‘Art Month Sydney’ is an annual autumn festival showcasing ‘all that is art’. It calls out to art aficionados, collectors, art lovers and neophytes alike to come and take a deep dive into the vibrant and diverse calendar of art, music and performance-based events.
This year the carpet will roll out across a number of galleries, creative spaces and venues - stretching from Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, through the city and further afield to Parramatta in the West.
Audiences will have the chance to visit a new art precinct every Friday night from 6 to 29 March and with the ‘Art Month Sydney’ map in hand can coordinate their visits to the surrounding galleries before moving on to the evenings celebrations at the host gallery.
Our pick of what’s on
Free and ticketed events are on the table. Note, registrations and RSVP’s are required for some events, be sure to visit Art Month Sydney for links to get your name on the door!
‘Fit For Purpose’ at UTS Gallery on 6 March, 12.30-1.30pm, which opens discussion on sustainable and ethical practices in the field of fashion hosted by exhibition curator Armando Chant.
‘Tax Effective Strategies for collecting art’ with arts accountant Michael Fox at Wagner Contemporary in Paddington on 7 March, 3-4pm offers top tips for keeping the books in order.
For Money Not Love: The Art of Investing in Art, 11th March 6 to 8pm. Panelists include Brett Kelly, Founder and CEO Kelly + Partners Chartered Accountants; James Dorahy, Contemporary Art Specialist, Michael Reid Sydney and Rowena Talacko, Art Collection Manager.
Not to be missed exhibitions include a plethora of solo and group shows to fill the month, here to name only but a few are Stanley Street Gallery in Darlinghurst presenting ‘séance – fade to black’, a group show curated by Sean Morris exploring ideas of form over function.
The Japan Foundation has a display of Seiukatsu Kogei objects created using wood, bamboo, ceramics, lacquer, glass, metal, paper and clay that consider quality and consumption in a modern world. Sydney Road Gallery on the Northern beaches is showing an exhibition of painted works by Ash Holmes in ‘Immerse’. Galerie pompom a series of over-sized charcoal cut-outs arranged on customised wallpaper by Anna Louise Richardson express concerns of human interaction with the natural world, and Cooee Art Gallery features ‘Kitty Simon and the Ladies of Lajamanu’ an exhibition of magnificent painted compositions by Warlpiri women artists.
MUSIC & PARTY
UNSW Galleries Friday 6 March – An over 18s event showcasing installation, video and participatory performance, between 8-10pm the university venue will entice visitors with music and performances by DJ Kilimi and Flower Boy, Stelly G, Enoch Mailangi, Sione Monu, JD Reforma and Jen Atherton.
Firstdraft – 13 March from 8-10pm Performance-based fun in the company of DJ Mirasia, Bana Hankin, Samia Sayed & Anastasia Zavarinos, amid installations by First Nations choreographer and dancer Amrita Hepi and multi-disciplinary artist Archie Barry.
Parramatta Artists’ Studios – Participating for the first time they will present ‘SLOW BURN’ on Friday 27 March from 8-10pm. PAS’ Uncle Kal and opnsrc.co with DSDA (Destructive Steps Dance Association) take to the floor with an All-Styles dance competition in the garage space, and in the gallery, newly commissioned work by Sabella D’Souza is on display alongside video work by Akil Ahamat, Liam Colgan, Gillian Kayrooz and Justine Youssef, as well as a performance piece by Linda Brescia.
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