Culture Guide August 22-28: fEMPOWER anniversary, art’s almost-finalists, and comedy aplenty

August 22nd 2016
Monday August 22

Cactus Juice

An open mic comedy night hosted by Ben Kochan and Jamie Kirk. This third instalment features accomplished comedians Alex Jae and Tom Cashman.


WHAT: Cactus Juice #3
WHEN: 8-10pm
WHERE: Newtown Hotel – 174 King St, Newtown
HOW MUCH: Free – if you’re a comic keen to participate, sign up on the page at 12pm here.

Artsweek 2016

UNSW will be transformed into a surreal landscape of art installations! The campus will be covered in immersive light pieces from Vivid and Sculptures by the Sea, plus more. Special events on too during the week!


WHAT: Artsweek 2016
WHEN: 12pm until August 25
WHERE: UNSW, Kensington
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Final week August at Firstdraft

Final week of Firstdraft’s August exhibitions.  Featuring shows Same Same, Some words are just between us, and, Sand. River. Blood. Stone.

WHAT: Final week August Firstdraft shows
WHEN: Gallery open Wednesday – Friday 12-6pm
WHERE: Firstdraft, 13-17 Riley st Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free info here

Tuesday August 23

Salon Des Refuses exhibition

Have you ever wanted to see the art works that just didn’t quite make the final cut for prestigious awards like the Archibald Prize or the Wynne Prize? Well, now you can!


WHAT: Salon Des Refuses 2016
WHEN: 11am-5pm
WHERE: S.H. Ervin Gallery (National Trust Centre) – Watson Rd, The Rocks
HOW MUCH: $10 – info here.

Second to None

Second to none explores the liminal as a potential zone for protection, destruction and transformation.

Second year UNSW art and design sculpture, performance, installation exhibition.

WHAT: Second to None Exhibition opening
WHEN: 5pm
WHERE: UNSW Art & Design, Block E, Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd, Sydney, Australia 2021
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here

LA2016: Same/Everything

Four performers, two from Liquid ArchitectureAutotune Everything: Art and the Sonic–Cosmic–Politic program, two from Firstdraft‘s Same Same program.

Johannes Kreidler (Germany) + Seth Kim Cohen (USA) + Roslyn Helper (Sydney) + Chunyin Rainbow Chan (Sydney)

These experimental projects explore consensus, standardisation, sameness and their opposites.

WHAT: LA2016: Same/Everything performances
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: Firstdraft, 13-17 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here

Before the Water Gets Cold

Before The Water Gets Cold fuses original music, dance and poetry to tell the story of two lovers whose private and public selves are at war. It explores the love and loneliness prevalent in the 21st century.

WHAT: Before the Water Gets Cold, Opening Night
WHEN: 7.30-9.30pm
WHERE: Sydney Theatre School, 45 Chippen St, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: $25/$18 – more info here

Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

Winner of Best New Comedy at the 2014 Olivier Awards, Perfect Nonsense layers joy on joy and joke on joke in a hilarious evening of theatrical absurdity featuring renowned author P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic double act.

WHAT: Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, Opening night
WHEN: 7pm
WHERE: Sydney Opera House
HOW MUCH: $89 – more info here.

Wednesday August 24

Vox Dissonus opening

MOP projects combines with artist Bronwen Williams in a project exploring the nuances of cross-cultural living through experimental sound sculpture and installation.


WHAT: Opening at MOP Projects: Vox Dissonus
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: Mop Gallery – 239 Abercrombie St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Women in Animation Australia Launch

Femflix is a very excellent exhibition on 90s Feminist Films. Great films by great Australia women! To accompany this exhibition is a launch of WANDAA  (Women and Animation Australia). There will be film screening and a discussion with Australian animation heavy weights Helen Gibbons and Deborah Szapiro.

WHAT: Exhibition/Talks/Film Screening
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: Sydney College of the Arts
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.


A group show of artists who make natural beauty out of man made forms. This group show includes a painting, sculpture and installation. You will feel like you are stepping into a magical fairy land.

WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: 6pm
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Friday August 26

Green Lights Comedy Nights

Nick Capper headlines a huge range of comic talent, entertaining the crowd with 20 minutes of easy-going comic brilliance before handing over.


WHAT: Green Lights Comedy with Nick Capper
WHEN: 7:30pm-12am
WHERE: The Gaelic Club – 64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: $5 – info here.

MCA Artbar

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s famous Artbar returns, this time curated by Eric Bridgeman, a Brisbane-based artist whose work often documents his own family.


WHAT: MCA Artbar curated by Eric Bridgeman
WHEN: 7-11pm
WHERE: MCA Artbar – 140 George St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $20 – tickets and info here.



Study up and plan ahead! VOLUMES returns for a two-day festival of live music, visual and electronic art and digital media experience, featuring over 80 emerging artists, labels and collectives.

WHEN: Varying times
WHERE: Oxford Square, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $30-$96 – more info here

Saturday August 27

fEMPOWER 1st birthday

Last year, fEMPOWER was born. Seeing the lack of feminist education in the high school curriculum, a motivated group of students from the USYD Wom*n’s Collective and have travelled to public high schools around Sydney.


WHAT: Celebrate fEMPOWER’s 1st birthday!
WHEN: 7pm
WHERE: 107 Projects – 107 Redfern St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: $20 – info here.

The Public Body

Marking Artspace’s new three-part exhibition The Public Body .01, explore the contested space of the body in a public discussion with exhibition curators.

WHAT: Public Discussion ‘The Public Body’
WHEN: 2-5pm
WHERE: Artspace Sydney, The Gunnery, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free- more info here


Sunday August 28

Art Meets West Fest

A panel discussion on the state of the arts, an artists’ market, and a whole bunch of cool creative things over at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre!


WHAT: Art Meets West Fest
WHEN: 10am-3pm
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse Centre – 1 Powerhouse Rd, Casula
HOW MUCH: Free, with individual events requiring ticketing – more info here.

Drawing The Dancer

Live music, choreographed lighting, jewels, hats, robes and two hours of vogues! Sydney life model, noted dancer and writer Jaqi Pascoe will dance and comment her way through incredible poses for a dynamic life drawing session.

WHAT: Life Drawing Session
WHEN: 5.30- 7.30pm
WHERE: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern
HOW MUCH: $20/15 – more info here

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