Culture Guide July 16-22: Ugly, Legs on the Wall, Dignity of Risk & More

July 13th 2018
Monday 16th

Roomba Nation

After last year’s acclaimed show TRADE, Hurrah Hurrah returns with its unique mix of crooked comedy, choreography and pathos. This time though, the team have hacked a set of robotic vacuum cleaners to take over the stage and torment their human counterparts. Roomba Nation is a playful and surprising look at how we live, how we die and what technology should do… not just what it can.

WHAT: Theatre performance
WHERE: Old 505 Theatre
5 Eliza Street, Newtown.
HOW MUCH: $30-$45. More details here

Aboriginal DOT Painting Workshop

To continue the spirit and celebration of NAIDOC week, work under the expert guidance of local Aboriginal Elder and artist Aunty Annette Webb and create your own dot painting to take home as a memento of your experience. All materials supplied.

WHAT: Workshop
WHEN: 12:30 – 2:30PM
WHERE: Hurstville Museum & Gallery
14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville
HOW MUCH: FREE – Booking essential. More details here

Ryoji Ikeda

The internationally acclaimed Ryoji Ikeda returns to Carriageworks with micro | macro. Developed during a residency at CERN, European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Switzerland, micro | macro is an immersive installation which sits at the intersection of art and quantum physics.

WHAT: Ryoji Ikeda
WHEN: 4th-29th July
WHERE: Carriageworks
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Tuesday 17th

Accessing The Arts Group - Network Meeting #2

Can robots make art accessible to everyone? Can wheelchairs climb stairs? Join Accessible Arts and AGNSW for a futuristic peek into the brave new world of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, climbing wheelchairs, digital printing, blockchain and other technologies that will make art more accessible. Listen to a group of experts will share their knowledge and experience on how technology is likely to impact arts practice, curation and consumption.

WHAT: Panel Discussion
WHEN: 8:30 – 10AM
WHERE: Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road. Sydney
HOW MUCH: FREE – Booking essential. More details here

Exhibition Openings: Performing Perfection // Primary Peelings

AD Space opens two exhibitions tonight: Performing Perfection by Laura Nash in the Gallery Space, and Primary Peelings by Christophe Domergue in the Corridor Space.  Through installation, sculpture and video, Laura has explored her body’s ongoing transformation and reconciled the traumas of excess resulting from her surgery. Multidisciplinary artist Christophe Domergue presents a continuation of his obsession with capturing the beauty he finds in the forms and shapes of the urban environment.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 6 – 8PM
WHERE: AD Space, E-Block, UNSW Art & Design, Greens Rd Paddington
HOW MUCH: FREE – More details here

Wednesday 18th

HARD COPY - Micro Photobook Fair

HARD COPY is the first exclusively photobook spin off from Print & Staple: (a collection of zines, photobooks and ephemera displayed in a market format by a diverse range of Sydney artists) at Goodspace.

WHAT: Photobook Fair
WHEN: 6 – 9PM
WHERE: Goodspace Gallery – 115 Regent St, Chippendale, Sydney
HOW MUCH: FREE – More details here

Sehnsucht (nostalgia for what has never been)

Today is the first day of Andjana Pachkova Die’s painting​ & mixed media exhibition at Stanley Street Gallery. Sehnsucht or ‘nostalgia for what has never been’ is a beautiful series exploring themes of longing and loss, melancholy and nostalgia, music and hope in softened colour palettes. Well known for designing album covers, come and see how music inspires these aesthetics.
WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Wed – Sat 11am – 6pm
WHERE: Stanley Street Gallery – 1/52-54 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: FREE – More details here
Thursday 19th

Dignity of Risk

Check out this one-off performance of the ‘Best Production for Young People’ at the 2017 Sydney Theatre Awards – Dignity of Risk is a new contemporary performance about the way we see ourselves and the perception we have about others. Co-produced by youth-arts powerhouses Shopfront Arts Co-op and ATYP, this explosive new work by the Harness Ensemble fuses movement and dance with the personal stories of young adults.

