Culture Guide April 30 – May 6: Sydney Writer’s Festival, Art Eats its Young, Ritual Intimacy & More

April 30th 2018
Monday April 30th

BPS x SWF: April Slam ft Omar Musa

This month’s Bankstown Poetry Slam is hosted in collaboration with Sydney Writers’ Festival and to celebrate will feature the amazing Omar Musa! Plus – Flip the Script, Western Sydney’s first and only regular youth open mic, is on in the same space at 5pm.
WHAT: Poetry slam
WHEN: 6:45 – 9pm
WHERE: Bankstown Art Centre, Bankstown.
HOW MUCH: Free with RSVP. More details here.

UTS Photography Presents: Tony Albert in Conversation

As part of an ongoing series, UTS Photgraphy presents a very special guest lecture with artist Tony Albert. This is the fifth instalment in a series of lectures exploring photography’s cultural positioning, running every Monday until June.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: 6 – 7:30pm
WHERE: Room 006, Level 4, UTS Tower, CBD
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Tuesday May 1st

Magnum Photos: ACP Discussion

Magnum Photos photographers Bieke Depoorter and Olivia Arthur will be joined by Walkley award-winning journalist Helen Vatsikopoulos to discuss their distinct practices and the place of long-form storytelling in today’s fast-paced, digital driven society. Both photographers will share insights into their practice before they begin an intensive workshop series for 14 lucky participants at the Australian Centre for Photography.

WHAT: Panel discussion
WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm
WHERE:  Bon Marche studio, UTS, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: $20 – more details here.


‘Yolks’ spills its guts to the world, showing us close-up encounters of the intimate self, intimacy with others, queer family structures and digital archives dug up from those formative years. Celebrate the opening night of the Bearded Tit’s latest exhibition ‘Yolks’, featuring Joshua Bentley, Amanda Bromfield + ellen.gif , and live works on the night by ellen.gif and Harriet Gillies.

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: 6 – 8pm
WHERE: The Bearded Tit, Redfern
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Wednesday May 2nd

Pipe Dream

Belem Lett’s newest series of works ‘Pipe Dream’ flirts with psychotropic associations: drawing from decoration and pattern in Europe and South America, from Baroque wallpaper to Mayan frescoes. This intermingling of cultural and aesthetic histories is kaleidoscopic and whether you’re an art aficionado or not, they are beautiful to look at it.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 6 – 8pm
WHERE: Wellington Street Projects, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Art Eats its Young

Louise Zhang is a Chinese-Australian artist, whose multidisciplinary practice spans painting, sculpture and installation. In ‘Art eats its young’, she continues to explore the monstrous and the grotesque, drawing on the iconography and symbolism associated with ‘Diyu’ – the traditional Chinese underworld.

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: 6 – 8pm
WHERE: Artereal Gallery, Rozelle
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Thursday May 3rd

Art, Identity and the Everyday Business of Changing the World

To coincide with the opening of two major exhibitions at UNSW Galleries, including ‘Enoughخلاص Khalas and Christian Thompson: Ritual Intimacy’, a not-to-miss panel discussion with participants from both exhibitions will address issues relating to notions of identity, race and culture, nationhood, and the current socio-political climate in Australia. Moderated by Eugenia Flynn, the panel will include prolific Australian Artists such as Christian Thompson, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, and Hoda Afshar.

WHAT: Panel discussion
WHEN: 4 – 5:30pm
WHERE: UNSW Galleries, UNSW Art & Design, Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Cinema Reborn

Cinema Reborn is a unique festival that sees four jam-packed days of programming ,showcasing a selection of recently restored or archival films. The festival will shine a light on the long history of the art of the cinema, the world-wide activity of film restoration, and the treasures that exist in the world’s film archives.

WHAT: Film festival
WHEN: May 4 – 7, 2018.
WHERE: Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Moore Park
HOW MUCH: $12 per session – more details here.
Friday May 4th

Head On Photo Festival

A once a year affair – come down to UNSW Art & Design for one of the biggest nights on the Australian photography calendar, the launch of this years Head On Photo Festival and announcement of the winners for 2018. Photographers and photography fans alike are invited, with over $60,000 in prizes awarded. Plus, there’s live music, performance art, a bar, and food throughout the evening.

WHAT: Festival launch
WHEN: 6 – 9PM
WHERE: UNSW Art & Design, Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free with RSVP. More details here.

Poetic threads: The lady and the unicorn

‘Poetic threads’, presented by the Art Gallery of NSW, Red Room Poetry, and the Sydney Writers’ Festival, will see lively poetic performances that reimagine ‘The lady and the unicorn’ tapestries. Three newly commissioned poetic responses from celebrated performers Mirrah, Candy Royalle, and Scott Wings see the woven world of the tapestries interpreted through the voices of Australian poets for the first time, featuring exclusive access to ‘The lady and the unicorn’ before public hours.

WHAT: Poetry performance
WHEN: 9 – 10am
WHERE: Art Gallery of New South Wales, CBD
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Saturday May 5th

PACT Salon: Apactalyptic

“The end of the world in a one-night stand.” PACT salons encourage artists and audiences to be curious, daring and inquisitive. ‘Apactalyptic’, curated by French-born multi-disciplinary artist Cloé Fournier, brings together some of Sydney’s most provocative artists to examine, explore, and reflect on the end of the world.

WHAT: Exhibition and performance
WHEN: 5 – 10pm
WHERE: PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, Erskineville
HOW MUCH: $15 – more details here.

All Girl Electronic Listening Party

A very special event: the All Girl Electronic listening party sees the participants of an 8 week specialist program, mentored by a some of Sydney’s best, sharing their tracks. All Girl Electronic is a free electronic music production workshop program for young women, trans, and non-binary youth from Western Sydney. The program is an answer to the call for gender and cultural diversity within the areas of electronic music production and programming.

WHAT: Performance
WHEN: 3:30 – 7pm
WHERE: Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), Parramatta
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Sunday May 6th

MCA Zine Fair

This year, the MCA Zine Fair annual festival features a stellar line-up of zinesters, distros, independent presses, and artists. Celebrating the alternative, experimental, and emerging, stop by for a squiz, shop, or attend the specially programmed workshops, curated by Bastian Fox Phelan.

WHAT: Zine fair
WHEN: 10:30 – 4:30pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks
HOW MUCH: Free with RSVP. More details here.

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