Culture Guide May 21 – 27: Black Power, Then and Now, Site Gestures, Songs About Horses & More

May 20th 2018
Monday 21st May

UTS Photography Guest Lecture 8: Rachel Knepfer

UTS Photography Guest Lecture series is back for its 8th edition with special guest Rachel Knepfer. Born in San Francisco, she has worked across New York and Sydney throughout her career as a photography editor, creative director and producer.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: 6 – 7:30pm
WHERE: Room 006, Level 4, UTS Tower, Ultimo
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Tuesday 22nd May

Black Power, Then and Now

Gary Foley reflects on the impact of the 1960s – 70s wave of Indigenous militancy and the lessons it holds for Indigenous people and sympathetic white activists today.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: 6:15 – 8pm
WHERE: Maritime Union of Australia, CBD
HOW MUCH: Sold out 🙁 More details here.


UncoUth is an installation created by Audrey Newton that transforms objects through space.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Our Neon Foe, Leichhardt
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Wednesday 23rd May

Framework 'Translation' Issue #22 launch

Framework, UNSW Art & Design’s critical and creative arts publication, has teamed up with Fatal Crush to present a night of readings and screenings to celebrate the launch of the publications 22nd issue, Translation.

WHAT: Publication launch
WHEN: 5:30 – 7:30pm
WHERE: Black Box Theatre, UNSW Art and Design, Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

The Fine Print

The law can often be confusing, particularly in the arts! Join NAVA and Arts Law Centre of Australia for a professional development seminar for artists, about best practice in contracts and negotiating your rights.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Artspace, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: $12 – more details here.

Site Gestures

Site Gestures, a solo exhibition by Meg Driver, explores the object’s possibility for movement through a process of arranging and re-arranging deceivingly static objects.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 6-8pm, until June 10
WHERE: Stacks Projects, CBD
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

Thursday 24th May

May - June at Verge

Two new exhibitions are opening up at Verge Gallery. Parting Words by Elena Papnikolakis presents collages, texts, paintings and drawings exploring ideas of departure. Model Home by Christine Ko plays with the idea of home as a metaphor for the self and a window to another world.

WHAT: Exhibitions
WHEN: 5:30 – 8pm, exhibitions continue until June 30
WHERE: Verge Gallery, University of Sydney, Darlington
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Songs About Horses

Traveling by horse, Russian minibus or the Trans-Mongolian Railway, Kurt Davies captured the manic and barren juxtaposition of China and Mongolia.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 6-8pm, exhibition continues until May 27
WHERE: Campbell Project Space, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Tactical Space Lab x Jason Wing

Exploring motion-capture and the dynamic visual effects of VR, Jason Wing has teamed up with Tactical Space to create an immersive narrative in VR Space that engages both the participant, and the outside audience.

WHAT: Virtual reality
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Tactical Space Lab, St Peters
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Friday 25th May

Corpus + Hunter Red

Hunter-based cultural institutions; Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery and The Lock Up Cultural Centre, have teamed up to present the exhibition ‘Corpus’, plus a performance choreographed by Omer Backley-Astrachan, presented by Catapult Dance.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
WHERE: Newcastle Art Gallery, Cooks Hill, Newcastle
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

The Liminal Hour

As Vivid begins and the city lights up, experience world-class puppetry, sound and light in ‘The Liminal Hour’. Inspired by the cycle of regeneration through fire and water, ‘The Liminal Hour’ transforms Barangaroo’s Wulugul Walk into a magical bushland led by the six-metre high character named Marri Dyin – meaning “Great Woman” in the Eora language.

WHAT: Installation
WHEN: 5 – 11PM, until June 16
WHERE: Wulugul Walk, Barangaroo
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

Saturday 26th May

Day of Mourning Panel Discussion

The Day of Mourning, held in Sydney on 26 January 1938, represented the first civil rights protest in Australian history. On its 80th anniversary, the MCA is bringing together family members of prominent organisers of the landmark event, critical thinkers, artists and community members to consider how the protest helped shape discussion on Aboriginal rights.

WHAT: Panel
WHEN: 1 – 3:30pm
WHERE: MCA,  The Rocks
HOW MUCH: Free but bookings essential! More details here.

Cosmic Noise

As part of ‘Black Mist Burnt Country’, an award-winning national touring exhibition of artworks by over 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, Vicky Browne has created ‘Cosmic Noise, an installation inspired by the audio of cosmic microwave background radiation emitted by the Big Bang, that explores how invisible forces are made tangible through their audibility.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 2-4pm
WHERE: Penrith Regional Gallery, Emu Plains
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

Sunday 27th May

IBP Intercessions

IBP, or In Between Performance, is a platform of research, dialog and exchange for performance art. Running on the last weekend of each month, explore the body and space in the gallery setting with a performance of your own, or observe what others have brought to the table.

WHAT: Performance
WHEN: 12 – 5pm
WHERE: Airspace Projects, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

Other World Zine Fair

Other World Zine Fair is back! For the 5th year in a row it is filled with zines, artworks, prints and ephemera to add to your bookshelves.

WHAT: Zine fair
WHEN: 12 – 4pm
WHERE: Marrickville Town Hall,
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

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