and strains of everyday life, The Big Anxiety Festival presents over 60 events across Sydney with hubs located at Customs House, Riverside Theatres Parramatta, and UNSW Paddington.

Image: Steven Siewert

The Big Anxiety Festival, the biggest mental health and arts festival in the world, launched today supported by principal partner the Bridging Hope Charity Foundation. The Festival will explore and re-imagine the state of mental health in the 21st century from 20 September to 11 November.

Tackling the big anxieties of our times, as well as the stresses and strains of everyday life, The Big Anxiety Festival presents over 60 events across Sydney with hubs located at Customs House, Riverside Theatres Parramatta, and UNSW Paddington.

Bridging Hope Charity Foundation Director Stephen Fitzpatrick said: “Bridging Hope Charity Foundation supports the twin pillars of arts and mental health in our communities.  We are very proud to be the Principal Supporter of this very worthwhile event, with the aims of the Festival that mirror the vision of our Foundation – Bridging the arts and mental health for improved wellbeing.”

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September 19, 2017

Bundanon Trust’s 2017 SITEWORKS Festival explores ‘the birds & the bees’

IMAGE: Deborah Kelly, Birth of Beenus (remix), Commissioned by Bundanon Trust exclusively for SITEWORKS, 2017

Bundanon Trust’s annual spring festival, SITEWORKS, brings together contemporary artists, scientists and environmentalists for a weekend of festivities at the iconic Bundanon Homestead. This year SITEWORKS programming explores the theme of ‘The Birds & The Bees’. Presented over a full day and night on Saturday 23 September, SITEWORKS invites visitors to camp overnight on the historic property that is the former home and studio of Arthur Boyd.

IMAGE: Deborah Kelly, Birth of Beenus (remix), Commissioned by Bundanon Trust exclusively for SITEWORKS, 2017

Bundanon Trust’s annual spring festival, SITEWORKS, brings together contemporary artists, scientists and environmentalists for a weekend of festivities at the iconic Bundanon Homestead. This year SITEWORKS programming explores the theme of ‘The Birds & The Bees’. Presented over a full day and night on Saturday 23 September, SITEWORKS invites visitors to camp overnight on the historic property that is the former home and studio of Arthur Boyd.

Bundanon Trust CEO, Deborah Ely explains: “The birds and the bees have captured our collective imagination for millennia so this year’s event promises to be an intriguing mix with suggestive connotations woven in. There’s a palpable sense of anticipation as the artists, scientists and community members involved unveil their personal responses to the theme and property”.

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September 14, 2017

Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s international art fair secures AUD$16million in sales over five days at Carriageworks

Image: Jacquie Manning

The third edition of Australasia’s premier international art fair, Sydney Contemporary 2017, has attracted 26,500 collectors and art enthusiasts and secured AUD$16 million in art work sales over its five-day presentation at multi-arts precinct Carriageworks from 6 – 10 September.

Image: Jacquie Manning

The third edition of Australasia’s premier international art fair, Sydney Contemporary 2017, has attracted 26,500 collectors and art enthusiasts and secured AUD$16 million in art work sales over its five-day presentation at multi-arts precinct Carriageworks from 6 – 10 September.

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September 1, 2017

Among Equals Exhibition of Bilum Bags from Papua New Guinea opens at Koskela

Innovative social enterprise Among Equals launched its flagship exhibition, Bilum Bags From Papua New Guinea, at leading Sydney design store Koskela, accompanied by a short documentary film showcasing the women bilum-weavers of PNG.

Among Equals founder, Caroline Sherman, said: ‘Among Equals is a brand that empowers women in PNG. We partner with Bilum weaving communities to help bring their exquisite traditional bags to an international audience of design lovers, create viable income for the weavers and their families, and preserve a long-standing cultural practice.

Innovative social enterprise Among Equals launched its flagship exhibition, Bilum Bags From Papua New Guinea, at leading Sydney design store Koskela, accompanied by a short documentary film showcasing the women bilum-weavers of PNG.

Among Equals founder, Caroline Sherman, said: ‘Among Equals is a brand that empowers women in PNG. We partner with Bilum weaving communities to help bring their exquisite traditional bags to an international audience of design lovers, create viable income for the weavers and their families, and preserve a long-standing cultural practice. 100% of profits from Bilum sales go back to the communities, dramatically lifting their lives.’

Bilum Bags From Papua New Guinea is accompanied by an installation of large-format photographs of the women weavers at work, and an 8 minute documentary film, Among Equals – Transforming Lives, shot on location in Port Moresby and the Highlands of PNG by filmmaker Maximilian Homaei. The film gives a moving insight into the daily lives of the women, as they tell powerful stories of how the sale of Bilum bags through Among Equals directly and positively impacts them and their families.

 

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August 30, 2017

Carriageworks announces 50+ workshop program for the newly activated Clothing Store

IMAGE: Samuel Hodge

In May 2017, seven artists and one architecture studio took up residence in The Clothing Store – situated within the Redfern-based multi arts precinct. Starting in August 2017, Carriageworks presents a community focused workshop program and extends an invitation to the wider community to engage with the space in an innovative series of lectures and creative workshops for artists, creatives, families and community.

The program features a range of activities from yoga to gardening to creative workshops and runs until December 2017.

IMAGE: Samuel Hodge

In May 2017, seven artists and one architecture studio took up residence in The Clothing Store – situated within the Redfern-based multi arts precinct. Starting in August 2017, Carriageworks presents a community focused workshop program and extends an invitation to the wider community to engage with the space in an innovative series of lectures and creative workshops for artists, creatives, families and community.

The program features a range of activities from yoga to gardening to creative workshops and runs until December 2017. There’s a mix of paid and free workshops, however all places must be reserved in advance: http://carriageworks. com.au/clothing-store- workshop-program/

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August 29, 2017

33rd Kaldor Public Art Project will reimagine a musical masterpiece within the historic Observatory Hill Rotunda

Image: Peter Greig

Kaldor Public Art Projects today announced a suite of free public programs as part of the 33rd Kaldor Public Art Project, a world-premiere installation by internationally celebrated French-Albanian artist Anri Sala. Presented free to the public from 13 October until 5 November 2017 within the historic parkland setting of Observatory Hill, Anri Sala’s The Last Resort represents the first time the artist has created a major work for an Australian audience.

Image: Peter Greig

Kaldor Public Art Projects today announced a suite of free public programs as part of the 33rd Kaldor Public Art Project, a world-premiere installation by internationally celebrated French-Albanian artist Anri Sala. Presented free to the public from 13 October until 5 November 2017 within the historic parkland setting of Observatory Hill, Anri Sala’s The Last Resort represents the first time the artist has created a major work for an Australian audience.

Positioned on Sydney’s highest natural viewpoint, set against 360-degree vistas of the city and harbour, Observatory Hill Rotunda provides a dramatic location for Sala’s astonishing new work comprising sculpture and sound. The Last Resort is presented over three weeks, free to the public from 10am to 6pm daily, with extended opening hours every Wednesday until 7:30pm, giving visitors an opportunity to experience this multisensory project against spectacular harbour views at sunset.

Audiences can make a day of their visit, joining one of the many free public programs on site, or spread a picnic blanket for a relaxing afternoon of art in the sunshine. Learn more about the artwork with free, daily staff-led floor talks, or participate in engaging weekend programs, including family workshops, stimulating panel discussions and lunchtime talks.

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August 28, 2017

Sydney Architecture Festival launches 2017 program

Festival highlights include the unveiling of an architect-designed contemporary mosque in Punchbowl, tours of Sydney’s iconic Brutalist buildings and a Western Sydney hub

The 2017 Sydney Architecture Festival heads west for its 11th annual edition, presented over the long weekend from Friday 29 September until Monday 2 October, with talks, tours and exhibitions delving into our city’s architectural highlights.

This year, the Festival focuses on building Sydney’s future heritage in Western Sydney with a hub in Parramatta and the unveiling of a contemporary, architect-designed mosque in Punchbowl.

Festival highlights include the unveiling of an architect-designed contemporary mosque in Punchbowl, tours of Sydney’s iconic Brutalist buildings and a Western Sydney hub

The 2017 Sydney Architecture Festival heads west for its 11th annual edition, presented over the long weekend from Friday 29 September until Monday 2 October, with talks, tours and exhibitions delving into our city’s architectural highlights.

This year, the Festival focuses on building Sydney’s future heritage in Western Sydney with a hub in Parramatta and the unveiling of a contemporary, architect-designed mosque in Punchbowl. A series of events will unearth Sydney’s enduring love affair with concrete, showcasing its Brutalist buildings, and the lasting influence of this powerful movement in architecture.

For further details and the full program for the 2017 Sydney Architecture program please visit www.sydneyarchitecturefestival.org

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August 24, 2017

Artspace announces exhibitors for second edition of VOLUME | Another Art Book Fair

Artspace, in partnership with Printed Matter, Inc., New York and Perimeter Books, Melbourne, today announced 77 local and international publishers who will exhibit at VOLUME 2017 | Another Art Book Fair.

Building upon the success of the inaugural 2015 edition — which welcomed over 6,500 visitors over four days — VOLUME 2017 will welcome a rigorously selected line-up of exhibitors from across Australia and the world, including Hong Kong, South Korea, Colombia, France and the United States.

Artspace, in partnership with Printed Matter, Inc., New York and Perimeter Books, Melbourne, today announced 77 local and international publishers who will exhibit at VOLUME 2017 | Another Art Book Fair.

Building upon the success of the inaugural 2015 edition — which welcomed over 6,500 visitors over four days — VOLUME 2017 will welcome a rigorously selected line-up of exhibitors from across Australia and the world, including Hong Kong, South Korea, Colombia, France and the United States. The second edition of this biennial event will take place from 13 – 15 October at Artspace in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo.

In addition to an international line-up of publishers, artists, collectives, galleries and distributors at VOLUME, Artspace will present a free program of talks, artist-led workshops, book launches, readings and performances. These will be presented alongside the key public program titled Book Machine: a community-led bookmaking initiative organised by Paris-based onestar press together with Artspace, in which emerging designers partner with the visitors to the Fair to generate and produce more than 200 artist books over five days.

Full list of exhibitors and updated details on the public programs for VOLUME, please visit: http://vaabf.com/exhibitors/

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August 23, 2017

Carriageworks commissions monumental installation by acclaimed German artist Katharina Grosse

Carriageworks has commissioned renowned German artist Katharina Grosse to create a spectacular, site-specific installation in Australia as the third in the Schwartz Carriageworks series of major international visual arts projects.  To be unveiled at Carriageworks on 6 January as part of Sydney Festival 2018 and running until 8 April 2018, this exciting new work will respond to the unique industrial architecture and grand scale of the heritage building.

Working directly on site at Carriageworks, Grosse will envelop the Public Space in more than 8250 square metres of suspended fabric—draped, knotted and hung across and through the architectural elements of the building—using a palette of raw colour to create a vast painting over the layers of folds.

Carriageworks has commissioned renowned German artist Katharina Grosse to create a spectacular, site-specific installation in Australia as the third in the Schwartz Carriageworks series of major international visual arts projects.  To be unveiled at Carriageworks on 6 January as part of Sydney Festival 2018 and running until 8 April 2018, this exciting new work will respond to the unique industrial architecture and grand scale of the heritage building.

Working directly on site at Carriageworks, Grosse will envelop the Public Space in more than 8250 square metres of suspended fabric—draped, knotted and hung across and through the architectural elements of the building—using a palette of raw colour to create a vast painting over the layers of folds. Visitors will be able to enter this total environment and experience the transformation of Carriagework’s historic structure.

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August 17, 2017

Sydney Fringe Festival reveals FRINGE IGNITE launch party program, with over 20 artists curated by Ngaiire

Image: Ngaiire

The Sydney Fringe Festival has revealed the line-up for its launch party FRINGE IGNITE, supported by APRA AMCOS and the Kensington Street Precinct. They will celebrate the opening of the Festival on Saturday 2 September with a series of live music gigs and performances from 4pm until 8pm at Kensington St Chippendale.

Curated by one of Australia’s most dynamic vocalists NGAIIRE, FRINGE IGNITE will see performances scheduled across the day in shops, bars and restaurants along the street, converting them into free pop-up venues filled with live music and performances, set times to be announced late August.

Image: Ngaiire

The Sydney Fringe Festival has revealed the line-up for its launch party FRINGE IGNITE, supported by APRA AMCOS and the Kensington Street Precinct. They will celebrate the opening of the Festival on Saturday 2 September with a series of live music gigs and performances from 4pm until 8pm at Kensington St Chippendale.

Curated by one of Australia’s most dynamic vocalists NGAIIRE, FRINGE IGNITE will see performances scheduled across the day in shops, bars and restaurants along the street, converting them into free pop-up venues filled with live music and performances, set times to be announced late August.

FRINGE IGNITE invites audiences down to Kensington St from 12pm for food, drinks, live performances and an In Conversation with Ngaiire presented by APRA AMCOS from 2pm – 4pm. The official program then kicks off at 4pm across nine stages, featuring dynamic performances from Australian acts including synth pop trio Froyo, Kaiit, Billie McCarthy, WALLACE, spoken word by L-FRESH The LION plus many more. At sunset, audiences will be treated to digital animations and projections courtesy of UTS.

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August 16, 2017

Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival 2017 Highlights Revealed

Image: Prue Stent and Honey Long, Membrane

Underbelly Arts Festival 2017 has announced artistic program highlights for its 10th anniversary program being presented for the first time at the National Art School in Darlinghurst from 7-8 October. Highlights include immersive inflatable structures, a public complaints service, a waterfront seagull apocalypse, a six-hour internet binge, and weird and wonderful artist souvenirs

Showcasing 21 ambitious new projects, the Festival will host 116 artists from around Australia for a two-week Lab period onsite at the National Art School from 25 September until 6 October as they develop their works for the Festival.  

Image: Prue Stent and Honey Long, Membrane

Underbelly Arts Festival 2017 has announced artistic program highlights for its 10th anniversary program being presented for the first time at the National Art School in Darlinghurst from 7-8 October. Highlights include immersive inflatable structures, a public complaints service, a waterfront seagull apocalypse, a six-hour internet binge, and weird and wonderful artist souvenirs

Showcasing 21 ambitious new projects, the Festival will host 116 artists from around Australia for a two-week Lab period onsite at the National Art School from 25 September until 6 October as they develop their works for the Festival.  Public tours will be offered at 6pm each evening during the Lab, allowing ticket holders the rare opportunity to see artists develop new work.

 

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August 14, 2017

Carriageworks and Ensemble Offspring present, Who Dreamed It?

This September, Carriageworks and Ensemble Offspring present three world premieres of new music by internationally renowned composers, showcasing US-based Australian soprano Jessica Aszodi. Featuring an international co-commission by Lisa Illean, Unsuk Chin’s classic Acrostic-Wordplay and a theatrical work by Jennifer Walshe, Who Dreamed It? will be performed at Carriageworks at 2pm on Saturday 23 September.

Following the success of Arc Electric, presented as part of All About Women Festival 2017 (Sydney Opera House) and Seven Stories, presented as part of Vivid Sydney 2017 (City Recital Hall), Who Dreamed It?

This September, Carriageworks and Ensemble Offspring present three world premieres of new music by internationally renowned composers, showcasing US-based Australian soprano Jessica Aszodi. Featuring an international co-commission by Lisa Illean, Unsuk Chin’s classic Acrostic-Wordplay and a theatrical work by Jennifer Walshe, Who Dreamed It? will be performed at Carriageworks at 2pm on Saturday 23 September.

Following the success of Arc Electric, presented as part of All About Women Festival 2017 (Sydney Opera House) and Seven Stories, presented as part of Vivid Sydney 2017 (City Recital Hall), Who Dreamed It? continues Ensemble Offspring’s commitment to devote their entire 2017 artistic program to music composed by women.

Dreams, fairy tales and fate provide the inspiration for this phantasmagorical concert, billed as ‘the soundtrack of a sleeping mind’. A suite of surprising and beguiling works will lead the listener down unmapped byways of their imagination.

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August 7, 2017

The Biennale of Sydney and City of Sydney unveil second Biennale Legacy Artwork Project

This Thursday 10 August 2017 at 5.30pm the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore will unveil Australian artist Agatha Gothe-Snape’s new artwork located in Wemyss Lane in Surry Hills, Sydney. The permanent public artwork titled Here, an Echo forms part of City of Sydney’s growing City Art Collection.

Sydney-based artist Gothe-Snape (b.1980) is highly regarded for her conceptual practice, and has exhibited her work extensively, both nationally and internationally. Gothe-Snape describes this new artwork as a ‘choreography for the city’.

This Thursday 10 August 2017 at 5.30pm the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore will unveil Australian artist Agatha Gothe-Snape’s new artwork located in Wemyss Lane in Surry Hills, Sydney. The permanent public artwork titled Here, an Echo forms part of City of Sydney’s growing City Art Collection.

Sydney-based artist Gothe-Snape (b.1980) is highly regarded for her conceptual practice, and has exhibited her work extensively, both nationally and internationally. Gothe-Snape describes this new artwork as a ‘choreography for the city’. The Biennale of Sydney and City of Sydney last year awarded her the second Biennale Legacy Artwork Project, and the project was developed during 2016 as part of the 20th Biennale of Sydney: The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed, curated by Stephanie Rosenthal. The extended period of research, which included performances, walks and conversations informed the development of the 14 phrases that now appear in perpetuity in Wemyss Lane.

