Culture Guide: January 30 – February 5

January 30th 2023
Monday - Regality & Sorrow

neela | नीला

This photoseries explores the duality and symbiosis of being queer and brown.

Blue represents regality and sorrow – feelings we experience as we grow as queer women and non-binary south asians. Longing gazes, tender touches, an affinity for beauty and connection to queerness and culture through family, jewellery, fruit and music are what adds gold lining to our neela.

WHO: Raveena Grover in collaboration with Ammar Jamal, Manjurah Sn & Kripa Krithivasan

WHERE: Online, the photoseries can be accessed here

Tuesday - Residency Call Out

Digital Diasporas 2023

Digital Diasporas is a remote six week residency which gives artists the space to research, cultivate their practice, and convene across borders. 4A is looking to hear from artists and curators who self-identify and find it useful to gather under a “Sino and/or Chinese diaspora” cohort.

Digital Diasporas is especially interested in ideas that explore diasporic cultures and spaces, flows of people, goods and capital, alternative community and kin-making, digital cultures, media arts, philosophies of technology and place-making—and any intersections of these.

WHO: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

WHERE: Online, for access click here

WHEN: Deadline 15 February

Wednesday - Matriarchs & New Mythologies


In response to the national myth of Ned Kelly, Perkins’ monumental mural reimagines a First Nations matriarch as the truest representation of a strong and daring spirit.

Drawing on her family history, Perkins paints her great-grandmother and Arrernte elder Hetty Perkins, who from the age of 14 worked riding horses and branding cattle in the gold mining settlement of Arltunga, 110 km east of Mparntwe (Alice Springs).

WHO: Thea Perkins & Carriageworks 

WHERE: 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh

WHEN: Ends 12 February


Thursday - Queer Ecologies

Talking Bodies

Talking Bodies is a performance-lecture series that gets underneath the skin of dance.

Combining storytelling with live performance and discussion, Talking Bodies traces connections between artists’ real-life experiences, the big topics of our time and the creative process, uncovering the daring ways dance artists use the body to challenge how we see the world.

WHO: Justin Shoulder & Carriageworks 

WHERE: 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh

WHEN: Thursday 2 February only 


Friday - Up & (Be)coming

EMERGING 2023 Launch

This Friday Gosford Regional Gallery proudly opens their newest exhibition EMERGING and announces its winner.

EMERGING is a biennial art award to support emerging practices and provides the opportunity to develop and exhibit a new or existing body of work at Gosford Regional Gallery, this includes supporting installation based practices and non-traditional mediums.

WHO: Gosford Gallery

WHERE: 36 Webb St, East Gosford

WHEN: Friday 3 February 6-8pm

HOW MUCH: Free, bookings encouraged

Saturday - World Pride Arrives

Karla Dickens: Embracing Shadows

Campbelltown Arts Centre in association with Sydney WorldPride presents ‘Embracing Shadows’, a survey exhibition by Lismore-based Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens.

Spanning 30 years of practice, ‘Embracing Shadows’ will focus on themes of female identity and racial injustice that are enduringly explored in Dickens’ reflections on Australian culture.

WHO: Campbelltown Arts Centre & World Pride 

WHERE: 1 Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown

WHEN:3 January – 12 March



Braving time is a queer exhibition that celebrates the work of artists who identify as part of the Australian LGBTIQA+ community.

The artists present artworks that explore queerness in ways that are direct and indirect through historical and contemporary artworks that are critical, experimental and political, connecting to our contemporary culture.

WHO: National Art School & World Pride 

WHERE: 156 Forbes St, Darlinghurst

WHEN: 3 February – 18 March


Sunday - Loss, Grief and Possibility

Echoic Memory Song

𝐸𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑖𝑐 𝑀𝑒𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑆𝑜𝑛𝑔 is a work exploring grief as an affective labour, queerness as a remedy to religious nationalism, deeper listening through oral histories and traditions and as threads from past to present, rituals that have been deprived as part of the projects of settler colonialism, Tamil traditions of lamentation

𝐸𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑖𝑐 𝑀𝑒𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑆𝑜𝑛𝑔 was created by artist, community facilitator and radio producer Shareeka Helaluddin and is part of a collection of artworks Capture All: A Sonic Investigation.

WHO: Shareeka Helaluddin in collaboration with editors Laura McLean & Mehak Sawhney & Liquid Architecture 

WHERE: Online, a direct link to the audio work can be found here





Culture Guide is made possible thanks to Inner West Council.


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