Art Month Sydney has officially begun, so to celebrate, ARTINFO Australia has selected 10 events that should be at the top of everyone's Art Month Sydney to-do list.
First on the list are the six “Art at Night” gallery precinct evenings that will see some of Sydney’s most exciting galleries open late on Thursday and Friday for a night of adventure and great art. Visit Woollahra stalwarts Eva Breuer Art Dealer and Olsen Irwin; check out the Sydney College of the Arts Galleries in Rozelle; or head to the uber-cool Mclemoi Gallery in the rapidly developing Chippendale art district. A different art neighbourhood will be featured each week of Art Month Sydney starting with Paddington/Woollahra on 7 March.
Collector, patron, and supporter of contemporary art John Kaldor AM is one of the most informed and motivated collectors of contemporary in Australia. On the 23rd of March journalist and broadcaster Caroline Braum will moderate a highly anticipated conversation between John Kaldor and Brisbane-based art collective Clark Beaumont who have been chosen to participate in the 27th Kaldor Public Art Project, “13 Rooms.”
Ever wondered what hangs on the walls of some of Australia’s most enthusiastic art collectors? Curated by Natalia Bradshaw, “Collector's Space” is a unique pop-up exhibition featuring highlights from six significant and diverse private art collections. Visitors will be treated to an insight into the collections of art aficionados such as Pat Corrigan AM, Dr Dick Quan, and Dr Clinton Ng. “Collector's Space” is at 125A Kent St, Sydney from 7 March - 23 March.
Chinese artist Song Dong’s epic installation “Waste Not” currently on show at Carriageworks is one of the most exciting works of art to be exhibited in Sydney in recent times. On the 16th of March Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Beatrice Gralton, Carriageworks' Curator, will lead a behind the scenes tour of Song Dong’s “Waste Not” as well as the artist’s “Dad and Mum, Don't Worry About Us, We are All Well.”
Mclemoi Gallery will give budding young artists the chance to create their own work of art out of toys amongst the gallery’s current exhibition of large scale toys by Florida-based arts collective FriendsWithYou (FWY). Artist Nicole Barakat and Reverse Garbage will help participants deconstruct and reinvent their own soft toys. Ages: 8-15
On 16 March Sydenham-based artist run initiative The Stone Villa Inc will present wearable art from ten artists as part of the $1500 Vortex Wearable Art prize. The Vortex prize is named after the turbulent tunnel of howling air that follows in the wake of landing aircraft approaching runway 3 of Sydney Airport: 30 seconds over Sydenham Green. For one day 10 artists will concentrate this body-shaking phenomenon into soul-stirring artwear at Stone Villa Studios: the last house standing of a flattened row.
Want to know more about collecting Aboriginal Art? Find out everything you wanted to know about the Aboriginal art market from experts including Adrian Newstead of Coo-ee Gallery and Di Stevens of Tali Gallery during the 9 March panel discussion being hosted by art consultant Jane Raffan at Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery in Bondi.
As well as being one of one of Australia’s most talented and celebrated contemporary artists, Ben Quilty was also the Australian War Memorial's Official War Artist in 2011. Hear Ben talk about his experience as an Official War Artist on 20 March at the National Art School Gallery where the exhibition “Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan” is currently on show. The conversation will be led by Dr Kit Messham-Muir and will also feature artist Wendy Sharpe who was assigned to the Army History Unit in East Timor (Timor-Leste) in 1999.
On 21 March dLux MediaArts will present an outdoor screening of a series of short single-channel artworks complete with refreshments under the peppercorn trees in the Artereal Gallery car park. Artists include Tony Lawrence, John Conomos, Joan Ross, Jess McNeil, Geoff Weary, Deborah Kelly, Angelica Mesiti, Laith Mcgregor, Kate Murphy, Darrren Sylvester, and Brendan Lee.
What better way to wind down from a day of gallery hopping than to take part in a thrilling and collaborative dance performance by David Capra, an intercessory artist dedicated to healing. Articulated through speaking in tongues, banner waving, and prophetic and intercessory dance, “Dance with David” is an introduction to the artist’s own fanciful brand of dance. The performance will take place outside the Museum of Contemporary Art on 17 March.
To view the full Art Month Sydney program visit the website here