Culture Guide January 20 – 26: Cries for attention, Koori Gras, and cups of EqualiTEA

February 20th 2017
Tuesday 21st January

February/March at Kudos

The opening night for Kudos Gallery’s February and March exhibitions.  Featuring two new shows – Good thanks, how are you? by Siân Davies and Lily Golightly, and Alternative Theories of Pyramid Construction by Daniel Emmerig.


WHAT: February/March Exhibition Openings
WHEN: 5-7pm
WHERE: Kudos Gallery, 6 Napier St. Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Koori Gras

Koori Gras is a vibrant showcase of unique First Peoples culture and community.  The week includes a variety of exhibitions and events, including a special one night only event on Friday where the cabaret space at 107 will come alive with renowned black drag performers with an after show mixing space, DJ Black President and bar.


WHAT: Koori Gras
WHEN: Exhibition open from February 21-26, Friday’s event at 7:30pm
WHERE: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St. Redfern
HOW MUCH: Free throughout the week, Friday night, $10/15, Tickets and info here

Eat Drink Man Woman

After Hours is back this year with its Summer/Autum program ‘KISS ME WITH YOUR EYES’. The program is about love in its multiple iterations; love of food, family, friends, film. The first film in the program is Ang Lee’s ‘Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (Yin shi nan nu).


WHAT: Film Screening – Ang Lee’s ‘Eat Drink Man Woman’
WHEN: 7-11pm
WHERE: Down / Under Space, 109 Regent St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, gold coin donation appreciated, info here


In the 1980s, Sydney gangs found a new blood sport – hunting gays. From February 21st to March 4th, Fairly Lucid Productions will present the gripping production, Member, a powerful look into the gay hate crime epidemic that blighted Sydney’s coastline during the 1970s and 1990s.


WHAT: Live Theatre – ‘Member’
WHEN: 7.30-8.30pm
WHERE: Blood Moon Theatre – 24 Bayswater Rd, Potts Point
HOW MUCH: $20/30 – more info here

Wednesday 22nd January

Desire Lines

QUICK ! the ‘zine’ that nobody needed is hot off the press! Come to Alexandria’s premier pub ~ the Camelia Grove ~ to celebrate the birth of the difficult second publication.


WHAT: Publication launch – Desire Lines
WHEN: 6pm-12am
WHERE: Camelia Grove Hotel, 146 Henderson Rd. Alexandria
HOW MUCH: Free, $10 for a copy of the publication, info here

SYNSOC PRESENTS: Illustrated Rights

For one night only, join us in an exhibition of protest art created by 30+ local and international artists. All proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood to support overseas access to essential health care.


WHAT: Exhibition: SYNSOC PRESENTS: Illustrated Rights
WHEN: 6pm-late
WHERE: Goodspace Gallery, 115 Regent St Chippendale.
HOW MUCH: Free, info here

Second Skin

An exploration of the bodily experience, its limitations and its boundless forms of representation. Works by recent National Art School graduates Elena Elias, Amelia Skelton and Justine Youssef.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening, Second Skin
WHEN: 6pm-8pm, Exhibition continues till the 26th of February
WHERE: Scratch Art Space, 67 Sydenham Road, Sydney.
HOW MUCH: Free, info here

Thursday 23rd January

Dale Frank

Dale Frank is one of Australia’s foremost contemporary painters. His paintings are characterized by an immediacy of process and a tense urgency of vision, the method of which he has mastered over several decades.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Dale Frank
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, 8 Soudan Ln. Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Splinter Orchestra + Nick Keys

The first performance program in the new Down / Under Space. You are invited into Freda’s basement audio bubble to hear performances by solo performer Nick Keys, and 40+ piece ensemble Splinter Orchestra.


WHAT: Splinter Orchestra + Nick Keys
WHEN: 6:30-9pm
WHERE: Down / Under Space, 109 Regent St, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Studio Stories

Join the SMH Young Novelist of the Year Luke Carman, arts and music critic and fiction writer Michele Freeman and Joshua Mostafa, creative writer and co-founder of independent music label Inna Riddim Records for a night of music-inspired stories. Hosted by the forever musical Faith Chaza.


WHAT: Studio Stories
WHEN: 6:30pm-8:00pm
WHERE: Parramatta Artists Studios, Level 1 & 2, 68 Macquarie St. Parramatta
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP to, more info here

Housing Affordability

Innovative housing affordability strategies are in high demand for communities and the right tools and mechanisms need to be in place to deliver the right solutions. Real estate development expert Professor Richard Peiser at Harvard University and guest of the Cities Leadership Institute at the University of Sydney, will speak on how to achieve quality, affordable housing drawing on case studies and strategies from the United States.


WHAT: Sydney Ideas – Housing Affordability: International Insights on Achieving Affordability with Quality Density
WHEN: 6:30-8pm
WHERE: Abercrombie Business School LT 1040, Cnr Codrington & Abercrombie Streets, The University of Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, Register online here


Get your bonds tee out, polish your best boots and join us in celebrating Butch identity and culture. Butch/Stud will feature local and international LBQ artists, Sappho singers, drag kings, diesel dyke poets, butch and butch loving performers telling stories of Butch visibility and pride.


WHAT: Butch/Stud
WHEN: 7pm-10pm
WHERE: Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham St. Marrickville
HOW MUCH: $15 + booking fee, Tickets and info here

Friday 24th January

MCA Artbar

He’s a maverick and he likes it. This February, artist Reko Rennie is curating a night of subversion – celebrating the independent and nonconformist. Blurring the line between institutional and outsider, Rennie invites both Australian and International artists to convert the MCA into a space of experimentation showcasing unexpected art forms.


WHAT: MCA Artbar – Maverick curated by Reko Rennie
WHEN: 7-11pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St. The Rocks
HOW MUCH: $18-24, Tickets and info here

Cries for attention

‘One of my favourite quotes is ‘if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything’ So with that in mind it is with big fat unwavering pride that I unveil my most political exhibition yet.’ – Guy James Whitworth


WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 5-8pm
WHERE: M2 Gallery, 4/450 Elizabeth St. Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


Australian artists Shiling Wu and Chee Yong have come together to present a show that explores the boundaries of art, translating sound and landscape into abstract compositions, on display at 541 Art Space, a contemporary gallery in the heart of Sydney.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening –  Rhythm
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: 541 Art Space, Level 1 / 541 Kent St. Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Saturday 25th January

Queer Warhol

In association with the exhibition ‘Adman: Warhol before pop’, The AGNSW is presenting Queer Warhol, part of the Queer Thinking symposium with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. In this special event with a lecture by art historian Richard Meyer and a panel discussion with Australian contemporary artists, we’ll look at how the legacy of Andy Warhol continues to shape the work of LGBTQI artists on the global stage.


WHAT: Queer Thinking Symposium: Queer Warhol
WHEN: 1pm
WHERE: Art Gallery of New South Whales, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $26-30, (Includes ticket to the exhibition), Tickets and info here

Sunday 26th January


The Art Gallery of New South Wales is hosting a queer afternoon tea party, brewing with ideas as the 2017 theme of equality gets poured through the tea strainer of discussion. An eclectic line-up of leading guest speakers will discuss a diverse selection of topics and share with us their inspirational stories.


WHAT: Queer Thinking: EqualiTea
WHEN: 1-3pm
WHERE: Art Gallery of New South Whales, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $26.50 Tickets and info here

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