Culture Guide 19-25 November: The Failure Debate, Why is My Curriculum White?, Strange Colours & more!

November 18th 2018
Monday 19th November

Bill Bailey at Just For Laughs Sydney

The UK’s very own straggle-haired polymath, Bill Bailey, returns to Sydney for the Just For Laughs festival with his new comedy and music extravaganza, Earl of Whimsy.

WHAT: Comedy
WHEN: Monday 19 November, 8-11pm
WHERE: Just for Laughs Sydney
HOW MUCH: Presale registration now open, more details here

Seven Deadly Sins and One Naughty Fruit

Comedian Mikey Robins uncovers the most bizarre food-related stories of all time. From the Ancient Egyptians to the Romans, from the Medieval monarchs to the first celebrity chefs, our ancestors have left their mark on our habits and social mores, our plates and palates, telling us one truth above all: wherever there is food there is folly.

WHAT: Comedy
WHEN: Monday 19 November, 7-8:30pm
WHERE: Mosman Library
HOW MUCH: $8-$10, more details here

Tuesday 20th November

2018 SCA Undergraduate Degree Show

Meet the next generation of designers and artists at the 2018 SCA Undergraduate Degree Show.
The Degree Show features work by over 100 students completing the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at SCA.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Tuesday 20 November, 6-9pm
WHERE: Sydney College for the Arts
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Critical Perspectives on Madness: Queer Art of Failure

In November Critical Perspectives on Madness Reading group will consider the question of failure. Could failure be considered as something to strive towards? With the help of queer theory, this talk will explore failure as a subversive and productive way of being in the world that queers the hegemonic narrative of success.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: Tuesday 20 November, 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Humanist Society of NSW, 10 Shepherd St, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Wednesday 21st November

Runway Issue #38 'Spectacle' Launch

This issue of Runway Magazine delves into the spectacle of our digital lives, holds a lens up to fetishised exoticism, interrogates #representationsmatters, explores the spectacle of our bodies and sickness. Guest edited by Aotearoa based artist and writer Natasha Matila-Smith, this issue features contributions from Sabella D’Souza, Corinna Berndt, Nunzio Madden, James Wylie, Skye Gellmann, Daniel Sanders, Roberta Rich, Dominique Nicolau, Nanette Orly, Cher Tan, Melanie Kung and Andrew Robards.

WHAT: Magazine Launch
WHEN: Wednesday 21 November, 6-8pm
WHERE: Top Floor at Wellington
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

The Failure Debate

The Failure Debate answers the question ‘Is it good to fail?’. The Failure Debate explores hard work and the joys of losing from the six unique point of views competing to prove whether or not it is good to fail.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: Wednesday 21 November, 6:30pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Thursday 22nd November

The Last Resort - Exhibition by Saskia Wilson

‘The Last Resort’ is an exhibition of photographs taken in Greece over 2016 and 2017 reflecting on the polarity in human experience in a country which is simultaneously a global tourism hotspot and a nexus of the European refugee crisis. All profits of print sales will be donated to Refugee Support Europe and RISE: Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Thursday 22 November, 6-7pm
WHERE: Comber Street Studios
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Please Explain: Why is My Curriculum White?

In response to the Why Is My Curriculum White campaign this edition of Please Explain considers Omid Tofighian’s recent article in The Conversation that challenges our education system to rethink and reframe Eurocentric norms that currently provide the foundations from which to learn.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: Thursday 22 November, 6:30-8pm
WHERE: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Friday 23rd November

UTS Photography Honours Exhibition

Spanning photography as well as moving image, sculpture and installation, these ambitious final projects exhibited at the UTS Photography Honours Exhibition showcase the technical and conceptual rigour of the UTS Photography Honours program and its graduating students.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Friday 23 November, 6-8pm
WHERE: UTS, Level 4 Building 6, 702 Harris St
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Strange Colours

Exclusive to Golden Age in Sydney, this film is a richly photographed and strangely seductive narrative feature debut from Russian-Australian director Alena Lodkina. Premiering at the 74th Venice International Film Festival and met with sold-out acclaim at Sydney Film Festival earlier this year, Strange Colours is a singularly Australian cinema experience that will likely haunt you beyond its final frame.

WHAT: Film screening
WHEN: Friday 23 November, 7pm
WHERE: Golden Age Cinema
HOW MUCH: $17-$22, more details here

Saturday 24th November


Polymorph, an exhibition of new work by celebrated Los Angeles-based artist Polly Borland. Continuing Borland’s exploration of the possibilities of abstraction and the surreal, the ‘Morph’ series combines anthropomorphic soft-sculpture and abstracted portraiture.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Saturday 24 November, 3-5pm
WHERE: Sullivan+Strumpf
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here


For the first time, Campbelltown Arts Centre presents a new art market to showcase Western Sydney and the Macarthur region’s diverse community of artists and makers. Handpicked invites everyone to experience a unique range of stalls featuring a bespoke offering of artwork, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, woven pieces, leather goods, living sculptures and more.

WHAT: Art market
WHEN: Saturday 24 November, 4-9pm
WHERE: Campbelltown Arts Centre
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Sunday 25th November

Winda Women: Indigenous Female Filmmakers Panel

Come hear from some of the Indigenous women who are helping to create the Indigenous landscape of cinema and TV by Indigenous communities, for Indigenous communities. Featuring an all-star panel including; Michelle Derosier, Darlene Naponse, Sardana Savvina, Ane Lena Fussing Rosbach and Jodie Bell.

WHAT: Panel talk
WHEN: Sunday 25 November, 10-11am
WHERE: Event Cinemas George St
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Dance Rites

Witness the powerful coming together of customs and contemporary culture at Dance Rites. Hundreds of First Nations dancers from around Australia and Torres Strait will gather with International artists in a free festival celebrating dance, music and community.

WHAT: Dance competition
WHEN: Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 November, 3pm
WHERE: Sydney Opera House forecourt
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

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