Culture Guide 16/11: Undergrad Show Season, Alaska Projects Fundraiser and Kaldor Public Arts at it again…

November 17th 2015


 Every week FBi curates a selection of the best events going on around town. Need Culture? Need to leave the house? FBi’s Culture Guide has you sorted…

Monday 16th


Detail: Paul Gauguin, Three Tahitians 1899, oil on canvas, 73 x 94 cm © Trustees of the National Galleries of Scotland

The Greats

Each year in the summer time the Art Gallery of New South Wales brings some of the best international art in the world right to our doorstep. This year The Greats comes straight from the National Galleries in Scotland. With a collection of paintings and drawings that should be on anyone’s ‘must see before you die’ hit list. If you don’t recognise names like Cézanne, Monet and Turner, you will probably recognise the images from just about any pop culture reference to art. But regardless of wether you know the works or not, there is a reason they are called ‘Masters’.

WHAT: The Greats: Exhibition 
WHEN: 24 October – 14 Feburary
WHERE: Art Gallery of New South Wales
HOW MUCH: $18 – $22

Tuesday 17th


Undergrad Grad Show Season Begins

If you have ever been to Sydney College of the Arts (maybe for Laneway Festival) you’ll realise there is a reason why some of the best young artists out of here. What was once a a mental asylum is now one of the most beautiful collection of grassy knolls and sandstone walls. Each year these walls are transformed into a plethora of galleries to exhibit all the best work of the recent graduates. See what is happening on the cutting edge of emerging Sydney art, and get amongst the almost festival vibes as these graduates farewell their student careers.

WHAT: Sydney College of the Arts Undergrad Show
WHEN: 6 – 8 pm
WHERE: Sydney College of the Arts Grad Show

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Self Unfinished

Kaldor Public Arts Project are renowned for presenting some of the best experimental art from around the world. This year has been no different. Off the coat tails of Marina Abramovic they are brining Xavier Le Roy to our shores for the first time. This work comes in three parts. Last week you could attend open rehearsals of his brand new piece “Temporary Title” 2015. The final performance will be shown from the 20th – 22nd of November. This week, the man himself will be performing his solo work “Self Unfinished”, its debut in Australia. Warning: this work contains nudity.

WHAT: Xavier Le Roy
WHEN: 17 – 19th – 8pm
WHERE: Carriageworks
HOW MUCH: Free – booking required

Wednesday 18th


Detail: TARA MARYNOWSKY, Octopus, watercolour and gouache on six vintage postcards c.1910, 2015

ALASKA Projects Fundraising Auction

ALASKA Projects is know for being inside a car park and also for exhibiting a broad scope of multidisciplinary arts. We like them, so we nominated them for a SMAC Award a few years back. This year all the amazing artists that are part of the extended ALASKA family have donated gems to be auctioned off. Huge names like Tony Albert, Abdul Abdullah and Shaun Gladwell are all selling their wares and all the funds will go back into making ALASKA great. GREAT!

WHAT: Alaska Projects Fundraiser
WHEN: 6 – 8 pm
WHERE: Level 2, Kings Cross Car Park, 9A Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay
HOW MUCH: Bring your cheque books!

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Lies, Lies and Propaganda

Roadkill Confidential, by New York playwright Sheila Callaghan is a noir exploration of the place of art. An artist called Trevor is creating a potentially deadly artwork from the roadkill of animals that have been infected with a rare disease. She is chased by an FBI operative who leads searching for an actual crime and finding only more questions.  Not only is it written by an exciting female New York playwright little known in Australia, it is launching the brand new Kings Cross Theatre. bAKEHOUSE Theatre are now the custodians of this great new space and Roadkill Confidential is its Maiden Voyage.

WHAT: Theatre: Lies, Lies and Propaganda
WHEN: 8 – 28 November pm
WHERE: Kings Cross Hotel
HOW MUCH: $27 – $30


Thursday 19th


Palestinian Film Festival

Seven films across four days the Palestinian film festival will be taking over the Palace Norton Street Cinemas this weekend. They are bringing you the best of Palestinian cinema from around the globe, the festival presents an exciting opportunity to see and feel the energy, diversity and creativity of Palestine through film. Opening night kicks off with “The Wanted 18″ a documentary animation tells the story of how 18 cows came to be declared “dangerous for the security of the state of Israel”.

WHAT: Palestinian Film Festival
WHEN: 19th – 6 December
WHERE: Palace Cinema – Norton Street
HOW MUCH: $16.50 – $19.50

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Gang of She

Gang of She are a performance collective that harness drag, surrealism, disco, theatre and queer histories of decadence as dissent to talk back to a world that both frustrates and inspires. Each of the members of ‘the gang’ will be presenting works in their own style from video, photography, sculptural, and installation. This theatrical event will then give way to a communal party space  – inviting spectators to dance, laugh, debate or fall in love.

WHAT: Gang of She Exhibition
WHEN: 6 – 10 pm
WHERE: 107 Projects, Redfern

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Music as a Muse

Our very own Lee Tran Lam will be caught in the middle of award winning photographers Cybele Malinowski and Daniel Boud they’ve shot Lorde, Florence + The Machine, Grace Jones and FKA Twigs and more! Hear about the music the process and the daily grind of life behind the camera.

WHAT: Talk: Behind the Camera: Music as a Muse
WHEN: 6 pm
WHERE: The Apple Store
HOW MUCH: Free – booking recommended

Friday 20th


UTS Visual Communications Graduate Evening

UTS has pulled out all the stops for this years grad show. Taking over the beautifully haunting Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay. The Visual Communications Grads will be strutting their stuff. Everything from conceptually motivated, culturally aware and just plain great to look at. Plus they will have an Eat Art Truck down there to fuel your mind with creative juices.

WHAT: UTS Visual Communications Graduate Showcase
WHEN: 7 pm
WHERE: Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay
HOW MUCH: 6.30 pm – 10 pm

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Erotic Fan Fiction

You have heard of fan fiction? The name that has been given to fictional stories that spar off the original characters or plot of your favourite novels (Harry Potter? Right!). Giant Dwarf brings you fan fiction with a twist of lust. Under their chosen theme the band of generally talented Sydney creatives will have you in stitches, while potentially being a little bit aroused. This month Join Miranda Tapsell, Brendan Cowell, Nakkiah Lui, Jordan Raskopoulos, Pat Magee will be stepping up and undressing you down!

WHAT: Erotic Fan Fiction
8 pm
Giant Dwarf


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