Culture Guide March 26 – April 1: Tours, Virtual Reality, Chats & more

March 26th 2018
Monday 26th March

2017 Archibald Regional Tour

The Archibald Prize is going on tour! Prestigious and controversial, the Archibald Prize is Australia’s foremost portraiture prize featuring Australia’s best-of-the-best painters. Previously exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Archibald Prize is heading on a year-long regional tour with it’s first stop at Casula Powerhouse this March.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 24th March – 6th May
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Casula
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

Malatja tjutangku ara irititja kunpungku kanyini - Old Knowledge Young Blood

The APY Gallery showcases artists working across a wide range of mediums from painting, traditional punu (wood) carving, weaving, textiles, new media and digital photography. These emerging young artists have watched, listened and learned from their grandparents, the senior men and women of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in the far north of South Australia, and it is now the young peoples turn to find new ways of sharing these traditions and stories.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 25 March – 30 April
WHERE: APY Art Centre Collective, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

Creativity Versus Robots

What is the role of artificial intelligence in the creative process? Is it still art if it was made by a robot? What role will culture play in maintaining our humanity in a fully automated future? We spend a lot of time discussing how emerging technologies will disrupt our everyday world, but these technologies are used in surprising and unanticipated ways by artists across different artforms and cultures.

WHAT: Panel discussion
WHEN: 6pm-8pm
WHERE: Australia Council for the Arts, 372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: $20 – tickets available here

Gaffa March Exhibitions

Celebrating the end of the four March Exhibitions at Gaffa Gallery:

‘Candescence’ by Huw England, is an exploration of light as an extension of our presence in space, and its ability to project meaning and narrative.

‘Power Shift’ by Sarah Jennifer Dute explores how when we change what we are internally, our outside world symbiotically shifts to reflect this change.

‘Beyond the Surface’ by Daniel Gawronski is a sound composition explores the theory of the parallel universe, the existence of supernatural realms and other worlds beyond that which we perceive.

‘Residue’ by Armando Chant, is a series explores techniques of silk-screen and mono printing in a hybrid manner, merging fine art and textile process in an exploration of drawn image and surface transformation.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 10am-6pm
WHERE: Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence Street, CBD
HOW MUCH: Free! More info here

Tuesday 27th March


Writer-performer Amer Hlehel has created a tour-de-force solo performance in his new theatre piece ‘Taha’. Interweaving Taha Muhammad Ali’s exquisite poetry with his compelling life journey, he has crafted a beautiful, optimistic picture of the Palestinian people.

WHAT: Theatre
WHEN: 8pm (and again on the 28th in Arabic)
WHERE: Riverside Theatre, Parramatta
HOW MUCH: $30 – 49 – tickets available here


‘Carriberrie’ celebrates the depth and diversity of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander dance, music and song – from the traditional to the contemporary – in virtual reality.

WHAT: Virtual reality documentary
WHEN: 6-7pm, 7-8pm
WHERE: Hallstrom Theatre, Australia Museum, CBD
HOW MUCH: $16 – $20 – tickets available here

Wednesday 28th March

Art After Hours - Because of her, we can

Listen to women working in the arts discuss family, community, and cultural strength in response to this years NAIDOC theme, ‘Because of her, we can’, amongst the art collection in the Yiribana Gallery.

WHAT: Panel discussion
WHERE: Art Gallery of NSW, CBD
WHEN: 6:30pm
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

Slam! Poetry Workshops

Got something to say? Head to the free workshops in spoken word, rap, and poetry at Campbelltown Art Centre to spend some quality time with the mic, the power of your voice, and some of the best slam poetry artists around.

WHAT: Workshop
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

Thursday 29th March

Y3llow Sun Bay Run

Join multi-disciplinary artist Gillian Kayrooz as she celebrates the end of her residency at the Red Rattler in Marrickville. ‘Y3llow Sun Bay Run’ explores the vernacular, markers, and identities that make up Australian youth culture.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: The Red Rattler Theatre, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

Collaborative Textile Gathering

Connect with the intimate act of stitching with artist Nicole Barakat. Through the creation of a large-scale collective textile work, consider the potential of collective making to heal and transform ourselves, our communities, and our earth.

WHAT: Workshop
WHEN: 1-3pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, Darlington
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

Behind The Scenes

For two weeks only, witness behind-the-scenes at the Art Gallery of NSW. This is a rare chance to see work normally done behind closed doors and to meet the people who manage the Gallery’s artwork collections.

WHAT: Talks and presentations
WHEN: 20-29th March
WHERE: Art Gallery of NSW, CBD
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

The Apocalypse Tapestry of Darlinghurst

The Apocalypse Tapestry of Darlinghurst by Lark is an immersive large scale painting installation that speaks to middle-ages religious imagery within a contemporary context and brings in to question notions of identity, connection to place, survival, ‘damnation’ and the enduring human spirit. TATOD also reflects on local issues such as Darlinghurst’s shift as an artistic and queer neighbourhood and Sydney’s demising social housing in Redfern, Waterloo and the Rocks.

WHAT: Exhibition

WHEN: 4-6pm, other session here.

WHERE: The Flying Nun by Brand X 34 Burton St, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

HOW MUCH: Free. More info here.

Bizzare Bazaar Arts Market

Bizarre Bazaar, a market cultivated from local Sydney creative talent. Over the long-weekend, you can explore the arts market that gives local designers, artists and craftspeople the opportunity to sell their work directly to the public. Thursday’s opening night features a party including DJ’s and drinks.

WHAT: Market

WHEN: Thurs 6pm, and over the long weekend.

WHERE: East Sydney Community and Arts Centre 34 Burton Street Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

HOW MUCH: Free. More info here.

Friday 30th March

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 their artworks together, which deal with a diverse array of concerns and issues, 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: 16 March – 11 June
WHERE: Various locations
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

Saturday 31st March

Standing Up Alive

‘Standing Up Alive’ is an Aboriginal expression describing how the people are not only still going, but are dynamic; alive! Join artists Wayne Brennan, Shane Smithers, Chris Tobin, Leanne Tobin, and Uncle Peter Williams, who use the power and connection of their local symbols and patterns in a contemporary way to create a vibrant exhibition.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 17 March – 13 May
WHERE: Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

Unity - Tony Albert with Warakurna Artists

‘Unity’ is an expansive new body of work developed by Tony Albert with Warakurna artists over an eighteen month period of residencies and development. Striking and bold in their use of materials, Albert and his collaborators interrogate contemporary legacies of colonialism in a way that prompts the audience to contemplate elemental aspects of the human condition.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Finishes 31st March
WHERE: Sullivan + Strumpf, Zetland
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

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