Culture Guide: April 11 – 17

April 11th 2022
Up Close this Monday

MCA: Autism-Friendly Gallery Opening

Experience artworks in MCA Collection: ‘Perspectives on Place’ with a program which has been tailored for children with hidden disabilities and their friends and families to enjoy together.

Join MCA Artist Educators and Aspect (Autism Spectrum Australia) volunteers for structured creative activities in the galleries followed by hands-on artmaking in the NCCL creative studios. 

WHO: MCA & Autism Spectrum Australia
WHERE: 140 George St, The Rocks
WHEN: 10:00-11:30am Monday 11 April
HOW MUCH: Free, bookings required 

4A Kids: Aswang Story Time with Marikit Santiago

4A Kids: Aswang Story Time with Marikit Santiago

This Autumn school holidays, create your own characters with Australian-Filipina award-winning visual artist Marikit Santiago. 

Drawing from traditional Creation stories, Marikit will lead a bilingual Tagalog and English workshop to teach you how to draw your own creatures and mythological figures. Suitable for children aged 5+. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

WHO: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art & Marikit Santiago
WHERE: 181-187 Hay Street, Haymarket
WHEN: 10:30-11:30am Monday 11 April & Saturday 23 April
HOW MUCH: Free, registration required 

Wednesday's Turn of Events

Group Poetry Session

Join poet and artist Jazz Money in a poetry workshop responding to the themes of Eucalyptusdom. 

Aimed at 12-18 year olds, this workshop will be an opportunity to engage with complex, beautiful and provocative ideas without the imposition of formal writing structures and grammatical rules. 

WHO: Powerhouse Museum & Jazz Money
WHERE: 500 Harris St, Ultimo
WHEN: 2-3:30pm Wednesday 13 April
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Know Thyself

Come have a boogie, a beverage and see some incredible art!

Goodspace Gallery and The Lord Gladstone Hotel is proud to present “Know Thyself” A Group Exhibition showcasing the works of Tom Ferson, Scott Owen, Jamie Preisz & Billy Vanilli. The exhibition runs for one night only and will include a performance by Bonnie Grace Vargas.

WHO: Good Space
WHERE: 115 Regent St, Chippendale
WHEN: 5-9pm Wednesday 13 April
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Art After Dark – Hydrofeminism

Every Wednesday evening you can experience the 23rd Biennale of Sydney at Barangaroo late into the night alongside a variety of weekly programs inspired by the works and themes of rīvus.

This Wednesday delve into ‘Hydrofeminism’.’Hydrofeminism’ acknowledges solidarity across our watery selves, within the human and more than human terrains. “What we do to water, we do to every body, including ourselves” – Astrida Neimanis.

WHO: Biennale of Sydney
WHERE: The Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve, 1 Merriman St, Barangaroo
WHEN: 5-9pm Wednesday 13 April
HOW MUCH: Free, booking recommended

What to Attend this Weekend

Absent as well as present, missing as well as given

Sydenham International is a brand new experimental art space which opened just over one week ago. 

They are currently exhibiting a group show of ten emerging Sydney based artists. If you’re interested in learning more about new gallery space then click here to read more and also learn about several other experimental art spaces opening up across Sydney this year.

WHO: Sydenham International
WHERE: 81 Sydenham Rd, Sydenham
WHEN: 11am-5pm Thurs-Sat, 2-30 April


Artist, DJ and doula Hannah Brontë’s exhibition MOTHERLOAD will seep into your cells and flood your mainframe with blooms of serotonin.

In this new multimedia work commissioned for the Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima (MAP mima), Brontë takes us on a journey to a place where technology helps us heal, soften, and explore. 

WHO: MAP mima & Hannah Brontë
WHERE: Lake Macquarie, 96 Creek Reserve Road, Speers Point
WHEN: 10am-3pm Saturday 16 April & Sunday 17 April
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Being Manly

Billy Bain explores representations of Australian masculinity through taking perceptions of the Australian male and playfully deconstructing them.

Being Manly seeks to unsettle colonial narratives of masculinity by playfully deconstructing popular iconography and histories related to Manly’s cultural identity. 

WHO: Manly Art Gallery & Billy Bain
WHERE: West Esplanade, Manly
WHEN: 10am-5pm, 25 March – 19 June
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


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