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August 2, 2017

Sydney Contemporary announces Sydney Art Week highlights

Image: Hiromi Tango (Courtesy Sydney Contemporary)

Australasia’s premier international art fair, Sydney Contemporary (7-10 September) has announced details of Sydney Art Week (4-10 September) and Talk Contemporary 2017, including artist takeovers around the city, and a program of talks and panel discussions featuring some of our most inspiring thinkers, artists, media personalities, collectors and creatives. Sydney Art Week this year includes an immersive kids play-scape created by Japanese-Australian artist Hiromi Tango at the Fair, an artist takeover of Chippendale’s The Old Clare Hotel and Barangaroo, plus the popular ‘Night Cap’ series of late-night talks
hosted by artists.

Image: Hiromi Tango (Courtesy Sydney Contemporary)

Australasia’s premier international art fair, Sydney Contemporary (7-10 September) has announced details of Sydney Art Week (4-10 September) and Talk Contemporary 2017, including artist takeovers around the city, and a program of talks and panel discussions featuring some of our most inspiring thinkers, artists, media personalities, collectors and creatives. Sydney Art Week this year includes an immersive kids play-scape created by Japanese-Australian artist Hiromi Tango at the Fair, an artist takeover of Chippendale’s The Old Clare Hotel and Barangaroo, plus the popular ‘Night Cap’ series of late-night talks
hosted by artists.

Further information: https://sydneycontemporary.com.au/program-2017/

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August 2, 2017

Sydney’s Underwood Street grows a tree of awe and wonder

Image: The view from below Underwood Ark (photo by Steven Siewert)

In a CBD laneway, a tree has been tipped on its side and suspended 10 metres above ground as a tangible connection to Sydney’s colonial and Indigenous past. The mature eucalypt with massive root ball attached has been trucked and craned into the city from a south coast timber yard, part of a unique collaboration between the National Art School and property developer Mirvac. 

Image: The view from below Underwood Ark (photo by Steven Siewert)

In a CBD laneway, a tree has been tipped on its side and suspended 10 metres above ground as a tangible connection to Sydney’s colonial and Indigenous past. The mature eucalypt with massive root ball attached has been trucked and craned into the city from a south coast timber yard, part of a unique collaboration between the National Art School and property developer Mirvac. The trunk is attached by cable and bracket to three land bridges. At one end the branches sit and at the other the root ball, conveying a sense of awe in nature among the soaring office towers. Underwood Ark, to be officially opened Wednesday, is the work of visual artist and National Art School graduate Michael McIntyre, who was selected from a group of four student artists to develop an art installation that would enliven Underwood Street.

By Linda Morris. Full story in Sydney Morning Herald (published 2 August 2017): www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/sydneys-underwood-street-grows-a-tree-of-awe-and-wonder-20170728-gxkvis.html

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August 2, 2017

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2017 finalists

Image: Abdul Syed M I, Moneyscape III (Imaginable Landscape series)

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Australia’s pre-eminent national award for small sculpture presented by Woollahra Council, today announced 47 finalists for the 2017 Prize, selected from 675 entries, the second highest number of entries in prize history.

Selected by 2017 guest judges – curator, writer, artist, activist and first Indigenous judge for the Prize Djon Mundine, OAM, Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney and Curator, Encounters, Art Basel | Hong Kong Alexie Glass-Kantor, and gallerist and benefactor Roslyn Oxley, OAM – this year’s finalists include well-known artists such as winner of the 2009 Archibald Prize Guy Maestri, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Louis Pratt, Rodney Pople and Tracey Deep who will be exhibited alongside emerging artists.

Image: Abdul Syed M I, Moneyscape III (Imaginable Landscape series)

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Australia’s pre-eminent national award for small sculpture presented by Woollahra Council, today announced 47 finalists for the 2017 Prize, selected from 675 entries, the second highest number of entries in prize history.

Selected by 2017 guest judges – curator, writer, artist, activist and first Indigenous judge for the Prize Djon Mundine, OAM, Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney and Curator, Encounters, Art Basel | Hong Kong Alexie Glass-Kantor, and gallerist and benefactor Roslyn Oxley, OAM – this year’s finalists include well-known artists such as winner of the 2009 Archibald Prize Guy Maestri, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Louis Pratt, Rodney Pople and Tracey Deep who will be exhibited alongside emerging artists.

The 2017 finalist artists are: NOT (NSW); Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (WA); Sally Blake (ACT); Lauren Brincat (NSW); Angela Butler (NSW); Penny Byrne (VIC); Peter Cooley (NSW); Selena de Carvalho (TAS); Tracey Deep (NSW); Mariana del Castillo (NSW); Lynda Draper (NSW); Mark Dubner (NSW); Merran Esson (NSW); Emma Fielden (NSW); Stevie Fieldsend (NSW); Trevor Fry (NSW); Natalie Guy (NZ); Lizzie Hall (NSW); David Hamilton (TAS); Michael Harrell (NSW); Tevita Havea (NSW); Sergio Hernandez (NSW);  Bianca Hester (NSW); Alison Hill (QLD); Phil James (NSW); Michelle Kirk (NSW); Mike Kitching (NSW); Rene Kulitja (NT); Claire Lambe (VIC); Guy Maestri (NSW); Sanné Mestrom (VIC); Dan Moynihan (VIC); John Nicholson (NSW); Karin Olah (NSW); Kenny Pittock (VIC); Rodney Pople (NSW); Louis Pratt (NSW); Madeleine Preston (NSW); Julia Robinson (SA); Giles Ryder (VIC); Huseyin Sami (NSW); Michael Snape (NSW); Andrew Southall (VIC); Abdullah Syed M I (NSW); Richard Tipping (NSW); Mark Titmarsh (NSW); Peter Vandermark (ACT).

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August 1, 2017

The National Art School presents Grounded: Contemporary Australian Art

Image: Joan Ross, Colonial Grab, 2014

A new exhibition titled Grounded: Contemporary Australian Art  features the work of artists Mitch Cairns, Karla Dickens, Newell Harry, Jumaadi, James Nguyen, Addison Marshall, Joan Ross and Justine Varga who have all studied at the National Art School. The exhibition is on display, free of charge, at NAS Gallery from 18 August until 14 October 2017.

Curated by Judith Blackall Grounded is presented across both floors of the NAS Gallery.

Image: Joan Ross, Colonial Grab, 2014

A new exhibition titled Grounded: Contemporary Australian Art  features the work of artists Mitch Cairns, Karla Dickens, Newell Harry, Jumaadi, James Nguyen, Addison Marshall, Joan Ross and Justine Varga who have all studied at the National Art School. The exhibition is on display, free of charge, at NAS Gallery from 18 August until 14 October 2017.

Curated by Judith Blackall Grounded is presented across both floors of the NAS Gallery. The artists have responded generously to the invitation to present a range of work in NAS Gallery’s distinctive spaces: some have produced ambitious new bodies of work, others have chosen to re-present important and rarely seen works that, presented in new contexts, bring fresh insight to the artist’s process and studio practice. In some cases sketchbooks and working drawings are included, providing further insight into the importance of drawing, a discipline at the core of the National Art School’s approach to learning and creativity.

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August 1, 2017

Carriageworks and Sydney Dance Company announce New Breed 2017

Image: Pedro Greig

Carriageworks and Sydney Dance Company, in conjunction with The Balnaves Foundation, announce five up-and-coming Australian choreographers commissioned to create new works for the acclaimed New Breed initiative that supports Australia’s next generation of dance-makers.

Co-presented by two of Australia’s most dynamic arts organisations – Carriageworks and Sydney Dance Company – with the generous support of The Balnaves Foundation, New Breed 2017 will provide Australian choreographers Melanie Lane (Melbourne/Berlin), Tyrone Robinson (Perth), Petros Treklis (Melbourne), Cass Mortimer Eipper (Melbourne) and Nelson Earl (Sydney) with an invaluable opportunity to work with Australia’s finest contemporary dancers on a newly commissioned dance piece. 

Image: Pedro Greig

Carriageworks and Sydney Dance Company, in conjunction with The Balnaves Foundation, announce five up-and-coming Australian choreographers commissioned to create new works for the acclaimed New Breed initiative that supports Australia’s next generation of dance-makers.

Co-presented by two of Australia’s most dynamic arts organisations – Carriageworks and Sydney Dance Company – with the generous support of The Balnaves Foundation, New Breed 2017 will provide Australian choreographers Melanie Lane (Melbourne/Berlin), Tyrone Robinson (Perth), Petros Treklis (Melbourne), Cass Mortimer Eipper (Melbourne) and Nelson Earl (Sydney) with an invaluable opportunity to work with Australia’s finest contemporary dancers on a newly commissioned dance piece.  Cass Mortimer Eipper and Nelson Earl will present the first New Breed co-creation. The four new works created by the New Breed 2017 choreographers will be presented at Sydney’s premier multi-arts precinct, Carriageworks, from 30 November to 9 December 2017.

More info: http://carriageworks.com.au/events/new-breed-2017/

 

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July 31, 2017

Sydney Fringe Festival reveals full 2017 Program

Image: Steven Siewert

The Sydney Fringe Festival has revealed its full 2017 program, opening ticket sales for more than 300 productions presented from 1 – 30 September at 42 partner venues across inner Sydney. Spanning theatre, physical theatre and circus, music, comedy, visual art, film, cabaret, musical theatre, dance and the spoken-word, Fringe will for the first time in 2017 be based out of a new expansive Festival Hub at Sydney Park in Alexandria.

Image: Steven Siewert

The Sydney Fringe Festival has revealed its full 2017 program, opening ticket sales for more than 300 productions presented from 1 – 30 September at 42 partner venues across inner Sydney. Spanning theatre, physical theatre and circus, music, comedy, visual art, film, cabaret, musical theatre, dance and the spoken-word, Fringe will for the first time in 2017 be based out of a new expansive Festival Hub at Sydney Park in Alexandria.

The HPG Festival Hub will see a 7000m2 warehouse transformed into multiple performance and exhibition spaces that will be home to immersive light, art and theatre experiences, music and theatre performances, a 200-seat vegan feast, a masquerade ball and numerous installations.

Other highlights include the FRINGE IGNITE Launch Party curated by one of Australia’s most dynamic vocalists NGAIIRE with a series of live music gigs and performances from 3pm until 8pm at Kensington St Chippendale, the Heaps Gay Masqueerade, world premiere theatre experiences and exhibitions, Global Rhythms music festival in Bicentennial Park, and a performance by Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band and the Sydney Youth Orchestra in the Sydney Town Hall to close the festival.

 

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July 19, 2017

Artistic Director of 21st Biennale of Sydney announces Title of the 2018 Exhibition and Additional Selection of Artists

Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney Mami Kataoka announced today the title of the 2018 Biennale of Sydney is SUPERPOSITION: Art of Equilibrium and Engagement. Speaking at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo, Ms Kataoka also shared the names of additional artists from Asia region selected to present their works in the multi-venue event. She elaborated on key themes in the forthcoming edition of Australasia’s longest running and most respected contemporary art event.

Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney Mami Kataoka announced today the title of the 2018 Biennale of Sydney is SUPERPOSITION: Art of Equilibrium and Engagement. Speaking at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo, Ms Kataoka also shared the names of additional artists from Asia region selected to present their works in the multi-venue event. She elaborated on key themes in the forthcoming edition of Australasia’s longest running and most respected contemporary art event.

Artistic Director, Mami Kataoka noted that: ‘the 21st edition of the Biennale of Sydney will draw on the concept of superposition in quantum mechanics as a metaphor to link the notions of equilibrium and engagement and provide us with insights into the world today. We are surrounded by conflicting ideas across all levels of humanity: different cultures; readings of nature and the universe; political ideologies and systems of government; interpretations of human history, including the history of art and definitions of contemporary art.’

The artists announced today who will participate in the 21st Biennale of Sydney are:

·            Julian Abraham ‘Togar’ (Born 1987 in Indonesia, lives and works in Medan, Indonesia)

·            Chen Shaoxiong (Born 1962 in China, died in 2016 in Beijing, China)

·            Geng Xue (Born 1983 in China, lives and works in Beijing, China)

·            Tanya Goel (Born 1985 in India, lives and works in New Delhi, India)

·            Hsu Chia-Wei (Born 1983 in Taiwan, lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan)

·            Ami Inoue (Born 1991 in Japan, lives and works in Kyoto)

·            Sosa Joseph (Born 1971 in India, lives and works in Kochi, India)

·            Prabhavathi Meppayil (Born 1965 in India, lives and works in Bangalore, India)

·            Tomie Ohtake (Born 1913 in Japan, died in 2015 in São Paulo, Brazil)

·            Tawatchai Puntusawasdi (Born 1971 in Thailand, lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand)

·            Sa Sa Art Projects (founded in 2010 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

·            Svay Sareth (Born 1972 in Cambodia, lives and works in Siam Reap, Cambodia)

·            Akira Takayama (Born 1969 in Japan, lives and works in Saitama, Japan)

·            Maria Taniguchi (Born 1981 in Philippines, lives and works in Manila, Philippines)

·            Su-Mei Tse (Born 1973 in Luxemburg, lives and works in Luxemburg)

·            Samson Young (Born 1979 in Hong Kong, lives and works in Hong Kong)

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July 19, 2017

Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest presents Emu Island – Modernism in Place

Celebrating 75 years of Modernist art and living at its Emu Plains site, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest presents a suite of exhibitions and associated programs titled Emu Island – Modernism in Place that will be open to the public from 26 August until 26 November 2017.

Once the home and studio of artists Margo and Gerald Lewers, the Gallery site was – and is today – a place of lively debate, artistic creation and exhibition at the foot of the Blue Mountains on the banks of the Nepean River.

Celebrating 75 years of Modernist art and living at its Emu Plains site, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest presents a suite of exhibitions and associated programs titled Emu Island – Modernism in Place that will be open to the public from 26 August until 26 November 2017.

Once the home and studio of artists Margo and Gerald Lewers, the Gallery site was – and is today – a place of lively debate, artistic creation and exhibition at the foot of the Blue Mountains on the banks of the Nepean River. Coming up against the Nepean River, early settlers thought the land on the mountainside was an island inhabited by Emus hence ‘Emu Island’. The place was considered to be land’s end, but as the home of artists Margo and Gerald Lewers it became the place for new beginnings.

Curated by Dr Shirley Daborn together with consulting curator Dr Cassi Plate, Emu Island – Modernism in Place highlights the cultural significance of the Gallery’s history and site to Modernism in Australia.

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July 12, 2017

Deutsche Bank and Sydney Contemporary announce art experience by Robyn Stacey for 2017 fair

Deutsche Bank and Sydney Contemporary today announced a unique site-specific art experience for all visitors to Australasia’s premier contemporary art fair, being held 7 to 10 September 2017 at Carriageworks, Redfern.

As Principal Partner of the Fair for the first time, Deutsche Bank has commissioned Australian award-winning artist Robyn Stacey to create Double Take, a walk-in ‘camera obscura’ at the Carriageworks site. Double Take will be positioned at the entrance to Sydney Contemporary for the duration of the fair and is open for everyone to experience.

Deutsche Bank and Sydney Contemporary today announced a unique site-specific art experience for all visitors to Australasia’s premier contemporary art fair, being held 7 to 10 September 2017 at Carriageworks, Redfern.

As Principal Partner of the Fair for the first time, Deutsche Bank has commissioned Australian award-winning artist Robyn Stacey to create Double Take, a walk-in ‘camera obscura’ at the Carriageworks site. Double Take will be positioned at the entrance to Sydney Contemporary for the duration of the fair and is open for everyone to experience.

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July 10, 2017

THE 2018 KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ENTRIES AND JURY

The Keir Foundation, Carriageworks and Dancehouse today opened the call for entries and announced the high-profile international jury for the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award. The biennial competition, dedicated to the commission, presentation, promotion and dissemination of new Australian choreography, will accept entries until 11 August 2017 for the third edition of the Keir Choreographic Award, to be presented in March 2018.

Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and launched in 2014 as Australia’s first major choreographic award, the Keir Choreographic Award looks to identify and illuminate experimental choreographic practices occurring in the Australian context today.

The Keir Foundation, Carriageworks and Dancehouse today opened the call for entries and announced the high-profile international jury for the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award. The biennial competition, dedicated to the commission, presentation, promotion and dissemination of new Australian choreography, will accept entries until 11 August 2017 for the third edition of the Keir Choreographic Award, to be presented in March 2018.

Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and launched in 2014 as Australia’s first major choreographic award, the Keir Choreographic Award looks to identify and illuminate experimental choreographic practices occurring in the Australian context today. The 2018 jury that are tasked with the responsibility to decide which artists will be offered one of the eight new commissions are: Head of Dance, Performing Arts of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong, ANNA CY CHAN; local dance icon LUCY GUERIN; ISHMAEL HOUSTON-JONES, US choreographer, author, performer, and curator; Hungarian choreographer, dancer and performer ESZTER SALAMON; Artistic Director of international arts festival Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, CHRISTOPHE SLAGMUYLDER;  and acclaimed Brussels-based American choreographer and dancer MEG STUART.

The Keir Choreographic Award Public Program, brings together panellists, guests and workshop leaders, and runs concurrently with the performance season, providing a vital context for related and relevant discourse, reflection and debate.

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July 10, 2017

Highlights announced for TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art

2017 TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Artistic Director, Nici Cumpston has today announced program highlights for the city-wide Festival, which returns to Adelaide this October.

