Culture Guide January 16 – 22: The Artist in Residence, Blak Mirror, and the 2017 NOW now Festival

January 16th 2017
Monday 16th January

House of Mirrors

A fascinating labyrinth of endless mirrors, magnified to terrifying dimensions, House of Mirrors recently messed with minds at Dark Mofo. Stumble your way around thousands of disorientating optical illusions and lose yourself in some bewildering reflections. There is only one way into the House of Mirrors. Getting out is an art.


WHAT: House of Mirrors
WHEN: Everyday until the January 29, 4:30-11:00pm
WHERE: Meriton Festival Village, Hyde Park North, (entry near Archibald fountain)
HOW MUCH: $10, Tickets only available at the venue, info here

Tuesday 17th January

Champions (Sydney Festival)

In an epic, adrenaline-fuelled choreographic match, a dream team of 11 female dancers make the moves of the football field their own. From the training drills to the victory dances, contemporary dance and soccer collide.


WHAT: Dance – Champions
WHEN: 17–20 January 8pm, 21 January at 2pm & 8pm, 22 January at 2pm
WHERE: Bay 17, Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St. Eveleigh
HOW MUCH: $37-41, Tickets and info here

Artist Talk - Cat Jones, Dr Mem Mahmut and Fiona Winning

Dr. Mem Mahmut joins Cat to discuss human relationships with smell from the perspective of psychology, perception, neuroscience and behavior.


WHAT: Artist Talk
WHEN: 6-7pm
WHERE: Carriageworks – 245 Wilson St. Eveleigh
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here

Wednesday 18th January

The Artist in Residence

This work humorously utilises the techniques of performance artists to expose their fallacy. Artist in Residence… is a work that extends the “practice” and “career” of Emily Galicek beyond any truth established previously into a realm of artifice and falsehood.


WHAT: Exhibition – The Artist in Residence
WHEN: 18-21 January 11am-6pm
WHERE: STACKS Projects, 191 Victoria St. Potts Point
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Blak Mirror

Curated by Jason Wing, Blak Mirror features emerging, early career, regional, local and interstate multidisciplinary artist reflecting their view of Australian society through a Black lens. The artists’ works gaze into the eyes of non-Aboriginal people and reflect the current realities of being Aboriginal today, whilst holding a mirror up to Australian society.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Blak Mirror
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St. Redfern
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


Markus Andersen’s colourful new series of work, produced between 2015 and 2016 in Cabramatta, contributes to drawing a new picture of a misunderstood suburb. Taken out of the realm of documentary photography, he has made light, and for the first time, colour the subject matters of this new series of engaging photographs.


WHAT: Opening night and book launch – Cabramatta
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Australian Centre for Photography, Pop Up Gallery, 118 Oxford St. Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

The Hereafter

Kylie Banyard has a longstanding interest in the many ways people have explored more experimental ways of living and learning. She celebrates the heterogeneity of radical technological and social experiments of the past and through her artistic process explores the critical potential of this re-engagement in the present.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – The Hereafter
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Galerie pompom, 27-39 Abercrombie St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Perceptions of White

Restrained and reserved, Danica Firulovic’s all-white paintings in square formats have been guided by an interest in reductive, non-objective art and the emotion evoked by the predominance of white.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Perceptions of White
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Galerie pompom, 27-39 Abercrombie St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

FROM 1967 TO 2067

From 1967 to 2067 is a forum reflecting on the changes over the last fifty years since the 1967 Referendum that proposed to improve the place of Indigenous people in our country and was supported by 90.77% of Australians. The panel is invited to look to the next fifty years to predict and prioritise future constitutional and political change.


WHAT: Forum – From 1967 to 2067
WHEN: 5:30pm
WHERE: The Great Hall, University of Technology Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, Register online here

COMEDY(ISH): The Panic Series

Holy shit. The comedy festivals are in like 10 minutes. Australia’s best comedians need to try their new material – preferably before opening night.


