Culture Guide July 23 – 29: Badu Gili, HELLO WORLD, Dream’n Wild & More

July 22nd 2018
Monday 23rd July

Pedagogical Experiments | Letter from the future

In the first of a free series of public programs facilitated by Dr Remy Low and students from Sydney University’s School of Education and Social Work, this afternoon is themed as a guided visualisation exercise on embodying concerns in the world and becoming the change we seek. This series of ‘pedagogical experiments’ (happening this Wednesday and Friday too!) draws on ideas of sustained introspection to deepen our awareness of ourselves and our relationships to others in the world. While here, why not check out ‘Common Knowledge and Learning Curves’ by Keg de Souza, and see how the artist’s ongoing interest in the ways we teach and learn has inspired this programming.

WHAT: Public Program / Lecture
WHEN: 4 – 5PM
WHERE: Artspace Gallery – The Gunnery, 43–51 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free – booking essential. More details here

Daniel Buren - LIKE CHILD’S PLAY (Comme Un Jeu D’Enfant)

‘For me, colour is pure thought, and therefore completely inexpressible, every bit as abstract as a mathematical formula or a philosophical concept’ ~ Daniel Buren. Check out Carriageworks and this incredible installation room, inspired by German educational theorist Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbels. Consisting of 100 blocks, arches, triangles and pediments, Buren plays with scale so that the objects, which, as children we towered over now dwarf us. Throughout his career, Buren has created artworks that complicate the relationship between art and the structures that frame it. His work questions how space can be used, appropriated, and revealed both physically and socially.

WHAT: Art Installation
WHEN: Daily from 10AM – 6PM
WHERE: Carriageworks – 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
HOW MUCH: Free – booking essential. More details here

Common Knowledge and Learning Curves

The first Australian institutional solo exhibition by Keg de Souza. The exhibition stems from the artist’s ongoing interest in the ways we teach and learn. The exhibition seeks to break down hierarchies in typical knowledge exchange, exploring radical pedagogy and its tenets including democratic dialogue, lived experience, inquiry learning, solidarity and unlearning.

WHAT: Common Knowledge and Learning Curves
WHEN: Friday 29 June to Sunday 12 August
WHERE: Artspace, The Gunnery, 43–51 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


A dedicated laneway in The Galeries will showcase the latest augmented art works from artists Antra, Georgia Hill and We Buy Your Kids. Customers are encouraged to download the specialised Layers app allowing for a unique, gamified art experience, challenging the idea of a traditional art showcase.

WHAT: Layers
WHEN: Thursday 12 July to Sunday 12 August
WHERE: 500 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Tuesday 24th July

Badu Gili 2018 Premiere

Head down to the Sydney Opera House tonight as they unveil new artwork for Badu Gili by six First Nations artists. Badu Gili, which means ‘water light’ in Gadigal language, celebrates the ancient stories and rich contemporary culture of Australia’s First Nations. The seven-minute animation appears on the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sail year-round (twice each night, at sunset and 7pm). Blending the diverse voices of established artist and community leader Djambawa Marawili AM, vibrant watercolour painter Mervyn Rubuntja, internationally renowned artist and prestigious Telstra NATSIAA awards finalist Ma, be the first to see this beautiful installation work as well as hearing from Head of First Nations Programming, Rhoda Roberts.

WHAT: Public Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 6pm arrival for 6:15pm start
WHERE: Sydney Opera House – Bennelong Point, Sydney.
HOW MUCH: Free – more here

July / August Exhibition Opening at Kudos Gallery

Tonight at Kudos Gallery there are two new exhibitions opening. In space one you’ll see ‘Cinema’ featuring four new video works presented in conjunction with Runway Experimental Art Journal Issue #37: where twelve artists were invited to respond to a specially curated set of films. Together, the films programmed explore ideas of guilt, love, race, belonging, landscape and place. If you come down, you’ll see these video works by Paul Matereke, Hanna Tai, Elise Harmsen and Kuba Dorabialski, being screened alongside the latest Runway issue. Don’t forget to check out Penelope Cain’s work in space two called ‘Dump (with a view of some trees and the wind over water)’; acting as the pejorative term for a place used to dispose of waste, interdisciplinary artist Penelope presents an exploration that takes into consideration the word’s meaning in an object-led enquiry.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 5 – 8PM
WHERE: Kudos Gallery – 6 Napier St, Paddington.
HOW MUCH: Free – more here

Crossing Borders Fundraising Exhibition

‘Crossing borders’ is a fundraising exhibition of small works of art by established and emerging artists. Curated by Amber Hearn in collaboration with The National Art School in support of Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), with 100% of profits being donated to RACS to continue their vital work, providing legal assistance to people seeking asylum in Australia. Help Crossing Borders reach its $10000 target by bidding on a work, starting price point $100. Don’t miss this great opportunity to buy some affordable art and contribute to a greater cause!

