Culture Guide 27 August – 2 September: Mysterious Girls, The Constellations, All Ears & More!

August 27th 2018
Monday 27th August

Unspoken Words Book Club

Unspoken Words Book Club celebrates the immense diversity and exciting evolution of one of the world’s oldest literary forms: poetry. Explore works both ancient and modern from a cross-cultural perspective, with nibbles and drinks in hand!

WHAT: Poetry
WHEN: Monday 27 August, 6:30pm
WHERE: Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown
HOW MUCH: FREE, with RSVP, more details here

Being Collected: insights into repatriation

Repatriation is the return of material immorally acquired such as human remains and sacred objects. Over the last 25 years museums across Australia have proactively engaged with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for the return and future management of material collections. This panel brings together Aboriginal people working in community, museums and Government sectors to discuss this complex process and their experiences.

WHAT: Panel Discussion
WHEN: Monday 27 August, 6-7:30pm
WHERE: University of Sydney
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Tyler Payne: Womanhours

The choice of self-portraiture is informed by Louis Wacquant’s ‘carnal sociology’, where the researcher embodies themselves as the research object, experiencing a social world from within, rather than observing it from the outside. Womanhours’ personal engagement also aims to establish solidarity with other women compelled to endure these rituals.

WHAT:Video artwork exhibition in Black Box Projects
WHEN: 15 August – 1 September 
WHERE: MAY SPACE, George St, Waterloo,
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Tuesday 28th August

Textile Design: Future Design

There are a lot of ugly rugs in the world… but not these ones! Come admire the incredible rug and textile designs of UNSW Art & Design’s design students. Interior designers eat-your-heart-out.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Tuesday 28 August, 6-8pm
WHERE: AD Space, UNSW Art & Design, E Block
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

The Constellations

The constellations, they’re large, all-encompassing and often pondered, just like the topics in this talks series! Learn about non-human intelligence, robotics, screen culture, virtual reality, new digital platforms and speculations on the future possibilities of art in a series of live events at 107 Projects, Redfern, and as podcasts.

WHAT: Talk series
WHEN: 26 June – 27 November
WHERE: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Wednesday 29th August

Chainmail the Label (A/W 18 Capsule Collective Launch)

Wear the art at the Chainmail capsule collection launch. This label, founded by young Western Sydney artists Natalie Ang and Gillian Kayrooz combines grunge and minimalist themes to not only look cool, but make you look cool to.

WHAT: Fashion Label Launch
WHEN: Wednesday 29 August, 6pm-12am
WHERE: Down / Under Space, 109 Regent St, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here


Earwitness is a part of the Eavesdropping series by Liquid Architecture exploring the politics of listening and being listened-to. Featuring performances by Jennifer Stoever, M J Grant and Andrew Brooks, head along and listen up!

WHAT: Sound performance
WHEN: Wednesday 29 August, 6-8pm
WHERE: UNSW Art & Design
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Thursday 30th August

In a World of Wounds

No matter how hopeful we are about the future, images of apocalypse, ruin and disaster (and Lib Spills) are proliferating. Talia Smith has curated In a World of Wounds as an outcome of Artbank’s emerging curators program, go reveal in the beauty and destruction of this exhibition.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Thursday 30 August, 6-8pm
WHERE: Artbank, 222 Young St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Temporary Certainty

Temporary Certainty considers geographies that have been shaped by sudden shifts of historical changes in the greater Asia region. The show includes new works by Rushdi Anwar, Alana Hunt and Sarker Protick and has been curated by Pedro de Almeida.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Thursday 30 August, 6-8pm
WHERE: 4A Cente for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: FREE with RSVP, more details here

The Public Body .03

The Public Body .03 is the final in a three-part series of exhibitions exploring multifaceted ideas around the public body. This final exhibition thinks about the body as something that is not just physical, but a place for networks, relationships and digital encounters. Bring your body to The Public Body .03!

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Thursday 30 August, 6-8pm
WHERE: Artspace, 43 – 51 Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here

Friday 31st August

Firstdraft Annual Fundraiser Auction

Get your wallets ready and say goodbye to your tax return… the Firstdraft Annual Fundraiser Auction is BACK! Featuring over 170 artworks from emerging and established artists, this fundraiser is a great way to support the emerging arts community in Sydney and get your paws on a work by some of Australia’s most exciting artists.

WHAT: Art Auction
WHEN: Friday 31 August, 6-8pm
WHERE: Firstdraft, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here


Whether it’s a couple of Gucci wearing art stars with octopus arms and tiny hands reaching for martinis, or a moon emoji cheekily grinning near Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Nick Santoro’s paintings are funny, awkward and at times uneasy. Get immersed in these works at Nick Santoro’s 3rd solo show at The Egg & Dart.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Friday 31 August, 6-8pm
WHERE: The Egg & Dart, Shop 2/1-3 Raymond Rd, Thirroul
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

MCA Artbar: Curated by Get To Work

Are you a Mysterious Girl? This month Get To Work take over the MCA for Artbar with the theme of ‘Mysterious Girls’. Featuring art, music and performance, this night welcomes an exploration of cultural identity in Australia.

WHAT: Party
WHEN: Friday 31 August, 7-11pm
WHERE: MCA, 140 George St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $20 – $26, more details here

Saturday 1st September

All Ears: A listening party

All Ears: A listening party invites audiences to attune themselves to the practice of queer listening. Learn to listen beyond those who speak the loudest and extend your ears to listen with your whole body to the music, poetry, performance, and sound programmed for this event.

WHAT: Listening Party
WHEN: Saturday 1st September
WHERE: Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here


Are you a wayfinder? Explorer of culture? Changemaker? Antidote Festival at the Opera House explores topics of culture, politics and the environment over two days in hope of taking steps towards making the world a better place. Join them for a weekend of pioneering ideas, action and change.

WHAT: Festival
WHEN: September 1-2
WHERE: Sydney Opera House
HOW MUCH: Ticket prices vary, more details here

Sunday 2nd September

Out of Orbit

Out of Orbit is a constantly evolving exhibition series presented by The Uncast and USFIN ATELIER, celebrating the different communities that make up contemporary Australia. For this edition, artists have responded to the notion of ‘hybridisation’.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Sunday 2 August, 6-9pm
WHERE: USFIN ATELIER, Suit 2.21, 75 Mary St, St Peters
HOW MUCH: $5, more details here

In Order of Time

As artist Harriet Body moves into a new daunting phase of life with the imminent birth of her baby, this exhibition observes the peculiar and momentous insignificance of being alive. Featuring four large embroidered canvases and an accompanying ceramic installation, this exhibition examines mark making and the body.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: August 30 – September 15
WHERE: Alaska Projects, Level 2 Kings Cross Carpark
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

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