Culture Guide: 28 October – 3 November

October 28th 2019
Monday 28th October

Sculpture by the Sea

Sculpture by the Sea returns to the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk as the world’s largest free to the public sculpture exhibition. See the spectacular coastal walk transformed into a 2km long sculpture park over three weeks featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 24 October – 10 November
WHERE: Bondi
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Flip the Script Free Youth Open Mic/Workshop

Flip the Script is a safe space for under 26 year olds to showcase anything they want. “Flip the script” and share their your talents; challenge stereotypes, address issues and action change. You can perform anything – poetry, music, stories, magic.

WHAT: Open Mic
WHEN: Monday 28 October, 6:30-8pm
WHERE: Bankstown Poetry Slam
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Tuesday 29th October

Being Nothing

Being Nothing remodels abandoned houses currently standing in various locations across Sydney for a solo exhibition by Sivaan Walker.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Tuesday 29 October, 6-8pm
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

ManyBody Theory

Life is wonderfully chaotic! Caught up in intersecting webs of cause and effect, every action, relationship and idea we conjure has the potential to become part of a complex choreography of moving parts. Three artists in MANYBODY THEORY revel in the ‘in-between-ness’ of us and others, our work and the natural world.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Tuesday 29 October, 6-8pm
WHERE: The Bearded Tit
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Wednesday 30th October

Stacks and Sleeves: A Posthuman Landscape

Stacks and Sleeves: A Posthuman Landscape is an exhibition that aims to imagine a time not too far away from now where identities are heavily mediated by machine intelligence, life is possible elsewhere other than Earth and interspecies relationships are thriving.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Wednesday 30 October, 6-8pm
WHERE: Galerie pompom
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

FLESH DREAM Sydney Premiere at Bloodfest

After the death of their friend, two students discover a disturbing website that brutally murders anyone that ventures too far into its domain… Be the first to see Flesh Dream as it premiers in Sydney at Bloodfest!

WHAT: Film
WHEN: Wednesday 30 October, 6-9pm
WHERE: Event Cinemas George St
HOW MUCH: $20, more details here

Thursday 31st October

Thom Roberts: The Empathy Clinic

Thom Roberts has long been fascinated by crowns – that point at the back of the head where hair tends to grow in a spiral. In this one on one performance take a seat and let Thom decipher the strands and spirals at the edge of your skull, at the edge of your mind. What will he discover? What will you discover in the process?

WHAT: Performance
WHEN: Thursday 31 October, 11am
WHERE: UNSW Art & Design
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Poets' Corner: Memory as Place

WestWords October Poets’ Corner guest is Omar Sakr! He will be reading and talking to the theme of “Memory as Place”. Omar Sakr is an Arab Australian poet from Western Sydney. His debut collection, These Wild Houses (Cordite), was shortlisted for the QLD Literary Awards and the Kenneth Slessor Prize for poetry.

WHAT: Poetry
WHEN: Thursday 31 October, 6:30-8pm
WHERE: WestWords
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Friday 1st November

Gazing from the Sinosphere: Media Art as Border Crossings

How are cultural borders depicted and disrupted? This program discusses new media works by three post-1980s East Asian artists who have all witnessed rapid globalisation, the rise of new capitalist powers, and swift advancements in digital technologies that are predominately manufactured in East Asia.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: Friday 1 November, 1:30-4:30pm
WHERE: UNSW Art & Design
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here


MOMENTUM is a sound work that examines the impact of representations of First Nations peoples in global popular culture. MOMENTUM pivots on the central idea that the past has not passed using the 1983 music video for David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ as a starting point.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Friday 1 November, 7:15pm
WHERE: Barangaroo Reserve
HOW MUCH: $15-$25, more details here

Saturday 2nd November

Kieran Butler, Justine Youssef & Leila El Rayes at Peacock Gallery

Kieran Butler’s exhibition ‘Until The Sky Falls Down On Me’ and Leila El Rayes & Justine Youssef’s ‘SAY SWEAR’ exhibition are both opening at Peacock Gallery on Saturday! Reimagining histories and futures to come to new understandings of place and identity.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Saturday 2 November, 1:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Peacock Gallery
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Their Sea is Always Hungry: Closing Events

Head along for an afternoon of performance, conversation and Javanese food to mark the closing weekend of Leyla Stevens’ Their Sea is Always Hungry.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Saturday 2 November, 1-2:30pm
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Sunday 3rd November

Poetry Sydney

Head along for some monthly poetry readings at the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills. These readings will be held on the first Sunday of the month from March to November.

WHAT: Poetry
WHEN: Sunday 3 November, 2-3pm
WHERE: Brett Whiteley Studio
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Breakdance the Dawn

Matt Earle is a legendary figure in Australian experimental music circles, known for his bands, his founding of hotbed communal noise spaces, and for his bewitchingly-unclassifiable label imprint Breakdance the Dawn that has released hundreds of cassettes by Australian artists all packaged in Matt’s signature black-and-white photocopied style. Head along for an exhibition of Matt’s work at Our Neon Foe.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Sunday 3 November, 5pm
WHERE: Our Neon Foe
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

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