Culture Guide: 18 – 24 November

November 20th 2019
Monday 18th November

10 Degrees Hotter - Pari's inaugural exhibition

Pari’s inaugural exhibition, 10 Degrees Hotter, takes its name from the heat that exudes out of Western Sydney. It’s hot out here in more ways than one. There’s the urban heat island effect which renders the western suburbs its own microclimate, ever-worsening as the climate crisis progresses. Heat is also an energy force, a symptom of changing states — and here in the west, artists fan the embers, watch the smoke rise, and let off steam.

10 Degrees Hotter is curated by Kalanjay Dhir and Tian Zhang, and brings together ten artists with a connection to Sydney’s west: Serwah Attafuah, Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Nicole Barakat, Leila El Rayes, Haines & Hinterding, Gianna Hayes, Kerrie Kenton, Shivanjani Lal, Hyun Lee and EJ Son. And yep, they’re damn hot.


WHAT: 10 Degrees Hotter – Pari’s inaugural exhibition
WHEN: Exhibition runs from 13.10.2019 – 23.11.2019
Pari opening hours are Wed-Sun, 12-5pm
WHERE: Pari, Shop 7, 4-14 Hunter St, Parramatta, Sydney, Australia 2150
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Tuesday 19th November

Poetics of the Line | Early Career Curator Award

‘Poetics of the Line’, curated by Tim Marvin, investigates methods of defining ‘the line’ in contemporary artistic practice. The curatorial project will survey a decade of artistic practice that actuate critical and creative configurations of the ‘line’ which derive from a continuity of political, personal and aesthetic motivations. The exhibition will evaluate the prevailing art historical and theoretical legacies that inform these approaches, reflected through the extensive and experimental methods of drawing, stitching, gathering, stapling, browsing, printing, tracing and gestural recording that have been generated upon a variety of mediums.

By examining the traditionally linear or overtly formal understanding of this elemental art form, the exhibition will arrange a receptive and continually unfolding exposition of these practices that encourages us to reconsider what a line may reveal about our world.

WHAT: Poetics of the Line | Early Career Curator Award
WHEN: 11am – 6pm, Exhibition continues: 6 Nov – 23 Nov
WHERE: Kudos Gallery, 6 Napier St, Paddington, New South Wales 2021
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Wednesday 20th November

Vidisha-Fadescha: Party & The Curse Of Apathy

This is a SUPER special one-off workshop/hangout session with Vidisha-Fadescha.
Vidisha is an artist-curator based in New Delhi and currently on an artist residency here in Australia.
You might have already met them… they dropped in to our workshop a few weeks ago.

Vidisha-Fadescha looks at collective care as an important tool to build resilience in our everyday lives to cope with fascism, xenophobia and capitalism. Their work involves building collectives, field recordings, photography, performance art and organizing informal gatherings as an act towards social conditions produced by apathy. Vidisha will be presenting some of their work and have an open discussion.

WHAT: Vidisha-Fadescha: Party & The Curse Of Apathy
WHEN: 6pm – 8.30pm
WHERE: Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta, New South Wales 2150
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Thursday 21st November

2019 UTS Photography Graduation Exhibition

Our annual exhibition of graduating students of the UTS Bachelor of Design in Photography, held across UTS Gallery and Level 6 of the UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building. This exhibition is part of the the Design and Architecture UTS GRAD SHOW.

WHAT: 2019 UTS Photography Graduation Exhibition
WHEN: 6pm-8pm
WHERE:UTS Art, Level 4, 702 Harris Street, Ultimo, New South Wales 2007
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Wrong Solo: A Public Program - Clothing Store Performance

Wrong Solo will offer a public sharing of a work in-development at The Clothing Store Artist Studios, a twenty-minute structured improvisation called, ‘A Public Program’.

Registration is essential as spaces are limited.

WHAT: Wrong Solo: A Public Program – Clothing Store Performance
WHEN: 12pm – 3pm
WHERE: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Sydney, Australia 2016
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Designing Bright Futures 2019 - Opening Night

Designing Bright Futures 2019 presents exciting new work by emerging design practitioners from UNSW Art & Design. These new designers consider social and environmental impacts and speak to their vision of what it means to be a designer today.

An exhibition celebrating the optimism, ideas and ambitions of the next generation of designers and makers, Designing Bright Futures continues Australian Design Centre’s commitment to supporting the work of makers and designers at every stage of their careers.

Opening night:
Designing Bright Futures 2019 will be launched by Professor Marie Sierra, Deputy Dean UNSW Art & Design on Thursday 21 November, 6-8pm.

WHAT: Designing Bright Futures 2019
WHEN: 6pm – 8pm, Exhibition continues Thursday 21 November 2019 – Wednesday 22 January 2020
WHERE: Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William Street, Sydney, Australia 2010
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Friday 22nd November

Exhibition Opening – Barbara Cleveland

Sullivan+Strumpf welcome you to the exhibition opening event of Barbara Cleveland’s ‘This is a stained glass window’. Please join us on Friday night, 29 November, 6–8pm, with drinks to celebrate.

