Culture Guide April 3 – 9: Story Club, Syrian Voices + FRESH emerging artists

April 3rd 2017
Monday 3rd April

Centripetal Force

In the face of the changes in the social and art environments in China. Centripetal Force: seeks to provide interpretations of the economy and culture of contemporary Chinese society by virtue of the exhibited items, with the aim of displaying an updated, comprehensive image of and achievements made by Chinese emerging artists.

WHAT: Centripetal Force – Four Dimensions of Chinese Contemporary Artists
WHEN: 10am-6pm until April 29
WHERE: Kirkbride Way, Lilyfield
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Story Club

Stories about stuffing up and getting played. Stories about trusting the wrong guy and getting egg all up in your face. Featuring, Richard Glover, Tracey Spicer, Cait Harris, Dave Harmon, and more to be announced!

WHAT: Story Club
WHEN: 8-10pm
WHERE: Giant Dwarf, 199 Cleveland St. Redfern
HOW MUCH: $25-45, Tickets and info here

Tuesday 4th April


Tribute is a video installation engaging with the aesthetics of reality TV and amateur porn including low-fi, low-res image quality and camera styles. The work operates like schizophrenic verse using amateur, camp performance, badly formed character arcs and cheap costuming to explore a range of narrative themes.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Tribute by E.O Gill
WHEN: 5-7pm
WHERE: Kudos Gallery, 6 Napier St. Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


Trade is a fast paced, irreverent piece of physical theatre that delves into the world of fictional Hedge Fund Delta 1.With object play, grotesque physicality and an original score, Hurrah Hurrah have devised a unique work that amuses but ultimately asks: How responsible are you?

WHAT: Live Theatre – Trade
WHEN: 8-9pm
WHERE: Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown
HOW MUCH: $30/40, more info here

Nikki Gemmell: After

Australia’s bravest and most honest writer explores the devastating aftermath of her elderly mother’s decision to end her own life. After is the story of Elayn Gemmell – and the often difficult, prickly relationship between mothers and daughters, and how that changes over time.

WHAT: Author Talk – Nikki Gemmell
WHEN: 6-7.30pm
WHERE: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
HOW MUCH: $9/12, more info here

Wednesday 5th April


Synapse presents the work of five past and present Waverley Artist Studios residents whose practices bridge traditional forms of art making to incorporate sound, screen, robotics and science.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Waverley Artist Studios presents Synapse
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Bondi
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

April at Firstdraft

Opening night of the April Exhibitions at Firstdraft.  Featuring Coconut Republic by JD Reforma, A tall drink of water by Lewis Doherty, Sadisco by Jane Polkinghorne + Ingrid Stiertzel, and, Evolving Winds by Aston Creus.

WHAT: Exhibition Openings – April at Firstdraft
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Firstdraft, 13-17 Riley St. Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

In Search of Rainbows

In Search of Rainbows is a suite of seven fictional interior spaces modeled in miniature from artist Anna Carey’s poetic conflation of recollection, imagination and reality.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – In Search of Rainbows
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Artereal Gallery, 747 Darling St. Rozelle
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


In celebration of National Youth Week Collab Collab presents some of the brightest sparks and rising stars of Sydney’s emerging arts scene – all under 25!

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – FRESH
WHEN: 6-8:30pm
WHERE: Collab at Pine St. 64 Pine St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Syrian Voices

Part film, part forum, this event will bring together academics, political analysts and Syrian artists to give voice to Syrian narratives, beyond simplistic and binary oppositions.

WHAT: Forums & Films – Syrian Voices
WHEN: 5-9pm
WHERE: John Woolley Building, University of Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

after pARTy

after pARTY is a monthly official unofficial after party kicking on from the exhibition openings of galleries in the area. For this edition of after pARTY you can have your cake and eat it too with Show Us Your Teeth!