Encompassing a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia, an art fair presented at Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and a city-wide festival, TARNANTHI showcases contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from across the country, providing a platform for artists to share important stories and shed new light on their practise.

2017 TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Artistic Director, Nici Cumpston has today announced program highlights for the city-wide Festival, which returns to Adelaide this October.

Encompassing a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia, an art fair presented at Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and a city-wide festival, TARNANTHI showcases contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from across the country, providing a platform for artists to share important stories and shed new light on their practise.

In 2017 TARNANTHI will showcase over 1,000 artists at exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia and more than 20 partner venues, and the TARNANTHI Art Fair will feature over 40 art centres and individual artists from across the country.

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July 5, 2017

Sydney Fringe Festival transforms 7000m2 warehouse into dynamic HPG Festival Hub

Sydney Fringe Festival – New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival – today announced its 2017 Festival Ambassadors and the next wave of program highlights set to enliven inner Sydney from 1- 30 September 2017. For the first time in 2017, Fringe will be presenting a new Festival Hub, a 7000m2 warehouse at Sydney Park in Alexandria, transformed into multiple performance and exhibition spaces. During Sydney Fringe Festival, the hub will be home to immersive light, art and theatre experiences, music and theatre performances, a 200-seat vegan feast, a masquerade ball and numerous installations.

Sydney Fringe Festival – New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival – today announced its 2017 Festival Ambassadors and the next wave of program highlights set to enliven inner Sydney from 1- 30 September 2017. For the first time in 2017, Fringe will be presenting a new Festival Hub, a 7000m2 warehouse at Sydney Park in Alexandria, transformed into multiple performance and exhibition spaces. During Sydney Fringe Festival, the hub will be home to immersive light, art and theatre experiences, music and theatre performances, a 200-seat vegan feast, a masquerade ball and numerous installations.

The 2017 Festival Ambassadors, who are tasked with championing the independent arts and this year’s Fringe program, are Tim Freedman of The Whitlams, renowned Australian artist Ben Quilty, writer, personality and social commentator Benjamin Law, performance artist Betty Grumble and performer/poet/activist Candy Royalle. Ambassadors will be part of the program at the new HPG Festival Hub with headline performances by Ambassador Tim Freedman of The Whitlams on 21 and 22 September, Betty Grumble Sex Clown and Candy Royalle.

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June 22, 2017

Largest permanent public artwork to date announced for Barangaroo by international artist Sabine Hornig

German artist Sabine Hornig will create the largest permanent public artwork to date at Barangaroo South. Commissioned by Lendlease and the Barangaroo Development Authority, Shadows by Sabine Hornig will be installed across a 170-metre walkway connecting the three international towers at Barangaroo South. Due to be finished by the end of 2018, the vast site-specific installation will see Hornig’s photographic images of indigenous Sydney flora layered onto high curtains of multi-coloured glass walls in the walkways and passages between the towers, providing a visual axis for pedestrians traversing the site. 

German artist Sabine Hornig will create the largest permanent public artwork to date at Barangaroo South. Commissioned by Lendlease and the Barangaroo Development Authority, Shadows by Sabine Hornig will be installed across a 170-metre walkway connecting the three international towers at Barangaroo South. Due to be finished by the end of 2018, the vast site-specific installation will see Hornig’s photographic images of indigenous Sydney flora layered onto high curtains of multi-coloured glass walls in the walkways and passages between the towers, providing a visual axis for pedestrians traversing the site. In developing her work, Hornig spent time in and around Sydney, sourcing imagery that is native to the areas surrounding Sydney Harbour. The final designs in the artwork feature native plants, transparent shadows and reflections that are combined to create a botanical discovery route along the Through-Site-Link. The transparent glass in the artwork reflects what Hornig describes as “beautiful iridescent shadows” that will reflect the viewers’ own faces and bodies. Pedestrians become participants in the art and “people will literally walk through the imagery,” she says.

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June 22, 2017

Underbelly Arts celebrates 10 year anniversary, announcing 21 newly commissioned artist projects, new Festival Director and a move to the National Art School for 2017

Underbelly Arts today announced the program for the 2017 Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival that will be presented for the first time at the National Art School, marking the Festival’s ten-year anniversary. New Festival Director Roslyn Helper revealed 21 ambitious new projects by Australian artists will be presented at the 2017 Festival running from 7-8 October 2017 and spanning a diverse range of mediums including installation, performance, dance, sound, visual art, intervention, digital art, radical opera, activist and participatory practices.

Underbelly Arts today announced the program for the 2017 Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival that will be presented for the first time at the National Art School, marking the Festival’s ten-year anniversary. New Festival Director Roslyn Helper revealed 21 ambitious new projects by Australian artists will be presented at the 2017 Festival running from 7-8 October 2017 and spanning a diverse range of mediums including installation, performance, dance, sound, visual art, intervention, digital art, radical opera, activist and participatory practices.

 

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June 22, 2017

Sydney Contemporary announces 15 artists to create site-specific, ambitious installations around Carriageworks for Installation Contemporary

Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s international art fair, today announced the 15 Australian and International artists exhibiting in the 2017 Installation Contemporary program. Spanning a range of mediums from painting and sculpture, drawing and ceramics, through to installation and video, the artists in Installation Contemporary will present ambitious and large-scale artworks across the entire Carriageworks multi-arts precinct in Redfern, Sydney, for the Fair being presented from 7 to 10 September 2017.

Responding to the unique architecture of Carriageworks, Installation Contemporary is an exhibition of inspiring, striking and innovative installations ranging from the handcrafted to the digital, throughout the Carriageworks precinct.

Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s international art fair, today announced the 15 Australian and International artists exhibiting in the 2017 Installation Contemporary program. Spanning a range of mediums from painting and sculpture, drawing and ceramics, through to installation and video, the artists in Installation Contemporary will present ambitious and large-scale artworks across the entire Carriageworks multi-arts precinct in Redfern, Sydney, for the Fair being presented from 7 to 10 September 2017.

Responding to the unique architecture of Carriageworks, Installation Contemporary is an exhibition of inspiring, striking and innovative installations ranging from the handcrafted to the digital, throughout the Carriageworks precinct. Curated this year by Rachel Kent (Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia) and Megan Robson (Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia), Installation Contemporary showcases ambitious and large-scale artworks by established and senior artists including Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Nike Savvas and Maio Motoko alongside a younger generation of artists including Richard Lewer, Lara Merrett, Sanné Mestrom and teamLab.

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May 22, 2017

KERSTIN THOMPSON ARCHITECTS DESIGN FOR BUNDANON TRUST MASTERPLAN REVEALED

Bundanon Trust today revealed the Masterplan design for Arthur Boyd’s iconic Riversdale property in regional New South Wales created by Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA), following their unanimous appointment in November 2016 from a shortlist of six Australian architecture firms.

The Masterplan design of Riversdale situated on the 1100-hectare property gifted to the Australian people by Arthur and Yvonne Boyd in 1993, includes a world-class creative learning centre for school students, a contemporary visitor hub, accommodation and a 380m2 light-filled contemporary art gallery – partially buried into the landscape – that will house the Trust’s $37.5 million Arthur Boyd art collection.

Bundanon Trust today revealed the Masterplan design for Arthur Boyd’s iconic Riversdale property in regional New South Wales created by Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA), following their unanimous appointment in November 2016 from a shortlist of six Australian architecture firms.

The Masterplan design of Riversdale situated on the 1100-hectare property gifted to the Australian people by Arthur and Yvonne Boyd in 1993, includes a world-class creative learning centre for school students, a contemporary visitor hub, accommodation and a 380m2 light-filled contemporary art gallery – partially buried into the landscape – that will house the Trust’s $37.5 million Arthur Boyd art collection.

Prioritising the existing landscape and its ecology, and responding to the current and future climatic conditions of the site, the design draws on the distinctive Australian native bushland and rural Australia’s flood ‘trestle’ bridges as points of inspiration. The new facilities are housed within a new 140-metre-long by 9-metre-wide structure that at one end abuts the art gallery within the sloping hillside, continuing along to bridge an existing gully.

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May 18, 2017

Carriageworks and the City of Sydney present 1917: The Great Strike

IMAGE: A gathering of 100,000 men and women in The Domain on a Saturday during the Great Strike of 1917 (Sydney Mail, 15 August 1917, p. 22. Courtesy National Library of Australia)

Carriageworks and the City of Sydney co-present a free public exhibition, 1917: The Great Strike, to commemorate the centenary of one of Australia’s largest industrial conflicts. Taking place at Carriageworks from 15 July – 27 August 2017, the exhibition brings together historical objects such as union banners, badges and certificates, archival photographs, film and oral testimonies, alongside commissioned artworks by contemporary artists Raquel Ormella, Tom Nicholson and Andrew Byrne, Will French, Franck Gohier and Sarah Contos.

IMAGE: A gathering of 100,000 men and women in The Domain on a Saturday during the Great Strike of 1917 (Sydney Mail, 15 August 1917, p. 22. Courtesy National Library of Australia)

Carriageworks and the City of Sydney co-present a free public exhibition, 1917: The Great Strike, to commemorate the centenary of one of Australia’s largest industrial conflicts. Taking place at Carriageworks from 15 July – 27 August 2017, the exhibition brings together historical objects such as union banners, badges and certificates, archival photographs, film and oral testimonies, alongside commissioned artworks by contemporary artists Raquel Ormella, Tom Nicholson and Andrew Byrne, Will French, Franck Gohier and Sarah Contos. On Saturday 5 August, The Great Strike Community Day commemorates the centenary of this important historical moment and explores its contemporary resonances through artist talks, panel discussions, performances and workshops at Carriageworks.

Co-curated by City of Sydney Historian Laila Ellmoos and Carriageworks Curator Nina Miall, the exhibition examines the Great Strike which originated at the Eveleigh Railway Workshops (now Carriageworks) and the Randwick Tram Sheds on 2 August 1917, against the backdrop of World War I. Around 5,790 employees downed tools in protest against the card system, a new way of monitoring worker efficiency. During the six-week strike, an estimated 77,350 NSW workers across a range of industries walked off the job. Many railway and tramway employees never got their jobs back, or were demoted in their role.

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May 12, 2017

Australasia’s premier international art fair Sydney Contemporary becomes an annual event

Australasia’s international art fair, Sydney Contemporary, today announced it will become an annual event from 2017 onwards, responding to gallery and artist demand for a premium art fair held yearly in Australia. Formerly a biennial fair, Sydney Contemporary will be held annually commencing with its third edition in 2017, presented from Thursday 7th until Sunday 10th September, across the entire Carriageworks multi-arts precinct in Redfern, Sydney.

The 2017 edition of Sydney Contemporary will feature more than 80 leading Australian and international exhibitors from around the pacific rim and further afield including China, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Singapore, Chile and New Zealand.

Australasia’s international art fair, Sydney Contemporary, today announced it will become an annual event from 2017 onwards, responding to gallery and artist demand for a premium art fair held yearly in Australia. Formerly a biennial fair, Sydney Contemporary will be held annually commencing with its third edition in 2017, presented from Thursday 7th until Sunday 10th September, across the entire Carriageworks multi-arts precinct in Redfern, Sydney.

The 2017 edition of Sydney Contemporary will feature more than 80 leading Australian and international exhibitors from around the pacific rim and further afield including China, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Singapore, Chile and New Zealand. Works spanning a diverse range of mediums, from established through to emerging artists will be showcased in museum-quality booths across seven large-scale exhibition spaces at Carriageworks, complemented by a robust curated program of talks, performances and events.

 

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May 10, 2017

Sydney Fringe Festival announces new Principal Partnership and 2017 program highlights

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, today announced its most ambitious program yet including a proposed 7000m2 new hub for the Festival adjacent to the spectacular Sydney Park in Alexandria. Presented from 1 until 30 September, for the first time in 2017 the Fringe is proposing to transform a large-scale warehouse, roughly the size of an airport hangar, at Sydney Park to create the dynamic HPG Festival Hub.

The result of a major new partnership with local property developer, HPG Australia, the proposed HPG Festival Hub will see the space enlivened by Fringe with monthly events starting this May and continuing through the month of September with multiple performance spaces, a circus hub, exhibitions, creative offices, installations and immersive art experiences.

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, today announced its most ambitious program yet including a proposed 7000m2 new hub for the Festival adjacent to the spectacular Sydney Park in Alexandria. Presented from 1 until 30 September, for the first time in 2017 the Fringe is proposing to transform a large-scale warehouse, roughly the size of an airport hangar, at Sydney Park to create the dynamic HPG Festival Hub.

The result of a major new partnership with local property developer, HPG Australia, the proposed HPG Festival Hub will see the space enlivened by Fringe with monthly events starting this May and continuing through the month of September with multiple performance spaces, a circus hub, exhibitions, creative offices, installations and immersive art experiences.

Highlighting the city’s vibrant culture, Fringe will activate Sydney suburbs with a diverse program spanning theatre, music, comedy, visual art, film, musical theatre, dance, circus, literature and poetry. The 2017 program will again take over the streets, shop fronts and venues across the city this September inviting audiences to engage with ‘what’s new’: new art, new activations, and new, young artists (60% under the age of 30). More than half of the productions in the 2017 program are world premieres, whilst 63% of productions will be Australian premieres and a further 83% Sydney premieres.

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May 9, 2017

Fragil at the XIII Bienal de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador

Image: Caroline Rothwell’s Equilibrium

The XIII Bienal de Cuenca, presented at the Salon del Pueblo in Ecuador last year from 22 October until 31 December 2016, for the first time included a satellite exhibition featuring four Australian artists; Reko Rennie, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Janet Laurence, and Caroline Rothwell, alongside Latin American and European artists. Curated by Natalia Bradshaw, Frágil consists of four installations that related to the Bienal’s overall theme of ‘Impermanence’. 

Image: Caroline Rothwell’s Equilibrium

The XIII Bienal de Cuenca, presented at the Salon del Pueblo in Ecuador last year from 22 October until 31 December 2016, for the first time included a satellite exhibition featuring four Australian artists; Reko Rennie, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Janet Laurence, and Caroline Rothwell, alongside Latin American and European artists. Curated by Natalia Bradshaw, Frágil consists of four installations that related to the Bienal’s overall theme of ‘Impermanence’. The works will be on display for Australian audiences at Kronenberg Wright from 2-24 June 2017 as Fragil II.

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May 8, 2017

EuroVisions: Contemporary Art from the Goldberg Collection brings cutting-edge contemporary European art to Sydney

The National Art School Gallery presents EuroVisions from Saturday 3 June until Saturday 5 August, a new exhibition of contemporary European artworks drawn from the family collection of Lisa and Danny Goldberg OAM. Featuring 64 works by more than 30 leading contemporary artists from Europe, EuroVisions presents a vibrant cross-section of recent developments in international art showcasing the diversity and exuberance of innovative practices and contemporary culture. The exhibition offers Australian audiences an introduction to, and a unique opportunity to directly experience, these rarely seen, significant works.

The National Art School Gallery presents EuroVisions from Saturday 3 June until Saturday 5 August, a new exhibition of contemporary European artworks drawn from the family collection of Lisa and Danny Goldberg OAM. Featuring 64 works by more than 30 leading contemporary artists from Europe, EuroVisions presents a vibrant cross-section of recent developments in international art showcasing the diversity and exuberance of innovative practices and contemporary culture. The exhibition offers Australian audiences an introduction to, and a unique opportunity to directly experience, these rarely seen, significant works.

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May 5, 2017

The Other Art Fair Melbourne launches its inaugural edition

The Other Art Fair Melbourne launched its inaugural edition last night at The Facility in Kensington with over 100 of the very best emerging artists selling their art directly to Melbourne audiences over the weekend. The Other Art Fair is the world’s leading artist-led contemporary art fair and a dynamic four-day public program accompanies the fair including workshops, daily talks, activities for kids and families, art tours by The School of Life, Virtual Reality story-telling, live performance art by Chili Philly and Friday Night Late with The Harpoons.

The Other Art Fair Melbourne launched its inaugural edition last night at The Facility in Kensington with over 100 of the very best emerging artists selling their art directly to Melbourne audiences over the weekend. The Other Art Fair is the world’s leading artist-led contemporary art fair and a dynamic four-day public program accompanies the fair including workshops, daily talks, activities for kids and families, art tours by The School of Life, Virtual Reality story-telling, live performance art by Chili Philly and Friday Night Late with The Harpoons.

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May 4, 2017

Carriageworks & Vivid Sydney announce Sydney Table 2017 line up

Carriageworks and Vivid Sydney today announced the line-up of chefs and creative team for Sydney Table, a series of bespoke dining experiences staged over four nights from 14-17 June at The Clothing Store located within Carriageworks’ multi-arts precinct.

Sydney Table will pair some of New South Wales’ leading chefs with elements of contemporary music, art and design, promising an unforgettable creative dining experience. Curated by Carriageworks Farmers Market Creative Director Mike McEnearney, the participating chefs are: O Tama Carey (Lankan Filling Station); Clayton Wells (Automata); James Viles (Biota); and Ben Sears (Moon Park).

Carriageworks and Vivid Sydney today announced the line-up of chefs and creative team for Sydney Table, a series of bespoke dining experiences staged over four nights from 14-17 June at The Clothing Store located within Carriageworks’ multi-arts precinct.

