CULTURE GUIDE 13 – 19 AUGUST: Druitt Days live, Sun Xun, Living Universe & More

August 12th 2018
Monday 13th July

Practically Virtual - Tour UNSW's EPICentre

The most advanced facility of its kind, UNSW’s Expanded Perception and Visualisation Interaction Centre applies integrated design thinking and a interdisciplinary approaches to research to enable scientists to see their research data in real time and three dimensions. Come in and experience the mind blowing visualisation tools at EPICentre, with sessions running every half hour.

WHAT: Tour
WHEN: 3-3:30PM
WHERE: EPICentre, C Block, UNSW Art and Design Campus Napier St Entrance Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free – booking essential. More here.


Playback: The Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 201 presents new work by Australian artists that find a connection between drawing and the moving image. Creating in response to images found in art history, archives, newspapers, cinema and online, the artists in this exhibition use drawing to reanimate history, in a process that involves imagination, fabrication and the repurposing of prior sources. Featuring FBi favourites Jason Phu, Vernon Ah Kee and Laura Hindmarsh.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Daily until October 21st.
WHERE: Modern Gallery at the AGNSW, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney.
HOW MUCH: Free – more here


Journey deep inside a Tudor painting to explore the hidden life of a king’s portrait, and the workshop of the artists who created it. After a detailed technical study and extensive conservation treatment, the Gallery’s 16th-century portrait of Henry VIII will be shown for the first time in decades, returning to star in a ground-breaking virtual-reality display in the heart of our European galleries. A network of information has been visualised so that you can investigate Henry’s world.

WHEN: May 12 – September 9
WHERE: AGNSW, 15th–19th c European art gallery
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


Enter the hidden and fascinating world of plants and plant research through a photographic exhibition that will take you from the leaf to the field. Some of the images will open a window to the microscopic realm of structures inside the leaf that are responsible of producing the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat. Other images will allow you to enter the day to day life of plant scientists working in the field and in the laboratory to grow the crops that feed us now and in the future.

WHEN: 9 August – 18 August
WHERE: Western Sydney University Parramatta Campus
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Tuesday 14th July


Copper features artists and designers who have explored the possibilities of this ductile metal in their creative practice, either in the development process or as the primary medium of their work. Diverse techniques in the areas of printmaking, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics, painting, glass work and sound manipulation emphasise the malleability of this pliable metal. This exhibition shows how copper can be transformed through new technologies and traditional crafts, making it perfectly suitable for Casula Powerhouse’s Switch Gallery.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Daily – 9-5pm
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse
HOW MUCH: Free – more details here

Living Universe Screening

As part of Sydney Science Festival, head to the city for a special screening of Living Universe – a spectacular journey to answer an extraordinary question: are we alone in the universe? Based on the latest scientific research, you can follow this search to a distant planet looking for life. This interstellar adventure is narrated by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and follows the 50-year journey of a starship to an imaginary planet Minerva B; set in the future and piloted by artificial intelligence Captain Artemis, voiced by astrophysicist Professor Tamara Davis. After the film there’s a Q&A with the film stars, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Professor Tamara Davis themselves.

WHAT: Film Screening + Q&A
WHEN: 6:30PM
WHERE: Event Cinemas George St

HOW MUCH: $25 – Book tickets here
Wednesday 15th July

Art + Film: The animations of Sun Xun

To celebrate Sun Xun’s first Australian solo exhibition, the MCA is screening 10 of his animations, made between 2003–2017. The films range from early hand-drawn works made solely by the artist, to more complex, recent animations made with his team at Pi Animation Studio, on the outskirts of Beijing. Following this screening, a Q&A will be led by Yanping Zhang, Project Officer, China Studies Centre, University of Sydney, who will reflect on some of the themes and ideas explored in Sun’s work in the context of Chinese contemporary art.

WHAT: Short film screenings + Q&A
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia · Sydney
HOW MUCH: $8-10 Tickets here

We are all connected to Campbelltown (one way or another)

Presenting new commissions and existing works, We are all connected to Campbelltown (one way or another) celebrates the Arts Centre and its diversity of culture, unique geographical landscape and local stories through the distinct works of thirteen artists with a connection to the area. To commemorate this significant milestone, the four directors of Campbelltown Arts Centre have also each selected one significant artist who they believe had the greatest impact on the gallery and the community during their tenure.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Daily until 14 October from 10 – 4PM
WHERE: Campbelltown Arts Centre
HOW MUCH: Free – more details here

