Culture Guide February 26 – March 4: Mama Alto, Soft Topologies, All About Women & more

February 27th 2018
Monday 26th February

Disarming Sexism in the Arts: #Metoo, but what next?

Matters of sexism are constantly surfacing. Weinstein among other aggressors are being met with opposition from campaigns such as #metoo, but what next? How do we action change as a preventative? This conversation brings together members of the arts and broader communities to discuss viable strategies, as well as ideas, and to share their experiences. Through these kinds of exchanges, the panel will speculate futures and methods of change.

WHAT: Talk/lecture

WHEN: 6 – 9pm

WHERE: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney

HOW MUCH: $27.46, book here.

Mama Alto: Queerly Beloved (Sydney Mardi Gras)

Celestial vocals lead you to ecstasy and empowerment this evening at the Red Rattler. Singer and community activist Mama Alto returns for a special performance in the few days prior to the 4oth anniversary of Mardi Gras Sydney.

WHAT: Live performance

WHEN: 8pm

WHERE: The Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville

HOW MUCH: Pay what you can, going from $15. Details/further info., as well as bookings can be found here.

Tuesday 27th February

Kate Scardifield: Soft Topologies

Presented as part of Sydney Design Festival and Art Month Sydney, this new exhibition of work by Kate Scardifield uses objects, video and sculpture to create a visual study on the body’s topology.

WHAT: Art exhibition

WHEN: 6 – 8pm

WHERE: UTS Art, Level 4, 702 Harris St, Ultimo

HOW MUCH: Free, more information here.

Wednesday 28th February

Queer Art After Hours

Claiming the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the evening, Queer Art After Hours is celebrating the work of Robert Mapplethorpe. From gallery invigilators to dance orchestrators, Sydney’s cutting-edge queer artists, musicians, DJs and performers are facilitating a space to celebrate the chronicling of Mapplethorpe’s work, and the communities with which it engaged and gave platform to.

WHAT: Live art/music

WHEN: 5 – 10pm

WHERE: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Rd, the Domain, Sydney.

HOW MUCH: No cost, visit here for more information.

Queerbourhood Special! BLACK DIVAS perform LIVE

Live performances from the glamorous contestants of last year’s Miss First Nations Pageant, coinciding with the BLACK DIVAZ exhibition currently held at the Bearded Tit, as well as the world premiere of the documentary (going by the same title) at Queerscreen as part of Mardi Gras 2018.

WHAT: Live performance

WHEN: 8 – 11:30pm

WHERE: The Bearded Tit, 183 Regent St, Redfern

HOW MUCH: No fee! More information via.


An art month group exhibition featuring works from Tania Rollond, Elle Van Uden, Jan Rae and Sarah Fitzgerald.

WHAT: Art exhibition

WHEN: 6 – 8pm

WHERE: STACKS Projects, 191 Victoria St, Potts Point

HOW MUCH: No cost, details here.

Free Run One - Dionysos Avramides

An exercise in the movements, methods and materiality of Sydney local Dionysos Avramides, returning to exhibit new work at Goodspace Gallery this Wednesday night.

WHAT: Art exhibition

WHEN: 6 – 9pm

WHERE: Goodspace Gallery, 115 Regent St, Chippendale

HOW MUCH: No cost, more information can be found here.

Thursday 1st March

Bike Smut: Sydney

An internationally-touring film screening, with a keen fascination for human-powered transport.

WHAT: Live screening

WHEN: 7:30 – 10:30pm

WHERE: The Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville

HOW MUCH: $12 in advance, $15 on the door.

March-April at Verge

Verge returns for an exciting month with three new exhibitions of work, as well as an exciting list of public programs to accompany.

WHAT: Art exhibition

WHEN: 5:30 – 8pm

WHERE: Verge Gallery, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Road, University of Sydney, Darlington

HOW MUCH: Free! More information here.

Art at Night ☞ Chippendale & Redfern

The second revelrous journey in to the night following Wednesday’s Queer Art After Hours. The galleryscape of Redfern and Chippendale will be explored, with a follow-up party at the Lansdowne with performances and music from Slim Set, Jasen Phu, Kieran Butler, Get to Work and Chanel Deejay.

WHAT: Art exhibitions/gallery crawls

WHEN: 6 – 11pm

WHERE: The Lansdowne, 2 City Rd, Chippendale

HOW MUCH: No cost! Find out more here.

Saturday 3rd March

Present ↭ An Art Month Sydney Exhibition ↭ Opening Night

Presenting new work from Kalanjay Dir, Caroline Garcia, Athena Thebus, Samuel Hodge and Get To Work, on the expanded sense of representation. As artists working independently, this upcoming group show aims to interrogate what representation might mean for the artists themselves, others and wider communities.

WHAT: Art exhibition

WHEN: 4 – 6pm

WHERE: Darren Knight Gallery, 840 Elizabeth St, Sydney

HOW MUCH: Free, more information and details can be found here.

Sunday 4th March

All About Women 2018

Be inspired and challenged by remarkable guests discussing the latest thinking on intersectionality, #metoo, Trump, climate justice, and the curious and contested politics of singledom and relationships.

WHAT: Talks and ideas festival

WHEN: 10:00am – 8:30pm

WHERE: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney

HOW MUCH: Costs vary depending on packages bought. Read more and book here.

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