Culture Guide: 19 – 25 August

August 21st 2019
Monday 19 August

Kudos Emerging Artist + Designer Award

The Kudos Emerging Artist + Designer Award is an annual award by Arc @ UNSW Art & Design that seeks to recognise, nurture and support innovation and talent across all disciplines at our campus.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Monday 19 August, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Kudos Gallery
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

August at Firstdraft

Gallery 1:
Brown Pillars
Aida Azin

Gallery 2:
An institution that touches itself
Leen Rieth

Gallery 3:
Rosell Flatley

Gallery 4:
Crossing Pain and Intimate Memories
I-Yen Chen

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Monday 19 August, 10am-5:30pm
WHERE: Firstdraft
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Tuesday 20 August

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike. The Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists. The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture, while the Sulman Prize is given to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media. Each year, the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW judge the Archibald and Wynne, and invite an artist to judge the Sulman.
WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Tuesday 20 August, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Art Gallery of New South Wales
HOW MUCH: $8-$20, get tickets here

Jeffrey Smart: Constructed World

Jeffrey Smart’s vision of the urban landscape formed one of the most distinctive bodies of work in late 20th-century Australian art. A geometry of concrete wastelands, jewel-toned apartment blocks and reflective road signs became the subjects of Smart’s precisely rendered paintings and drawings.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Tuesday 20 August, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Art Gallery of New South Wales
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Wednesday 21 August

Nelson Earl

Join us at 6pm on August the 21st for the Opening of Nelson Earl’s performative installation at The Cube. The fourth show in Signal’s 2019 program. Former dancer of Sydney Dance Company, Nelson Earl, will bring life and kineticism to the Cube in a new site specific performance piece.

WHAT: Art Performance
WHEN: Wednesday 21 August, 6-9pm
WHERE: The Cube
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Mel O’Callaghan: Centre of the Centre

‘Centre of the Centre’, Mel O’Callaghan’s new major exhibition, traces the origins of life and its regenerative forces. The catalyst for this new body of work is one small mineral given to the artist by her grandfather, renowned mineralogist Albert Chapman. The mineral contains a small pocket of water, possibly millions of years old, which holds traces of the elemental forces responsible for all life on Earth.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Wednesday 20 August, 6-8pm
WHERE: Artspace
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Thursday 22 August

Welcome to the Rebellion: Next Steps to Climate Action

Extinction Rebellion is a rapidly growing, global activist movement focused on getting the world to tell the truth about the climate emergency and take action now! Join us at our introductory talk and meet-up to learn more about the climate and biodiversity emergency, Extinction Rebellion’s history and principles, and how Extinction Rebellion is taking non-violent direct action to tackle the crisis head on.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: Thursday 22 August, 6:30-8pm
WHERE: 64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Subbed In Book Launch: Eora

Join us for an evening of readings as Subbed In launches 6 new books and relaunches 3 more. Come through for an all-star lineup including: Marcus Whale, Eloise Grills (via video), Allison Gallagher, Jason Gray, Zhi Yi Cham (via video) and Šime Knežević.

WHAT: Book Launch
WHEN: Thursday 22 August, 6-8pm
WHERE: Freda’s
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Friday 23 August

The Farewell

THE FAREWELL is the breakout film by director Lulu Wang. Don’t miss out on our preview screening of the award-winning comedy/drama at Dendy Newtown on August 23.

WHAT: Film Screening
WHEN: Friday 23 August, 6:45-9:45pm
WHERE: Dendy Cinemas Newtown
HOW MUCH: $12-$22.50, get tickets here

Tania Bruguera

In this special public event hear acclaimed artist Tania Bruguera discuss recent projects and initiatives that examine and expose the nature of political and social power structures.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: Friday 23 August, 6-7:30pm
WHERE: UNSW Art & Design
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Saturday 24 August

Light Matter: Symposium on Contemporary Photographic Practice


This forum will bring together artists, curators and academics to discuss the nuances of contemporary lens-based art practice in Australia. Over the day a series of presentations and panels will consider issues from authorship and identity to politics and non-human vision in the post-photographic era. There will also be a focus on innovative approaches to creative process and materiality, including analogue, digital, hybrid and camera-less formats.

WHAT: Symposium
WHEN: Saturday 24 August, 9:30am-5:30pm
WHERE: UTS Building 6
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Please Explain: Do Colonial Objects Still Hold Power?

4A’s series Please Explain invites presenters to rethink, recharge and reimagine contemporary issues through the arts and academia. In this edition of Please Explain, as part of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art exhibition Nusra Latif Qureshi: Strategies of Intent, speakers discuss the mobility of meaning and challenges presented by historical objects and imagery in a post-Orientalist world. Taking the work of artist Nusra Latif Qureshi and the text Networked Objects (2013) by Mary Roberts as a starting point, this discussion will ask whether Colonial objects still hold potency today in institutions and artistic practice; and investigate how artists and curators can work to challenge and engage with constructed histories of objects in shifting contexts.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: Saturday 24 August, 2-3:30pm
WHERE: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Sunday 25 August

Footprints Ecofestival

Whites Creek Valley Park is a green wonderland and this year’s event will embrace that, and will include roving entertainment, workshops and activities for the whole family. The event will also host product and information stalls and a variety of food and local and sustainable produce.

WHAT: Festival
WHEN: Sunday 25 August, 11am-3pm
WHERE: White’s Creek Valley Park
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

Cumberland Council is running a nine-day festival of ticketed Hanami (flower viewing) for it’s annual Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival. Headlining at the event will be food guru Adam Liaw and the bearded sensation Costa.

WHAT: Festival
WHEN: Sunday 25 August, 9am-5pm
WHERE: Auburn Botanic Gardens
HOW MUCH: $10-$12.50, get tickets here

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