Sydney Table will pair some of New South Wales’ leading chefs with elements of contemporary music, art and design, promising an unforgettable creative dining experience. Curated by Carriageworks Farmers Market Creative Director Mike McEnearney, the participating chefs are: O Tama Carey (Lankan Filling Station); Clayton Wells (Automata); James Viles (Biota); and Ben Sears (Moon Park).

Following a sold-out series of Sydney Table in 2016, McEnearney joins forces with creative director Tony Assness to curate a fresh line-up some of Australia’s most respected chefs with artists, designers and musicians, up close and in their element at The Clothing Store, home to Carriageworks’ recently announced Artist Studio Program. Against the backdrop of an industrial heritage setting, diners will feast on the talents of some of NSW’s top chefs and creatives, drawing inspiration from fresh, locally sourced produce to create a sensational menu with matched wine and premium beverages by Scotchmans Hill, Asahi Super Dry, VOSS water and Archie Rose Distilling Co.

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May 3, 2017

Jonathan Crowther’s latest exhibition ‘FEED’ opens at Palmer gallery in Sydney 24 May

Image: Bathing in love, oil on canvas, 123cmx153cm

Jonathan Crowther’s latest collection of work references the changing landscape of image consumption and the way we engage with imagery through our digital devices and social media feeds. Utilising imagery from his own device and feeds Crowther has constructed a series of paintings that traverse this digital landscape. Continuing the contemporary conversation between photography and painting Crowther creates hyperreal images that explore our relationship with the screen, touch and the world around us.

Image: Bathing in love, oil on canvas, 123cmx153cm

Jonathan Crowther’s latest collection of work references the changing landscape of image consumption and the way we engage with imagery through our digital devices and social media feeds. Utilising imagery from his own device and feeds Crowther has constructed a series of paintings that traverse this digital landscape. Continuing the contemporary conversation between photography and painting Crowther creates hyperreal images that explore our relationship with the screen, touch and the world around us. The exhibition Feed will be on display at Palmer in Woollahra from 24 May until 13 July 2017.

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April 26, 2017

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2017 judges and increased prize money

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Australia’s pre-eminent national award for small sculpture presented by Woollahra Council, has announced three new guest judges for 2017 along with an increased prize pool of $24,000. A free exhibition of finalist works for the 17th annual Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize will be presented from 14 October until 5 November 2017 at the historic Woollahra Council Chambers in Double Bay, Sydney.

The 2017 Prize sees the first Indigenous judge for the Prize with curator, writer, artist and activist Djon Mundine, OAM, along with Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney and Curator, Encounters, Art Basel | Hong Kong, and gallerist and benefactor Roslyn Oxley, OAM.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Australia’s pre-eminent national award for small sculpture presented by Woollahra Council, has announced three new guest judges for 2017 along with an increased prize pool of $24,000. A free exhibition of finalist works for the 17th annual Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize will be presented from 14 October until 5 November 2017 at the historic Woollahra Council Chambers in Double Bay, Sydney.

The 2017 Prize sees the first Indigenous judge for the Prize with curator, writer, artist and activist Djon Mundine, OAM, along with Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney and Curator, Encounters, Art Basel | Hong Kong, and gallerist and benefactor Roslyn Oxley, OAM.

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April 20, 2017

Lisa Havilah’s Sydney Culture Essay, ‘Making of a Modern Icon’, launched by the Committee for Sydney

Last night, the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian officially launched The Sydney Culture Essays, published by the Committee of Sydney.

The series of essays capture the thinking of some of the leading voices in Sydney’s cultural life, including Carriageworks Director, Lisa Havilah.

The pieces are intended to tease out the ‘debates and conversations shaping Sydney’s cultural landscape, navigating the role of culture for Sydneysiders and communicating our identity and potential to the world.’

This project came about out of the Committee for Sydney’s desire to understand, clarify and strengthen Sydney’s cultural identify and offer at a time of extraordinary transformation and growth.

Last night, the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian officially launched The Sydney Culture Essays, published by the Committee of Sydney.

The series of essays capture the thinking of some of the leading voices in Sydney’s cultural life, including Carriageworks Director, Lisa Havilah.

The pieces are intended to tease out the ‘debates and conversations shaping Sydney’s cultural landscape, navigating the role of culture for Sydneysiders and communicating our identity and potential to the world.’

This project came about out of the Committee for Sydney’s desire to understand, clarify and strengthen Sydney’s cultural identify and offer at a time of extraordinary transformation and growth. They believe that culture needs to play a fundamental role in this change and offer a powerful way of attracting tourists and global talent to Sydney.

Read more: http://sydneycultureessays.org.au/essays/the-making-of-a-modern-icon

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April 10, 2017

Finalists from across Australia and NZ announced for John Fries Award 2017, recognising early career visual artists

Image: Tina Havelock Stevens, Thunderhead (2016)

Copyright Agency | Viscopy today announced the 12 finalists for the John Fries Award 2017. The award, curated by interdisciplinary artist, academic and curator, Consuelo Cavaniglia, is an annual $10,000 art award recognising the talents of early career visual artists from Australia and New Zealand. The award winner will be announced at the exhibition opening on 10 August 2017. Each finalist will present multiple works in the exhibition, open to the public at Sydney’s UNSW Galleries from 11 August – 2 September 2017.

Image: Tina Havelock Stevens, Thunderhead (2016)

Copyright Agency | Viscopy today announced the 12 finalists for the John Fries Award 2017. The award, curated by interdisciplinary artist, academic and curator, Consuelo Cavaniglia, is an annual $10,000 art award recognising the talents of early career visual artists from Australia and New Zealand. The award winner will be announced at the exhibition opening on 10 August 2017. Each finalist will present multiple works in the exhibition, open to the public at Sydney’s UNSW Galleries from 11 August – 2 September 2017.

Now in its eighth year, the annual award is a platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works from the next wave of contemporary artists in the region. The award was established by the Fries family in 2010 in memory of former Viscopy director and honorary treasurer, John Fries, who made a remarkable contribution to the life and success of the organisation.

The 2017 John Fries Award winner will be determined by a panel of guest judges: Consuelo Cavaniglia, Guest Curator of JFA 2017-2018; Melanie Oliver, Senior Curator and Programs Manager at The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington; Clothilde Bullen, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art; Fiona Lowry, multi-award winning artist (Archibald Prize, Moran Prize, Fleurieu Landscape Prize); and Kath Fries, artist, Viscopy board member, Chair of the John Fries Award committee and daughter of the late John Fries.

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April 6, 2017

21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) announces first 21 artists for its 45th anniversary exhibition

Mami Kataoka, Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney, today revealed the first group of 21 artists selected for the 21st edition of the Asia Pacific’s leading contemporary art event. With around 70 artists expected to be included in the 21st Biennale, this initial selection includes internationally renowned artists Ai Weiwei, Laurent Grasso, Haegue Yang and Eija-Liisa Ahtila, and provides insight into the themes of the 2018 edition.

Celebrating its 45th anniversary next year, the Biennale of Sydney will be presented over twelve weeks from Friday, 16 March until Monday, 11 June 2018 (Preview 13-15 March), at multiple locations throughout Sydney.

Mami Kataoka, Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney, today revealed the first group of 21 artists selected for the 21st edition of the Asia Pacific’s leading contemporary art event. With around 70 artists expected to be included in the 21st Biennale, this initial selection includes internationally renowned artists Ai Weiwei, Laurent Grasso, Haegue Yang and Eija-Liisa Ahtila, and provides insight into the themes of the 2018 edition.

Celebrating its 45th anniversary next year, the Biennale of Sydney will be presented over twelve weeks from Friday, 16 March until Monday, 11 June 2018 (Preview 13-15 March), at multiple locations throughout Sydney. It will feature major new commissions and recent work by contemporary artists from Australia and around the world. More info: bit.ly/21BoSartists

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April 4, 2017

Experience major site-specific installation by Australian artist Reko Rennie at Barangaroo to be launched early May

Lendlease have commissioned a major site-specific contemporary artwork by Australian artist Reko Rennie to be painted over buildings, hoardings and rooftops covering 1500 square-metres and planned for completion at Barangaroo in early May.

Titled As the Crow Flies, Rennie’s commanding work will be installed over an impressive 1,500 square-metre footprint. One of Australia’s most respected contemporary artists, Melbourne-based Rennie explores his Aboriginal Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi identity through his work, provoking discussion around Indigenous culture in contemporary urban environments.

Lendlease have commissioned a major site-specific contemporary artwork by Australian artist Reko Rennie to be painted over buildings, hoardings and rooftops covering 1500 square-metres and planned for completion at Barangaroo in early May.

Titled As the Crow Flies, Rennie’s commanding work will be installed over an impressive 1,500 square-metre footprint. One of Australia’s most respected contemporary artists, Melbourne-based Rennie explores his Aboriginal Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi identity through his work, provoking discussion around Indigenous culture in contemporary urban environments.

The large-scale, three-colour installation, including bright cobalt blue and neon pink, will be painted vertically and horizontally on to the exteriors and interiors of building elements and hoardings in Barangaroo’s exciting new retail district between Towers One and Two of the iconic International Towers Sydney (ITS) and Hickson Road. As the Crow Flies will extend into the exit area of the main car park and be painted on rooftops making the pop-aesthetic inspired installation clearly visible from nearby office towers.

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March 29, 2017

The National 2017: New Australian Art unveiled at Sydney’s premier cultural institutions

Claudia Nicholson, All I Have Are Dreams of You, installation view, The National 2017: New Australian Art, Carriageworks
Photograph: Zan Wimberley

The National 2017: New Australian Art was today unveiled at three of Sydney’s premier cultural institutions, representing the first exhibition in a six-year partnership between the Art Gallery of New Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) that will continue biennially until 2021, presenting the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art.

Claudia Nicholson, All I Have Are Dreams of You, installation view, The National 2017: New Australian Art, Carriageworks
Photograph: Zan Wimberley

The National 2017: New Australian Art was today unveiled at three of Sydney’s premier cultural institutions, representing the first exhibition in a six-year partnership between the Art Gallery of New Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) that will continue biennially until 2021, presenting the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art. Connecting three of Sydney’s key cultural precincts – The Domain, Redfern and Circular Quay, The National: New Australian Art is the only large-scale, multi-venue exhibition in the country focused solely on contemporary Australian art.

Presented concurrently at the three institutions, The National 2017 features work by emerging, mid-career and established Australian artists, showcasing new and commissioned work and encompassing a diverse range of mediums including painting, video, sculpture, installation, drawing and performance.The exhibition offers a holistic view of Australian art at a point in time, and fosters dialogue between generations of artists.

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March 28, 2017

Diena Georgetti and Kenny Pittock awarded 2017 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize

The 2017 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize was today awarded to Melbourne-based artist Diena Georgetti and Melbourne-based emerging artist Kenny Pittock. Celebrating its 21st year, the Prize is among Australia’s best-known art awards, spanning all mediums and offering a total of $36,000 in prize money. Diena Georgetti was awarded the established artist category ($25,000) for The Humanity of Construction Painting (2017) and Kenny Pittock was awarded the emerging artist category ($10,000) for Fifty-two found shopping lists written by people who need milk (2016).

The 2017 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize was today awarded to Melbourne-based artist Diena Georgetti and Melbourne-based emerging artist Kenny Pittock. Celebrating its 21st year, the Prize is among Australia’s best-known art awards, spanning all mediums and offering a total of $36,000 in prize money. Diena Georgetti was awarded the established artist category ($25,000) for The Humanity of Construction Painting (2017) and Kenny Pittock was awarded the emerging artist category ($10,000) for Fifty-two found shopping lists written by people who need milk (2016).

Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the annual exhibition and acquisitive art award highlights exciting developments in contemporary art and provides a platform for an artist-selected exhibition that features established artists alongside early-career artists. The exhibition’s guest curator, internationally regarded Melbourne-based artist Callum Morton made the selection in line with the Prize’s model, which sees the curator nominate established artists, who in turn each choose one emerging artist to create work for the exhibition.

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March 27, 2017

Artist Gerwyn Davies to participate in The Other Art Fair Melbourne launching in May 2017

One of the artists exhibiting as part of The Other Art Fair Melbourne from 4 – 7 May 2017 is Gerwyn Davies, an emerging artist whose practice straddles fine art and commercial photography. His work is a playful mix and match of art, craft and design approaches, with costume making forming a foundational element of his process. In his most recent series, Beast, Davies has created a suite of self-portraits that seem to hint at future directions for his practice, while also distilling a number of the themes he has explored in previous work; including the construction of identity, the strangeness of the body, fashion as an embodied practice, and a preoccupation with materiality.

One of the artists exhibiting as part of The Other Art Fair Melbourne from 4 – 7 May 2017 is Gerwyn Davies, an emerging artist whose practice straddles fine art and commercial photography. His work is a playful mix and match of art, craft and design approaches, with costume making forming a foundational element of his process. In his most recent series, Beast, Davies has created a suite of self-portraits that seem to hint at future directions for his practice, while also distilling a number of the themes he has explored in previous work; including the construction of identity, the strangeness of the body, fashion as an embodied practice, and a preoccupation with materiality.

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March 22, 2017

The National Art School presents a night dedicated to experimental contemporary performance, curated by Barbara Cleveland

To coincide with NAS Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2017, the National Art School is staging NAS Nights: Performance presented by Barbara Cleveland, on Thursday 6 April from 6 – 9pm.

Formerly known as Brown Council, Barbara Cleveland is collaboration between four artists: Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, Kelly Doley and Diana Smith. Together they make videos and performance works that deliberately blur the distinction between stage and gallery, ranging in tone from biting political satire to slapstick farce and often engaging with feminist and queer ideologies.

To coincide with NAS Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2017, the National Art School is staging NAS Nights: Performance presented by Barbara Cleveland, on Thursday 6 April from 6 – 9pm.

Formerly known as Brown Council, Barbara Cleveland is collaboration between four artists: Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, Kelly Doley and Diana Smith. Together they make videos and performance works that deliberately blur the distinction between stage and gallery, ranging in tone from biting political satire to slapstick farce and often engaging with feminist and queer ideologies.

For one night only, they are bringing their unique brand of performance to the National Art School, transforming the old Darlinghurst gaol into an afterhours adult playground, with an expertly curated line-up of performance, lectures, music, food and drink in one of Sydney’s most unique historical venues.

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March 20, 2017

The National: New Australian Art 2017 opens to the public next Friday 31 March

The National: New Australian Art 2017, Australia’s new art biennial, opens to the public next Friday 31 March, featuring the work of 49 artists across three of Sydney’s premiere art institutions Carriageworks, Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The first edition of a six-year initiative, presented in 2017, 2019 and 2021, The National explores the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art, connecting three of Sydney’s key cultural precincts – The Domain, Redfern and Circular Quay – in the only large-scale, multi-venue exhibition in the city to be focused solely on contemporary Australian art.

The National: New Australian Art 2017, Australia’s new art biennial, opens to the public next Friday 31 March, featuring the work of 49 artists across three of Sydney’s premiere art institutions Carriageworks, Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The first edition of a six-year initiative, presented in 2017, 2019 and 2021, The National explores the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art, connecting three of Sydney’s key cultural precincts – The Domain, Redfern and Circular Quay – in the only large-scale, multi-venue exhibition in the city to be focused solely on contemporary Australian art. Carriageworks will feature several performances throughout the exhibition, including Atlanta Eke & Ghenoa Gela’s ‘The Unsettling’ in June, exploring issues of invisible violence in Australian culture and the problematic nature of cross cultural collaboration through the lens of Horrorcore Hip Hop.

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March 8, 2017

Art Month Sydney celebrates International Women’s Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the National Art School in East Sydney will open its campus this evening as part of Art Month Sydney. Showcasing the work of a range of female artists, the evening will include a durational performance work by multi-disciplinary artist and activist Kelli Jean Drinkwater, Jodie Whalen’s performance responding to the inequality and underrepresentation faced by women throughout the world, and a performance by the A capella phenomenon Bad Bitch Choir.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the National Art School in East Sydney will open its campus this evening as part of Art Month Sydney. Showcasing the work of a range of female artists, the evening will include a durational performance work by multi-disciplinary artist and activist Kelli Jean Drinkwater, Jodie Whalen’s performance responding to the inequality and underrepresentation faced by women throughout the world, and a performance by the A capella phenomenon Bad Bitch Choir. The evening will also feature Spectorium by VICE-HP, an exciting interactive art installation along with a live music performance by Race Banyon in the Cell Block Theatre.

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March 6, 2017

PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR TWT CREATIVE PRECINCT ‘BLOCK PARTY’

TWT Creative Precinct are throwing open their doors during the evening of Friday 24 March 2017 for their annual Block Party in St Leonards, fast becoming one of Sydney’s most vibrant artistic locales. Featuring a program of FREE exhibitions, performances, film screenings, music and workshops, people of all ages are invited to choose their own cultural adventure by following a trail through TWT Creative Precinct’s studios and exhibition spaces to discover the artists and creative hubs that are transforming Sydney’s Lower North Shore.

TWT Creative Precinct are throwing open their doors during the evening of Friday 24 March 2017 for their annual Block Party in St Leonards, fast becoming one of Sydney’s most vibrant artistic locales. Featuring a program of FREE exhibitions, performances, film screenings, music and workshops, people of all ages are invited to choose their own cultural adventure by following a trail through TWT Creative Precinct’s studios and exhibition spaces to discover the artists and creative hubs that are transforming Sydney’s Lower North Shore. The fourth annual Block Party celebrates four successful years of the TWT Creative Precinct, an entirely artist run initiative providing workspaces for over 70 artists drawn from visual, performing, music and film disciplines – making it one of the largest creative workspace precincts in the country.