WHAT: Live Comedy – Comedy(ish)
WHEN: 7:30 -9:30pm
WHERE: Giant Dwarf Theatre – 199 Cleveland St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: $15 – Register online here

Thursday 19th January

The NOW now festival

The 16th annual festival of improvised, spontaneous and experimental music features a remarkable national and international line up of creative humans.


WHAT: The NOW now Festival 2017
WHEN: January 19-22
WHERE:  107 Projects, 107 Redfern St. Redfern
HOW MUCH: $15-20 per night, $45-60 festival pass, Tickets and info here

The Encounter (Sydney Festival)

Threading scenes of his own life with details of McIntyre’s journey, Richard Katz incorporates objects and sound effects into this solo performance to evoke an intimate and shifting rainforest landscape. Transmitted direct to the audience through provided headphones, the show’s groundbreaking sound design plugs into the power of the imagination, questioning our perceptions of time, communication and our own consciousness.


WHAT: Sound Performance – The Encounter
WHEN:Preview 18 January 7:30pm, 19-20 & 23-28 January at 7:30pm, 21 January at 2pm and 7:30pm
WHERE: Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre, Bennalong Point, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $77-110, Tickets and info here

Blonde: Plaitnum Edition

Following the ripsnorting galactic success of 2016’s ‘Blonde’, comedians, improvisors and tiny delicate flowers Sarah Gaul and Kate Coates are super stoked to be previewing their solo and joint fesitival shows at their most favourite venue on earth, before jetting off on a glamorous, national tour.


WHAT: Comedy – Blonde: Plaitnum Edition
WHEN: 7-10pm
WHERE: Giant Dwarf, 199 Cleveland St. Redfern
HOW MUCH: $15-20 Tickets on  the door

Wedding in Galilee

Retrospective Film Screening: Special screening of the film, Wedding in Galilee, the first Palestinian film to appear at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the International Critics’ Prize in 1987.


WHAT: Film Screening and Q&A – Wedding in Galilee
WHEN: 6:30-9:00pm
WHERE: Palace Cinemas, 99 Norton St. Leichhardt
HOW MUCH: $14-17, Tickets and info here

Exposure 04

ACP is thrilled to announce a special one-off forum in which Nikon-Walkley award-winning photojournalist Andrew Quilty will be joined by journalist Helen Vastikopoulos to share his insights and experiences living and working in Kabul, Afghanistan.


WHAT: Forum – Exposure 04
WHEN: 6:30-7:30pm
WHERE: University of Technology Sydney, UTS Building 3 (Bon Marche)
HOW MUCH: $15 Tickets and info here

Friday 20th January

Ich Nibber Dibbler (Sydney Festival)

With a script developed from 10 years of recorded personal conversations, Ich Nibber Dibber maps the lives and practices of three women coming of age in the 21st Century. A single conversation spanning a decade of friendship, bowel movements, birthing moans and tongue piercings.  The very best edits and bloopers from a decade of conversations.


WHAT: Ich Nibber Dibbler
WHEN:20, 27 & 28 January 7:30pm, 21 January at 2:30 & 7:30pm
WHERE:Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Rd. Campbelltown
HOW MUCH:$26-30 Tickets and info here

Gaylordz Party

Ever wanted to dance in a cape?
Now is your chance!


WHAT: Gaylordz Party
WHEN: 9pm-1:30am
WHERE: The Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham St. Marrickville
HOW MUCH: $10-15 Tickets on the door

Saturday 21st January

Before the Rain

Before the onset of a downpour there is a moment of heavy humidity that hangs low in the air.  Before the Rain addresses the tensions that precipitated the recent political and civil urgency in Hong Kong and the city’s pressing need to reimagine its future.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Before the Rain
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay St. Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

They are Flying

An exhibition featuring young Australian artists who work at White Rabbit Gallery, curated by Yusuf Osman. Attend the opening night for drinks and chats!


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – They Are Flying
WHEN: 5-7pm
WHERE: Spot81, 81 Abercrombie St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Culture and Conversation

A space for open dialogue between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians to share stories and conversation.

WHAT: Culture & Conversation
WHEN: 3-6pm
WHERE: Captain Cook Hotel- 162 Flinders Street, Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, register here

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