Art Month Sydney 2016, running from 1 – 20 March 2016 in locations all around the city, has began. Headed this year by Artistic Director Barry Keldoulis, the vast program of events, exhibitions, talks and tours has some key highlights that are not to be missed. Explore unseen areas of Sydney as artists open their galleries and studios, see the city at night with exciting precinct nights, hear from artists about their practice, and see the city through the artists’ eyes with tours of inner and outer Sydney.
Sydney will come alive with the Art At Night: Precinct Nights, exploring the city’s best art precincts. Cake Wines is running the official art bar at all of these events. The art at night events will have drinks, music, art and performance:
- East Sydney opens up over fifteen galleries to the public to explore this exciting precinct on Thursday 3 March from 6pm – 8pm. The Cake Wine Art Bar then kicks off at 7.30pm at National Art School hosting an array of activities including NAS Alumni and student projections across the walls, Alumni performances, an interactive drawing workshop as well as a series of performances including Liam Benson, Justin Shoulder and Wisteria Hysteria with Sweetie from FBi Radio DJing.
- The neighbourhoods of Paddington & Woollahra form one of Sydney’s original art precincts. Follow the Art at Night trail from 6pm-8pm before heading to the official Art Bar by Cake Wines at Bonython courtyard, a lush secret garden on Underwood Street, for drinks, music and performances from 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Performances from Noula Diamantopoulos, Caroline Garcia and Sweetie Djing.
- Explore the different galleries, Artist Run Spaces (ARIs) and creative spaces that make the Chippendale & Redfern neighbourhoods one of Sydney’s most dynamic art precincts. Uncover all the area has to offer before heading to the official Art Bar by Cake Wines at the Eveleigh Creative Precinct for drinks, music, installation, projection and performances from 7:30pm – 10:30pm. The exhibition throughout this building includes work from Elaine Campaner, Sarah Contos, Lucas Davidson, Michael Krebber, Rosemary Laing Lara Merrett, Eddie Peake and Gemma Smith. With performance work by Lian Loke, Wade Marynowsky and Sweetie from FBi Radio Djing.
Art Month talks give insight into the artistic practice and the art world:
- Who Gets To Call It Art Anyway? Is a film, which explores the life of Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Henry Geldzahler as he reflects on the 1960s pop art scene in New York. Following the screening on 6 March, Artistic Director Barry Keldoulis discusses art, life and work in New York with Henry in the 1980s.
- Spend An Evening with Caroline Rothwell, one of Australia’s foremost artists, as she discusses her practice within her studio on 17 March.
- What the Kids Think explores what it is like to be brought up in the art world. The children of prominent arts figures reveal how it has affected the way they see and experience both art and the world. The talk will be moderated by ABC personality James Valentine and speakers include: Celia Bradshaw, Evan Hughes, Anna Shapiro, Maddie Love and Tim Olsen on Saturday 12 March, 3pm – 4pm at Collectors Space (secret address to be announced, see website).
A number of tours explore Sydney and show it through the artists’ eyes:
- Curated Bus Tours go further afield to uncover art hubs on the outskirts of Sydney, going to Parramatta to visit I.C.E (Information & Cultural Exchange) and Parramatta Artists Studios, (5 March); North with Artistic Director Barry Keldoulis (12 March); East visiting galleries in Paddington & Woollahra lead by artist and curator artist and curator Consuelo Cavaniglia (12 March); to Penrith with a tour led by artist Gary Carsley (12 March); or to Campbelltown & Casula with a tour led by artist Rosie Deacon on 20 March stopping first at Campbelltown Arts Centre to enjoy the closing festivities of Video oediV, an immersive installation of newly commissioned and existing video artworks by fifteen artists from Australia, USA, Germany, London, Thailand and Brazil, and which will also include the premiere of Emily O’Connor’s new video work that documents a discussion between Julie Ewington, Vicki Van Hout, Anna Davis, Josephine Starrs, Cigdem Aydemir, Karen Therese, Paula Abood & Salote Tawale, and then to Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre to view The 64th Blake Prize exhibition.
- Be led through Sydney by resident artists with Artist Tours. On 18 March Sebastian Goldspink of ALASKA Projects leads a personal tour of the diverse and vibrant area of Kings Cross, and on 19 March join artist Joan Ross who uses wit and the absurd to re-examine Australia’s colonial past to discover her Sydney.
- Go on a Photography Walk of Marrickville with The Aperture Club for a photographic tour of hidden places and artist’s spaces as you journey through a slice of Marrickville’s urban landscape and art community. Capture some very energetic and creative artists in their varied environments on 6 March.
In 2016, Art Month introduces an additional curated exhibition and annual private art collectors exhibition:
- Green Eyed Monster Eating its Own Tail, an exhibition curated by Art Month Sydney Artistic Director Barry Keldoulis at The Paramount Building and Golden Age Cinema & Bar, will showcase artists that make art about art and the art world. Artists include Tracey Moffatt, Tom Polo, Christine Dean, Grant Stevens, Elvis Richardson, John Citizen (aka Gordon Bennett) and PJ Hickman.
- The Collectors’ Space celebrates private art collections and 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, located on Australia Street in Camperdown, will exhibit works from the collections of Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Courtney Gibson, Danny Goldberg, and Jasper Knight.
Online Art Month Sydney Guide: http://content-au.
The full Art Month Sydney program can be explored here: http://www.