WHAT: Exhibition Opening / Fundraising
WHEN: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
WHERE: National Art School – Cnr of Forbes & Burton St, Darlinghurst.
HOW MUCH: Free – check out the work and bid here

Wednesday 25th July

Printing the Future: Innovations in 3D Printing

Join a team of experts as they discuss the future applications of 3D printing (or additive manufacturing), exploring not only the absolute latest in new technologies, but also how these technologies are used across manufacturing, business and solo practice. Speakers will discuss their own research and design work, while contextualising it within the field of 3D printing – with a particular focus on how these technologies relate to design, ceramics, jewellery, fashion and architecture.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening / Fundraising
WHEN: 6 PM – 8 PM
WHERE: Australian Design Centre – 101-115 William Street, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $25 – buy tickets here


In 2014, teenager Adrianna Mitchell sat at a keyboard with Barack Obama and helped him become the first US President to code. His modest effort, a mere 17 characters of script, underscored a deeper belief in coding as the literacy of the 21st Century. Once largely viewed as an esoteric and tangential activity, coding has emerged as an essential, world-making practice. But what will this digitally-driven future look like? HELLO WORLD: CODE AND DESIGN examines the role of code in contemporary design, considering the ways in which designers are integrating computation into their practice. Gathering objects and technologies from across the design spectrum—from fashion and textiles, to moving image, graphics and the handmade, this exhibition aims to reveal the social, economic and critical impact of code and design.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 12–6pm; Saturday 12–4pm.
WHERE: UTS Art – Level 4, 702 Harris Street, Ultimo

Love Song Dedications (without Richard Mercer)

In 2013, after 17 years of being on air, Richard Mercer left his final Love Song Dedication. It was Trisha Yearwood’s ‘How Do I Live (Without You)?’ Now, two friends attempt to fill the void that The Love God left behind. After listening to literally thousands of dedications, as well as too many earnest songs about unrequited love and the greatest love of all, Bonnie Leigh-Dodds and Tom Hogan are neck-deep in their quest to find the perfect love song… erm, objectively. This devised work promises a night of reassurance, full of songs you are ashamed you know the lyrics to.

WHAT: Performance
WHERE: PACT – 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville.
HOW MUCH: $20-$30 – Book here

Thursday 26th July

Arthouse Gallery Openings

Tonight at Arthouse Gallery, see two exhibitions opening by Katherine Hattam and Caroline Gibbs. Hattam’s ‘Forgetting English’ continues her ongoing exploration of the Australian coast, with thematic cornerstone of the exhibition based on the story of William Buckley: an escaped convict who lived among the Wathaurong people on the Bellarine Peninsula for thirty-two years. During this time he forgot the English language, and she has continued to be fascinated by this reversal of colonial convention: the expectation that First Peoples should abandon their culture and learn English. Also check out the whimsical and dynamic new collection of hand built ceramics by Caroline Gibbes that feature her head turning characters – excavated from an eccentric mind, embodying joy and perseverance of the human spirit.

WHAT: Exhibition Openings
WHEN: 6 – 8PM
WHERE: Arthouse Gallery – 66 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay
HOW MUCH: FREE – More details here


Be one of the first to see the latest installment from May Space. reminiSCENT surveys contemporary artists initiating multisensory experiences through olfactory encounters. Smelling is classified as a “bodily sense” in that along with touch and taste, in order to be “known” or perceived, they need to be experienced with the body. Scent receptors are located in the olfactory cortex, a zone of the brain that overlaps with the limbic system, the area responsible for some memories and emotion. As a result, scents are often linked to memories and form associations that are highly individualised and subjective. The artworks in this exhibition privilege the sense of smell over that of vision and emphasise memory as understood through bodily engagement.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 10AM – 5PM
WHERE: May Space – 409b George Street Waterloo
HOW MUCH: FREE – More details here

Rohingya: Refugee Crisis in Colour by Ali MC

The ongoing genocide of Rohingya people in Western Myanmar (formerly Burma) remains almost ignored by world media. In 2016, Ali MC visited Rohingya refugee and internally displaced peoples’ camps in both Myanmar and Bangladesh. His aim was to photograph Rohingya people, document their living conditions and better understand the events that forced them into this situation. Unlike the photojournalism of poverty and angst, Ali MC also wanted to portray Rohingya as a people with pride and determination, despite their adverse living conditions. The portraits included in Rohingya: Refugee Crisis in Colour accomplish just that – strength and resilience captured on camera. Co-presented by the Amnesty International NSW Youth Network.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 11am – 7pm
WHERE: AIRspace Projects – 10 Junction Street, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: FREE – More details here

Friday 27th July

Burning Love: Carriageworks Night Market

Start your weekend with a sizzling Friday night! Acclaimed chefs and founders of Porteño Sydney, Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz will be curating the Carriageworks Night Market as it returns this winter. Fifty-five of Sydney’s leading restaurants, bars and producers will present menus inspired by the theme of Burning Love, using smoke and spice, careful slow-cooking, heat and flame to showcase locally-sourced seasonal produce. The Market will also feature a selection of Sydney bands, exclusive cooking demonstrations and entertainment hand-picked by Ben and Elvis.