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February 23, 2017

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents solo exhibition by Australian artist Emily Floyd

Anna Schwartz Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works entitled Icelandic Puffins by Emily Floyd from 8 April until 13 May 2017. The exhibition marks the artist’s tenth solo show with the gallery.

With Icelandic Puffins Floyd creates a landscape populated by hand-carved bird sculptures, each unique, and crafted in the artist’s distinct sculptural vernacular. Icelandic text is paired alongside each of the puffins, listing corporate protagonists prosecuted by the State of Iceland following the collapse of all three of the country’s major banks: Glitnir, Landsbanki and Kaupthing.  

Anna Schwartz Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works entitled Icelandic Puffins by Emily Floyd from 8 April until 13 May 2017. The exhibition marks the artist’s tenth solo show with the gallery.

With Icelandic Puffins Floyd creates a landscape populated by hand-carved bird sculptures, each unique, and crafted in the artist’s distinct sculptural vernacular. Icelandic text is paired alongside each of the puffins, listing corporate protagonists prosecuted by the State of Iceland following the collapse of all three of the country’s major banks: Glitnir, Landsbanki and Kaupthing.  Icelandic Puffins creates a dialogue between the seductive power of design, here in typical Scandinavian style, with the dark veneer of global financial and political crisis.

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February 22, 2017

Following great success in Sydney, The Other Art Fair will launch in Melbourne in May 2017

Following two successful editions in Sydney, Australia’s leading art fair for emerging artists, The Other Art Fair, will launch in Melbourne for a four-day presentation from Thursday 4 May until Sunday 7 May 2017, connecting art lovers directly with unrepresented and emerging artists selling their works.

Presented by Saatchi Art, the inaugural Melbourne 2017 edition of The Other Art Fair is set to build momentum following the highly successful events held in Sydney in 2015 and 2016, each of which attracted more than 10,000 visitors over four days.

Following two successful editions in Sydney, Australia’s leading art fair for emerging artists, The Other Art Fair, will launch in Melbourne for a four-day presentation from Thursday 4 May until Sunday 7 May 2017, connecting art lovers directly with unrepresented and emerging artists selling their works.

Presented by Saatchi Art, the inaugural Melbourne 2017 edition of The Other Art Fair is set to build momentum following the highly successful events held in Sydney in 2015 and 2016, each of which attracted more than 10,000 visitors over four days. Led by Australian Fair Director Zoe Paulsen, The Other Art Fair will present over 100 of Australia’s most talented emerging artists, each chosen by a high profile selection committee of contemporary art experts: Patricia Piccinini (Artist), Lisa Fehily (Director of Mossgreen Gallery), Kathy Temin (Artist), Dr Terry Wu (Plastic Surgeon & Art Patron) and Annika Kristensen (Senior Curator at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art).

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February 20, 2017

2017 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize has largest group of artists in Prize’s history

The Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2017 has announced the full list of participating artists comprising 20 emerging and 20 established Australian contemporary artists, including five artist collectives and one artist duo. Each artist presents a single work in the 21st annual prize exhibition presented at Sydney’s National Art School Gallery from 28 March until 20 May 2017.

2017 guest curator of the Prize, respected contemporary artist Callum Morton and former winner of the Prize in 2013, noted: “The 2017 Redlands Art Prize has the largest and perhaps most diverse range of participants in its history.”

Morton’s selection of 20 established artists included Australian representative at the 2007 Venice Biennale Daniel von Sturmer, acclaimed London-based Aboriginal artist Christian Thompson, and recipient of the 2016 Biennale of Sydney Legacy artwork Agatha Gothe-Snape.

The Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2017 has announced the full list of participating artists comprising 20 emerging and 20 established Australian contemporary artists, including five artist collectives and one artist duo. Each artist presents a single work in the 21st annual prize exhibition presented at Sydney’s National Art School Gallery from 28 March until 20 May 2017.

2017 guest curator of the Prize, respected contemporary artist Callum Morton and former winner of the Prize in 2013, noted: “The 2017 Redlands Art Prize has the largest and perhaps most diverse range of participants in its history.”

Morton’s selection of 20 established artists included Australian representative at the 2007 Venice Biennale Daniel von Sturmer, acclaimed London-based Aboriginal artist Christian Thompson, and recipient of the 2016 Biennale of Sydney Legacy artwork Agatha Gothe-Snape.

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February 20, 2017

The Australian Centre for Photography presents Under the Sun: Reimagining Max Dupain’s Sunbaker with 15 commissioned artists responding to Dupain’s iconic photo

The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) presents Under the Sun: Reimagining Max Dupain’s Sunbaker, a large scale exhibition of new works commissioned from 15 artists responding to Australian photographer Max Dupain’s iconic Sunbaker image.

Presented from 18 February until 17 April at the State Library of NSW, Under The Sun explores views of our culture, our identity and our nationhood through works that surprise, challenge and enthuse audiences. The artists reflect Australia’s multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-faith nature, enabling a creative and often very personal exploration of the question ‘is there something new under the sun?’ These artists contemplate, and interpret Max Dupain’s photograph – a symbol of a particular time and vision of Australian culture – while offering unique perspectives on what it could possibly signify in our current society.

The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) presents Under the Sun: Reimagining Max Dupain’s Sunbaker, a large scale exhibition of new works commissioned from 15 artists responding to Australian photographer Max Dupain’s iconic Sunbaker image.

Presented from 18 February until 17 April at the State Library of NSW, Under The Sun explores views of our culture, our identity and our nationhood through works that surprise, challenge and enthuse audiences. The artists reflect Australia’s multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-faith nature, enabling a creative and often very personal exploration of the question ‘is there something new under the sun?’ These artists contemplate, and interpret Max Dupain’s photograph – a symbol of a particular time and vision of Australian culture – while offering unique perspectives on what it could possibly signify in our current society.

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February 11, 2017

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents solo exhibition by Daniel Crooks

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents an exhibition of new works entitled Parabolic by Daniel Crooks from 11 February until 1 April 2017. In the artist’s fifth solo show with the gallery, Crooks will exhibit new works highlighting his interest in the physical properties of time exemplified through mathematical and digital studies of sine waves and parabolas.

A leading figure in video art since the 1990’s, Crooks has long been fascinated with expanding the conventions of the linear perception of time in the moving image.

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents an exhibition of new works entitled Parabolic by Daniel Crooks from 11 February until 1 April 2017. In the artist’s fifth solo show with the gallery, Crooks will exhibit new works highlighting his interest in the physical properties of time exemplified through mathematical and digital studies of sine waves and parabolas.

A leading figure in video art since the 1990’s, Crooks has long been fascinated with expanding the conventions of the linear perception of time in the moving image. He has explored the means by which an image may be stretched across time and space, slicing it into pixels and layering these into complex collages.

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January 19, 2017

Artspace presents Superposition of three types, an exhibition exploring colourist abstraction through living contemporary Australian artists

Artspace presents Superposition of three types, a new exhibition featuring the work of thirteen living contemporary Australian artists spanning generations and mediums, brought together based on their central interest in exploring colourist abstraction. Presented from 10 February until 17 April 2017, Superposition will feature newly commissioned and recent work by: Sydney Ball, Rebecca Baumann, Ry David Bradley, Lara Merrett, Elizabeth Newman, Jonny Niesche, Huseyin Sami, Nike Savvas, Gemma Smith, Brendan van Hek, Julian Day, Spence Messih and Shelley Lasica.

Artspace presents Superposition of three types, a new exhibition featuring the work of thirteen living contemporary Australian artists spanning generations and mediums, brought together based on their central interest in exploring colourist abstraction. Presented from 10 February until 17 April 2017, Superposition will feature newly commissioned and recent work by: Sydney Ball, Rebecca Baumann, Ry David Bradley, Lara Merrett, Elizabeth Newman, Jonny Niesche, Huseyin Sami, Nike Savvas, Gemma Smith, Brendan van Hek, Julian Day, Spence Messih and Shelley Lasica.

The exhibition aims to highlight the continuing efficacy of practices drawing on colour and form. Works in the exhibition will engage with space and architecture, bleeding and blurring across the Artspace galleries, creating connectivity between practices and a layered, immersive environment.

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January 18, 2017

Art Month Sydney 2017 to ignite Sydney’s creative precincts with new focus on Art at Night events across the city

Art Month Sydney, the annual city-wide festival celebrating contemporary art and artists returns in 2017, presented from 1 March – 20 March, with a renewed focus around bringing Sydney’s most exciting art precincts to life by night.  Following the success of previous Art at Night precinct events held as part of the annual Festival, this year Art Month presents the popular evening series as the cornerstones of its 2017 program, reinvigorating Sydney’s creative neighbourhoods – Redfern/Chippendale, East Sydney and Paddington/Woollahra – over three nights featuring visual and performance artists.

Art Month Sydney, the annual city-wide festival celebrating contemporary art and artists returns in 2017, presented from 1 March – 20 March, with a renewed focus around bringing Sydney’s most exciting art precincts to life by night.  Following the success of previous Art at Night precinct events held as part of the annual Festival, this year Art Month presents the popular evening series as the cornerstones of its 2017 program, reinvigorating Sydney’s creative neighbourhoods – Redfern/Chippendale, East Sydney and Paddington/Woollahra – over three nights featuring visual and performance artists.

Art Month Sydney’s 2017 program also features a dynamic line-up of Open Studio Tours of Sydney artist studios and Artist Talks, hosted by some of Sydney’s most inspiring artists and creative. Tours and talks will take place over the three-week festival presented from 1 until 20 March 2017 around inner Sydney locations.  The Festival facilitates access to Sydney’s leading and emerging artists and their stories, connecting art lovers to artists through the vibrant network of galleries, institutions, ARIs, art schools, artists and curators.

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December 1, 2016

Sydney’s premier cultural institutions announce 49 artists for The National: New Australian Art 2017

Sydney’s premier cultural institutions today announced 49 artists to present work in the inaugural edition of The National: New Australian Art. Opening on 30 March 2017 and running simultaneously as a unified exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), The National 2017: New Australian Art is the first edition of a six-year initiative, presented in 2017, 2019 and 2021, exploring the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art.

Sydney’s premier cultural institutions today announced 49 artists to present work in the inaugural edition of The National: New Australian Art. Opening on 30 March 2017 and running simultaneously as a unified exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), The National 2017: New Australian Art is the first edition of a six-year initiative, presented in 2017, 2019 and 2021, exploring the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art.

The AGNSW, Carriageworks and MCA have collaboratively selected emerging, mid-career and established Australian contemporary artists – living across the country and abroad – to present work as part of a single curated program at the three institutions.

Connecting three of Sydney’s key cultural precincts – The Domain, Redfern and Circular Quay, The National: New Australian Art represents the only large-scale, multi-venue exhibition in the city to be focused solely on contemporary Australian art.

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November 9, 2016

Nick Cave’s HEARD•SYD performed for first time in Australia

Presented by Carriageworks and the City of Sydney, American artist Nick Cave’s first major work in Australia, HEARD•SYD, saw thirty colourful life-size horses transform Carriageworks and Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall with three live performances featuring over 60 dancers & musicians. Cave’s spectacular and seminal work will disrupt the daily activity of Sydneysiders with an exuberant and surreal explosion of equestrian activity set to live percussion.

The life-sized horse suits are constructed from coloured raffia and found materials, producing a distinctive sound when activated by two dancers at a time. 

Presented by Carriageworks and the City of Sydney, American artist Nick Cave’s first major work in Australia, HEARD•SYD, saw thirty colourful life-size horses transform Carriageworks and Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall with three live performances featuring over 60 dancers & musicians. Cave’s spectacular and seminal work will disrupt the daily activity of Sydneysiders with an exuberant and surreal explosion of equestrian activity set to live percussion.

The life-sized horse suits are constructed from coloured raffia and found materials, producing a distinctive sound when activated by two dancers at a time. Encouraging an almost pastoral dream-like state, HEARD·SYD is an escapist response to the bustle of the city, its architecture, parks and urban spaces.

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November 2, 2016

UTS Animal Logic Academy announces appointments for inaugural Master Degree of Animation & Visualisation

In anticipation of the arrival of the first cohort of the UTS Animal Logic Academy, The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) today announced the appointment of Chris Ebeling as Creative Lead-in-Residence for the 2017 Master of Animation and Visualisation and Dr. Andrew Johnston as Research and Course Director.

Offered for the first time in 2017, the Master of Animation and Visualisation is a one-year postgraduate degree structured specifically to foster the development of creative and technical talent and offer a learning experience as closely matched to an industry production experience as possible.

In anticipation of the arrival of the first cohort of the UTS Animal Logic Academy, The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) today announced the appointment of Chris Ebeling as Creative Lead-in-Residence for the 2017 Master of Animation and Visualisation and Dr. Andrew Johnston as Research and Course Director.

Offered for the first time in 2017, the Master of Animation and Visualisation is a one-year postgraduate degree structured specifically to foster the development of creative and technical talent and offer a learning experience as closely matched to an industry production experience as possible. With particular emphasis on advanced computer graphics and emerging technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, the UTS Animal Logic Academy will produce professionally-trained, industry-ready graduates. For more information about the UTS Animal Logic Academy, Master of Animation and Visualisation and associated Scholarship, visit https://animallogicacademy.uts.edu.au

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October 23, 2016

Bundanon Trust announces six shortlisted Australian architects for masterplan competition

Bundanon Trust has announced six Australian architecture firms shortlisted for the Trust’s national competition to deliver a Masterplan to enliven the 1100-hectare property in regional New South Wales with a world-class creative learning centre, visitor hub, residential quarters and a gallery to house the $37.5 million Arthur Boyd art collection.

The competition is part of the Trust’s Masterplan for the heritage-listed site, developed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, that seeks to increase visitation by more than 100 percent and secure Bundanon as a leading cultural and tourist attraction in regional Australia.

Bundanon Trust has announced six Australian architecture firms shortlisted for the Trust’s national competition to deliver a Masterplan to enliven the 1100-hectare property in regional New South Wales with a world-class creative learning centre, visitor hub, residential quarters and a gallery to house the $37.5 million Arthur Boyd art collection.

The competition is part of the Trust’s Masterplan for the heritage-listed site, developed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, that seeks to increase visitation by more than 100 percent and secure Bundanon as a leading cultural and tourist attraction in regional Australia.

The shortlisted architecture firms are: Virginia Kerridge Architect (NSW); Kerstin Thompson Architects (VIC); Room 11 (VIC/TAS); Peter Elliot Architecture + Urban Design (VIC); Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (VIC); and Chenchow Little Architects (VIC).

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October 23, 2016

The Other Art Fair partners with Saatchi Art

The United Kingdom’s largest artist-led contemporary art fair, The Other Art Fair announced a prestigious new partnership with the world’s leading online art gallery Saatchi Art, in advance of the fair’s return to Sydney for a second edition presented from 27 – 30 October 2016. The partnership will see works presented by artists at this year’s Fair will be added to the Saatchi Art online gallery which features more than 500,000 works worldwide. More than 100 Australian artists have also been announced as selected to present work at The Other Art Fair Sydney, which will be held for the first time at Australia’s newest arts and cultural destination, ‘COMMUNE’ in Waterloo.

The United Kingdom’s largest artist-led contemporary art fair, The Other Art Fair announced a prestigious new partnership with the world’s leading online art gallery Saatchi Art, in advance of the fair’s return to Sydney for a second edition presented from 27 – 30 October 2016. The partnership will see works presented by artists at this year’s Fair will be added to the Saatchi Art online gallery which features more than 500,000 works worldwide. More than 100 Australian artists have also been announced as selected to present work at The Other Art Fair Sydney, which will be held for the first time at Australia’s newest arts and cultural destination, ‘COMMUNE’ in Waterloo.

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October 14, 2016

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize presented to Sydney artist Todd Robinson

The 2016 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize – Australia’s pre-eminent national award for small sculpture – has been awarded to Sydney artist Todd Robinson. Mr. Robinson has been awarded the $15,000 acquisitive main prize for his work, Psychic Staircase, an eight-kilogram plywood staircase atop which sits an orange balloon that droops as the force of gravity appears to bear down on it.

Psychic Staircase originates from an ongoing series of balloon inspired sculptures by Mr.

The 2016 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize – Australia’s pre-eminent national award for small sculpture – has been awarded to Sydney artist Todd Robinson. Mr. Robinson has been awarded the $15,000 acquisitive main prize for his work, Psychic Staircase, an eight-kilogram plywood staircase atop which sits an orange balloon that droops as the force of gravity appears to bear down on it.

Psychic Staircase originates from an ongoing series of balloon inspired sculptures by Mr. Robinson that explore sculptural presence, materiality and conditions of audience reception.

Mr. Robinson will be awarded the acquisitive prize money of $15,000 on Friday 14 October at the opening of the free exhibition of finalist’s art works that will be presented from 15 October until 30 October 2016 at Woollahra Council in Sydney. The winning sculpture will be a welcome addition to Council’s permanent public sculpture collection.

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October 3, 2016

Roslyn Oxley9 presents Isaac Julien: Refuge

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents a new exhibition of work by Isaac Julien, one of Britain’s most influential and critically acclaimed artists working today. Presented from 21 October until 19 November 2016, Isaac Julien: Refuge is a survey of the artist’s complex, poetic film and photographic installations spanning three continents and eight years, including the Australian debut of Julien’s new multi-screen installation Stones Against Diamonds (2015), a work shot inside the Icelandic Vatnajökull caves, Europe’s biggest glacier.

