Culture Guide March 20 – 26: Making a Career in the Arts, Film Screenings & Block Parties

March 20th 2017
Monday 20th March

Making a Career in the Arts

Following a tumultuous 2016 and with the median creative income for Australian artists being well below the national average, we check in with four Sydney artists and arts practitioners to talk the highs, lows and everything in between for creating a career in the arts.


WHAT: Seminar – Making a Career in the Arts
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: Seminar Room, Artspace, The Gunnery, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free for SAMAG and NAVA Members, Non-Members: $20, Student: $10, Tickets and info here

Daniel Kitson: Not Yet But Soon

Daniel Kitson is a British comedian. His observational commentary is charming and self deprecating. Very chuckle worthy.

WHAT: Comedy: Daniel Kitson: Not Yet But Soon
WHEN: 8pm Doors, 9pm Show
WHERE: Giant Dwarf
HOW MUCH: $12 book online

The Comedy Lounge Monday's

Two UK based comedians because we know British comedy is the best, plus a bunch of up and comers.


WHAT: Comedy Lounge
WHEN: 8pm
WHERE: Cafe Lounge
HOW MUCH: $10 – more info

Tuesday 21sth March

Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso offers a nostalgic look at films and the effect they have on a young boy who grows up in and around the title village movie theater in this Italian comedy drama that is based on the life and times of screenwriter/director Giuseppe Tornatore.


WHAT: Film Screening – Cinema Paradiso
WHEN: 6:30-10:30pm
WHERE: Down / Under Space, 109 Regent St, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, Gold coin appreciated, info here

The Unknown Dancer in the Neighbourhood

Drama and dance hybrid show, ‘The Unknown Dancer in the Neighbourhood’, paints a story of apathy and anonymity in a Japanese suburb on the city fringe.


WHAT: Dance/Drama Performance – The Unknown Dancer in the Neighbourhood
WHEN: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30pm
WHERE: Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton St. Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free, register online here

Nerd Nite: Queer Wars, Activism, and Kids

Nerd Nite is a monthly event during which experts of all kinds give 20-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines. No lengthy colloquia here, but passionate, bite-size orations about fascinating and bizarre topics that you didn’t know you should know about.


WHAT: Live Talks
WHEN: 7-9pm
WHERE: The Friend in Hand Hotel Glebe – 58 Cowper St, Glebe
HOW MUCH: $12, more info here

Wednesday 22nd March

Living with the Past

The opening of Stella Chen’s new exhibition ‘Living with the Past,’ draws upon in-depth research on trauma across time and space.  The exhibition seeks to explore the intelligence and materiality of nature in relation to violence, memory, and human survival.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Living with the Past
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: STACKS Projects, 191 Victoria St. Potts Point
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Cinema Political Presents 'Special Treatment'

In the lead up to the interim report of the Royal Commission, which is due on March 31,  folk at Cinema Politica Sydney are screening Special Treatment: Locking Up Aboriginal Children (1991). Special Treatment is a landmark film that looks closely at the harsh reality Aboriginal kids face growing up with a criminal justice system heavily skewed against them.


WHAT: Film Screening – Cinema Politica presents: Special Treatment
WHEN: 6:30-9:30pm
WHERE: The Settlement, 17 Edward St, Redfern 2008
HOW MUCH? Donation at the door – more info here

Young Women Speak Out For Treaty - Public Forum

STICS present this public forum featuring 4 amazing young First Nations Women to mark International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The forum will be chaired by journalist and film-maker, Jeff McMullen.


