CULTURE GUIDE August 20 – 26: Revisiting the Corpse, Artist & their mums, China Girl Convenience Store & More

August 20th 2018
Monday 20th

Meet The Broadcasters

SBS and NITV, in partnership with Create NSW and Information and Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.), will host Meet the Broadcasters: a presentation and information evening with SBS executives who are embarking on a national roadshow. The executives will discuss and provide updates on their commissioning slate and ambitions for SBS, NITV, SBS On Demand, SBS Viceland and Food Network in 2018/19. Plus – If you get in early enough and register, you can attend a unique opportunity for filmmakers to participate in a speed pitching session. Create NSW will facilitate up to 8 pitching slots and pitches will be 15 minutes each.

WHAT: Panel / pitch session
WHEN: 6:30 PM – 8:30
WHERE: Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) · Parramatta
HOW MUCH: $10 – More details here


Join bAKEHOUSE Theatre Co who are producing & performing a 2-week pop-up celebration of playwrights and words. The presentation of full length plays, small pieces of writing, and special events will unfold across the festival, providing small pieces to share for emerging and established playwrights alike. It could be a scene, a short play, a song, a monologue, something that got cut from another work and has yet to find a home, so come and find out which!

WHAT: Festival
WHEN: Daily until August 25th, starting at 7:30pm
WHERE: KXT bAKEHOUSE – Level 2, 244-248 William Street, Potts Point
HOW MUCH: $10 – Tickets here

Take a self-guided tour on the Cherry Trail through the Japanese gardens, including a selection of food stalls from the Cherry Blossom Food Village. Perfect for budding photographers and those who love a bit of peace and quiet! You can also experience over the weekend, Stadium Sumo, Hello Kitty Make-over Bar, Izakaya Bar, The Zen Garden experience, and Peacock Gallery exclusive Festival Exhibition.

WHAT: The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
WHEN: 17th-26th August, 9am-5pm
WHERE: Auburn Botanical Gardens
HOW MUCH: $0-$5, more info here

Tuesday 21st


As part of DECOLONISING PRACTICE, a series of events and lectures curated for UTS: Design, Architecture & Planning, UTS presents Dallas Rogers who will discuss real estate investment as colonial practice. Dallas’ research and teaching focuses on the relationships between housing poverty and wealth, and urban governance and planning, in global cities. He leads the award winning Global Real Estate Project (GREP) that undertakes relational examinations of housing poverty and wealth in global cities. GREP studies focus on the intersections of housing, migration, education, intercultural relations, digital technologies and geopolitical issues.

WHAT: Lecture
WHERE: UTS: Design, Architecture & Building
HOW MUCH: Free – more details here


As spring greets us ever earlier, so too the rush of light, fragrance and feeling that accompanies our annual hit of hope and renewal. Our hearts break open, nostalgia and sentimentality rush out to greet the day, and the most florid displays of nature can get our hearts beating faster. Even Bearded Tits are susceptible, which is why we created LIAISON FAIRE to hold your hand on this heady ride. Featuring Angela Yu, Beth Dillon, Liz Ham and Betty Grumble

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHERE: Bearded Tit, 183 Regent St, Redfern, Redfern 2016
HOW MUCH: Free – more details here


Revisiting the Corpse: a Year in Drawing

Jan Handel, Jane Lush, Di Strange and Lisa Woolfe are Sydney artists and friends. For the past year, in a joint project, each has made a drawing once a week and sent it to one of the others using a pre-determined cycle of inspiration and response. Each drawing inspired the next and so on, bringing to life 208 diverse and dynamic works that reflect both the artists’ relationship and their individuality. For this exhibition, the artists had to abide by rules: all drawings must be A4, of portrait orientation, and respond spontaneously to the drawing just received. Artists were encouraged to use techniques, content, materials and technology outside their usual practice. Drawings could be posted, hand delivered or emailed.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHERE: STACKS Projects – 191 Victoria Street, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free – more details here

Lisa Jones - Residual

Residual is an exhibition of drawings by Lisa Jones, whose broader practice spans sculpture and site-specific installation. The Residual series is a palimpsest of everyday meanderings. In an era of GPS, sat-nav and Google Maps, we increasingly take prescribed routes to places and rarely walk for the sake of the journey itself. For Jones, walking in the city is an opportunity to explore the built environment and find traces within it of forgotten, overlooked or marginalised aspects of the city. Similarly, the process of drawing is a way in which Jones investigates place and memory.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHERE: Galerie pompom – 27-39 Abercrombie St, Sydney.
HOW MUCH: Free – more details here


Artist & their Mums: Frida Deguise and Mohammed Daguize

In a surprising twist to the finnal event of a 3-part series, presented with City of Sydney Late Night Library, we have a father joining us instead of a mum! In this engaging series, we meet three of these artists, Benjamin Law, Moreblessing Maturure and Frida Deguise to explore their journeys in creative practices. Sitting down with their mum for a chat, they’ll be sharing their ups and downs, and the role that their family and culture has played. Head to Customs House for an intimate and entertaining conversation between comedian, Frida Deguise and her father Mohammed Daguize, recounting her pursuit of a creative career.

