Culture Guide February 27 – March 5: Art Month Begins, Queer Art, and A Festival All about Women

February 27th 2017
Monday 27th February

Loose Leaf Literature

Keep the creative energies and clicks of approval rolling with Loose Leaf Literature’s February Show. Get along to Marrickville’s home of artistic souls – Level 1, LazyBones Lounge Restaurant & Bar.


WHAT: Loose Leaf Literature
WHEN: 7-10pm
WHERE: Lazy Bones Lounge Marrickville, 294 Marrickville Rd. Entry Illawarra Rd. Marrickville
HOW MUCH: $10-15

Tuesday 28th February


Women in The Arts are delighted to be premiering FRENCH GIRLS by Sydney director Hyun Lee. Showing as part of the Down / Under Space film program, FRENCH GIRLS will be accompanied by a screening of feature film My Life to Live (Vivre sa vie) by Jean-Luc Godard.


WHAT: Film Screenings – French Girls + Vivre Sa Vie
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: Down / Under Space, 109 Regent St, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Surface Tension

Responding directly to the architecture of UTS Gallery, Surface Tension will fold space and time through projected images and the insertion of reflective surfaces.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Surface Tension by Biljana Jancic
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: UTS Art, Level 4, 702 Harris St. Ultimo
HOW MUCH:  Free, more info here

Film Trivia at Golden Age

Join host Alexei Toliopoulos for trivia every second week in the Golden Age Bar! It’s movie themed, but you don’t need to have gone to film school to get quizzical…


WHAT: Film Trivia
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Golden Age Cinema & Bar – Paramount House, 80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH:  Free, more info here

12 Inch Night

Take one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies; treat it with respect and disrespect in equal amounts, and mix in a porn film, and what comes out the other side resembles ’12 Inch Night’.


WHAT: Live Theatre
WHEN: 7pm
WHERE: 107 Projects – 107 Redfern St, Redfern
HOW MUCH:  $15/20, more info here


Re-Launch is the first exhibition @ AD Space for 2017 presenting the work of 35 Sydney based artists. The artists are comprised of current UNSW Art & Design Students, Staff and Alumni. As an eclectic mix these artists are a small sample of the diverse and boundless art practices that emerge within this art and design school community.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Re-Launch
WHEN: 5-9pm
WHERE: UNSW Art & Design, Cnr Oxford St. & Greens Rd. Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Wednesday 1st March

Writing Around Sound 3

Join Writing Around Sound for a night of talks and live performances, sound and wine, at the journal’s inaugural Australian launch at UNSW Art & Design’s Black Box. Writing Around Sound is Australasia’s only regular dedicated sonic arts print journal, with this event celebrating the release of its third issue.


WHAT: Writing Around Sound 3 Launch Event
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: UNSW Art & Design, Cnr Oxford St. & Greens Rd. Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free entry, $10 Publication, info here

March at Firstdraft

The opening night of four new exhibitions at Firstdraft gallery, featuring  Walkaln-aw by Alair Pambegan, Meet Space by Jannah Quill, The Context is Complicated by Nikki Lam and Siying Zhou, and, Dem Cheeky Bulls by Hayley Millar-Baker.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – March at Firstdraft
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: Firstdraft, 13-17 Riley St. Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

March At Verge

The opening night of two new exhibitions at Verge Gallery.  Featuring Frame of Mind by Lucas Davidson, and Tapestries for Galaxies by Lisa Sammut.


WHAT: Exhibition Openings – March at Verge
WHEN: 5:30-8:00pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Rd. University of Sydney, Darlington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Queer Art After Hours

An extraordinary celebration of Mardi Gras and Andy Warhol as the Art Gallery of New South Wales in partnership with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras goes queer.   Queer Art After Hours combines what we already love about Sydney’s weekly social night out at the Gallery with a specially curated, star-studded queer line-up.


WHAT: Mardi Gras 2017: Queer Art After Hours
WHEN: 5-10pm
WHERE: Art Gallery of New South Whales, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

After pARTy

after pARTY is a monthly official unofficial after party kicking on from the exhibition openings of galleries in the area. For this edition of after pARTY, Chun Yin is constructing, selling and performing fakes.


WHAT: After pARTy
WHEN: 8pm-12am
WHERE: Freda’s, 107-109 Regent St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Gold coin donation appreciated, more info here

Art at Night

DIY Walking tour of galleries in the Chippendale/Redfern area, followed by after party with drinks, music and performances. Participating Galleries include: The Bearded Tit; The Commercial; Eveleigh Creative Precinct; Galerie pompom; Harrington Street Gallery; Home@735; Kensington Contemporary; M2 Gallery; Smallspaces; Spot81; UTS Gallery; Wellington St Projects; 107 Projects; The Japan Foundation Gallery; Pine Street Creative Arts Centre; Collab at Pine Street; and Verge Gallery.


