Culture Guide April 17 – 23: Two Up, Virtual Book Club, and Rewriting the City

April 17th 2017
Tuesday 18th April

Spanish Film Festival

The Opening night of the Sydney Spanish Film Festival featuring Paco Leon’s kinky comedy KIKI, LOVE TO LOVE with Freixenet cava on arrival and premiere screening followed by an afterparty featuring #TorresWines, Stella Artois, tapas and live entertainment.

WHAT: Sydney Spanish Film Festival Opening Night Fiesta
WHEN: 7pm-12am
WHERE: Palace Cinemas, 99 Norton St. Leichhardt, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $55 Tickets and info here

the NOW now

A night on the spectrum of experimental and elemental music for your listening pleasures. The NOW now is excited to continue their monthly series of concerts with three performances of spontaneous, improvised and otherwise, sound.

WHAT: The NOW now Series 2: the world changes again
WHEN: 7-10pm
WHERE: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St. Redfern
HOW MUCH: $10 at the door, more info here

Big Fish

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton. Big Fish centres on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some!

WHAT: Live Theatre – Big Fish
WHEN: 7.30-9pm
WHERE: Hayes Theatre co – 19 Greenknowe Av, Potts Point
HOW MUCH: $65 tickets and info here

Rise of the AI: How will it affect your future

As AI (Artificial Intelligence) develops and embeds in our daily lives, will it cause a monumental shift or a nominal blip in human history?Discuss these big questions, chatting with AI experts who have some solid opinions around the role of AI, and how’s it’s shaping humanity’s future.

WHAT: Live Discussion – Rise of the AI
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Level 16, 55 Market St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free – info here

Wednesday 19th April


This exhibition explores the possibilities of the masculine form by bringing together the works of four artists who offer their own personal interpretations through a diverse gaze.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Morphē
WHEN: 6pm-12am – Exhibition runs until April 23
WHERE: Down / Under Space, 109 Regent St, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Artist as Culture Producer

Sharon Louden, renowned artist, educator and editor of The Artist as Culture Producer leads a conversation with Hrag Vartanian, Editor-in-Chief and Cofounder of Hyperallergic on how to sustain a creative life.

WHAT: Talk – Sharon Louden & Hrag Vartanian in conversation: Artist as Culture Producer
WHEN: 6-7:30pm
WHERE: Track 8, Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St. Eveleigh
HOW MUCH: Free, register online here

Rainbow Region

Emma Finneran’s paintings begin with found objects in the form of drop sheets. As the ad-hoc nature of these accidental compositions are worked on further, the marks become fundamental to the picture.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Rainbow Region by Emma Finneran
WHEN: 6-8pm – Exhibition runs until April 30
WHERE: Wellington St Projects, 19-23 Wellington St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

The Handmaid's Tale

Jump online this Wednesday 19th April at 6.30pm for a Facebook Live session for Catalogue Magazines inaugural Feminist Book Club. They’ll discuss the book and then answer any questions you may have in real time!

WHAT: Online Feminist Book Club: The Handmaid’s Edition
WHEN: 6:30pm
WHERE: From the comfort of your own home or local Wi-Fi hotspot
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Thursday 20th April


Working primarily as a graphic / motion designer, Agus Wijaya looks for a place of meeting and reconciliation between what are seen as separate disciplines; graphic design, illustration and visual arts.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Transient by Agus Wijaya
WHEN: 6-8pm – Exhibition runs until May 6
WHERE:Interlude Gallery, 11/131-145 Glebe Point Rd. Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


Pandolfo is an Industrial Designer who is interested in the conversation between emerging and traditional manufacturing methods, and what this means for the future of complex form making. In MND we see his part hand-made, part 3D printed furniture designs, a fusion of the natural with the artificial.

WHAT: Design Exhibition Opening – MND
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Kensington Contemporary, 32-34 Kensington St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Rising Minds

Hear Susan explain why we urgently need a strategy that puts health and well-being at the centre of urban planning and smart cities.

WHAT: Rising Minds – Susan Thompson, City Futures Research
WHEN: 8:30-9:30
WHERE: Golden Age Cinema & Bar, 80 Commonwealth St. Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: Free, register online here

A Third Space

Join local artists, researchers and the exhibiting artists for a discussion about cross-cultural perspectives, experiences and identities, within and beyond Australia. Speakers include Mikala Tai, Adam Porter, Nicole Barakat and Jarrah Sastrawan.