WHAT: Interview / presentation
WHERE: Customs House Library, 31 Alfred Street Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free – but bookings essential! More here

Portable Talks Sydney: How Feminists do Agile

Following a sold out crowd in Melbourne, Portable and UTS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are bringing ‘How Feminists do Agile’ to Sydney! Presented Chief Operating Officer Sarah Kaur, the talk will focus on how Portable’s all female Production team turns the male dominated Agile Methodology upside down with a feminist imperative. You’ll learn about the gendered history of Agile as a project management style and tease out the patriarchal leaning of the Client-Agency relationship. You’ll discuss how to use trust-building to offset the hidden costs of working in the traditional agile way, and some easy ways to adopt our feminist agile process in your workplace.

WHAT: Presentation
WHEN: 7:30AM for breakfast before 8AM start
WHERE: University of Technology Sydney, UTS Chau Chak Auditorium, 14-28 Ultimo Rd, Building 8, Room 005
HOW MUCH: Free – but bookings essential! More here



The Waves: a group exhibition lapping at the shores of heteronormative sanctity: curated by Kate Britton.  The Waves borrows its title from Virginia Woolf’s novel of the same name, in which many voices unite in a single narrative. This exhibition likewise unites many voices to tell a single yet universal story. This story is about what happens in a white cube occupied by women and non-binary voices, and why we should be listening.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 10AM – 5PM
WHERE: Sullivan + Strumpf Gallery, 799 Elizabeth St, Zetland, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free – see more here

The Intuitive Thread

Head to the Japan Foundation for the opening night of ‘The Intuitive Thread’, which will feature an address by curator Eloise Rapp. The exhibition features the works of Chiharu Ohgomori, Masako Kikuchi, Chiho Sasaki and Misako Nakahira; four textile artists from across Japan who are re-interpreting traditional methods and exploring new forms of expression. These artists remain grounded in slow, disciplined age-old processes, while at the same time challenging convention. Dyed, woven, printed and sewn, the work of each of these artists reflects a respect for natural materials and a commitment to an enduring, living Japanese aesthetic.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening / presentation
WHEN: 10AM – 5PM
WHERE: The Japan Foundation Gallery, Level 4, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free – see more here


Justene Williams: The Curtain Breathed Deeply

The Curtain Breathed Deeply presents an immersive collection of video and sculptural work by artist Justene Williams. Her largest and most ambitious undertaking to date, Williams uses found objects and waste materials to create dazzling theatrical environments, seducing visitors through a variety of hypnotizing sets and performative video installations. Williams takes inspiration from many sources including memories of her father’s wrecking yard, her childhood training in dance and her experiences constructing elaborate retail window displays as well as early twentieth century avant-garde art and theatre, and contemporary pop culture.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHERE: Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, 86 River Road, Emu Plains
HOW MUCH: Free – see more here

Eat Your Heart Out / GENEXT GOES WEST

Today Western Sydney will light up with two vibrant events showcasing the very best food, music and culture out West. Liverpool street celebration Eat Your Heart Out runs from 2 – 9pm on Railway St, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)’s FREE flagship youth event GENEXT GOES WEST runs from 5 – 8pm at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Featuring: Exhibitions & Workshops by CuriousWorks, local Western Sydney artists including Catherine O’Donnell as well as the opportunity to learn the techno belly dancing moves of Soft Centre artist Leila El Rayes. You’ll also get the chance to see the Bankstown Poetry Slam poets in action. Plus art-making workshops, inspired conversation starters and a hot chocolate station to keep you warm and toasty.

WHAT: Festival for young people
WHERE: CPAC YOUTH – 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula, New South Wales AND Railway St, Liverpool.
HOW MUCH: Free but bookings essential – see more here and here


China Girl Convenience Store - Lilly Lai

‘China Girl Convenience Store’ navigates the intersections of bicultural identity. The works explore my Chinese/British heritage and Thai/Australian upbringing. Referring to the complexities of being a person of colour in post colonial Australia; the imminent vulnerability that the said identity withholds and its coexistence alongside the strength and power of self determination.’ Lilly Lai is an artist whose practice is informed by their extensive time working in the arts industry across Sydney and the Greater Western Sydney Region. Lilly works through a multidisciplinary practice that navigates the spaces of connection and disconnection of the bicultural identity.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHERE: Cold Cuts Project Space, 212 Corunna Rd, Petersham NSW 2049,
HOW MUCH: Free – more here

Making Room: Sacred spaces from the private to the public

In societies and cultures the world over, the concept of ‘the sacred’ and ‘sacredness’ is as fluid a notion as is that of contemporary cultural identity. This half day program will include discussions investigating key themes in Mosman Art Gallery’s latest exhibition New Sacred, in particular the notion of what may be considered sacred within a community, and what we may personally hold sacred. Speakers include exhibiting artists; Adorned, Elena Papanikolakis, Marikit Santiago and Shireen Taweel; artist Liam Benson, curator and writer Nur Shkembi; and artist and curator Talia Smith.

WHAT: Exhibition / programming & talks
WHERE: Mosman Art Gallery & Community Centre, 1 Art Gallery Way, Mosman
HOW MUCH: Free – more here

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