WHAT: Public Talk- Young Women Speak Out For Treaty
WHEN: 6:o0-8:30pm
WHERE:29-53 Hugo Street, Sydney, Australia 2016
HOW MUCH? Free – more info here

Thursday 23rd March

Cosas Antes y Después/ Things Before and After

First solo exhibition from Sydney based artist Nadia Hernandez. Born in Merida, Venezuela, her practice continues to orbit and explore Venezuelan folklore, using painting, collage, craft, object, and text to reflect on the intersecting ideologies of social and political change.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Nadia Hernandez solo show
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Special Group Studios Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Friday 24th March

Losing Farther, Losing Faster

Opening Night of Alaska Projects new show ‘Losing Farther, Losing Faster, ‘curated by Bradley Vincent.  Featuring work by Catherine Clayton-Smith, Jack Lanagan Dunbar, Jason Phu, Laura Skerlj, Lauren Brincat, Ryan Hancock, Sally Ross, Samuel Hodge, Tarik Ahlip and Tom Smith.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Losing Farther, Losing Faster
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Alaska Projects, Level 2, Kings Cross Car Park, 9A Elizabeth Bay Rd. Elizabeth Bay
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

TWT Block Party

Explore Sydney’s fastest growing Creative Precinct. For one night only, follow a trail through the TWT studios to discover the creative ideas that are transforming their neighbourhood. Experience a program of exhibitions, performance, music and workshops free for all the community.


WHAT: TWT Block Party
WHEN: 5-10pm
WHERE: TWT Creative Precinct, 2/9 Atchison St, St Leonards
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Contemporary Contemporary Contemporary

Looking back at the olden days of 2003 to what we’re standing in now, POST have invited a host of artists to create two distinctly different nights of performance. They invite you, the audience, to choose between THE PAST (Friday night) and THE PRESENT (Saturday night), or perhaps both. It will be the present re-imagined through the past. It will be a re-enactment of the present moment before your very eyes (it will be as if you were there).


WHAT: Performances – Contemporary Contemporary Contemporary
WHEN: Friday and Saturday 8pm
WHERE: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St. Redfern
HOW MUCH: $15-20, Tickets and info here

Saturday 25th

Chasing Asylum

Kudos Gallery is pleased to present the screening of ‘Chasing Asylum’, directed by Eva Orner – A 90 minute documentary exposing the truth of offshore detention policies. Focusing on Nauru and Manus Island. ALL revenue from ticket sales will be donated directly to RISE.


WHAT: Film Screening – Chasing Asylum
WHEN: 12:30-4pm
WHERE: Kudos Gallery, 6 Napier St. Paddington
HOW MUCH: $10, Tickets and info here

Art + Film

The MCA’s new Art + Film series invites audiences to experience the works that have inspired artists practices.  Closing off this months program “Static No.12 (seek stillness in movement)” by Daniel Crooks, followed by the film “Slaughterhouse Five”.


WHAT: Art + Film – Daniel Crooks
WHEN: 2-4:30pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St. The Rocks
HOW MUCH: $10-12 Tickets and info here

55 Sydenham Rd Fundraiser

55 Sydenham Rd is holding a fundraiser to take them into the next cycle of exhibitions and events from May 2017 to May 2018.  There will be works for sale from 50 contributing artists with more to be announced.  All works will be at fixed prices, and cover all price ranges.


WHAT: 55 Sydenham Rd Fundraiser
WHEN: 4-7pm
WHERE: 55 Sydenham Rd. Marrickville
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Shigeru Ban

Head to SCAF for a glass of wine and the opening of The inventive work of Shigeru Ban. These are the first projects in Australia for the acclaimed Pritzker Prize–winning Japanese architect.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – The Inventive Works of Shigeru Ban
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 16-20 Goodhope Street, Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Queer Nu Werk

PACT’s Queer Development Program wraps with a bang on the 25th of March, and you’re invited to the party to see what their extraordinary cohort of queer artists have cooked up. With KoCo Carey, Hip Hop Hoe, Stereogamous, and more to be announced!


WHAT: Queer Nu Werk – Open Studio Party
WHEN: 6-10pm
WHERE: PACT centre for emerging artists, 107 Railway Parade, Newtown
HOW MUCH: $10, Tickets and info here

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