WHAT: Art at Night: Chippendale & Redfern
WHEN: 6-8pm Walking tours, 7:30-10:30pm After Party
WHERE: Various Galleries in Chippendale & Redfern, After Party at Cake Wines Art Bar at the Eveleigh Creative Precinct
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Threadbare: Costuming the body

What makes a body feminine? Who defines the margins of female form? How does the gendered experience exercise control over our bodies? As part of Art Month Sydney, Rafaela Pandolfini and Katie Maling look closer at the feminine, having collaborated with a series of performers to wrap, strap, bind and fold flesh in ways that expand our visions of womanhood.


WHAT: Art Month Launch – Threadbare: Costuming the body
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: The Bearded Tit, 183 Regent St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Cocoa Butter Club Launch

Attend the launch of the Cocoa Butter Club in Sydney on March 1st. Showcasing and celebrating Indigenous and/or Performers of Colour (IAOPOC) within the diverse genre of cabaret and performance. Call it a creative clap-back!


WHAT: Launch: The Cocoa Butter Club
WHEN: 7-11pm
WHERE: Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham St. Marrickville
HOW MUCH: $20 on door, info here

Thursday 2nd March

Postgraduate Projects

UNSW Galleries is presenting new work by a selection of artists enrolled in higher degree research projects.  This Thursday is the opening of Penelope Benton’s exhibition The Icing on the Cake & Abdul Abdullah’s Terms of engagement: Examining the rhetoric of radicalisation.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Art and Design Postgraduate Projects -Penelope Benton and Abdul Abdullah
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE:UNSW Art & Design, Cnr Oxford St. & Greens Rd. Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


Lie back in the full dome cinema at Carriageworks and be surrounded by staggeringly beautiful coral reef imagery and high-resolution microscopic footage that is like nothing you’ve ever seen: an alien world in luminous colour that will take your breath away.


WHAT: Full dome cinema screening – Coral
WHEN: Various Sessions Thursday-Friday
WHERE: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St. Eveleigh 
HOW MUCH: Free, booking essential, info here

The Distance Between

Sydney-based artist Sam Holt’s paintings are founded in reflection and commentary on the divergent paths we take towards an authentic life. His paintings are a visceral and spontaneous collage of the maverick artist’s responses, revelations, meanderings and speculations.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – The Distance Between by Sam Holt
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Artereal Gallery, 747 Darling St. Rozelle
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Friday 3rd March

Powerbomb Comedy

After another big night of laughs, Powerbomb Comedy is back at The Staves this Friday, with Aaron Chen headlining a monster line-up.


WHAT: Powerbomb Comedy
WHEN: 7:30-10:30pm
WHERE: Staves Brewery, 4-8 Grose St. Glebe
HOW MUCH: $10, Tickets and info here


Opening night of new group show at Alaska Projects Carpark.  Curated by Sebastian Goldspink.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Darklands
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Alaska Projects, Level 2, Kings Cross Car Park, 9A Elizabeth Bay Rd. Elizabeth Bay
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


The first iteration of Antidote is an exploration of the female body and the land on which it survives and thrives. Themed ‘Anthropocene’, the works manifest subversive views of this newly discovered and somewhat contentious geological epoch, in which the earth is defined by its negative interaction with human kind.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Antidote presents: Anthropocene
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Airspace Projects, 10 Junction St. Marickville
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Saturday 4th March

Art + Film

The new Art + Film series invites audiences to experience the works that have inspired artists practices.  Kicking off the March season is artist Todd McMillan, who will lead a lively discussion after a screening of his work ‘By the sea’, and a rare screening of the 1959 film ‘On the Beach’.


WHAT: Art + Film, Focus on Todd McMillan
WHEN: 2-4:30pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St. The Rocks
HOW MUCH: $9.70-$11.75, Tickets and info here

Sunday 5th March

All about women

Featuring over 20 talks, panel discussions and live performances, this one day festival is filled with ideas that matter more than ever. Explore the 2017 line up featuring Geena Davis, Mei Fong, Clementine Ford and more.


WHAT: All About Women 2017
WHEN: 10:30am-8:30am
WHERE: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. Sydney
HOW MUCH: Various Prices, Tickets and info here

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