Culture Guide Feb 1-7: Merry Crisis, Environmental Art & Human 3.0

February 1st 2016
Monday 1st

Luminous Worlds

Luminous Worlds brings together artists’ work from the Wesfarmers collection which discusses the topic of light.

There’s work in the exhibition from 50 of Australia and New Zealand’s leading artists including Susan Norrie, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu and Judy Watson.

WHO: Artists from the Wesfarmers collection.
WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHERE: National Art School Gallery
WHEN: 11am-5pm
HOW MUCH: FREE. More info here

Tuesday 2nd

GreenUps at Artspace

A monthly night focussing on environmental art and sustainability. 

This Tuesday enjoy cocktails made from organic, native, sustainable ingredients from the guys at Trolley’d while the Artspace artists in residence discuss the importance of the environment to their practice.

There’ll also be a screening of the 2015 documentary ‘Containment’ which takes you into a Japanese bunker currently holding a hundred million galleons of radioactive sludge, which was leftover from the Cold War.

WHO: GreenUps at Artspace
WHAT: Talks, drinks, and a film screening
WHERE: Artspace
WHEN: 6pm
HOW MUCH: $10. More info here

Image: Mikala Dwyer

Wednesday 3rd

February at Firstdraft

Firstdraft gallery as usual puts forward a set of amazing exhibitions by some incredible artists and theorists.

This month expect creative explorations of computer algorithms, concepts of the list, and concrete urban geography.

They all open this Wednesday night so head down, have a drink and see some great art.

WHO: Astrid Lorange & Vaughan O’Connor, Kuba Dorabialski, Kynan Tan.
WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHERE: Firstdraft Gallery
WHEN: 6-8pm
HOW MUCH: FREE. More info here

Image: Kuba Dorabialski, All of Them in Here

clay 3

‘clay 3’ is Utopia Galleries first exhibition opening of the year. They’ve started 2016 on a high with an all star line up of artists: Glenn Barkley, Donna Green, Eloise Rankine, Brett Stone and Katie Watson.


‘clay 3’ is Utopia’s third exhibition showing these artists. They are truly the most exciting experimental ceramicists making work at the moment so be sure to check out their latest works. 


WHO: Glen Barkley, Donna Green, Eloise Rankine, Brett Stone and Katie Watson.
WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHERE: Utopia Gallery – 2 Danks St Waterloo
WHEN: 5-7pm


Image: Donna Greene, Rutile 1,2 and 3

These Times With You

Goodspace presents “These Times With You” – An exploration of environmental portraiture and street photography from around the world.

Captured by a range of contemporary photographers based in Sydney, the photographs provide an insight to the creators’ personalities and surroundings across varied mediums.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHERE: GoodSpace Gallery
WHEN: 6pm – one night only
One night only – Wednesday February 3rd from 6PM


Image by: by Morgan Crowcroft-Brown

Thursday 4th


Identity brings together a wide range of artists to contest the idea of who we are and why in regards to gender, cultural and social identity. 

This really is a wide range of artists, going all the way from recent Sydney art school graduates up to included works from Francis Bacon and Gerhard Richter.

WHO: Artists exploring notions of identity.
WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHERE: Dominik Mersch Gallery
WHEN: 6pm
HOW MUCH: FREE. More info here 

Image: Meng-Yu Yan

Friday 5th


A retrospective showcase of every Mardi Gras poster from the festival’s past.

This will be a really interesting look at how the identities, ideals, and visual styles of Sydney’s LGBTIQ community have changed over the years since Mardi Gras began.

As well as an amazing exhibition, tunes will be provided by Sydney DJ duo L’Oasis, who you can always count on for some quality sounds.

WHO: Artists, DJs and Designers
WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHERE: Ambush Gallery
WHEN: 6-9pm
HOW MUCH: FREE. More info here 

Image: Piere Et Gilles

Her Moving Presence

12 Female artists will be taking over Airspace Projects for an exhibition about women; their bodies and their place in space. It is an attempt to understand the female identity. Understandably the female identity is complex and contradictory so there will be a huge diversity of movement, presence and her.

WHO: Artists
WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHERE: Airspace Projects
WHEN: 6-9pm
HOW MUCH: FREE. More info here 

Image: La Mère de la Mer, 2014, Single Channel Video 2.5 minutes, Tamara Voninski

Carol | Sydney Film Festival at Casula Powerhosue

Sydney Film Festival has teamed up with Casula Powerhouse for another season of monthly film screenings. This month they will be screening Cate Blanchett’s newest moody period drama Carol. You can make a night of it with canapes and cocktails or just pop in for the film.

WHO: Sydney Film Festival, Cate Blanchet
WHAT: Film Screening
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse
WHEN: 7.30pm
HOW MUCH: $15 – $30. More info here 

Saturday 6th

Young Artist's Initiative

M Contemporary’s annual YAI exhibition showcases the work of selected graduates from Sydney’s three big art schools. 

You can be sure to see a diverse group of emerging artists, of all ages, presenting some really interesting work. There will also be a live performance of Machiko Motoi’s ‘I AM A HUMAN’.

WHO: Sydney art school graduates
WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHERE: M Contemporary
WHEN: 3-5pm
HOW MUCH: FREE more info available here

Sketchy at Best

The premise is pretty simple 24 comedians, 12 hours, 1 show.

WHO: Comedians
WHAT: Sketch Comedy Show
WHERE: Giant Dwarf
WHEN: 9 pm
HOW MUCH: $10 – $15 more info available here

Sunday 7th

Landings at Merry Crisis

Merry Crisis is a new gallery which has opened up in Arncliffe. So far they’ve put on some really interesting shows and Landings is their most recent one!

The gallery is only open on weekends so this Sunday would be a great chance to go down and check it out. To get in knock on the door or give them a yell through the window!

WHO: Chris Dolman, Kimberley Strudwick, Lyndal Irons, Kenzee Patterson.
WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHERE: Merry Crisis, 21 Forest Road, Arncliffe
WHEN: 12-6pm
HOW MUCH: FREE more info available here

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