Culture Guide: July 25 – 31

July 25th 2022
Tuesday - The Eye of the Beholder

Gladdy Drawing Club Brings Life Drawing to The Rocks

Gladdy Drawing Club is bringing their infamous life drawing class to ONE Sydney! Hosted in a room freshly painted by artist Sofles, your creativity will overflow. Models to be announced soon, stay tuned!

WHO: Gladdy Drawing Club & Art Aid
WHERE: 47 George St, The Rocks
WHEN: 26 July, 6-8pm
HOW MUCH: $20, more info here

Jess Johnson: Killjoy and Bez

The concept of world-building lies at the centre of Jess Johnson’s work, which reflects her interests in science fiction, language, technology, and concepts of consciousness.

Over several years, her drawings have documented an increasingly complex fictional world; they are meshworks of cultural symbology, humanoid clones, messianic figures, and alien runes placed in architectural settings.

WHO: Jess Johnson & Darren Knight Gallery
WHERE: 840 Elizabeth St, Waterloo
WHEN: 2-30 July
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Wednesday - Parallel Histories

Culture Vault Talks NFTs with Artists Tim Grove and Made by Tsuki

Listen to technology natives and innovative creatives explore their experience in the NFT space. Hosted by Culture Vault featuring digital artists Tim Grove and Made by Tsuki.

Tickets are by donation at the door, all profits go to our charity partners. 

WHO: Culture Vault, Art Aid, Tsuki & more
WHERE: 47 George St, The Rocks
WHEN: 27 July, 6-8pm
HOW MUCH: Tickets on the door by donation, more info here

A Western Sydney Bookclub: This All Come Back Now

A Western Sydney Bookclub will host a discussion centring around Mykaela Saunders’ anthology of First Nations stories, This All Come Back Now.

This event will take place in a safe and welcoming space at Arts & Cultural Exchange.

WHO: Mykaela Saunders, Amy Thunig & Parramatta Arts & Cultural Exchange
WHERE: 8 Victoria Rd, Parramatta
WHEN: 27 July, 6:30-8pm
HOW MUCH: Free, registrations are essential. More info here

Thursday - Theatre Night

Sama Sabawi's THEM at Riverside Theatre

THEM tells the story of one young family as they face the decision whether to flee their war-torn city. Omar, Leila and their young child are counting down the days. Their friends enjoy fantasies of escape and the arrival of Omar’s sister brings a real chance to get out – but at what cost?

WHO: Sama Sabawi & Riverside Theatre
WHERE: Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
WHEN: 28 July, 8pm
HOW MUCH: Full Price $39, concessions available. More info here

Friday - Celebrating an Icon

Opening Party - Gordon Hookey: A Murriality

The first survey of renowned Waanyi artist Gordon Hookey, charting three decades of practice where artmaking and activism fuse.

Gordon Hookey’s work is best known for its biting satire of Australian culture and politics, its witty critique of racism, and an exploration of oral and image-based history-making traditions. 

WHO: Gordon Hookey & UNSW Galleries
WHERE: Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington
WHEN: 29 July, 6-8pm
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

This Weekend

Where Shadows Meet

Where Shadows Meet features artists who embrace the physical and metaphoric spaces in-between light and darkness and use it as a tool for their artmaking.

In this visually dramatic exhibition artists continue the long tradition of making art and meaning through harnessing the properties of light, shadow and darkness. In life we often find ourselves squinting in the dark, trying to make out and understand what is happening around us. 

Join us for curator led pop-up artist talks and some drinks and nibbles. All welcome.

WHO: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Eunjoo Jang, Maddison Gibbs & more
WHERE: 1 Powerhouse Rd, Casula
WHEN: 30 July, 6pm
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Opening Night - Nick Swann: Wing, Waddle, Warble

Nick Swann’s work investigates perception. Specifically, the ability of the subconscious mind to superimpose fabricated constructs; dreams and images, onto the reality that surrounds us. 

Exhibition opening this Sunday afternoon.

WHO: Nick Swann & Flinders St Gallery
WHERE: 63-65 Flinders St, Sydney
WHEN: 30 July, 4-6pm
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


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