Art Month Sydney

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Published:  February 26, 2013
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Art Month Sydney

Art Month Sydney begins on Friday 1 March and runs until 24 March. For those not too familiar with the program, the festival is a celebration of contemporary art and includes a selection of exhibitions, walks, talks and tours around Sydney.

There is a wide range of events to choose from – divided up into categories within the program: see, hear, explore, play and collect. We’ve taken a look through the list for you and have come up with a few potential highlights (head to the website for the full listing).

Art Cycle: Bourke Street Cycle Way
2 March – 11am – 4pm
Green Square Railway Station
Free – book here
Hosted in conjunction with Art Cycle Incorporated, Art Cycle is a series of cycling tours that will take you through Sydney’s art neighbourhoods. Participants will visit several galleries on each tour and will have access to gallery floor talks.

Belle Dinosaur Designs Dinner
26 February, 6.30pm
Dinosaur Designs Studio, 585 Elizabeth Street, Strawberry Hills
$135 per person – book here
This is on the pricey side, but you can join the Belle team for dinner and a discussion between art expert Michael Reid and Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy of Dinosaur Designs. It’s a rare opportunity to visit this industrial space in Sydney’s Redfern that is the headquarters of Dinosaur Designs and where the entire collection is handcrafted. Louise and Stephen will discuss their work and inspiration, including Stephen’s paintings and sculptures. Canapes and a three course dinner are included.

Belle Dinosuar Designs Dinner

Song Dong, Waste Not (detail), 2013, Installation at Carriageworks, Sydney. Presented by Carriageworks and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in association with Sydney Festival. Courtesy of the artist & Tokyo Gallery + BTAP. Image: Zan Wimberley

Green Ups
5 March, 6pm – 8pm
245 Wilson Street
Eveleigh, NSW 2015
Free – booking opening soon
Green-ups is a night of contemporary art and sustainability-focused discussion. MC’d by Liane Rossler, speakers include artists Sarah Goffman and Nicole Barakat, Art Month’s co-artistic directors Penelope Benton and Alex Clapham, and Carriageworks director Lisa Havilah (Song Dong exhibition).

Tomorrow’s Thinkers
Valuing Art & Design from an Early Age
1 March, 6.30pm – 8pm
Object Gallery – 417 Bourke St, Surry Hills
Free – book here
“Much has been written about how art enhances creativity, imagination, and self-esteem in young children, but far less is said about how art encourages cognition, critical thinking, and learning” (Rayner, 2008). This talk at Object Gallery explores these benefits as well as the pathways to a more sustainable future by introducing children to art and design from an early age. Speakers include Liane Rossler (designer), Annette Mauer (head of learning, Object /  Design Emergency), Heather Whitely Robertson (MCA), Alex Bowen (CoS) and Janet Rentz (educator), hosted by Danielle Robson (Object).

The New Beginning: What’s the future for our galleries?
24 March, 2pm – 4pm
Collector’s Space – 125A Kent Street, Sydney
Are these impossible times for our art galleries to survive? In the wake of the GFC, a shift toward new business models has emerged amongst gallerists to combat rising rental costs, lower expendable incomes, and the constant demand for ‘the next big thing’. Amanda Rowell, Barry Keldoulis, Joseph Allen Shea and Michael Reid discuss innovative approaches to an evolving commercial art market and ways to deliver unique experiences for their artists and audiences locally and internationally.

Marrickville Open Studio Trail (MOST)
9 March - 10 March, 11am -4pm
Various venues
Free – book here
The Marrickville area is one of the centres of the independent art scene in Sydney. During MOST, over forty arts spaces throw open their doors to the public. Over two days join walking, cycle, and bus tours of street and studio art in Newtown, St Peters, Petersham, Dulwich Hill, and Tempe. Or simply grab the MOST map and wander the inner west, seeing artworks in progress, and buying art direct from the artist.

Art School Confidential (East)

Art School Confidential (East)
2 March, 1pm – 4pm
Kudos Gallery6 Napier Street, Paddington
Free – book here
Go behind the scenes on a tour of Sydney’s hidden University Galleries. Visit the spaces where some of Australia’s best known artists first showed their work and where the next generation will launch their careers.  This tour will visit KUDOS Gallery, COFAspace and NAS Gallery and be led by Firstdraft Gallery co-director Tesha Jeffress.

Contempo Art Bus
23 March, 1pm – 4pm
Art Gallery of NSW – Art Gallery Rd, Sydney
$38 members, $45 non-members – book here
In back alleys and main streets, studios and lounge rooms, emerging artists are laying the foundations of Sydney’s artistic output. This three-hour bus tour will take you to artist-run initiatives operating throughout the city, with the opportunity to speak to curators and emerging artists.

Art in the City Centre Tour

Art in the City Centre
28 March, 4pm – 7pm
Tapavino – Bulletin Place, Sydney
book here
Art in the City Centre is a guided tour with Barbara Flynn, Sydney’s Curatorial Advisor for the City Centre, that includes City-commissioned street art and bespoke cocktails at popular small bars. You’ll be taken through the city, meet the artists behind the works and indulge in a specially-designed drink between stops. Featured artworks include Youngsters by Caroline Rothwell, The City Wilderness Trail leading you through the City by Diego Bonetto, Tega Brain and Mark Gerada and the ever changing Windlines by Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford. This tour is a chance to hear the stories behind these artworks and to get to know the artists who have brought them to life. Places are limited and cocktails/mocktails $10 each.

Tell us what event you;re looking forward to at Art Month Sydney and we can add them to the list…

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