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents a new exhibition of work by Isaac Julien, one of Britain’s most influential and critically acclaimed artists working today. Presented from 21 October until 19 November 2016, Isaac Julien: Refuge is a survey of the artist’s complex, poetic film and photographic installations spanning three continents and eight years, including the Australian debut of Julien’s new multi-screen installation Stones Against Diamonds (2015), a work shot inside the Icelandic Vatnajökull caves, Europe’s biggest glacier.

Julien’s new work Stones Against Diamonds (2015) will be juxtaposed with one of the artist’s most prophetic works WESTERN UNION: Small Boats (2007) that was shot in Sicily and which pre-dates the current global crisis on migration by a nearly a decade. Together the works explore cartographies of displacement, from the baroque to modernist architecture, from Italy, to Iceland and Brazil.

Known for pioneering multi-screen installations, Julien is one of Britain’s most influential artists working today with his cinematic and photographic works combining theoretical sophistication with visual luxury and sensuality.

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September 28, 2016

Black Arts Markets presented at Carriageworks for first time

This November Carriageworks, together with the City of Sydney, presents the Black Arts Market, a cultural market place curated by Hetti Perkins and Jonathan Jones showcasing the cultural heritage of South-Eastern Aboriginal Australia. Featuring 55 stallholders and more than 90 artists, the Black Arts Market will be presented over two days at Carriageworks on Saturday 12 November and Sunday 13 November, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to engage directly with local artists, acquire original art objects, and learn about traditional cultural practices of South-Eastern Australia.

This November Carriageworks, together with the City of Sydney, presents the Black Arts Market, a cultural market place curated by Hetti Perkins and Jonathan Jones showcasing the cultural heritage of South-Eastern Aboriginal Australia. Featuring 55 stallholders and more than 90 artists, the Black Arts Market will be presented over two days at Carriageworks on Saturday 12 November and Sunday 13 November, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to engage directly with local artists, acquire original art objects, and learn about traditional cultural practices of South-Eastern Australia.

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September 27, 2016

Carriageworks and City of Sydney present Nick Cave’s first project in Australia, HEARD·SYD

This November, Carriageworks and the City of Sydney present three live public performances by American artist Nick Cave, marking the first time the renowned artist has presented a major work in Australia. Presented over two days on Thursday 10 and Saturday 12 November 2016, Nick Cave’s spectacular and seminal work HEARD·SYD – featuring 60 Sydney-based dancers and musicians inhabiting colourful, life-sized horse-suits – will be performed across two locations, in the heart of Sydney’s CBD and twice at Carriageworks.

This November, Carriageworks and the City of Sydney present three live public performances by American artist Nick Cave, marking the first time the renowned artist has presented a major work in Australia. Presented over two days on Thursday 10 and Saturday 12 November 2016, Nick Cave’s spectacular and seminal work HEARD·SYD – featuring 60 Sydney-based dancers and musicians inhabiting colourful, life-sized horse-suits – will be performed across two locations, in the heart of Sydney’s CBD and twice at Carriageworks.

Set to live music and percussion, HEARD·SYD will disrupt the daily activity of Sydneysiders with an exuberant and surreal explosion of equestrian activity. The dynamic, site-specific performance features 30 life-sized horse suits, constructed from coloured raffia and found materials. Inhabited by two dancers at a time, the sound suits produce a distinctive sound when activated, with 60 Sydney-based dancers and musicians working with Nick Cave to deliver the project.

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September 15, 2016

Kaldor Public Art Projects unveils most ambitious project to date

Kaldor Public Art Project’s most ambitious project to date and the first to be created by an Australian Aboriginal artist was today unveiled in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden in advance of its 17-day, free-to-the-public presentation from 17 September until 3 October 2016. Sydney-based Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones created barrangal dyara (skin and bones) for the 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project, inspired by the history of the 19th century Garden Palace building which originally stood in the Royal Botanic Garden between 1879 and 1882 before being burnt to the ground in 1882.

Kaldor Public Art Project’s most ambitious project to date and the first to be created by an Australian Aboriginal artist was today unveiled in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden in advance of its 17-day, free-to-the-public presentation from 17 September until 3 October 2016. Sydney-based Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones created barrangal dyara (skin and bones) for the 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project, inspired by the history of the 19th century Garden Palace building which originally stood in the Royal Botanic Garden between 1879 and 1882 before being burnt to the ground in 1882.

The ambitious contemporary art project barrangal dyara (skin and bones) is expected to attract enormous numbers of visitors and is a major component of the Royal Botanic Garden’s Bicentenary Celebrations. The work includes a vast sculptural installation of 15,000 white shields spanning the 20,000 square-metres of the site, marking the original foot-print of the Garden Palace building. At the heart of the installation, where the Garden Palace’s dome once crowned the city, a dynamic native meadow of kangaroo grass disrupts the garden’s formal European design. Eight Aboriginal language soundscapes developed with communities throughout the south-east of Australia are installed throughout the site.

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September 13, 2016

Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation presents Collection+: Greg Semu

Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation presents Collection+: Greg Semu, the sixth and final iteration of SCAF’s Collection+ series.

Curator Mark Feary has selected works by Greg Semu from The Gene & Brian Sherman Collection, as well as a selection of pivotal works from institutional and private collections across Australia, New Zealand and France.

The assembled works span the past two decades and will be contextualised within a broader understanding of collection building as a distinct and increasingly analysed pursuit.

Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation presents Collection+: Greg Semu, the sixth and final iteration of SCAF’s Collection+ series.

Curator Mark Feary has selected works by Greg Semu from The Gene & Brian Sherman Collection, as well as a selection of pivotal works from institutional and private collections across Australia, New Zealand and France.

The assembled works span the past two decades and will be contextualised within a broader understanding of collection building as a distinct and increasingly analysed pursuit. This iteration of Collection+ will be displayed against papered walls covered with notes and sketches from Semu’s working diaries, and alongside ethnographic photographs housed in institutional collections of early Samoan-European contact.

Collection+: Greg Semu will premiere a new work, which is heavily inspired by Hans Holbein the Younger’s The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb, circa 1500’s. This new work builds on the artist’s long standing use of Christian iconography and its place within contemporary Samoan identity.

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September 7, 2016

Sydney Architecture Festival offers first public architectural tours of Indigo Slam, the Chippendale residence of White Rabbit Gallery owner Judith Neilson

The 2016 Sydney Architecture Festival will offer the first public architectural tours of Indigo Slam, the inspiring Chippendale residence of art collector and philanthropist Judith Nielson, owner of White Rabbit Gallery. Four intimate guided tours will be offered on the closing day of the Festival on Monday 3 October, each led by the building’s architect William Smart of Smart Design Studio. The ticketed tours guide visitors through the public spaces of Indigo Slam, providing a rare glimpse inside the building that has been described as “a piece of sculpture to be lived in”.

The 2016 Sydney Architecture Festival will offer the first public architectural tours of Indigo Slam, the inspiring Chippendale residence of art collector and philanthropist Judith Nielson, owner of White Rabbit Gallery. Four intimate guided tours will be offered on the closing day of the Festival on Monday 3 October, each led by the building’s architect William Smart of Smart Design Studio. The ticketed tours guide visitors through the public spaces of Indigo Slam, providing a rare glimpse inside the building that has been described as “a piece of sculpture to be lived in”.

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September 6, 2016

Carriageworks and Performance Space present ROSS MANNING: MELODY LINES for Liveworks

Carriageworks and Performance Space present a new large-scale installation by leading Brisbane-based sculptor and media artist Ross Manning titled Melody Lines as part of the Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art. Presented free to the public from 20 October until 6 November 2016, Manning’s work will weave through Carriageworks’ public space like a multi-dimensional drawing, carrying a stream of objects that split and refract light into many-hued colours and spectra.

ROSS MANNING: MELODY LINES is a monumental new kinetic sculpture that will animate Carriageworks’ architecture with an ever-moving investigation into form, colour and light. 

Carriageworks and Performance Space present a new large-scale installation by leading Brisbane-based sculptor and media artist Ross Manning titled Melody Lines as part of the Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art. Presented free to the public from 20 October until 6 November 2016, Manning’s work will weave through Carriageworks’ public space like a multi-dimensional drawing, carrying a stream of objects that split and refract light into many-hued colours and spectra.

ROSS MANNING: MELODY LINES is a monumental new kinetic sculpture that will animate Carriageworks’ architecture with an ever-moving investigation into form, colour and light. Suspended from the ceiling, an intricate system of conveyor tracks of a similar type used for assembly lines and other industrial manufacture will respond to the history of Carriageworks as a site of industrial production. The overhead conveyor will weave around the space, ferrying numerous transparent coloured pendants that create an ever-shifting array of coloured light and shadows. Carriageworks’ interior is transformed into a dreamlike landscape in a perpetual state of motion and flux. An enthralling meditation on perception and the senses,Melody Lines invites us to reconsider our surroundings and bask in its astounding radiance.

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August 16, 2016

2016 participants announced for ACCELERATE leadership programme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders working in the creative industries

“ACCELERATE gets your fire, concentrates it and directs it towards your goal”
– Jacob Boehme, 2014 ACCELERATE participant

Six outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts professionals have been announced tonight at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre (Melbourne Museum) as the 2016 participants of British Council and Australia Council for the Arts’ annual leadership skills development programme, ACCELERATE. The participants will undergo tailored leadership programs in Australia and each will also travel to the United Kingdom for professional placements and mentoring to develop their chosen creative vocation.

“ACCELERATE gets your fire, concentrates it and directs it towards your goal”
– Jacob Boehme, 2014 ACCELERATE participant

Six outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts professionals have been announced tonight at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre (Melbourne Museum) as the 2016 participants of British Council and Australia Council for the Arts’ annual leadership skills development programme, ACCELERATE. The participants will undergo tailored leadership programs in Australia and each will also travel to the United Kingdom for professional placements and mentoring to develop their chosen creative vocation.

The Australia Council for Arts is a founding partner of the initiative and continues its support in 2016, with the program now in its seventh successful year. ACCELERATE provides Indigenous Australians working within the creative industries with the skills and networks to generate, take up and excel in leadership positions. The programme is aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from across Australia who have at least five years’ experience in the creative industries and can demonstrate a bold vision for where they want to take their career and their community.

This year, the selection panel has identified six mid-career professionals ready to move in to senior leadership roles across the arts and creative industries. The 2016 ACCELERATE programme participants are:

•       Jilda Andrews – a curator and singer from Australian Capital Territory
•       Kamarra Bell Wykes – an arts manager and playwright from Victoria
•       Travis De Vries – an arts manager and writer from New South Wales
•       Glenn Iseger-Pilkington – a museums and galleries curator from Western Australia
•       Francoise Lane – a designer from Queensland
•       Jonathon Saunders – an illustrator and arts worker from Northern Territory

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August 9, 2016

Sydney Architecture Festival announces 2016 program highlights and headline speaker UK architect Indy Johar, co-founder of Architecture00 and Director of WikiHouse

The tenth annual Sydney Architecture Festival (#sydarchfest) returns in 2016 with an action-packed four-day program of talks, events, tours and architecture installations presented from Friday 30 September until Monday 3 October 2016. The Festival will be headlined by a global address delivered on World Architecture Day on Monday 3 October by Indy Johar, UK based architect and co-founder of Architecture00. An expert in socially driven sustainability, Johar will speak exclusively in Australia at the Festival about WikiHouse – of which he is a Director – an open source project that for designing and building sustainable, resource-light and cost effective dwellings.

The tenth annual Sydney Architecture Festival (#sydarchfest) returns in 2016 with an action-packed four-day program of talks, events, tours and architecture installations presented from Friday 30 September until Monday 3 October 2016. The Festival will be headlined by a global address delivered on World Architecture Day on Monday 3 October by Indy Johar, UK based architect and co-founder of Architecture00. An expert in socially driven sustainability, Johar will speak exclusively in Australia at the Festival about WikiHouse – of which he is a Director – an open source project that for designing and building sustainable, resource-light and cost effective dwellings.

This year, the Festival partners with Central Park Sydney, the inner Sydney precinct representing the highest standard of architectural and urban design, with events and activities taking place around the former Carlton United Breweries site and surrounding Chippendale region.  The four-day Festival aims to connect people to place and to transform their experience of architecture and design, with a program that includes free and ticketed events presented from morning until late evening.

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August 3, 2016

Melbourne Festival and Anna Schwartz Gallery to present works by acclaimed artist Chiharu Shiota this October

Anna Schwartz Gallery is delighted to announce its first major exhibition with the internationally acclaimed artist Chiharu Shiota from 4 October to 5 November 2016. For this inaugural exhibition, the artist will create a new body of work transforming the Melbourne gallery space into a sculptural field.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Anna Schwartz Gallery and Melbourne Festival will present a new public art work, The Home Within, to be unveiled at Federation Square on 6 October and which will travel to emblematic locations in the city for the duration of the festival, ending at the Melbourne Town Hall for the Festival finale on 23 October.

Anna Schwartz Gallery is delighted to announce its first major exhibition with the internationally acclaimed artist Chiharu Shiota from 4 October to 5 November 2016. For this inaugural exhibition, the artist will create a new body of work transforming the Melbourne gallery space into a sculptural field.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Anna Schwartz Gallery and Melbourne Festival will present a new public art work, The Home Within, to be unveiled at Federation Square on 6 October and which will travel to emblematic locations in the city for the duration of the festival, ending at the Melbourne Town Hall for the Festival finale on 23 October.

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August 2, 2016

UK’s largest artist-led fair, The Other Art Fair, returns to Sydney for second edition with new venue, international Fair Director and expanded vision

The United Kingdom’s largest artist-led contemporary art fair, The Other Art Fair, returns to Sydney for 2016 following its successful inaugural 2015 edition. The Fair attracted over 7,500 visitors during the four day fair enabling unrepresented artists to connect with collectors and sell their work.

Presented from 27-30th October, The Other Art Fair’s 2016 edition will showcase an expanded vision from newly appointed international Fair Director Laura Richardson including a move to Australia’s newest arts and cultural destination, ‘COMMUNE’ in Sydney’s Waterloo.

The United Kingdom’s largest artist-led contemporary art fair, The Other Art Fair, returns to Sydney for 2016 following its successful inaugural 2015 edition. The Fair attracted over 7,500 visitors during the four day fair enabling unrepresented artists to connect with collectors and sell their work.

Presented from 27-30th October, The Other Art Fair’s 2016 edition will showcase an expanded vision from newly appointed international Fair Director Laura Richardson including a move to Australia’s newest arts and cultural destination, ‘COMMUNE’ in Sydney’s Waterloo.

‘Making Art Fair’ is the theme for 2016 and symbolises the unique approach that the fair promises to deliver to its audience and artists. Richardson commented: ‘The Other Art Fair is specifically designed to breakdown the many barriers to entry for both artist and collector by perfectly bridging the gap to make it easier and more affordable to buy art. By purchasing art at the fair, visitors directly support emerging talent and contribute to growing the opportunities for undiscovered artists in Australia.’

The Other Art Fair will present 100 of Australia’s most talented emerging artists, chosen by a high profile local selection committee, which Richardson says ‘select artists based on their merit rather than experience, social status, gender, ethnicity or their financial position.’ The impressive 2016 selection committee of contemporary art experts is comprised of Ben Quilty (artist), Roslyn Oxley (Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery), Amanda Love (art consultant) and Leif Podhajsky (artist).

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August 1, 2016

Sydney Fringe Festival announces 2016 Program with a ‘Call to Party’

The Sydney Fringe Festival has released details and opened ticket sales for the full 2016 program, presented from 1 until 30 September at 46 partner venues across inner Sydney. The vibrant program includes more than 300 ticketed productions, spanning theatre, physical theatre and circus, music, comedy, visual art, film, cabaret, musical theatre, dance and spoken word.

Highlighting the city’s vibrant culture, this year’s Festival takes to the streets with a ‘call to party’ activating the suburbs of Darlinghurst, Chippendale, Surry Hills, Redfern, Marrickville, Leichhardt, Annandale, Glebe, Newtown, Sydenham and St Peters.

The Sydney Fringe Festival has released details and opened ticket sales for the full 2016 program, presented from 1 until 30 September at 46 partner venues across inner Sydney. The vibrant program includes more than 300 ticketed productions, spanning theatre, physical theatre and circus, music, comedy, visual art, film, cabaret, musical theatre, dance and spoken word.

Highlighting the city’s vibrant culture, this year’s Festival takes to the streets with a ‘call to party’ activating the suburbs of Darlinghurst, Chippendale, Surry Hills, Redfern, Marrickville, Leichhardt, Annandale, Glebe, Newtown, Sydenham and St Peters. This year’s program also includes public forums, a picnic day, kids events and activities, and an entirely new creative precinct titled Off-Broadway.

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July 29, 2016

The National Art School presents ‘Sixth Sense’ curated by Djon Mundine

Sixth Sense is a new exhibition at NAS Gallery in which thirteen artists investigate the realms of the senses. The exhibition is on display free to the public at the National Art School in Darlinghurst, Sydney from Friday 19 August until Saturday 15 October 2016.

Guest-curated by Djon Mundine OAM, Sixth Sense presents work by cross-generational Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal artists who consider aspects of the spiritual and the senses through their respective approaches. 

