Culture Guide December 11 – 17: Avant Gaga, Masculin Féminin, Bear Pack & more

December 11th 2017
Monday 11th December

Intrepid Women: Australian Women Artists in Paris 1900-1950

Head along for an inspirational show celebrating 30 truly intrepid women. A new summer exhibition at S.H. Ervin Gallery showcases 30 female Australian artists who travelled to Paris for study, work and inspiration. Featuring works from renowned artists including Dorrit Black, Margaret Preston, Grace Crowley, Stella Bowen and Margaret Olley, Intrepid Women celebrates the creative expansion and freedom from convention gained from time spent in the rich Parisian milieu.

WHAT: Intrepid Women: Australian Women Artists in Paris 1900-1950
WHEN: December 2, 2017 – March 11, 2018
WHERE: National Trust Centre, Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks
HOW MUCH: $4-$10, more info here

Culture Under Attack: Highlighting the Impact of War on Cultural Heritage

Culture Under Attack is an Australian Red Cross exhibition that highlights the impact of war on cultural heritage. The images in this exhibition reveal the tragic destruction of important buildings, monuments, objects and artefacts – things that tell the stories of who we are and where we have come from.

WHAT: Culture Under Attack: Highlighting the Impact of War on Cultural Heritage
WHEN: 24th November – 31st March 2018
WHERE: Customs House, Alfred St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Project Banaba by Katerina Teaiwa

 A solo exhibition by Banaban scholar and artist Katerina Teaiwa that commemorates the history of Banaba Island in the Pacific Ocean. Banaba Island was destroyed by environmentally devastating phosphate mining during the 20th century, leading to the total relocation of its people in 1945, with the 72nd anniversary of their displacement being marked on 15 December 2017 during the exhibition dates.

WHAT: Project Banaba by Katerina Teaiwa
WHEN: 28th November – 17th December
WHERE: Carriageworks, Eveleigh
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Tuesday 12th December


The final poetry night of the year at Sappho Books will play host to AVANT GAGA #33, with 5 guest poets from Melbourne: Michael Farrell, Alice Allan, Anupama Pilbrow, Harry Reid, and Gareth Morgan. Plus the usual open mic section. Drinks and tapas at the bar. Free entry.

WHAT: AVANT GAGA #33: Poetry Night  w/ 5 Melb poets inc Farrel
WHEN: 7-10pm
WHERE: Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar, 51 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Masculin Féminin

Paul is young, just demobbed from national service in the French Army, and disillusioned with civilian life. As his girlfriend builds herself a career as a pop singer, Paul becomes more isolated from his friends and peers.

WHAT: Film screenings – Masculin Féminin
WHEN: 7pm
WHERE: Freda’s, 107-109 Regent St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Wednesday 13th December

Sad Toilet

‘Sad Toilet’ is a group show of five Sydney based artists; Hugo Rose, Henry Holder, Dane Macintosh, Nina Juniper and Marcus Dyer-Harrison. All working in the various mediums of printmaking. The works are a response to the exploration of urban and social decay, consumption and social voyeurism.

WHAT: Exhibition opening – Sad Toilet
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: Alpha House Artist Co Operative Erskineville, 226 Union St. Erskineville
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Thursday 14th December

Bear Pack

Fresh from a hit season at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, The Bear Pack return to Sydney for an exclusive one-night only in December.  Their show is 60 minutes of improvised storytelling. Inspired by the audience’s suggestions, the Bear Pack will create the kind of stories your grandparents wish they could tell you.

WHAT: Comedy – Bear Pack
WHEN: 7:30-10:30pm
WHERE: Enmore Theatre, Enmore Rd.
HOW MUCH: $28.95, Tickets and info here

Guess Who #2

The Wellington St Projects fundraiser is back with ‘Guess Who 2’ this December!
With over 50 donated artworks from established and emerging artists, this night promises unique purchases and exceptional value. Works include paintings, objects, sketches, drawings, photographs and prints. All artists are exhibited anonymously, and everything is $200 cash.

WHAT: Fundraiser – Guess Who #2
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Wellington St Projects, Studio 8, 19-23 Wellington St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free entry, more info here


SPOKEN is a spoken word poetry night with no limits! Well, there are some, eight minutes to be exact and the poetry has to be your own. SPOKEN is a space for people to come and share their creative works. It’s an open mic night open to everyone, fostering a creative community and supporting each other’s creative efforts. 

WHAT: Poetry

WHEN: 7pm

WHERE: Lentil As Anything, 391 King St, Newtown

HOW MUCH: Donation. More info here.

Friday 15th December

Photostart Opening & Award Night

The official launch of the end of year student exhibition Photostart. Photostart is the Australian Centre for Photography’s annual celebration of our talented student community. A vibrant and diverse exhibition, Photostart is curated from works produced as part of our 2017 photographic courses.

WHAT: Photostart Opening & Award Night
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Australian Centre for Photography, Gallery 72 Oxford St. Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

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