Culture Guide March 19 – 25: I Don’t Unravel, Who’s Afraid of Australian Artists, Real Real & more

March 19th 2018
Monday 19th March

What do we teach, how do we learn?

In a climate of ongoing debate into the viability of art schools in Sydney and worldwide, this one-day forum stakes out time for conversation about the nature of contemporary art and art education. Local and international artists and artist-led initiatives discuss the practice of teaching art and alternative proposals.

WHAT: Panel discussion
WHEN: 10.30-7pm
WHERE: Artspace, Wooloomooloo
HOW MUCH: $33-$55, more details here

The 21st Sydney Biennale

The participating artists in the 21st Biennale of Sydney were not chosen to represent or symbolise a particular theme. By placing these artworks, oriented towards diverse concerns and issues which resonate with overall perspectives of the Biennale on multiple levels, the Biennale as a whole will serve as a microcosm of the history of Earth, the human race, and a condensed version of the history of Sydney.

WHAT: Biennale
WHEN: 16th March – 11th June
WHERE: Various locations
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

Tuesday 20th March

Free Film: Mameshiba

To appease your trans-seasonal blues, the Japan Foundation are screening free films across March to kiss the summer sun goodbye. In ‘Mameshiba’, introvert Jiro finds himself in an unprecedented conquest after his father’s untimely death: his mother has run away, leaving behind vague clues and 6-month-old mameshiba puppy.

WHAT: Film screening
WHEN: 6:30-8:16pm
WHERE: Japan Foundation, 28 Broadway, Level 4 Central Park, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

Working Title & I Don't Unravel My Mistakes

A working laboratory, and a live interactive performance of knitting. AD Space excitedly announce two new shows opening this Tuesday night: ‘Working Title,’ featuring Skye Wagner and Alia Parker, and ‘I Don’t Unravel My Mistakes’ with Christine Wilshier.

WHAT: Performance art exhibition
WHEN: 5-7pm
WHERE: UNSW Art and Design, Cnr of Oxford St and Green Rd, Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

Wednesday 21st March

Who's afraid of Australian artists?

In the thick of art month, catch this panel discussion that will discuss a range of topics across art and politics. Hear thoughts and ideas from some key thinkers as they discuss the nation’s agenda with the arts, and how we can work together to give voice to artists to action change.

WHAT: Panel discussion
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Rd, University of Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free with RSVP, more details here

Opening Night: Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize

An exhibition that closes the gaps between generations of artists. Curated and presented by the distinguished Nick Savas, 19 established artists have been selected to show work alongside an emerging maker of their choosing.

WHAT: Art exhibition
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: National Art School, Cnr of Forbes and Burton St, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free with RSVP, more details here

WOCO launches: Growing Strong

The Wom*n of Colour Collective is a student-led space prioritising autonomy above all. They run public workshops as well as an annual magazine – the latest of which will be launched at the Red Rattler. “Growing Strong” is set to be brimming with prose, poetry, art and writing by wom*n and non-binary people who comprise the collective. Head along to grab a copy and enjoy the launch party with live readings from a handful of contributors.

WHAT: Magazine launch and live readings
WHEN: 7pm – 12am
WHERE: The Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: Entry by donation, more details here

Thursday 24th March

The Other Art Fair Opening Night

Discover and buy art direct from the very best emerging artistic talent at The Other Art Fair. Born from a realisation of the disparity between an audience eager to discover the next big thing and talented artists struggling to gain recognition, the program features over 100 contemporary artists.

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: 6-10pm
WHERE: Australian Technology Park, Exhibition Hall, Eveleigh.
HOW MUCH: $25 general, more details here

Waterloo - Green Square Precinct Night

Explore the burgeoning arts precinct of Waterloo and Green Square with the Art Month art map as your guide from 6-8pm. Galleries on the trail are: Darren Knight Gallery, Home@735 Gallery, MAY SPACE, Sullivan+Strumpf, and The Bearded Tit.

Then head on over to The Other Art Fair for an exclusive after-party, with DJs, live performances, an indoor sculpture garden, and so much more! Pick up a ticket from any of the participating galleries for complimentary entry and an ice cold beer on arrival.

WHAT: Galleries tour and after party
WHEN: Galleries 6pm-8pm, After Party  8-10pm
WHERE: Various galleries & Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh.
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

MUSE Presents: Parade

Amateur musical theatre troupe MUSE, for the first time in Sydney in 8 years, perform Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry’s ‘Parade’. Leo Frank – a Brooklyn-raised Jewish man, lost in his new life in Atlanta, Georgia – is quick to learn about what it is to be Southern when he is accused of the murder of thirteen year old Mary Phagan. Watch the plot unfold where sensationalised media coverage and xenophobia have already decided Leo’s fate before the trial has even begun, and how a loving wife, politics and principles fight this judgement.

WHEN: Theatre

WHEN: 8pm (Fri 8pm, Sat 7pm)

WHERE: Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre, City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW 2008

HOW MUCH: $20-36. More info here.

Friday 23rd March

Real Real

What can we really say defines real or fake? Or, more importantly, IRL or virtual? What is it that informs our idea of the “real world” against the digital now? More than ever before, social media is blurring these distinct lines. After a two week residency at Campbelltown Arts Centre, three artists will be performing their responses to these prompts via Facebook Live.

WHAT: Live art performance
WHEN: 1:30pm
WHERE: Campbelltown Arts Centre (the event can be viewed via Facebook)
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

David Greenhalgh | Kuba Dorabialski

World events documented through video are assembled and reenacted by Kuba Dorabialski and David Greenhalgh’s artworks. ‘Seven Revisionists,’ a video installation by Kuba Dorabialski, is a continuation on work he’s previously made which revises moments of socialist hope in the 20th Century with Soviet Cinema tropes and slapstick. ‘The Eyes of the Power Company,’ made by David Greenhalgh, uses fragments of other people’s films to explore the limits of our tools for understanding the world.

WHAT: Video art exhibition
WHEN: 6pm-late
WHERE: 55 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

MCA Artbar: Curated by Salote Tawale

Drawing inspiration from Whitney Houston herself, Salote Tawale has curated an energetic evening of song and performance. Enjoy a dance-off led by Caroline Garcia; mask-making workshops; or have your fate exposed via coffee readings with Nicole Barakat.

WHAT: Live art exhibition
WHEN: 7-11pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks
HOW MUCH: $24 general; $18 concession, more details here

Saturday 24th March

Open Studios - an Art Month event

Parramatta Artists’ Studios open up for your exploration this Saturday with a tonne of live performances and tours as part of an all-day program. Featuring works from resident artists Khadim Ali, Tom Blake, Jessica Bradford, Rosie Deacon, Chris Dolman, Emma Fielden, Rebecca Gallo, Caroline Garcia, Anthony Macris, Emily Parsons-Lord, Lisa Sammut, Shireen Taweel, Garry Trinh and Justine Youssef.

WHAT: Live art exhibition and studio tour
WHEN: 12-3pm
WHERE: Level 1 & 2, 68 Macquarie St, Parramatta.
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

Art at Night ☞ 2018 Finissage Party

The time has come to give art month a loving kiss goodbye. To commemorate, UNSW Art and Design is hosting a celebratory closing night with music, performances and live installations.

WHAT: Party and art exhibition
WHEN: 6-10pm
WHERE: UNSW Art and Design, Cnr Oxford St and Green Rd
HOW MUCH: Free with RSVP, more details here

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