Sixth Sense is a new exhibition at NAS Gallery in which thirteen artists investigate the realms of the senses. The exhibition is on display free to the public at the National Art School in Darlinghurst, Sydney from Friday 19 August until Saturday 15 October 2016.

Guest-curated by Djon Mundine OAM, Sixth Sense presents work by cross-generational Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal artists who consider aspects of the spiritual and the senses through their respective approaches.  The artists are Daniel Boyd, Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser, Karla Dickens, Fiona Foley, Nicole Foreshew, Willurai Kirkbright, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Archie Moore, Nasim Nasr and Skye Raabe.

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July 18, 2016

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2016 finalists

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Australia’s pre-eminent national award for small sculpture presented by Woollahra Council, today announced 46 finalists for the 2016 Prize, selected from 614 entries.

Selected by the 2016 guest judges – CEO and Group Fairs Director of Art Fairs Australia Barry Keldoulis, Senior Curator at Macquarie University Art Gallery Rhonda Davis and Ambassador for the visual arts and cultural icon, Wendy Whiteley OAM – the finalist works showed innovation and diversity in their take on an original, freestanding sculpture measuring up to 80cm in any dimension.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Australia’s pre-eminent national award for small sculpture presented by Woollahra Council, today announced 46 finalists for the 2016 Prize, selected from 614 entries.

Selected by the 2016 guest judges – CEO and Group Fairs Director of Art Fairs Australia Barry Keldoulis, Senior Curator at Macquarie University Art Gallery Rhonda Davis and Ambassador for the visual arts and cultural icon, Wendy Whiteley OAM – the finalist works showed innovation and diversity in their take on an original, freestanding sculpture measuring up to 80cm in any dimension.

The judges said: “The 2016 prize entries included a wide range of materials both new and traditional, adapted to contemporary aesthetics and interests.”

This year’s finalists include well-known artists such as Del Kathryn Barton, Louis Pratt, Rodney Pople, Craig Waddell and Joan Ross who will be exhibited alongside emerging artists.  Works spanned a range of materials including stone, ceramic, paper, thread, wire, metal, resin and electronic detritus. The works address political, social, personal and playful themes and showed a high standard.

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July 15, 2016

Kaldor Public Art Projects and Bangarra Dance Theatre present one-night only performance in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden, produced with Australian Aboriginal artist Jonathan Jones

Kaldor Public Art Projects today announced Bangarra Dance Theatre will develop a site-specific performance for Jonathan Jones’ barrangal dyara (skin and bones), the 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project being held in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden from 17 September until 3 October 2016. Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones and Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre, Stephen Page, will collaborate to present a performance reflecting on the loss of Sydney’s 19th century Garden Palace Building – along with countless Aboriginal cultural objects – to fire in 1882.

Kaldor Public Art Projects today announced Bangarra Dance Theatre will develop a site-specific performance for Jonathan Jones’ barrangal dyara (skin and bones), the 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project being held in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden from 17 September until 3 October 2016. Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones and Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre, Stephen Page, will collaborate to present a performance reflecting on the loss of Sydney’s 19th century Garden Palace Building – along with countless Aboriginal cultural objects – to fire in 1882.

The performance will take place within the footprint of the original Garden Palace building along Macquarie Street in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, demarcated by a new major sculptural and sound installation created by Jones. The project connects with many Aboriginal communities and cultural practitioners, and Munaldjali/Nunukul man, Page will respond to the themes of the work, collaborating to shed light on Australian History.

This special collaboration with Bangarra Dance Theatre will be performed free of charge on the evening of the anniversary of the Garden Palace Fire, 22 September 2016. The performance will be part of the wider barrangal dyara (skin and bones) project program, presented free to the public from 17 September – 3 October 2016 in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden.

The project is Jones’ response to the immense loss felt throughout Australia due to the destruction of these culturally significant items. It represents an effort to commence a healing process and a celebration of the survival of the world’s oldest living culture despite this traumatic event.

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July 4, 2016

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre presents ‘Refugees’, a new exhibition featuring 22 world-renowned artists with a refugee background

This winter Casula Powerhouse Art Centre presents a landmark exhibition Refugees bringing together more than 65 works by 22 world-renowned artists – including Yoko Ono, Ai Wei Wei and Anish Kapoor – each of whom share a refugee background.  Presented free to the public from 29 July to 11 September 2016, Refugees will be the first time these important works by some of the world’s most well-known artists have been seen in Western Sydney.

Drawing upon the past 120 years of artistic practice, featuring modern and contemporary work that spans several continents and conflicts, Refugees and its associated public programs will offer a powerful contribution to this highly politicised subject matter.

This winter Casula Powerhouse Art Centre presents a landmark exhibition Refugees bringing together more than 65 works by 22 world-renowned artists – including Yoko Ono, Ai Wei Wei and Anish Kapoor – each of whom share a refugee background.  Presented free to the public from 29 July to 11 September 2016, Refugees will be the first time these important works by some of the world’s most well-known artists have been seen in Western Sydney.

Drawing upon the past 120 years of artistic practice, featuring modern and contemporary work that spans several continents and conflicts, Refugees and its associated public programs will offer a powerful contribution to this highly politicised subject matter. More than 65 works from major public and private collections across Australia will be presented together with new works commissioned for the exhibition by Australian artists Guo Jian and Ah Xian. Guo Jian’s commissioned work is a vast 10 metre long photographic collage inspired by a visit to his home village in China; whilst Ah Xian has created a performance work responding to his experience of seeking refuge, being performed on opening night.

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June 14, 2016

Carriageworks presents first major exhibition in Australia of acclaimed Italian artist Francesco Clemente

Carriageworks presents the first major exhibition in Australia of work by acclaimed Italian contemporary artist Francesco Clemente, as second in the annual Schwartz Carriageworks series of major international visual arts projects. Presented free to the public from 30 July until 9 October 2016, Francesco Clemente: Encampment will include six of Clemente’s celebrated large-scale tents, transforming 30,000 square feet of exhibition space within the Redfern-based multi-arts precinct into an opulent tented village.

For this exhibition, Clemente has collaborated with a community of artisans in Rajasthan, India, over three years from 2012-2014 to create a series of tents featuring intricate patterns, emblematic imagery and vividly painted human figures, both real and allegorical. 

Carriageworks presents the first major exhibition in Australia of work by acclaimed Italian contemporary artist Francesco Clemente, as second in the annual Schwartz Carriageworks series of major international visual arts projects. Presented free to the public from 30 July until 9 October 2016, Francesco Clemente: Encampment will include six of Clemente’s celebrated large-scale tents, transforming 30,000 square feet of exhibition space within the Redfern-based multi-arts precinct into an opulent tented village.

For this exhibition, Clemente has collaborated with a community of artisans in Rajasthan, India, over three years from 2012-2014 to create a series of tents featuring intricate patterns, emblematic imagery and vividly painted human figures, both real and allegorical. While the interiors are hand-painted in tempera by Clemente, the camouflage fabric of the exteriors is hand-wood blocked and embroidered with golden thread by Indian artisans. Viewers will be invited to walk around, amongst and inside the tents to explore the works from different perspectives.

Exhibited alongside the artist’s tents are four altar-like vertical sculptures – titled Earth, Moon, Sun and Hunger – which marry references to contemporary life with archaic forms. The exhibition also features a suite of 19 erotically-charged paintings from a series entitled No Mud, No Lotus (2013–2014), which draws on traditions of Mughal miniature painting.

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June 10, 2016

20th Biennale of Sydney attracts an audience of more than 640,000

The Biennale of Sydney today announced that overall visitation to the 20th Biennale of Sydney: The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed, was almost unprecedented, the second highest on record. Attendances were buoyed by interstate, international and local visitors flocking to explore seven ‘embassies of thought’ and 13 ‘inbetween’ spaces, including popular new venues such as Mortuary Station (Embassy of Transition) and spaces around Sydney’s inner west and CBD.

The Biennale of Sydney today announced that overall visitation to the 20th Biennale of Sydney: The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed, was almost unprecedented, the second highest on record. Attendances were buoyed by interstate, international and local visitors flocking to explore seven ‘embassies of thought’ and 13 ‘inbetween’ spaces, including popular new venues such as Mortuary Station (Embassy of Transition) and spaces around Sydney’s inner west and CBD.

Curated by Artistic Director Dr. Stephanie Rosenthal, the 20th Biennale featured more than 200 works by 83 artists hailing from 35 countries, including 70% new commissions, from 18 March until 5 June 2016.

Artistic Director Stephanie Rosenthal said: “I conceived of the ‘embassies of thought’ for the 20th Biennale as temporary settings without borders, representing transient homes for constellations of thought. The themes allocated to each of these ‘embassies’ were inspired by the individual histories of each venue, while the ‘in between’ spaces speak to one of the key ideas in this Biennale; exploring the distinction between virtual and physical worlds. I’m very pleased audiences embraced the idea of the embassies and explored the ‘in-between spaces’. It was a tremendous pleasure to work with so many outstanding artists and to show so many new and specially realised works”.

Biennale of Sydney CEO Ben Strout added: “We are proud to have attracted so many visitors to experience and engage with the 20th Biennale of Sydney and we’re thankful for the support of our Exhibition Partners in helping us achieve this. I am particularly proud that we could realise Stephanie Rosenthal’s vision for the ‘in-between’ sites: for the past three months, for instance Archie Moore’s brick reconstruction of Bennelong’s hut A Home Away From Home: Bennelong/Vera’s Hut (2016) stood on the grassy headland overlooking the Sydney Opera House like a beacon for the whole Biennale”.

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June 9, 2016

Stephen Bram’s exhibition at Anna Schwartz Gallery presented for final week, closing Saturday 18 June 2016

Visitors are encouraged to experience the solo exhibition of new work by Australian artist Stephen Bram, currently being presented at Anna Schwartz Gallery until Saturday 18 June.

In this series of new paintings, Stephen Bram generates dynamic and colourful geometric forms, drawing on Bram’s practice, defined by innovations in abstract painting and the representation of architectural space.. This marks a significant departure in the artist’s visual language, known for hard-edge geometry and a muted palette.

Visitors are encouraged to experience the solo exhibition of new work by Australian artist Stephen Bram, currently being presented at Anna Schwartz Gallery until Saturday 18 June.

In this series of new paintings, Stephen Bram generates dynamic and colourful geometric forms, drawing on Bram’s practice, defined by innovations in abstract painting and the representation of architectural space.. This marks a significant departure in the artist’s visual language, known for hard-edge geometry and a muted palette. Bram’s spectrum of colour acts as a catalyst for shifts in the experience of space and composes an oscillating, multi-dimensional field.

Bram’s unique method of creating painting using vanishing points began in the late 1980’s with two or three points drawn from the space outside the painting onto the picture plane. In this symbiotic relationship between art and architecture, the meeting of lines constitutes the structure of the paintings and delimits their configuration.

Throughout his career over the past three decades, Bram has followed rigorous logic and allowed his process to lead him to new territories, including painting directly onto the walls and building interior architectural spaces. This recent body of work invokes the work of likeminded conceptual artists, such as Daniel Buren and Sol LeWitt, who consistently challenge the systems they create as a means to revolutionise their practice and create new meaning.

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June 8, 2016

Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) – Dr Gene Sherman – brings her concluding architectural Fugitive Structures project to Sydney

The architectural pavilion titled Green Ladder has been created by one of the world’s ‘edgiest architects’ – Vo Trong Nghia (New York Post 2015) and will be on public display at SCAF from 7 July to 10 December 2016.  Award-winning architect, Vo Trong Nghia will be in Sydney for the opening of Green Ladder and will present a talk at SCAF during the opening week.

SCAF’s Fugitive Structures now in its fourth and final year, was the first series in Australia to explore the potential of temporary pavilions as tools for experimentation and for investigating new architectural concepts.

The architectural pavilion titled Green Ladder has been created by one of the world’s ‘edgiest architects’ – Vo Trong Nghia (New York Post 2015) and will be on public display at SCAF from 7 July to 10 December 2016.  Award-winning architect, Vo Trong Nghia will be in Sydney for the opening of Green Ladder and will present a talk at SCAF during the opening week.

SCAF’s Fugitive Structures now in its fourth and final year, was the first series in Australia to explore the potential of temporary pavilions as tools for experimentation and for investigating new architectural concepts. Dr Gene Sherman, Executive Director of SCAF comments: “The design of this final SCAF pavilion centres around two central pillars of Vo Trong Nghia’s approach to architecture: the innovative use of bamboo, and his passion – and self imposed duty – to green the world’s urban landscapes with plants and vegetation.”

Vo Trong Nghia Architects Green Ladder is constructed to resemble a dense green forest, and to raise awareness of bamboo’s strength and viability as a ‘green steel’ building material.  SCAF visitors will be able to enter and hide amongst the elegant grid-like bamboo construction of the pavilion.

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June 2, 2016

Carriageworks unveils world premiere exhibition BJÖRK DIGITAL

The BJÖRK DIGITAL exhibition is being unveiled this week at Carriageworks for Vivid Sydney, representing the world premiere of two new virtual reality projects by Björk – Stonemilker and Mouth Mantra – and featuring collaborations between the artist and some of the finest filmmakers and programmers in the world. The free exhibition runs from 3 until 18 June 2016 at Carriageworks and includes curated program of Björk’s extensive video work, spanning the artist’s 24-year career.

The BJÖRK DIGITAL exhibition is being unveiled this week at Carriageworks for Vivid Sydney, representing the world premiere of two new virtual reality projects by Björk – Stonemilker and Mouth Mantra – and featuring collaborations between the artist and some of the finest filmmakers and programmers in the world. The free exhibition runs from 3 until 18 June 2016 at Carriageworks and includes curated program of Björk’s extensive video work, spanning the artist’s 24-year career. Crowned best International Female Solo Artist at the 2016 Brit Awards following the success of her most recent album Vulnicura, Björk will perform DJ sets at two sold out concerts at Carriageworks on Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June 2016. BJÖRK DIGITAL also includes the Australian premiere of Black Lake, an immersive cinema experience featuring a cutting-edge surround sound system, where the audience is encased in the claustrophobic and visceral experience of Black Lake.

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May 27, 2016

First screening of Australian artist Lauren Brincat’s new video work presented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, the 20th Biennale of Sydney and Carriageworks

Anna Schwartz Gallery, together with the 20th Biennale of Sydney and Carriageworks will present a new video work titled ‘Walk The Line’ by Australian artist Lauren Brincat for special guest on Friday 3 June at Carriageworks.

Working with performance and sculpture, Lauren Brincat constructs situations where the audience is invited to share her experience of everyday events. Brincat is known for her performative videos that document the artist walking in urban or natural environments, such as Walking in Traffic, 2012 and Dressing down, 2012, where the artist documents herself slowly unbuttoning her shirt.

Anna Schwartz Gallery, together with the 20th Biennale of Sydney and Carriageworks will present a new video work titled ‘Walk The Line’ by Australian artist Lauren Brincat for special guest on Friday 3 June at Carriageworks.

Working with performance and sculpture, Lauren Brincat constructs situations where the audience is invited to share her experience of everyday events. Brincat is known for her performative videos that document the artist walking in urban or natural environments, such as Walking in Traffic, 2012 and Dressing down, 2012, where the artist documents herself slowly unbuttoning her shirt. ​

During the Biennale, Brincat’s sculptural work Salt Lines: Play It As It Sounds, 2015-2016, has been on display at Carriageworks. Responding to the scale of Carriageworks’ large industrial spaces, the work is some five metres tall, can stretch to a length of 42 metres and has more than 1000 individual pleats. Conceived as a musical instrument where the body of the sculpture is made of pleated sails and brass tubing that play in response to movement, the work is activated each day by performers to reveal its broad spectrum and expressive character.

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May 27, 2016

Mossgreen announces new Sydney headquarters to be launched with landmark auction of Max Dupain photographs

Mossgreen, Australia’s leading art business, is delighted to announce further expansion with the opening of a grand new Sydney premises featuring two large-scale exhibition galleries and auction rooms in Woollahra. Housed in The Bond, an iconic 1880s heritage building and former Masonic Hall on exclusive Queen Street, the new Mossgreen premises will open with the auction of renowned Australian photographer Max Dupain (1911-1922): Estate Photographs on 19 June 2016 and a commercial exhibition of works by New Zealand 2017 Venice Biennale representative Lisa Reihana.

Mossgreen, Australia’s leading art business, is delighted to announce further expansion with the opening of a grand new Sydney premises featuring two large-scale exhibition galleries and auction rooms in Woollahra. Housed in The Bond, an iconic 1880s heritage building and former Masonic Hall on exclusive Queen Street, the new Mossgreen premises will open with the auction of renowned Australian photographer Max Dupain (1911-1922): Estate Photographs on 19 June 2016 and a commercial exhibition of works by New Zealand 2017 Venice Biennale representative Lisa Reihana.

Situated over all three levels of the historic The Bond building in the heart of Sydney’s art district, Mossgreen’s Sydney business will focus on the auction of single owner collections and commercial gallery exhibitions. Originally built as a tobacco factory in the 1880s, the building has been long associated with art events and most recently housed Rex Irwin Gallery and Anne Schofield Jewellery who will remain in the building.

