Culture Guide Feb 15-22 : Messy Insides, Grand Openings and Vogue.
February 15th 2016
Life Drawing at the Friend In Hand
One of Sydney’s favourite pubs, the Friend in Hand, hosts life drawing every Monday! In case you didn’t know.
It’s $15, a lot of fun, and you get to hang out with their resident Cockatoo. It’s a pretty great deal!
WHO: The Friend in Hand Hotel
WHAT: Life Drawing
WHERE: The Friend in Hand Hotel
HOW MUCH: $15
An exhibition of works by Sydney based artist Amaya Lang and Tasmanian artist Sheila Alati that takes a look at our bodily insides.
Through sculpture and experiments with drafting film, Lang and Alati explore the fluctuating, unpredictable and messy states which exist beneath our skin.
Image: Daily Mass Amaya Lang
The Blind Giant is Dancing
Belvior Theatre’s new production ‘The Blind Giant is Dancing‘ is the tale of how power corrupts. A story that could not be more relevant to the times today with Bronwyn Bishop and Barry O’Farrel making and breaking political headlines.
The performance features Yale Stone from Orange is the New Black and her Husband on set and IRL!
All My Love
All My Love tells the juicy long lost love story between Henry Lawson (from the $5 note) and literary icon and radical feminist Mary Gilmore.
Following the intense family drama that you can only really get from the history.
ALASKA Projects William Street Grand Opening
ALASKA Projects opens it’s new space in a disused car rental agency on William Street, Darlinghurst.
Kicking off their new space ALASKA are holding an exhibition titled Permanent Vacation which showcases work from some pretty high quality artists including Samuel Hodge, Catherine Clayton Smith and Marian Tubbs.
Vogue Masterclass presented by Groove Therapy
Pioneered and powered by gay and trans people of colour, Vogue is a style of dance and a cultural movement that has slowly made it’s way into popular culture across the world, championed here in Sydney through the artistic practice of superstar angel Bhenji Ra.
Groove Therapy is running a three week vogue masterclass at 107 projects where you can learn from the celestial Bhenji Ra themselves.
The class is set up for absolute beginners so everyone is welcome to have a go.
William Yang is one of Australia’s great storytellers. He’s been working for the past 40 years – his photographs, handwritten anecdotes and live, slide projection performances share his journey to self-acceptance as a gay Chinese Australian. From the explosive sexual expression and social politics that he captured in the 80s, during the emergence of Sydney’s gay community, to his later images that trace an intimate search for understanding about his Chinese heritage and family, this exhibition at Stills will showcase some of Yang’s most celebrated photography.
WHO: William Yang
WHAT: Exhibition opening: Stories of Love and Death
WHERE: Still Gallery Paddington
WHEN: Tomorrow 18th Feb – 5th March
HOW MUCH: free
From the fervid mind of one of Sydney’s most prolific activist/artists, Peter Strong, Do it Ourselves Culture is a documentary film project that charts Sydney’s colourful protest and party scene, from its embryonic beginnings in the early 90s right up to the present. An exposition of alternative culture, this project is a riotous recollection of how it went down; from the doof scene and the explosion of electronic music – a pulse for the whole movement – to the advent of the internet, Reclaim the Streets, and our current political disenfranchisement, which is increasingly encouraging people to protest – it is all featured. And obviously all very relevant in light of the Keep Sydney Open protest on Sunday.
WHAT: Encore Screening – Do It Ourselves Culture
WHERE: Newtown Dendy
HOW MUCH: $20 general admission
Gaffa Gallery Openings
Gaffa Gallery opens it’s February 18th – 29th exhibition program with four contrasting shows.
The exhibitions this time around include paintings of white on white, political histories of spaces in Sydney, studies of public toilets and a showcase of recent art school graduates.
WHO: TYP-TOP, Brownwen Williams, Lauren Morehouse, Alex Wright, Caroline McGregor, Heath McCalmon-Parkinson, Hiroo Shinozuka, Justyna Stanczew, Katya Petetskaya, Akira & Nathan Lasker, Danica Firulovic
WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHERE: Gaffa Gallery
HOW MUCH: FREE. More info here
Remaking the World - Julie Rrap
Julie Rrap has been one of the leading figures in Australian contemporary art for a number of decades now, you might have seen some of her previous video works such as 360° Self Portrait which was exhibited at the MCA for quite a while.
Rrap currently has a solo show running at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Paddington which if her past work is anything to go by, should be pretty amazing.
Sydney-based startup The New Kid will be hosting an exclusive screening, and the Australian premiere, of The Empowerment Project – a 99 minute documentary that follows 17 women from across a variety of different industries ranging from a Social Entrepreneur to an Astronaut, as they drive 7000 miles from LA to New York to inspire the next generation of strong women to go after their career ambitions.
WHAT: Film Screening – The Empowerment Project
WHEN: Friday 19 February 6pm – 9pm.
WHERE: aMBUSH Gallery, Level 3 Central Park, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Tickets are $35 (excluding booking fee) and include wine & beer– strictly limited amount of tickets – for tickets head to Eventbrite and search for ‘The Empowerment Project’, or visit The New Kid’s website www.thenewkid.com.au (details are on the homepage)
Women in the Arts IRL
Five women at different stages in their artistic careers talk about how they have managed and succeeded in their creative endeavours.
Specifically they will be focussing on topics such as tackling impostor syndrome and the importance of collaboration.
After the talks there will be a quick round of creative network speed-dating.
Inner West Art & Design Markets
Over thirty local artists and designers bring out their products for sale at the Vic on the Park hotel.
Head down for a peek and a drink and maybe even a unique purchase!
Image: Terrarium by Cosmia from Thorn & Green
Keep Sydney Open
To finish up your week of cultural goodness, you might be interested in attending the Keep Sydney Open Rally.
The rally is being held in opposition to the laws and regulations which currently make it challenging for cultural producers and creative practitioners to conduct their work and continue making Sydney an interesting place with strong creative communities.
There will be speeches followed by a march throughout the city. Keep Sydney Open encourages attendees to check out some of the other great events happening that day after the rally, including Super OpenAir and Fair Day.
WHO: Keep Sydney Open
WHAT: Rally to protect Sydney’s night time culture.
WHERE: Belmore Park
HOW MUCH: FREE. More info here
Two Up Talks
Two Up talks is an unconventional kind of talk series that is all about learning for fun and not taking itself too seriously. Soak up some knowledge you never expected to know.
This week you can discover what it is to be a Paramedic or try and demystify the 2016 US Presidential Elections.
Tune in to Arvos at 4:30pm every weekday for more Culture Guide.