Culture Guide July 31 – August 6: Sounding the Future, Undergarments + Dead Before it Began

July 31st 2017
Monday 31st July

Loose Leaf Literature

With 2017 halfway through, Loose Leaf Literature is doing its best to fit in as much music, comedy, stories, poetry and art into the rest of the year as possible.  Join them this Monday 31st July for a varietable feast of creative culture, and performances.

WHAT: Loose Leaf Literature
WHEN: 7-10pm
WHERE:LazyBones Lounge, 294 Marrickville Rd. Marrickville
HOW MUCH: $10, Tickets and info here

Tuesday 1st August

Top of the Lake: China Girl

The Sydney premiere screening of Academy Award winner Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl with an exclusive Q&A with Jane Campion, creators and cast.  Top of the Lake: China Girl is a crime mystery story that finds Detective Robin Griffin recently returned to Sydney and trying to rebuild her life. When the body of an Asian girl washes up on Bondi Beach, there appears little hope of finding the killer, until Robin realises “China Girl” didn’t die alone.

WHAT: Film Screening – Top of the Lake: China Girl
WHEN: 6:30pm
WHERE: Sydney Opera House
HOW MUCH: $39.90 +bf, Tickets and info here

Sounding the Future

Sounding the Future is an exhibition curated by Gail Priest that speculates about what art in the future will sound like. The exhibition will present sonic “possibles and potentials” ranging from almost-here transhuman mediations, to far-future post-anthropocene aftermaths, with some apocalyptic contingencies in between.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening -Sounding the Future
WHEN:6-8, exhibition runs until September 22
WHERE: UTS Gallery, Level 4, Peter Johnson Building (Building 6), 702 Harris St, Ultimo,
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Wednesday 2nd August


Undergarments is a group show focused on the intimacies of gender, sexuality and, comparatively, the performative identities we construct for ourselves in the Postinternet era. Comprised of Australian and international artists, the exhibition investigates the politics of cloth, the post-porn revival and the dialogue that encompasses our gendered bodies.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Undergarments – curated by ellen.gif and Andriana Carney
WHEN: 6-8pm, exhibition runs until 13th August
WHERE: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St. Redfern
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Dead Before it Began

This new installation Dead Before It Began features multi sensory works that are the artists response to the exquisite grief and melancholy in realising the limitations of fantasy in relation to one sided love infatuations.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Dead Before it Began – Jodie Whalen
WHEN: 6-8pm, exhibition runs until August 13
WHERE: Wellington St. Projects, Studio 8, 19-23 Wellington St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

August at Firstdraft

The opening night of the August exhibitions at Firstdraft Gallery.  Featuring ‘I am Crying’ by Jimmy Nuttall & Nick Smith, ‘Doing Dancing’ by Rhiannon Newton, ‘Deep/Slow’ by  Katherine Corcoran, and ‘How is the crater, the image’ by Oliver Hull.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – August at Firstdraft
WHEN: 6-8pm, exhibition runs until August 25
WHERE: Firstdraft, 13-17 Riley St. Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Australian Graffiti

A Thai family has uprooted its restaurant business one too many times. Being the only migrant household in a small country town turns out not to be a great idea. And when graffiti starts appearing, tensions quickly escalate. Should they go back to Sydney? Should they go back to Thailand? Or should they keep heading west?

WHAT: Theatre Production – Australian Graffiti
WHEN:  7th of July till 12th of August at 7:30pm (mon-sat)
WHERE: Wharf 2 Theatre
HOW MUCH: $35 + BF, more info here

Thursday 3rd August

August at Verge

The opening night of two new exhibitions at Verge Gallery.  Featuring; ‘Down the Barrel: Indigenous Resistance’ by Elaine Syron, curated by Rebekah Raymond, and ‘all mater has a past’ curated by Consuelo Cavaniglia and featuring work by Penny Coss, Sean O’Connell, and Clare Peake.

WHAT: Exhibition Openings – August at Verge
WHEN: 5:30-8pm, runs until August 26
WHERE: Verge Gallery, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Rd. University of Sydney, Darlington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

The Last 5 Years

Relationships can be difficult and this musical shines a spotlight on how a relationship begins and ends through a unique timeline. Unique in the way that the two characters are moving in opposites directions in their timeline. Budding actor Cathy Hiatt starts as the relationship ends, and Jamie Wellerstein starts with the butterflies and excitement at the beginning. The Last 5 Years, written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, is brought to life by Director Kate Cameron and actors Lily Stokes and Jack Dawson, whose unique voices and acting styles highlight the themes within the show.

WHAT: UNSW MTS Presents: The Last 5 Years

WHEN: Thursday 3rd Aug 8pm, Friday 4th Aug 8pm and Saturday 5th Aug 2pm

WHERE: Studio One, UNSW, Kensington

HOW MUCH: $15-30. For more information click here.

Down the Barrel: Indigenous Resistance :: Elaine Syron

Recording moments of indigenous resistance during the last forty years, Elaine Syron documents the moments that changed history for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. ‘Down the Barrel: Indigenous Resistance’ uses photographs, posters and archived documents to reflect the struggles and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. The title, ‘Down the Barrel’ reflects the photographic medium of the exhibition but also confronts the dangers that face Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, past and present.

