Culture Guide May 23 – 29: underground arts parties, freedom and dispossession, and Vivid Sydney

May 22nd 2016
Monday 23rd May

UTS PSM Lecture Series | Angela Tiatia

This lecture as part of the UTS PSM lecture series features Sydney-based artist Angela Tiatia. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Tiatia is of Samoan and Australian heritage, and her work is focused on subverting stereotypical notions of the feminine, exotic, and commodified being.


WHAT: UTS PSM Lecture Series | Angela Tiatia
WHEN: 6pm – 8pm
WHERE: UTS Building 6, 702—730 Harris Street, level 3, room 22
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here

Mini-Symposium: Performance Talks

An interesting half-day series of lectures from prominent performance theorists and practitioners centring around the conversations taking place in performance right now.


WHAT: Mini-Symposium: Performance Talks
WHEN: 1-5pm
WHERE: Myers Studio – Gate 2 Entrance, High St, University of New South Wales, Kensington
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here and book in here.

Tuesday 24th May


Come see a mysterious exhibition taking place in a stairwell at the National Art School. Featuring the art of Tango Conway, Elena Elias, Drew Holland, and more.


WHAT: 30×30 exhibition
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Library stairwell – National Art School, Corner of Forbes & Burton St, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Wednesday 25th May

Alaska projects - Lauren Berkowitz & Nicole Breedon

Another two exhibitions at the infamous Alaska Projects, this time featuring ‘Subterranean’ by Lauren Berkowitz – a surreal experience inside a closed room – and ‘Bongs and Commodores’ by Nicole Breedon, an exploration of Australian bogan culture.


WHAT: Lauren Berkowitz and Nicole Breedon – Alaska Projects (carpark) opening
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: Alaska Projects – Level 2, Kings Cross Car Park, 9A Elizabeth Bay Rd, Elizabeth Bay
HOW MUCH: More info here.

Tracey Moffatt: Laudanum and other works

An exhibition of the works of Tracey Moffatt, one of Australia’s most influential artists. Two of her best-known photographic series are related through the use of old colonial homes as locations for playing out fears and desires.


WHAT: Tracey Moffatt – Laudanum and other works
WHEN: 10am – 5pm
WHERE: Art Gallery of NSW – Art Gallery Rd, The Domain
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Thursday 26th May

George Gittoes, 'I Witness'

George Gittoes is an Australian artist and filmmaker who has spent his extraordinary 40-year career making paintings, drawings, diaries and more in far-flung fields of war. See a huge collection of his works!


WHAT: George Gittoes ‘I Witness’ – a 45 year survey
WHEN: 9am – 5pm until 21 August
WHERE: Penrith Regional Gallery – 86 River Rd, Emu Plains
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy exhibition

This exhibition shows work from six photographers documenting the successful protest for low-income housing in Redfern – the story of the famous tent embassy that sprung up, taking place over 15 months.


WHAT: Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy exhibition
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: 107 Projects – 107 Redfern St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Friday 27th May

We Run This

Vivid Sydney is rolling in on the radar, presenting We Run This – a conversation with Australia’s independent art sector. It will feature speakers from areas of urban planning, advocacy, and many, many more, discussing ideas about using Artist-Run Initiatives to empower communities.


WHAT: We Run This – Vivid ideas
WHEN: 9:30am – 4:30pm
WHERE: Giant Dwarf – 199 Cleveland St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: From $37 – tickets + info here.

Saturday 28th May

From Nature and the Heart | Brunch with Anna McMahon

Part-brunch and part-art installation, join host & artist Anna McMahon as she serves up a flower-inspired eating experience in a Parramatta laneway.


WHAT: From Nature and the Heart | Brunch with Anna McMahon
WHEN: 11am – 12pm
WHERE: Parramatta Artists Studios, Level 1 & 2, 68 Macquarie St, Parramatta, 2150
HOW MUCH: $25, booking essential – info + book here.

Redfern School of Displacement

Inside the makeshift architecture of We Built This City by Keg De Souza as part of Sydney’s 20th Biennale, this is a cultivation of local knowledge about globally relevant issues of displacement. Such things should not be confined to institutions!


WHAT: Keg de Souza: Redfern School of Displacement
WHEN: 1pm
WHERE: 16 Vine St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: Free, but booking essential – info + book here.

Sunday 29th May

Chat Club - Episode 21 | Roslyn Helper

Sydney artist Roslyn Helper brings her ongoing work Chat Club to life for the Biennale of Sydney’s Internet Yami-Ichi, recreating the Facebook group chat experience as a live, group performance. Chat Club captures the concerns, loves and pre-occupations of generation Y: from what to have for dinner, the healing benefits of crystals, increased police powers in NSW, colonial history and bikie laws to Broad City, internet addiction and crushes…


WHAT: Chat Club – Episode 21 | Roslyn Helper
WHEN: 11:30am & 1:30pm
WHERE: Cockatoo Island
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Underground arts market party

An all day and night arts market festival – go underground and be immersed in a fusion of all things artistic.


WHAT: The Underground Arts Market Party
WHEN: 2-10pm
WHERE: Jam Gallery – 195 Oxford St, Bondi Junction
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

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