Culture Guide January 29 – February 4: Arbiters, Idle Time, Gang of She & more

January 30th 2018
Monday 29th January

Four Thousand Fish at Barangaroo

Lifelong Sydney resident Emily McDaniel is a descendant of the Kalari clan from the Wiradjuri nation in central west New South Wales and is the curator of Four Thousand Fish, a free Sydney Festival installation that invites guests to seeks symbolically remedy the destruction caused by the overfishing of early settlers.

WHAT: Installation
WHEN: Last session, 28th January
WHERE: Barangaroo
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Warm Ties

In this exhibition, the complex colonial relationship between Australia and Britain is dealt with on the level of the body, using large-scale paintings that have become purposefully disassembled installations throughout the space.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Till February 20th
WHERE: Artspace, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


Aotearoa’s ( Maori name for New Zealand) colonial history is interrogated in a colossal panoramic video. Aotearoa New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana’s first Australian survey show features a range of video and photographic works.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Till March 29th
WHERE: Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Tuesday 30th January

February at Kudos Gallery: Arbiters

Exploding our understandings of photography and its cultural agency, the Arbiters take over Kudos Gallery with this group show full of locally-sourced, image-based talent.

WHAT: Art exhibition

WHEN: 5:00-8:00pm

WHERE: 6 Napier St, Paddington

HOW MUCH: Free, with further info here.

Wednesday 31st January

New Method - Group Exhibition

New Method push and pull at the boundaries confining art making to restrictive categories. Together, they devise a new medium to approach their art for the first time.

Contributing artists include: Georgia Hill, Sha’an d’Anthes, Rocket K Weijers, James Jirat Patradoon, Jess Cochrane & Thomas Jackson

WHAT: Art Exhibition

WHEN: 6-9pm

WHERE: 115 Regent St, Chippendale

HOW MUCH: Free, with further info here.

Thursday 1st February

Enter the Picture: Emerging Artists Opening Night

29 UNSW Art and Design Fine Arts  graduates come together to showcase some of the best emerging talent in Sydney, at Gaffa Gallery.

WHAT: Art exhibition

WHEN: 6-8pm

WHERE: 281 Clarence St, Sydney

HOW MUCH: Free, with further info here.

Idle Time

Readings of poetry, sci-fi, creative non fiction and beyond, with live performances surrounding the subject of summer: its strangeness and the transitory period between two years.

WHAT: Live Readings and artist performances

WHEN: 6-9pm

WHERE: 228 Illawara Rd, Marrickville

HOW MUCH: Free, with further info here.

Text as an Expanded Medium in Contemporary Practice

Watch a selection of artists take text off the page, and in to an expanded field. Exploding the restraints imposed on text as a two-dimensional carrier of speech, these artists perform text in a way that gives it new life and potential as a resource for art making.

WHAT: Art exhibition

WHEN: 5:30-7:30pm

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

HOW MUCH: Free, with further info here.

Friday 2nd February

February Exhibitions at Airspace Projects

Following their January exhibitions, Airspace return with new instalments. Featuring works from Catherine Parker and David Usher, Emma Gardner, and Rodrigo Azaola.

WHAT: Art exhibition

WHEN: 6-8pm

WHERE: AIRspace Projects, 10 Junction Street, Marrickville

HOW MUCH: Free, with further info here.

Changes in Japanese Materiality at the Japan Foundation

A selection of contemporary Japanese designers explore experimental design approaches to object making. With a fusion of materials and a warping of traditional methods, these designers access new heights and innovative ways of thinking about craftwork and design.

WHAT: Exhibition of newly-designed work

WHEN: 10:00am, Japan Foundation, Central Park, Chippendale, Level 4.

HOW MUCH: Free, with further info here.

Holt! The Musical

What happened to Harold Holt? It’s a mystery to this day, and one that still has the public questioning the bizarre disappearance of the divisive cabinet minister gone Treasurer. More importantly, who was he? Here develops an investigation of Holt’s character, and his mysterious end.

WHAT: Stage show/musical theatre

WHEN: 7:00pm, Feb 2 and 3

WHERE: Seymour Centre, Cnr City Rd and Cleveland St.

HOW MUCH: $27 concession, and $30 standard. Get tickets here.


Saturday 3rd February

Gang of She

A cabaret of all sorts exploring queer histories through a high-velocity fusion of dance, disco, surrealism and drag. Hosted by the Flying Nun by Brand X and Betty Grumble.

WHAT: Fringe theatre

WHEN: 8-11pm

WHERE: The Flying Nun By Brand X, 34-40 Burton St, Darlinghurst

HOW MUCH: $20, get tickets here.

Manga Mania at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Manga Mania is a day full of workshops and events that speak to and reflect on the work of the Manga Hokusai Manga Exhibition at the Casula Powerhouse. Learn about the history and techniques of manga drawing, watercolour painting, sushi assemblage and a bunch of films.

WHAT: Workshop/exhibition

WHEN: 11am-4pm

WHERE: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 31 Shepherd St, Casula

HOW MUCH: Free, with further info here.

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