WHAT: Down the Barrel: Indigenous Resistance
WHERE: Verge Gallery, Darlington, University of Sydney
WHEN: Opening night Thursday 3 August 6-8pm, continuing to the 26th August

HOW MUCH: Free. For more information click here.


“I used to be a curator in a big museum and like a lapsed Catholic I carry the guilt inside me forever. It has led to a lot of my ceramic work being about the art world itself which is a really boring topic at the best of times… Pots have the potential to last for millennia and this really appeals to my ego.” – Glenn Barkley
Glenn Barkley uses ceramics to represent his interests, drawing on the history of ceramics, his garden in Berry and conversation about art and the internet. This exhibition includes a pot that is designed in response to artist Scott Redford comments online about curation in public museums of “mainstream” art and “bad behaviour” of public servants. Barkley admires the guts needed to be so forthright in your opinions and has dedicated a large pot to reflect this. This is only one of the many ceramics featured in the exhibition, with themes ranging from everyday life, to performance art, to the internet.
“As always I’m trying to leave a record of the ephemeral, a bulwark against time.’ – Glenn Barkley

WHAT: yetmorecontemporaryart

WHEN: Until 26th of August

WHERE: Artspace, Woolloomooloo

HOW MUCH: Free. For more information click here.

Salon des Réfuses

Saw the Archibald? Didn’t we all. But this exhibition features artworks entered into the Archibald that didn’t make the cut to be displayed in the official exhibition. The National Trust gets unprecedented access to over 1500 works submitted to the Archibald for portraiture and Wynne Prize for landscape to select quality, diverse, humorous and innovative artworks for the Salon.
The Salon was inspired by French Academy of Fine Art, Paris in the 19th century who saved rejected artworks from the infamous Paris Salon in an exhibition named ‘Salon des Refusés’. Manet, Pissarro and Whistler were some of the artworks in the original French exhibition. In 2017, the Salon des Refusés rivals the original Archibald and Wynne exhibitions and can be found in S.H Ervin Gallery, in The Rocks.

WHAT: Salon des Refusés

WHEN: Until 15 October

WHERE: S.H Ervin, The Rocks

HOW MUCH: Free. For more information click here.

Friday 4th August

Drew Holland + Snack Syndicate

ALASKA Projects is thrilled to present their August exhibitions – solo projects from Drew Holland ‘So Far Away From Love (I don’t eat human beings//All joy for all eternity)’ and Snack Syndicate ‘Cold Cuts.’

WHAT: Exhibition Openings – Drew Holland + Snack Syndicate
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Alaska Projects, Level 2, Kings Cross Car Park, 9A Elizabeth Bay Rd. Elizabeth Bay
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Master of Three Worlds

Master of Three Worlds references the storytelling format The Hero’s Journey, also known as the ‘Master of Two Worlds’, in which a protagonist is exposed to unexpected hardship and trial and returns to their initial setting having completed a transformative journey, now a master of both the domestic and initially unfamiliar worlds. The ‘Three Worlds’ in this case relate to artists coming to terms with their initial physical location after development of relationships with new countries and cultures, wrestling with conceptualising work following the influence this may have, and the way in which practice expands and changes over time.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Master of Three Worlds
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: COMA, 137 Bayswater Rd. Rushcutters Bay
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Between Nature and Sin, David Griggs

An anarchistic approach capturing an intimate look at daily life in Manila, through a series of murals, photographs and videos.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 6:30, Exhibition is on till the 15th October
WHERE: Campbelltown Arts Centre
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

AirSpace August Exhibitions Opening Event

Opening night for AirSpace’s August program including four new exhibitions, Landscaping, Weathered, Matter(ed) Memory and What am I doing? Why are you here?

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 6-8pm, Exhibition is on till the 19th August
WHERE: AirSpace Projects, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Eid in the City

Get your feast on and celebrate a night of amazing middle eastern food, markets, music, photography and art.

WHAT: Middle Eastern Night Markets
WHEN: 5-10 pm
HOW MUCH: $11.44, more info here

Tokyo Fruits


From colourful decora to neo-goths and cyber-punks, influential street fashion publication FRUiTS magazine exhibits a selection of photographs from Harajuku, the creative centre of Tokyo fashion, from over twenty years.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 6:30-8pm, on till the 15th September
WHERE: The Japan Foundation, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Saturday 5th August

Terra Omnia

Since time immemorial Aboriginal people have been the continuing custodians of this country now known as Australia, living in constant flux with the land, rising/falling sea levels and mega fauna, this land has provided everything for over 50,000 years of continuing Aboriginal culture. This fact cannot be disputed yet to justify the invasion Australia was proclaimed as Terra Nullius (nobody’s land) – we aim to subvert this misconception by rewriting history, the true history; Terra Omnia, the land of everything, all and plenty.

WHAT: Terra Omnia – Sculptures at Barangaroo
WHEN: 11am-4pm
WHERE: Barangaroo
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Sunday 6th August

Learn to Riso Print

Learn the basics of Risograph printing including essential information on colours, layouts and print areas.

WHAT: Workshop
WHEN: 10:30am-11:30am
WHERE: The Rizzeria, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: $18-$22, more info here

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