Culture Guide January 30 – February 5: Elegant Degradation, Speakeasy, and an Art after pARTy

January 30th 2017
Monday 30th January

Vile Bodies

Final week to see White Rabbit’s current exhibition ‘Vile Bodies’.  The show explores the monsters we contain and the monsters we create, enlarging our picture of the human animal.


WHAT: Final Week – Exhibition ‘Vile Bodies’
WHEN: Wednesday – Sunday 10am-5pm
WHERE: White Rabbit Gallery, 30 Balfour Street Chippendale
HOW MUCH:  Free, more info here

Little League

The gallery has quietly re-opened to the public with an exhibition of small-scale works titled “little league.” Curated by gallery manager James Gatt.


WHAT: Final Days – Exhibition ‘Little League’
WHEN: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm
WHERE: Sarah Cottier Gallery, 23 Roylston St Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Tuesday 31st January

Elegant Degradation

With much of contemporary culture in late capitalist societies now greatly consolidated by personal computing devices, our experience of the material is largely deferred in favour of more immediate, digital representations. ‘Elegant Degradation’ responds to this context, examining this disjuncture between the material and the digital and the anxiety that this gap engenders.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Elegant Degradation
WHEN: 5-7pm
WHERE: Kudos Gallery, 6 Napier St. Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Hero and Companion

As part of the Freshworks program Erica Brennan has created two short plays that are about women, teeth and vengence.

WHAT: Theatre: Hero and Companion
WHEN: 31st Jan – 5 Feb
WHERE: Old 505 Theatre
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Wednesday 1st February


Head to Artereal for a glass of champagne to celebrate the opening of NEO, a group exhibition of works from recent SCA graduates Robert Bennett, Luke Ryan O’Connor and Gidon Sack.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – NEO
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Artereal Gallery, 747 Darling St. Rozelle
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

February at Firstdraft

The opening night of four new exhibitions at Firstdraft.  Featuring work by Embittered Swish, Emma Buswell and Jess Day, Elise Harmsen and Nathan Beard, and, Katy B Plummer.


WHAT: Exhibition Openings – February at Firstdraft
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Firstdraft, 13-17 Riley St. Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


Archives function to record, collect, accumulate, correlate and preserve data, in relaying information about a place, an experience, an encounter or a moment in time. This exhibition brings together a body of work developed by two artists (and real-life couple) Zachary Harold and Chloe Gunn.  The exhibition captures and extracts moments that may otherwise go unseen and be subsequently forgotten.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Archive
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: STACKS Gallery, 191 Victoria St. Potts Point
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. Leila El Rayes invites you to step into her feminist punk Arabian night(mare) ! ! ! Glimpse El Rayes appear and vanish as she bellydances in an out of vision, camouflaged by a backdrop of traditional Egyptian fabrics.


WHAT: After pARTy ~ ft Leila El Rayes
WHEN: 8pm-12am
WHERE: Freda’s, 107-109 Regent St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Entry by donation, more info here

Nude Fictions

In this series, writers read a piece of their own fiction inspired by artworks in Nude: art from the Tate collection. Settle in to enjoy these imaginative tales of some of art’s greatest nudes.  This week’s writer is Michael Leunig, an Australian cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet.


WHAT: Celebrity Talks – Nude Fictions
WHEN: 6:30-7pm
WHERE: Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Thursday 2nd February

Edge In

‘Edge In’ presents Annie Gobel’s wearable sculptures which explore her childhood creative endeavours. Candy coloured enamel jewellery evokes play, toys and childhood adventures which the artist wants to retain as part of the adult everyday.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Edge In
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William St. Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP online here

ArtsLab: Treats

Shopfront Arts Co-op presents five diverse new works lovingly made by six emerging artists through the ArtsLab residency program. This multifaceted season presented across two equally tasty weeks will offer a new play, an audio story, a dance solo, a multi-media drama, and a catwalk.


WHAT: ArtsLab: Treats Week 1
WHEN: February 2-5, Thu-Sat 7pm & Sun 5pm
WHERE: Shopfront Arts Co-Op, 88 Carlton Pde. Carlton, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $20 Single Night/$35 Season Pass, Tickets and info here

Corporeal: The Presence and Absence

Corporeal : the presence and absence presents a selection of tangible works with intangible qualities. Showcasing mediums spanning from installation and documentation to video, photographic, and sound, this exhibition aims to unfold the seen and unseen areas of matter.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Corporeal: The Presence and Absence
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Rd. University of Sydney, Darlington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Friday 3rd February

Zin 3.0 Launch Party

Your monthly dose of awesome! Live music by Thunderfox, Majun Bu and Beatnic.  Plus affordable art and Zin magazine for sale.


WHAT: Zin 3.0 Launch Party
WHEN: 6-10pm
WHERE: Space, 49C Parramatta Rd. Annandale
HOW MUCH: $10-15 on the door, info here


Did you attend the Women’s March on Sydney? What were the conversations that you had? Join Women In the Arts for a discussion on creating a community archive for the event.

WHAT: Womens march archive project
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Frontyard – 228 Illawarra rd, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


Alongside live music, visual art and homemade popcorn, settle in for a night of curated local and international short films.

WHAT: Freshflix summer season
WHEN: 7pm
WHERE: 4Pines Brewery, WInbourne Road Brookvale
HOW MUCH: $19.80 more info here

Saturday 4th February


Dazzling songstress Shanghai Sheba has enchanted audiences from Berlin to Tokyo with her unique brand of stage extravaganza. The Tit will be transformed into a 1920’s speakeasy, where Shanghai Sheba’s wildly interactive show will involve lots of crowd


WHAT: Shanghai Sheba’s Speakeasy Live
WHEN: 4-7pm
WHERE: The Bearded Tit, 183 Regent St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

The Light of Dawn

Kensington Street is once again throwing open the doors of its historic terraces and coming together to celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rooster, in a truly #KensingtonStreet way – with a block party, of course!


WHAT: The Light of Dawn
WHEN: 3-8pm
WHERE: Kensington St. Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

New National Art School boss talks at Watters Gallery

Coinciding with the new exhibition at Watters Gallery, hear from National Art School director and CEO Steven Alderton for a discussion on the art scene in Sydney and the future of the National Art School.

WHAT: New national art school boss talks at waters Gallery
WHEN: 3- 6pm
WHERE: Watters Gallery- 109 Riley Street, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: free – more info here

A Step Inside A Library Dangerous

The Mu-Meson archives present an audio, visual presentation of some of their most controversial and fascinating artefacts- from Mind Control, the Para-Political (New World Order) and UFO’s.

WHAT: A step inside a Library of Very Dangerous Ideas
WHEN: 4.30-6.30pm
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse
HOW MUCH: Free! More info here


Celebrate the best in local, emerging and independent talent, dig in to all-you-can-eat homemade popcorn and have a bloody good time!
WHAT: Short film festival: FreshFlix
WHEN: Saturday 4th Feb 7pm
WHERE: Inside the 4Pines Brewery, Brookvale
HOW MUCH: $19.80 – book online
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