Culture Guide: 1-7 April

March 31st 2019
Monday 1 April

James Tylor: 2019 UTS Photography Guest Lecture #3

James Tylor’s artistic practice examines concepts around cultural identity in Australian contemporary society and social history. He explores Australian cultural representations through his multi-cultural heritage, which comprises Nunga (Kaurna), Māori (Te Arawa) and European (English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch and Norwegian) Australian ancestry.

WHAT: Lecture
WHEN: Monday 1 Apr, 6-7:30pm
WHERE: UTS Photography
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Film Club: Heathers

Dark, cynical, and subversive, Heathers gently applies a chainsaw to the conventions of the high school movie — changing the game for teen comedies to follow

WHAT: Film screening
WHEN: Monday 1 Apr, 7-9pm
WHERE: Palace Cinemas Central
HOW MUCH: $10-$15, get tickets here

The National

The National is a six-year initiative over three editions in 2017, this year in 2019 and finally in 2021, the curatorial vision for the exhibition represents a mix of emerging, mid-career and established artists drawn from around the country and Australian artists practicing overseas. New and commissioned works encompass a diverse range of mediums including painting, video, sculpture, installation, drawing and performance.

WHAT: The National
WHEN: 29th March – 23rd June
WHERE: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Carriageworks and the Art Gallery of NSW
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

It Will Be Chaos at Transitions Film Festival (Sydney)

It Will Be Chaos provides a timely, compelling, and intimate look at the human consequences of the refugee crisis spanning the Mediterranean, as told through the stories of brave asylum seekers and the Italian locals who are faced with their arrival.

WHAT: It Will Be Chaos at Transitions Film Festival (Sydney)
WHEN: 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
WHERE: Dendy Cinemas Newtown
HOW MUCH:  $15-$20, more info here

Tuesday 2 April

On Critical Design History

This keynote lecture, delivered by Matthew Kiem, is the first in a new series of talks at UNSW Galleries exploring politics and power in contemporary design

WHAT: Lecture
WHEN: Tuesday 2 Apr, 5-6pm
WHERE: UNSW Art & Design
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

April Exhibitions at Kudos Gallery

Space One: Aoide by Dylan Batty. Aoide is the conclusion of my research, addressing the hierarchies of authorship and labour within art practice and institutions.
Space Two: duel/duet by Elle van Uden. ‘duel/duet’ interrogates the relationship between the vertical and the climbing body to explore alternate ways of seeing and understanding verticality.

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: Tuesday 2 Apr, 5-8pm
WHERE: Kudos Gallery
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Wednesday 3 April

April at Firstdraft

Head down to Firsdraft to see the opening of 4 new exhibits. Gallery 1: Peach Blossom Spring, Gallery 2: Waiting for cache…., Gallery 3: Fountain and Gallery 4: Invasive

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: Wednesday 3 Apr, 6-8pm
WHERE: Firstdraft
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Rosie Deacon

Rosie Deacon’s immersive installations draw upon familiar shapes, textures and figurines blended together to create a surreal realm in which the viewer is invited to examine the intricacies and allusory forms. The psychedelic colour patterns of Deacon’s work is formulated by what seems to be an infinite process of layering and merging of different materials to produce a single final form.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Wednesday 3 Apr, 6-9pm
WHERE: The Cube AS3
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Thursday 4 April

Isabella Kerstens: Pastel Seas on the Corner

Pastel Seas is the debut exhibition by Sydney photographer Isabella Kerstens.
Taken throughout NSW, Victoria and Tasmania, the images explore a return to childhood spaces.

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: Thursday 4 Apr, 6-8pm
WHERE: 82A Angel St, Newtown
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Master of the Flying Guillotine

MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE (1976) has everything you could ask for in a wuxia classic: vengeful assassins, deadly martial arts tournament, sick kraut-rock soundtrack and a dude with really really long arms.

WHAT: Film screening
WHEN: Thursday 4 Apr, 7-10pm
WHERE: Pink Flamingo Cinema
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Friday 5 April

‘Observation Society’ Gallery and Independent Art Spaces China

Observation Society (OS) is an independent art space in Guangzhou. Founded in 2009, OS investigates the essential questions of art while promoting an alternative model of art organisation. Anthony Yung, one of its co-founders, will introduce its projects and ideas, with reference to a broader ecology of creative spaces in China today.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: Friday 5 Apr, 2-3:30pm
WHERE: China Studies Centre
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Chinese Contemporary Art Month

Following the success since its inauguration in 2016, this year’s Chinese Contemporary Art Month includes one theme exhibition, one lecture, and some associated exhibitions. It aims to present the development status of Chinese contemporary art to Australian audiences through these events and to promote communication and cooperation between Chinese and Australian artists and institutions.

WHAT: Art festival
WHEN: Friday 5 Apr, 6-7:30pm
WHERE: China Cultural Centre
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Saturday 6 April

Sunburn and Wilderness at Sydney’s Edge

Sydney artist Lachie Hinton presents a new exhibition of landscapes and beach paintings inspired by his hometown’s rugged coastline.

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: Saturday 6 Apr, 2-4pm
WHERE: Hazelhurst Arts Centre
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

On Women and Abstraction

Gemma Smith invites a range of Australian painters to discuss the influence of female abstractionists on the development of their work and the work of artists overlooked in the lineages of abstract painting. Speakers include Christine Dean and Liz Pulie.

WHAT: Panel Discussion
WHEN: Saturday 6 Apr, 2-3pm
WHERE: UNSW Art & Design
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Sunday 7 April

Poetry Sydney

Join us at the Studio for our regular poetry readings, now held on the first Sunday of the month from March to November. Featuring readings from a poet of the curated program as well as open reading.

WHAT: Poetry night
WHEN: Sunday 7 Apr, 2-3pm
WHERE: Brett Whiteley Studio
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

The Choir of Man

A runaway hit from the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, The Choir of Man is the ultimate feel-good show. Imagine the greatest pub gig you’ve ever been to, multiply it by ten, and you’ll still be nowhere near the fun that The Choir of Man exudes throughout.

WHAT: Musical
WHEN: Sunday 7 Apr, 3-5pm
WHERE: Sydney Opera House
HOW MUCH: $49 + $8.50 bf, get tickets here

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