Thursday 16th July

Surface Deep

Rebecca Beardmore’s latest solo exhibition is a visual poesy of space, place and perception pervading the sublime, enigmatic, multi-layered, muted evocations of Surface Deep. A print-based artist, Rebecca works photographically to explore the act and the ways, both psychological and physical, of looking. Her intrigue is with the interplay of words and pictures and in this series, visual impressions hover both on and within the surfaces for a charged, dreamlike sense of suspended time, place and memory.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 11 – 5PM
WHERE: Artereal Gallery – 747 Darling Street, Rozelle
HOW MUCH: Free – more details here

Creative Careers Expo

High school students in years 10 – 12 are invited to an all-embracing creative careers expo at Campbelltown Arts Centre. The event includes drop-in stalls for students to chat with tertiary institutions and services for young people interested in studying and working in the arts and creative industries, alongside inspirational artist talks and panel discussions throughout the day. Though stalls will be open 11 – 3pm, a number of talks, featuring the likes of Ramesh Nithiyendran, Shireen Taweel, Maria Tran & Blak Douglas will be held through the afternoon.

WHAT: Expo / Panel events
WHEN: 9:30 – 3PM
WHERE: Campbelltown Arts Centre  – Campbelltown.
HOW MUCH: Free – but bookings essential. More details here

Friday 17th July

Griffin UP LATE in August

Join a hand-picked collection of nocturnal singers, joke-makers and storytellers at Griffin UP LATE, a post-show jam of music and chortles. Either rock up to the Stables for 10pm or stick around Kendall Feaver‘s ‘The Almighty Sometimes’ on Friday 17 August. Griffin will be keeping the lights on and making some (very entertaining) noise until late.

WHAT: Performances
WHEN: 10 PM onwards
WHERE: SBW Stables Theatre
HOW MUCH: $15 – more details here

'Le Dernier Appel' Panel

In conjunction with ‘Le Dernier Appel’, Carriageworks is hosting a very special panel discussion led by Patrick Dodson and Emmanuel Tjibaou to discuss the complexities of nations negotiating independence, recognition and treaty ahead of New Caledonian referendum for independence from France. Make sure to attend the new dance work by Marrugeku first, co-created in New Caledonia and Australia, in response to questions arising from the New Caledonian 2018 referendum on independence from France and Australia’s ongoing debates over constitutional recognition and treaty.

WHAT: Panel Discussion
WHEN: 6:30 – 7:30PM
WHERE: Carriageworks
HOW MUCH: Free – book here

Saturday 18th July

C3West: Druitt Days Live

Turn up the volume on your Saturday night. Join MCA’s latest C3West engagement: ‘Druitt Days Live’ block party, aka the biggest event in Western Sydney this August. Get ready for a performance-packed evening featuring Mt Druitt’s killer young talent. Dance to local hip hop and music acts, and be the first to see a fresh take on an iconic Aussie soap opera.  This all-ages event is led by artists Hannah Brontë and Dean Cross and features performances from Jesswar, Demise, Kealoana, L.A.i, Xavier Ali, MC Renz & Treasa, plus a premiere showing of Dean Cross’ pilot episode of ‘Where Is Home?’, a new Australian soap opera in collaboration with LIB Comedy.

WHAT: Block Party
WHEN: 5 – 9PM
WHERE: Kevin Betts Stadium – Mount Druitt, New South Wales
HOW MUCH: Free – more details here

Sense it, Feel it: Artists on Climate Change

Touch, feel, smell, sense. The climate science is clear. Yet our collective capacity as communities, governments and industry to absorb or act on the data has failed. Join artists Cat Jones, Emily Parsons-Lord, Latai Taumoepeau and Angharad Wynne-Jones as they share their approach to exploring the imminent impacts of climate change. With no maps, charts or diagrams – they create intimate physical and sensory experiences for audiences to better imagine and prepare for our future on this planet.

WHAT: Talk event
WHEN: 2:30pm
WHERE: Sydney Opera House
HOW MUCH: Free – but bookings essential, book here.

Sunday 19th July


Karijini by Jane Tangney & Tjanpi Desert Weavers sees acclaimed landscape painter Jane Tangney present a body of work inspired by a recent trip to Karijini, situated in the Pilbara region of WA.  Featuring alongside Karijini is a curated selection of works by Tjanpi Desert Weavers, a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council which enables women in remote central deserts to earn their own income from fibre art. Tjanpi is a movement that celebrates life, creativity and country.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 10 – 4PM
WHERE: Koskela – 1b/85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery
HOW MUCH: Free – more here

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