Barbara Cleveland | This is a stained glass window

‘This is a stained glass window’ is a single channel video installation that reflects on the working history of Barbara Cleveland. The work enquires into the collective’s 15-year shared intellectual and creative pursuit, positioning their friendship, artistic labour and collaboration as a ‘stained glass window’.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Barbara Cleveland
WHEN: 6pm – 8pm
WHERE: Sullivan+Strumpf, 799 Elizabeth St, Zetland NSW 2017
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Saturday 23rd November

Publication Party - Launching the 2020 Terra Firma Diary

You are invited to Terra Firma’s first ever Publication Party.
A chance to buy, sell and swap publications.
But most importantly a chance to get your hands on the very limited edition Terra Firma 2020 Diary.

There will also be an exclusive premiere screening of a short film I’ve put together from the footage from my trip.

Plus free drinks

Please RSVP to
Subject: Publication Party
In response to your email you’ll be sent the address.

WHAT: Publication Party – Launching the 2020 Terra Firma Diary
WHEN: 4pm
WHERE: In response to your email you’ll be sent the address
HOW MUCH: Free, more info and register here

Phenomenal beings: spirits in Japanese art and culture

Who are the mischievous shapeshifters, fiendish imps and vengeful ghosts found in the various expressions of Japanese culture and why do they continue to haunt these worlds?

For centuries, these phenomenal beings – including yōkai and yūrei – have populated Japanese folklore, and the story of their transformation and popularisation has come to echo the ‘spirit’ of Japan. Explore the key ideas related to the representation of the supernatural world in Japanese art, film, literature, theatre and popular culture. Tickets include 2 x lectures per session & refreshments.

‘Supernatural characters: defining identities through Japanese narratives’ with Mio Bryce, Department of International Studies Languages & Cultures, Macquarie University // ‘Nature, poems and spirits: the supernatural reality in Japanese arts’ with Chiaki Ajioka, art historian, writer & curator.


‘Coalescing forces: encounters with the spirit world in Japanese cinema’ with Kate Jinx, Golden Age Cinema & Bar, in conversation with Simonne Goran, Japanese Film Festival – Australia
Film screening: ‘Spirited away’ by Hayao Miyazaki 2001 (Japan)

WHAT: Phenomenal beings: spirits in Japanese art and culture
WHEN: 2pm-4pm
WHERE: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney, Australia 2000
HOW MUCH: $40-$50, more info here


Electrofringe presents ElectroSocial, an immersive and interactive exhibition of work by local and international artists and practitioners working in the electronic mediums.

Exhibiting artists were to consider the following:

How has the social media experience changed over the last decade? In what way will social dynamics of gender, race and sexuality change in the coming years? Why is the “least lonely generation” the most prone to depression and anxiety? What alternatives can we envisage to the current state of social media? How can art, collaboration and music be used to for a new social paradigm?

WHEN: 6pm – 11.30pm
WHERE: 24 Bayswater Rd Potts Point, NSW, 2011
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Art Battle Sydney

Watch as painters battle the clock and each other transforming blank canvases into beautiful pieces of original artwork in just 20 minutes and help vote to determine the winner of the night.
What: An art exhibition showing off talented artists in the community. All ages

WHAT: Art Battle Sydney
WHEN: Saturday, 23rd of November, 2-6 pm
WHERE: Farr street arts center
HOW MUCH: $11.50-28.00, more info here

Sunday 24th November

A Place at the Table

Do you enjoy eating food from a variety of cultures? Do you enjoy a dinner party? CPAC Youth have partnered with Shopfront Arts Co-Op to create ‘A Place At The Table’, a food event which brings together watching performance and feasting in a 90 minute banquet lunch experience. During this time you’ll be served dishes from five local restaurants, from five different cultures that really showcase the diversity of South West Sydney. While each dish is served, local young people perform their stories as to why the specific cuisine is important to them and their cultural identity. It will be fun, delicious and a great way to taste your way through South West Sydney.

WHAT: A Place at the Table
WHEN: 1pm – 2.30pm
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Powerhouse Rd, Casula, New South Wales 2170
HOW MUCH: $20 – $25, more info here

Film series: Dark arts

Join the AGNSW for weekly free screenings as part of the Gallery’s latest film series DARK ARTS!

Witches join folk creatures, ghouls and a magical Czech cat in a global survey of supernatural cinema. From ’70s French new wave comedy to Italian magic neorealism and Thai avant-pop, DARK ARTS brings together 12 tales of the wondrous and macabre.


WHAT: Film series: Dark arts
WHEN: 2pm – 4pm
WHERE: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney, Australia 2000
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Bravery Unmasked Exhibition

Bravery unmasked engages people in a visual dialogue about the perspective of people who are affected by cancer and the positive impact of art based therapies.

WHAT: Art Exhibition All ages
WHEN: 21st November – 1st December 9:00am-5:00pm (9:00am-4:30pm weekends)
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
HOW MUCH: Free Entry, more info here

Where Pigs Fly Farm Sanctuary to Host Photographic Exhibition at Bondi Beach for Animals in Need

Not-for-profit and registered charity, Where Pigs Fly farm sanctuary provide care and shelter to farmed animals in
need. This November, Bondi Beach will play host to a captivating photographic exhibition titled ‘I Am Someone’ which
features some of the farms most iconic animal members.

The series of work shot by award-winning photographer Gary Sheppard, sees 34 images featuring 29 different
animals of emotive portraits of rescued farmed animals.

WHAT: Photography Exhibition
WHERE: Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
WHEN: 19th November – 1st December, 10am-5pm
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

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