WHAT: Night Market
WHEN: 5 PM – 10 PM
WHERE: Carriageworks – 245 Wilson Street, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $10 – Buy tickets here

UNSW Galleries Double exhibition opening

UNSW Galleries is opening two major exhibitions tonight so do not miss this! You’ll see ‘Make Known: The Exquisite Order of Infinite Variation’: an exhibition that looks at creative processes in art, design and architecture that presents work by 19 practitioners and collaborative groups. Also opening is ‘Local Colour: experiments in nature’: a major exhibition of contemporary textiles and fibre art by artists, designers and social enterprise groups interested in natural resources and local ecologies. This exhibition presents work by 21 practitioners from Australia, the United States, Canada, India, and Iceland. We definitely recommend you check out both of these collaborative, global exhibitions.

WHAT: Exhibition Openings
WHEN: 6 – 8PM
WHERE: UNSW Galleries – UNSW Art & Design, Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington.
HOW MUCH: FREE – more details here and here

Breakthrough: Open Studio

Breakthrough: Open Studio is one not to miss if you want to see three exciting new works in visual arts, theatre and music. Held at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, you’ll see Monikka Eliah, Amala Groom and Krystie Steve who have worked hard with their three high profile arts mentors; Wesley Enoch, Salote Tawale and Paul Mac. Today you’ll get a chance to view the incredible works they’ve developed toether and get an insight into the inner workings of each artist’s lived personal experience and how they draw from their individual disciplines to produce works that are fearless, progressive and surprising.

WHAT: Performance / Presentation
WHERE: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre – 597 High Street, Penrith

Saturday 28th July

Laka, Copper, 2168; Estate of Tomorrow

Casula Powerhouse is launching THREE new exhibitions this afternoon and these are worth travelling for. You will be transported to different places through the dreamlike installation steeped in the worldviews of Hindu and Yolngu cultures in Laka, the intricate works in Copper and the large scale commission from renowned Western Sydney artist Catherine O’Donnell in 2168; Estate of Tomorrow, responding to the homes in Green Valley where she grew up. Be part of the festivities and enjoy complimentary canapes and wine plus see the first ever screening of the film ‘Laka’ in the Casula Powerhouse Theatre at 4pm after the exhibition launch event.

WHAT: Screening / Launch
WHEN: 2 – 4PM
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre – Powerhouse Rd, Casula.
HOW MUCH: FREE – RSVP & details here

FOMArt July: Presented by the Youth Collective

Fear of missing art? You’ve come to the right place! Head to the AGNSW to check out a presentation of kaleidoscopic experiences organised by the Gallery’s Youth Collective. Today you’ll enjoy an interview and talk with Wendy Whiteley to find out how she inspired some of the most iconic Australian paintings by her late husband Brett, as well being honoured to hear about her experience as a woman in the industry and her passion for supporting the future of Australian art. There’s also a DIY session to learn the ins-and-outs of collage and an open mic featuring the indie-folk sounds of Little Quirks: a young, all girl trio.

WHAT: Interview / workshop / performance!
WHEN: 1 – 4PM
WHERE: Art Gallery of New South Wales – Art Gallery Road, The Domain
HOW MUCH: FREE – RSVP & details here

Dream'n Wild

ALASKA Projects is pleased to host a group exhibition featuring work from twenty-one artists and writers from Vienna and Sydney. Curator Alexander Jackson Wyatt, has invited the artists to propose works that may enable the audience to possibly—rethink how we might otherwise connect two or more dislocated locales. Each of the contributing artists works in specific ways on or between existing environments, their systems and structures. Such environments may well be pre-existing, under construction or imaginary. This one features some local favourites including: Bonita Bub, Jonny Niesche & Consuelo Cavaniglia.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 11 – 5PM
WHERE: Alaska Projects – Level 2, Kings Cross Car Park, 9A Elizabeth Bay Road.
HOW MUCH: FREE – More details here

Sunday 29th July

Political Art and Artists in the Digital Age

Head to the Penrith Regional Gallery and join the programming team for a special event that marks the end of their exhibition Black Mist Burnt Country. A forum of artists, curators, thinkers and activists will join to discuss the role and scope of political art in the digital age and question how has social media changed the political landscape and artist commentary? It’s well worth a visit, especially to check out favourite FBi artists Blak Douglas and Cigdem Aydemir!

WHAT: Panel / Forum
WHEN: 2 – 4PM
WHERE: 86 River Road, Emu Plains NSW
HOW MUCH: FREE – RSVP & details here

Salon des Refusés - The 'alternative' Archibald & Wynne Prize selection

Today is the final day to catch the Salon des Refusés, initiated by the S.H. Ervin Gallery in 1992 in response to the large number of works entered into the Archibald Prize which were not selected for display in the official exhibition. The Salon des Refusés exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery has established an excellent reputation that rivals the selections in the ‘official’ exhibition, with works selected for quality, diversity, humour and experimentation, and which examine contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and responses to the landscape.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 11 – 5PM
WHERE: S.H. Ervin Gallery – Watson Road, Observatory Hill (The Rocks).
HOW MUCH: FREE – See more here

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