WHAT: Theatre Performance
WHEN: 1 – 2PM
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre – 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula
HOW MUCH: $15 – $18 – Book here

Opening - Ideas Platform | UGLY

‘Ugly’ is a showcase of work from emerging artists involved in the Front Up Emerge ’17 program, (an engagement project which connects professional artists and emerging practitioners living with disability). This Ideas Platform project is the culmination of a collaboration between the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Front Up and Artspace and shows the work of nine artists who worked closely with George Tillianakis and Liam Benson to develop their practice and take on professional development opportunities. This exhibition interrogates an element that had been discussed throughout the program, the theme of Ugly.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 6 – 8PM
WHERE: Artspace Sydney – 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: FREE – More here

Cultural Conversations: A cultural backlash?

With the rise of divide in political thought, this series of events will explore the idea – and importance of – disagreeing well.  For the first in the new Cultural Conversations series, an expert panel will discuss the rise of cultural backlash in public life and the challenges as a result.

WHAT: Talk

WHEN: 6-7:30pm

WHERE: Abercrombie Business School Lecture Theatre 1110, Codrington St, University of Sydney, NSW

HOW MUCH: Free, but you must register online. More info here.

Friday 20th

Free Open Training with Legs On The Wall

Legs on The Wall are offering FREE Open Classes to Sydney’s performing arts community weekly at The Red Box. Come and experience a movement practice lead by industry professionals in pure celebration of the art of physical performance. The free open classes are led by Joshua Thomson and provide the performing arts community with a chance to practice, share and explore creative physicality.

WHAT: Free workshop
WHEN: 8:30AM
WHERE: Legs On The Wall – 91 Canal Road, Lilyfield
HOW MUCH: FREE – More here

Zine making | Workshop for teens

Artist educator Tully Arnot will be leading a workshop to teach you how to make your very own zine – that you can take with you at the end of the session! Participants will learn how to tell their story through the zine format from the very beginning to the final product and all materials are provided.

WHAT: Zine-making Workshop
WHEN: 8:30AM
WHERE: Peacock Gallery Auburn – Auburn Botanic Gardens, corner of Chiswick and Cumberland rd, Auburn
HOW MUCH: FREE but bookings essential! More here

Saturday 21st

This Will Not Protect You

Join award winning local artists Amrita Hepi, Prue Stent and Honey Long as they invite you to join them inside their big, inflatable, orange bubble as part of the 2018 Way Out West Festival. Gentle, protective and expansive, you will be invited to come inside their inflatable structure and be a part of an exciting performance that will take place. Surrounded by the warm glow of orange light, experience the wonder of being inside a soft structure that moves along with the performers to inquisitive sounds and rhythmic beats.

WHAT: Performance
WHEN: 11AM, 11:45AM, 12:30PM & 1:15PM.
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Box Office – 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula
HOW MUCH: $12 – bookings essential! More here

Lecture: John Russell and Vincent van Gogh

Australian painter John Russell and Dutchman Vincent van Gogh became close friends in France in the late 19th century, both foreigners enmeshed in Europe’s most progressive artistic community. Join Nienke Bakker, curator of paintings at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum and Wayne Tunnicliffe, the Gallery’s head of Australian art, as they explore the artistic affinities of the two artists in this double lecture on the opening day of the exhibition ‘John Russell: Australia’s French impressionist’.

WHAT: Lecture / talk
WHERE: Art Gallery of New South Wales – Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $35-$40 – bookings essential! More here

Sunday 22nd

‘Beat the Bottle’ with Sydney Water and Good for the Hood

Get drastic on plastic this Sunday and help rid the Parramatta River foreshore of plastic bottles and waste. Join us for a community clean up, with good vibes and dancing beats courtesy of Junkyard Beats and FBi DJs Purple Sneakers An initiative of Sydney Water, ‘Beat the Bottle’ brings together local clean-up legends Good for the Hood and community volunteers to have fun and banish plastic pollution.

WHAT: Community Event
WHEN: 12pm – 3.30PM
WHERE: Parramatta River Foreshore (next to Lennox Bridge)
HOW MUCH: FREE – More details and register here

Nowhere = Space

Nowhere = Space is a project initiated by five interdisciplinary artists, exploring transformative ideas of space found within the infinite and abstract location that is nowhere. The exhibition title can be read as an equation, a question or contemplation that the contributing artists and aims to translate rich, materially diverse and conceptually driven bodies of work. This exhibition plans to transform 107 into a physical embodiment of an abstract nowhere space that is imagined through these artist’s individual works.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 11AM – 5PM
WHERE: 107 Projects – 107 Redfern Street, Sydney
HOW MUCH: FREE – More details here

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