Culture Guide: 4 – 10 November

November 5th 2019
Monday 4th November

The Empathy Clinic

The Empathy Clinic brings together leading national and international artists investigating their own and others’ experiences of anxiety, mental health, stigma, and oppressive circumstances. It includes newly commissioned immersive artworks, presenting first-person, embodied perspectives of challenging lived experience, uniquely designed to challenge assumptions about what art does, and how perspective sharing really affects us.

WHAT: Immersive artwork
WHEN: 4-9 November, 10am
WHERE: The Big Anxiety Festival
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here


The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis De Sade.

WHAT: Theatre
WHEN: Monday 4 November, 1pm and 8pm
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Tuesday 5th November

Poetics of the Line

‘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.

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: Tuesday 5 November, 5-8pm
WHERE: Kudos Gallery
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Movement Lab #8 lead by Samia Sayed

Movement Lab is a workshop series engaging the body as a material, mechanism and agent for creating performance art. Head along for two hours of performance led by guest emerging and established performance artists.

WHAT: Workshop
WHEN: Tuesday 5 November, 6-8pm
WHERE: UNSW Art & Design, Black Box Theatre
HOW MUCH: $5-$15 more details here

Wednesday 6th November

November at Firstdraft

This November Firstdraft presents four new exhibitions: Drunken Swine by SLIPPAGE, creeper by Jana Hawkins-Andersen, Airlock by Briony Galligan and Unleash the Dragon by Kevin Diallo and Zoe Wong.

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: Wednesday 6 November, 6-8pm
WHERE: Firstdraft
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here


‘Exchange’ at Stacks Projects examines modes of presentation, with a focus on the nuanced relationships that emerge between objects through proximity and imagery. Each work has its own voice and presence whilst resonating collectively through the different iterations of texture and surface.

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: Wednesday 6 November, 6-8pm
WHERE: Stacks Projects
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Thursday 7th November

MFA Exhibition Opening

This exhibition celebrates the achievements of NAS’s Master of Fine Art students, with new art from new artists on show throughout the National Art School. Visit the NAS Gallery, Rayner Hoff Project Space and open studios to experience fresh, progressive and bold works from the outstanding class of 2019 – the next generation of Australian artists.

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: Thursday 7 November, 6-10pm
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Bury the sun and all its demons

This November, Artereal Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new works by Louise Zhang. Zhang is a Chinese-Australian artist who has developed a cult following for her alluring and fascinating paintings, sculptures and installations which mash together references as diverse as horror films and Chinese mythology, all articulated in the artist’s signature sugary palette.

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: Thursday 7 November, 6-8pm
WHERE: Artereal Gallery
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Friday 8th November

Default Settings

Default Settings in a multimedia art exhibition featuring a wide range of artists including Jasper Powrie and Evelyn Sung, and live performances by the likes of Justice Yeldham, Under A and Petro & Crunche.

WHAT: Exhibition and performance
WHEN: Friday 8 November, 6pm
WHERE: Mothership Studios
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Jeppee Peppee

JEPPEE PEPPEE Sponsored by Splash Island™ is the ultimate variety comedy stage spectacular every man and his dog needs to see.
Jepp and Pepp debut their first ever live show IN THE ROUND! A combination of solo acts, little numbers, live spoken word poetry, broadway jazz and modern dance fusion will send you home saying “Wow!”

WHAT: Comedy
WHEN: Friday 8 November, 8-9pm
WHERE: The Flying Nun
HOW MUCH: $20, more details here

Saturday 9th November


RIOT! is a one-night only celebration of artists that are redefining our arts scene – those bold enough to change a space, hold a stance and make noise; a protest arts party, a RIOT!

WHAT: Party
WHEN: Saturday 9 November, 6-10pm
HOW MUCH: $0-$25, more details here

Southeast Aboriginal Arts Market

Almost doubling in size in 2019, over 60 artists and collectives will present traditional and contemporary practices, showcasing work in a variety of mediums including ceramics, jewelry, weaving, photography, carving, textiles, painting and publishing. Artists have been selected to celebrate the creative diversity of southeast Australian Aboriginal art, from regional and coastal New South Wales, the ACT, eastern Victoria and Tasmania.

WHAT: Market
WHEN: Saturday 8 November, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Carriageworks
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Sunday 10th November

Zadie Smith at the Sydney Opera House

Join one of the world’s most gifted living writers, Zadie Smith, as she makes her first Sydney Opera House appearance to discuss race, class, gender and all the important things in life.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: Sunday 10 November, 8-9:30pm
WHERE: Sydney Opera House
HOW MUCH: $59, more details here

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
WHEN: Sundays
HOW MUCH: FRE, more detail here

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