CULTURE GUIDE JULY 17 – 23: Dream Machines, TEITA IWABUCHI + the art of the Philippines

July 17th 2017
Monday 17th July

1917: The Great Strike

In 1917 employees at Eveleigh Railway Yards and the Randwick Tram Sheds walked off the job to protest against new working conditions imposed during a time of war.

1917: The Great Strike is a new exhibition marking the centenary of one of Australia’s largest industrial conflicts and includes displays of historical objects alongside commissioned artworks.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 15 July – 27 August 2017
WHERE: Carriageworks, Eveleigh
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Passion and Procession: Art of the Philippines

Passion and Procession brings together painting, sculpture, video and installation works from ten contemporary Filipino artists, revealing their very personal responses to faith, history, politics and life in the Philippines.

WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: 24 Jun – 12 Nov 2017
WHERE: Art Gallery of NSW Art Gallery Rd, The Domain
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Creative Workout

Bootcamp for the brain to help develop your creativity!

WHAT: Workshop
WHEN: 7- 9pm
WHERE: The Indigo Project 33 Foster Street, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: $30, more info here

Tuesday 18th July

Care & Constraint

Care & Constraint is a collaborative program that provides a platform for women/women-identifying artists and performers to explore issues of emotional and unpaid labour. Through performance and events it seeks to address the under-representation of women within the creative industry in Australia.

WHAT: Workshop
WHEN: 4-8pm
WHERE: ES74 74 O’Riordan St, Alexandria
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Bondi Feast

Bondi Feast is a fringe-style winter festival, celebrating the best in home-grown theatre, music, comedy, visual arts and food. Housed at the iconic Bondi Pavilion, over the past five years Bondi Feast has showcased the work of 700+ artists, housed 25+ pop-up food vendors and drawn crowds of 10,000+ to see art.

WHAT: Festival
WHEN: 18-29 July
WHERE: Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach
HOW MUCH: $10-20 (Varied), more info here

Wednesday 19th July

Against the Grain

This exhibition examines unconventional approaches to zine-making, challenging the traditional perception of how a publication should look and operate. 

WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: Goodspace Gallery 115 Regent St, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


Does age matter? In the end aren’t we all just having human experiences?

An honest new work performed by 13–16 year olds and members of Canberra Dance Theatre’s over-65 years’ GOLD troupe.

WHAT: Theatre
WHEN:19 – 22 July at 7pm
WHERE: Australian Theatre for Young People  Pier 4/5 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay 
HOW MUCH: $20-25 more info here


A high-stakes story of desperation, obsession and betrayal,  Mauritius follows the transformation of a young woman from lamb to lioness as she discovers how fragile loyalty can really be when a precious family heirloom is on the line.

WHAT: Theatre
WHEN: 12-29 July
WHERE: New Theatre  542 King Street Newtown
HOW MUCH: $25-38, more info here

Verge: The Politics of Portraiture

In the setting of historical, contemporary and political portraits as presented in Portraits Of Men, join speakers in an overview of the history and current practice relating to portraiture.

WHAT: Live Discussion
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Celebrity Talks: Making modernism in Sydney

A part of the new O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism exhibition, Architect Penelope Seidler talks with Caroline Butler-Bowdon from Sydney Living Museums about the modernist movement and it’s impact on the modern Sydney metropolis.

WHAT: Artist Talk
WHEN: 6:30
WHERE: Art Gallery of NSW, Entry Court
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Thursday 20th July

Girls at Gaffa

Gaffa Gallery will host an all female round of exhibitions in July spread across its four galleries.

WHAT: Art Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Gaffa 281 Clarence Street, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Streets X Portraiture Featuring Matt Bourne

Matt Bourne’s passion project which has been 15 months in the making expresses the coexistence of street culture and portraiture. Large-scale portraits document the stages of iconic graffiti artists careers with a strong 60’s flavour.

WHAT: Art Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 6pm-9pm
WHERE: aMBUSH Gallery, Waterloo


Speculative Fiction: Jane Rawson + James Bradley

Delve into the new literary wave of ‘speculative fiction’ with authors Jane Rawson and James Bradley as they discuss the blend between historical fiction and sci-fi

WHAT: Author Talk
WHEN: 6:30pm-8pm
WHERE: Better Read Than Dead, Newtown

Open Mind Exhibition: ALW Clarke

Reflect on the perceptions and fluidity of mental illness through ALW Clarke’s intricate watercolour designs that invite you to have conversations on the concept of mindfulness

WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: 10am-4pm everyday until 23rd July
WHERE: Warringah Creative Space, Curl Curl

Luminosity & Momentum

Melbourne artists Rob Love and Soonhoe collaborate to crete a photographic collection showcasing the natural interplay of water and light. Paired with striking visuals that capture the synchronisation of translucent waves and schools of fish.

WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: 6pm-8pm
WHERE: Black Eye Gallery, Darlinghurst

Friday 21st July

Blood on Silk: Last Seen

For this new work Western Sydney artist Fiona Davies will transform the Turbine Hall by creating five suspended makeshift hospital rooms from handmade silk paper.

Representing the merging of public and private spaces, Last Seen investigates the emotional landscape that carers and visitors to the hospital environment experience.

WHAT: Art Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre 1 Powerhouse Rd, Casula
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Saturday 22nd July


A 30-minute contemporary Japanese dance performance followed by a Q&A with the performer, Iwabuchi.

Learn about his unique choreographic and dance practice focusing on the interaction of space, music, and the human body.

WHAT: Dance Performance and Q&A
WHEN:5:30-6:30pm (Doors open 5pm)
WHERE: The Drill Hall 1c New Beach Rd Darling Point
HOW MUCH: Free, reservations recommended, more info here

Favour Economy

Claire Field and Bronwyn Treacy are the founders of Favour Economy, an archive of audio recordings created by women who work in the arts. Hear them discuss their ongoing collection of audio files, as well as their current sound installation at AirSpace Projects.

WHAT: Artist Talk
WHEN: 3-5pm
WHERE: AirSpace Projects 10 Junction Street Marrickville
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Dream Machines

Dream Machines brings together five artists and collaboratives who are simultaneously artist, scientist, engineer and inventor.

At the core of this project are ideas centred on DIY aesthetics, hacking and re-purposing, backyard inventors and the suburban shed.

WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: 22 Jul 2017 – 10 Sep 2017
WHERE: Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Art Centre 782 Kingsway, Gymea
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

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