WHAT: Panel Discussion – A Third Space: Transience and Identity in the Transnational
WHEN: 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Rd. University of Sydney, Darlington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Vigorous Growth of Art in Southwest China

541 Art Space invites you to ‘Vigorous Growth of Art in Southwest China’. This contemporary art exhibition will features the artworks of teachers from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute who aim to promote international art exchanges and developments between foreign cultures.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Vigorous Growth of Art in Southwest China
WHEN: 6-8pm – Exhibition runs until April 29
WHERE: 541 Art Space, 1 / 541 Kent St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Friday 21st April

Treats: ArtsLab Showcase

Shopfront Arts Co-op presents Treats, a showcase of two works developed through Shopfront’s emerging artist-in-residence program ArtsLab. Featuring Unit by Kirby Medway, and The Carousel, written by Pippa Ellams and directed by Hannah Goodwin.

WHAT: Theatre – Treats: ArtsLab Showcase
WHEN: Fri-Sat 8.15pm & Sun 5.15pm
WHERE: Downstairs Theatre, Belvoir, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: $35 Tickets and info here

Griffin Up Late

Join a hand-picked collection of nocturnal singers, joke-makers and storytellers at the next GRIFFIN UP LATE – a post-show jam of music and chortles.

WHAT: Griffin Up Late
WHEN: 9:30-10:30pm
WHERE: Griffin Theatre Company, 10 Nimrod Street, Kings Cross
HOW MUCH: $10 or $15 on the door, Tickets and info here

Connie Anthes, A Little Too Familiar


A site responsive exhibition by Connie Anthes exploring ideas associated with getting familiar (perhaps too familiar) with a space or place. Anthes will showcase a series of site-specific works, each particular to the peculiarities of the gallery space.

WHAT: Connie Anthes, A Little Too Familiar
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: 106-108 Henderson Rd, Alexandria
HOW MUCH: Free- more info here

Saturday 22nd April

The Vision

SCAF is thrilled to welcome Soichiro Fukutake for a presentation – unprecedented in Australia – on the thinking behind his bold, far-reaching experiment on islands in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea.  Soichiro Fukutake has established an astonishing art precinct in a pristine landscape with a rich cultural and historical heritage.

WHAT: Presentation – The Vision
WHEN: 3-5pm
WHERE: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 16-20 Goodhope Street, Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, register online here

Monograph x Verge

Join Monograph, a Melbourne-based reading circle, for a day of art-loving bookish goodness. For Monograph x Verge, Mono’s got a panel discussion discussing favourite books, a standard Monograph session sharing books and ideas, and a book swap.

WHAT: Monograph x Verge
WHEN: 10:30am-4:00pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Rd. University of Sydney, Darlington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Art + Film

Where does art end and cinema begin? Join The National 2017: New Australian Art artist Erin Coates 2014 short video Thigmotaxis paired with two works which inspire Coates’ exploration of the city: Tanya Lee’s 2013 short video Personal Space and a video work by Shaun Gladwell. The accompanying Q&A will be led by Oliver Watts, Contemporary artist, lecturer, and theorist, and will discuss the how physical acts can rewrite the city space.

WHAT: Art + Film: Rewriting the city; subtle, subversive physical acts
WHEN: 2-3pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St. The Rocks
HOW MUCH: $9.70-11.75, Tickets and info here

I Am, You Are, We Are, They Are

Join the artists Abdul Abdullah, Idil Abdullahi, Liam Benson and Amala Groom, exhibition curator Tian Zhang and Panel Moderator Mikala Tai (Director 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art) in a lively discussion about who we are as a nation.

WHAT: Panel Discussion – I Am, You Are, We Are, They Are
WHEN: 1:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Peacock Gallery Auburn, Auburn Botanic Gardens, Corner of Chiswick and Chisholm Roads, Auburn
HOW MUCH: Free, register online here

Sunday 23rd April

Two Up

Two Up is a talk series that combines two completely unrelated topics in a series of back to back lectures for inquisitive minds young and old. After two short lectures the floor gets opened up to an impulsive round of questioning that encourages interactions between speakers and ideas. It’s education that doesn’t take itself too seriously. For this round of Two Up we will be throwing together Auslan Interpreter Jennifer Maclaughlan and a civil litigations solicitor James d’Apice.

WHAT: Discussion – Two Up
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Cake Wines Cellar Door, 16 Eveleigh St. Redfern
HOW MUCH: $10 Tickets and info here

Around the Outside #1

Writing & Artistic practice is the first iteration of Around the Outside 2017, exploring writing in artistic practice. The day will feature works, readings and lectures from the participants of the 2016/17 Firstdraft Writers program: Emma Size, Emily Stewart, Justin Balmain and Sarinah Masukor. There will also be a panel discussion and Offsite Broadcast by Canvas on FBi Radio, with Nat Randall, Abdul Abdullah and David Capra. Panelists include Alex Gawronski, Stella Rosa McDonald and Benjamin Forster.

WHAT: Around the Outside #1
WHEN: 10am-2pm
WHERE: Firstdraft, 13-17 Riley St. Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

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