Mossgreen will celebrate the opening of the new Sydney premises with the inaugural Sydney auction featuring the collection from one of Australia’s most significant photographers Max Dupain offered directly from the archive of the artist. Dupain is renowned for having created some of the most iconic Australian imagery of the 20th century, photographs which reflect a nation and its culture, and which resonate with the collective Australian consciousness like few others. The auction on 19 June 2016 will offer 500 original photographs by Dupain with estimates ranging from $700 to $30,000, including the most complete selection of images from his acclaimed Beach Series featuring his famous Sunbaker, 1937 (estimate: $20,000-30,000) and Bondi, 1939 (estimate: $5,000-8,000).

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May 24, 2016

Carriageworks announces THE NIGHT MARKET, a new immersive food and wine event for Vivid Sydney 2016

Carriageworks and Vivid Sydney present THE NIGHT MARKET, Sydney’s first large-scale immersive contemporary food and wine event, featuring some of the industry’s most respected names cooking live over flames and celebrating regional New South Wales produce, over two special winter evenings on 4 and 18 June 2016.

Curated by renowned Sydney chef and Creative Director of the Carriageworks Farmers Market, Mike McEnearney, the line up of the inaugural presentation of THE NIGHT MARKET features 50 stallholders representing New South Wales’ leading restaurants and providores including Archie Rose, Billy Kwong, Cake Wines, Cornersmith, Efendy, Icebergs, Pepe Saya, Porteno, Single Origin Roasters, Thievery and Young Henrys.

Carriageworks and Vivid Sydney present THE NIGHT MARKET, Sydney’s first large-scale immersive contemporary food and wine event, featuring some of the industry’s most respected names cooking live over flames and celebrating regional New South Wales produce, over two special winter evenings on 4 and 18 June 2016.

Curated by renowned Sydney chef and Creative Director of the Carriageworks Farmers Market, Mike McEnearney, the line up of the inaugural presentation of THE NIGHT MARKET features 50 stallholders representing New South Wales’ leading restaurants and providores including Archie Rose, Billy Kwong, Cake Wines, Cornersmith, Efendy, Icebergs, Pepe Saya, Porteno, Single Origin Roasters, Thievery and Young Henrys.

Inspired by the theme of ‘Cooking with Fire’, THE NIGHT MARKET invite visitors to engage with and learn from leading chefs as they cook live with flames, transforming exclusively New South Wales regional produce into inspired, bespoke food offerings.

More than 50 NSW producers will be showcased at THE NIGHT MARKET, including providores and winemakers from across the 14 wine regions of NSW from the Hunter Valley to the Canberra Region in the south, as well as beer and spirit makers. Each stallholder will profile the regional source of the produce they are using.

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May 17, 2016

Kaldor Public Art Projects announces details of first project produced with an Australian artist

For the 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project, Sydney-based Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones will present barrangal dyara (skin and bones), marking the first Kaldor Public Art Project presented with an Australian Aboriginal artist and one of the largest and most significant to-date.

This ambitious contemporary art project will transform Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden from 17 September until 3 October 2016. A vast sculptural installation across 20,000 square-metres of the garden incorporating a native kangaroo grassland and thousands of ceramic shields will blanket the site, which will be activated and enlivened by presentations of Aboriginal language, performances, talks, special events and workshops each day.

For the 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project, Sydney-based Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones will present barrangal dyara (skin and bones), marking the first Kaldor Public Art Project presented with an Australian Aboriginal artist and one of the largest and most significant to-date.

This ambitious contemporary art project will transform Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden from 17 September until 3 October 2016. A vast sculptural installation across 20,000 square-metres of the garden incorporating a native kangaroo grassland and thousands of ceramic shields will blanket the site, which will be activated and enlivened by presentations of Aboriginal language, performances, talks, special events and workshops each day. A major component of the Royal Botanic Garden’s Bicentenary Celebrations, barrangal dyara (skin and bones) is presented free to the public, and enormous numbers of visitors to the site over 17 days are anticipated.

barrangal dyara (skin and bones) will recall the 19th century Garden Palace building where it originally stood in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden, between 1879 and 1882, before it devastatingly burnt to the ground, taking with it countless Aboriginal objects collected along the colonial frontier. The project is artist Jonathan Jones’s response to the immense loss felt throughout Australia due to the destruction of these culturally significant items. It represents an effort to commence a healing process and a celebration of the survival of the world’s oldest living culture despite this traumatic event.

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May 12, 2016

Carriageworks announces series of bespoke dining experiences created by Sydney’s top chefs with leading creative identities

Carriageworks, as part of Vivid Sydney 2016, presents SYDNEY TABLE, a series of bespoke dining experiences created by Sydney’s leading forces in food and creative industries from 27 May until 18 June 2016. Each dinner, 50 guests will be treated to an evening designed and prepared by some of Australia’s most exciting talents from the fields of food, music, art and design.

A variety of produce served will be sourced from the Carriageworks Farmers Market showcasing the best produce and local suppliers that NSW has to offer matched with local wines.

Carriageworks, as part of Vivid Sydney 2016, presents SYDNEY TABLE, a series of bespoke dining experiences created by Sydney’s leading forces in food and creative industries from 27 May until 18 June 2016. Each dinner, 50 guests will be treated to an evening designed and prepared by some of Australia’s most exciting talents from the fields of food, music, art and design.

A variety of produce served will be sourced from the Carriageworks Farmers Market showcasing the best produce and local suppliers that NSW has to offer matched with local wines.

Carriageworks Farmers Market Creative Director Mike McEnearney worked with Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah to curate the event and the pairings of chefs with creatives. Guests will have the opportunity to experience world class chefs in their element up close in the unique space, Bay 21.

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May 12, 2016

National Art School presents NAS Nights — free entertainment and pop-up bar and café at its historic campus

The National Art School presents NAS Nights on Thursday 28 April 2016. NAS Nights is an exciting opportunity to experience the National Art School’s striking historic sandstone campus after dark, in a fun after-hours atmosphere with art, food, wine, music, talks and tours.

The first NAS Night of 2016 features the exhibition Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize with artists’ talks in the gallery, lively guided tours of the historical campus, live music and a range of refreshments to purchase at the pop-up bar and café.

The National Art School presents NAS Nights on Thursday 28 April 2016. NAS Nights is an exciting opportunity to experience the National Art School’s striking historic sandstone campus after dark, in a fun after-hours atmosphere with art, food, wine, music, talks and tours.

The first NAS Night of 2016 features the exhibition Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize with artists’ talks in the gallery, lively guided tours of the historical campus, live music and a range of refreshments to purchase at the pop-up bar and café. The free event brings the campus to life and allows a broader public to experience the beauty of the National Art School after dark.

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May 2, 2016

Australian Centre for Photography unveils new exhibition Transfer exploring in-between spaces and ideas of transition

The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) has unveiled a new exhibition entitled Transfer, presented from 16 April until 15 May 2016, exploring the ideas around transition, moving and the complexities of in-between spaces. Featuring the work of both Australian and international artists, ‘Transfer’ features a diverse range of photographic forms by artists including Rachel Ireland, Leila Jeffreys, Katrin Koenning, Deb Mansfield, Stacy Mehrfar, Kurt Sorsenen and Jeroen Toirkens.

Transfer represents the final exhibition to be presented at ACP’s premises on Oxford Street in Sydney’s Paddington before the centre undertakes an exciting period of site-specific projects around greater Sydney and around Australia over the coming two years.

The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) has unveiled a new exhibition entitled Transfer, presented from 16 April until 15 May 2016, exploring the ideas around transition, moving and the complexities of in-between spaces. Featuring the work of both Australian and international artists, ‘Transfer’ features a diverse range of photographic forms by artists including Rachel Ireland, Leila Jeffreys, Katrin Koenning, Deb Mansfield, Stacy Mehrfar, Kurt Sorsenen and Jeroen Toirkens.

Transfer represents the final exhibition to be presented at ACP’s premises on Oxford Street in Sydney’s Paddington before the centre undertakes an exciting period of site-specific projects around greater Sydney and around Australia over the coming two years.

ACP’s site-specific pop-up exhibitions – situated across greater Sydney and around Australia – will be presented in collaboration with a number of major cultural organisations to produce photo-media experiences that will surprise and inspire diverse audiences.

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April 26, 2016

Björk Digital world premiere exhibition headlines Vivid Sydney at Carriageworks

For Vivid Sydney 2016, Carriageworks announced a three-week long program and significantly expanded footprint, headlined by the premiere of a new project by renowned female artist Björk as part of a extensive line up of music, exhibitions and food, presented from 27 May until 18 June 2016.

Carriageworks is a major precinct for Vivid Sydney 2016, marking the third successful year the Redfern-based contemporary multi-arts centre has been involved in the annual Sydney event that celebrates light, music and ideas.

For Vivid Sydney 2016, Carriageworks announced a three-week long program and significantly expanded footprint, headlined by the premiere of a new project by renowned female artist Björk as part of a extensive line up of music, exhibitions and food, presented from 27 May until 18 June 2016.

Carriageworks is a major precinct for Vivid Sydney 2016, marking the third successful year the Redfern-based contemporary multi-arts centre has been involved in the annual Sydney event that celebrates light, music and ideas.

To celebrate the opening of the BJÖRK DIGITAL exhibition, Björk will travel to Sydney to curate two nights of music at Carriageworks, where she will DJ with special guests for two nights only on Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June 2016.

BJÖRK DIGITAL, running from 3 – 18 June 2016, invites visitors to an exhibition of digital and video works that are the result of Björk’s new collaborations with some of the finest visual artists and programmers in the world. This will be completed by the Australian premiere of Black Lake, an immersive cinema experience featuring a cutting edge surround sound system, where the audience is encased in the claustrophobic and visceral experience of Black Lake. The work is directed by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang and was filmed in the lava fields of Iceland.

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March 15, 2016

The 20th Biennale of Sydney unveiled by Artistic Director Stephanie Rosenthal

The 20th Biennale of Sydney: The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed was unveiled today by Artistic Director Stephanie Rosenthal.  Asia Pacific’s largest contemporary visual arts event features 83 artists hailing from 35 countries and is presented free to the public across seven venues or ‘embassies of thought’ and multiple ‘in-between spaces’ around the inner city, from Friday 18 March until 5 June 2016.

The Biennale’s seven ‘embassies of thought’ are: Cockatoo Island (Embassy of the Real); Art Gallery of New South Wales (Embassy of Spirits); Carriageworks (Embassy of Disappearance); Artspace (Embassy of Non-Participation); Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Embassy of Translation); a roving bookshop (Embassy of Stanislaw Lem) and first time venue Mortuary Station (Embassy of Transition).

The 20th Biennale of Sydney: The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed was unveiled today by Artistic Director Stephanie Rosenthal.  Asia Pacific’s largest contemporary visual arts event features 83 artists hailing from 35 countries and is presented free to the public across seven venues or ‘embassies of thought’ and multiple ‘in-between spaces’ around the inner city, from Friday 18 March until 5 June 2016.

The Biennale’s seven ‘embassies of thought’ are: Cockatoo Island (Embassy of the Real); Art Gallery of New South Wales (Embassy of Spirits); Carriageworks (Embassy of Disappearance); Artspace (Embassy of Non-Participation); Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Embassy of Translation); a roving bookshop (Embassy of Stanislaw Lem) and first time venue Mortuary Station (Embassy of Transition).

More than half of the 200 artworks in the exhibition have been specially commissioned for the 20th Biennale of Sydney, including a robust schedule of artist performances, which are an integral part of the 20th Biennale, presented at each embassy and at in-between locations by artists. Performance works include: boychild, Boris Charmatz, Neha Choksi, Mette Edvardsen, Mella Jaarsma, Lee Mingwei, Adam Linder, and Justene Williams, who is collaborating with Sydney Chamber Opera.

The exhibition is supplemented by a comprehensive schedule of public programs spanning three months including artist performances, daily guided tours, artist and curator-led talks, lectures, workshops, salons, reading groups and gatherings.

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March 1, 2016

Art Month Sydney 2016 launches seventh annual celebration of Sydney’s creative ecosystem, with new artistic director and fresh programming ideas

Art Month Sydney returns in 2016, from 1 March – 20 March, with new Creative Director, Barry Keldoulis at the helm. This follows Barry’s recent success as Director of Sydney Contemporary art fair in 2013 and 2015 and the Melbourne Art Fair in 2014. The dynamic program, inspired by the creative producers of Sydney, will expand across the city and inhabit new spaces and unexpected locations. Comprised of Exhibitions, Talks, Tours, Experiences and the much-loved Precinct Nights, Art Month Sydney will highlight the galleries, institutions, ARIs, art schools, artists and curators that generate Sydney’s marketplace of ideas.

Art Month Sydney returns in 2016, from 1 March – 20 March, with new Creative Director, Barry Keldoulis at the helm. This follows Barry’s recent success as Director of Sydney Contemporary art fair in 2013 and 2015 and the Melbourne Art Fair in 2014. The dynamic program, inspired by the creative producers of Sydney, will expand across the city and inhabit new spaces and unexpected locations. Comprised of Exhibitions, Talks, Tours, Experiences and the much-loved Precinct Nights, Art Month Sydney will highlight the galleries, institutions, ARIs, art schools, artists and curators that generate Sydney’s marketplace of ideas.

The Collectors’ Space, an annual exhibition that celebrates private art collections, partners with long term sponsors, AON, and, for the first time in 2016, BresicWhitney, to present an exhibition at an unoccupied inner city house. The space, announced only weeks before the exhibition opens, will exhibit works from the collections of Sally Dan- Cuthbert, Courtney Gibson, Danny Goldberg, and Jasper Knight.

Precinct Nights return in 2016, beginning with a Mardi Gras-inspired queer night in East Sydney on Thursday, 3 March. Queer performers will activate restaurants, bars and retail stores during the night, while Alaska Studios hosts a queer cabaret in their untouched basement space. In addition, a pop up bar will be held in Crown Lane at Creative Space 99.

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February 13, 2016

Blake Prize winners announced at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Indian artist Yardena Kurulkar, has won the $35,000 Blake Prize for 2016, for her work depicting her own heart decaying into nothingness in a series of 15 panels, which she says reflect the shape shifting ability of human nature.

Presented for the first time in 2016 at Casula Powerhouse Art Centre (CPAC) the Blake Prize is Australia’s longest standing and most prestigious art prize which encourages conversation about spirituality and religion through art.

Indian artist Yardena Kurulkar, has won the $35,000 Blake Prize for 2016, for her work depicting her own heart decaying into nothingness in a series of 15 panels, which she says reflect the shape shifting ability of human nature.

Presented for the first time in 2016 at Casula Powerhouse Art Centre (CPAC) the Blake Prize is Australia’s longest standing and most prestigious art prize which encourages conversation about spirituality and religion through art. The Blake Prize exhibition is presented from 13 February until 24 April 2016 at CPAC, featuring the work of 80 finalists from across Australia, Ireland, the USA, Switzerland, France, Germany and New Zealand. This year there were 594 entries for the Prize with the 80 finalists selected by the curatorial team at CPAC.

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February 9, 2016

MPavilion announces 2016 architect Bijoy Jain, commissioned to create the third annual temporary architecture pavilion in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation announced the commission for the third annual MPavilion has been awarded to acclaimed Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai. The announcement comes as the 2015 MPavilion closed on Sunday 7 February having welcomed more than 64,000 visitors attending 419 free events hosted over five months within the temporary architecture pavilion designed by award-winning British architect Amanda Levete of London-based studio AL_A.

Mumbai born Bijoy Jain is the founder of Studio Mumbai, known for working with a human infrastructure of skilled artisans, technicians and draftsmen who design and build the work themselves.

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation announced the commission for the third annual MPavilion has been awarded to acclaimed Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai. The announcement comes as the 2015 MPavilion closed on Sunday 7 February having welcomed more than 64,000 visitors attending 419 free events hosted over five months within the temporary architecture pavilion designed by award-winning British architect Amanda Levete of London-based studio AL_A.

Mumbai born Bijoy Jain is the founder of Studio Mumbai, known for working with a human infrastructure of skilled artisans, technicians and draftsmen who design and build the work themselves. The practice – which draws on traditional skills, local building techniques and materials – has had its work presented at the XII Venice Biennale and Victoria & Albert Museum and recently was awarded the Grande Medaille d’Or from the Academie D’Architecture in Paris (2014).

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January 7, 2016

Carriageworks presents acclaimed international artist El Anatsui’s first major exhibition in Australia for Sydney Festival 2016

The first major exhibition in Australia of internationally acclaimed Ghanaian artist El Anatsui was unveiled today at Carriageworks as part of Sydney Festival 2016 marking the first Schwartz Carriageworks project.  Presented free ot the public from 7 January until 6 March 2016, El Anatsui: Five Decades showcases more than 30 works from the 1970s to the current day, including ceramics, drawings, sculptures and woodcarvings, alongside the intricate and expansive, large-scale installations for which Anatsui is best known.

The first major exhibition in Australia of internationally acclaimed Ghanaian artist El Anatsui was unveiled today at Carriageworks as part of Sydney Festival 2016 marking the first Schwartz Carriageworks project.  Presented free ot the public from 7 January until 6 March 2016, El Anatsui: Five Decades showcases more than 30 works from the 1970s to the current day, including ceramics, drawings, sculptures and woodcarvings, alongside the intricate and expansive, large-scale installations for which Anatsui is best known.

The project represents the first Schwartz Carriageworks project following the recent gift to Carriageworks of $500,000 by Anna Schwartz, director and founder of Anna Schwartz Gallery, to develop a new five-year series of major international and Australian visual arts projects.

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