WHAT: after pARTy ft. Show Us Your Teeth
WHEN: 8pm-12am
WHERE: Freda’s 107-109 Regent St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: By donation, more info here

Thursday 6th April

Familiar Stranger

The reconciliation between memory and reality plagues the act of returning. The exhibiting artists examine the negation and erasure of familiarity by presenting place as a space defined by uncertainty.  Featuring work by Shumon Ahmed, Chun Yin Rainbow Chan, Bashir Makhoul, Veer Munshi, Shireen Taweel and Curtis Taylor.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Familiar Stranger
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay St. Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

NAS nights

A few times a year, the National Art School is taken over by artists and the campus transformed into an after-hours playground for adults. For the inaugural NAS Nights for 2017 performance is at the forefront, connecting to the early experimental performances and happenings that took place in the Cell Block Theatre.

WHAT: NAS Nights: Performances Presented by Barbara Cleveland
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: National Art School, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Woven & Translated Roots

Opening night of the April exhibitions at Verge: Woven & Translated Roots. Featuring a performance by Alfira O’Sullivan and Suara Indonesia Dance at 7pm.

WHAT: Exhibition Openings – April at Verge: Woven & Translated Roots
WHEN: 5:30-8pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Rd. University of Sydney, Darlington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

The Shape of Things to come

Shelley Lasica presents a series of solo performances that describe ideas of working as an ensemble, imagining theoretical protagonists, proposed spaces and a specious unity. The vibration and saturation of this imagined structure results in the tension between form and instability, implicating change.

WHAT: The shape of things to come – Performance by Shelley Lasica
WHEN: from 5pm
WHERE: Artspace Sydney, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Rd. Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Contemporary Curating

Contemporary Curating is a discussion panel exploring the innovative and experimental ways in which curators are enlivening the field. The discussion will be diving into new and emerging exhibition spaces, the changing role of curatorship, the political potentials of curatorial practice, exciting horizons… and a host of other topics along the way.

WHAT: Panel Discussion – Contemporary Curating
WHEN: 6-7:30pm
WHERE: Elwyn Lynn Conference Centre, UNSW Art & Design
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Friday 7th April

Film Weekend

A weekend of acclaimed films screening at Casula Powerhouse.

WHAT: Casula Powerhouse Film Weekend
WHEN: Friday-Sunday
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Powerhouse Rd. Casula
HOW MUCH: Prices vary, Tickets and info here

April at 55 Sydenham Rd

The opening night of two new exhibitions at 55 Sydenham Rd. Featuring Tout va bien by Elise Harmsen, and To Attempt to Become Other, Secretly or Not by James Newitt.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: 55 Sydenham Rd. Marrickville
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

April at Airspace

The opening night of the April Exhibitions at AirSpace Projects.  Featuring Bomba by Paula do Prado, Northern Encounters by Vilma Bader, Imprints by Sarah Eddowes, and Home Security by Rebecca Shanahan.

WHAT: Exhibition Openings – April at Airspace
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Airspace Projects, 10 Junction St. Marickville
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Butch is not a dirty word

Butch is Not a Dirty Word is a publication celebrating butch identity and culture. Thematically, their second issue focuses on butches and their families. In similar fashion to the first, the publication contains a series of essays and photographs exploring this gender experience.

WHAT: Butch is not a dirty word
WHEN: 7:30-10:30pm
WHERE: Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St. Newtown
HOW MUCH: $5 at door, register online here

Saturday 8th April

Art + Film

Celebrate International Slow Art Day by taking part in this screening of The National 2017: New Australian Art artist Erin Coates 2013 short video Merge (10min) followed by two videos which continue to explore the art of slow: Nothing Compares to You, directed by Simon Pericich (10min, 2013) and Dead Slow Ahead, directed by Mauro Herce (74mins, 2015).

WHAT: Art + Film – The Art of Slow
WHEN: 2-3:30pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St. The Rocks
HOW MUCH: $10 Tickets and info here

rain in my heart and a dog on grog

Subbed in presents a night of literary readings at Freda’s basement, Down / Under Space with performances by Marcus Whale, Shirley Le, Oliver Mol, Astrid Lorange, Liz Duck Chong, Stephen Pham, Elliot Holde, TJ Cheen, Susannah Jack, Victoria Manifold.

WHAT: Subbed in presents rain in my heart and a dog on grog
WHEN: 5-7pm
WHERE: Down / Under Space, 109 Regent St, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: $5 on door, info here

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