Culture Guide May 8 – 14: Garage Barbershop, DIRTY DIGITal + Sydney Film Festival

May 8th 2017
Tuesday 9th May

Terra Firma

Terra Firma is a magazine following the desire to try and do something new and original in the form of printed matter. Join Terra Firma and a selection of artists from their fourth issue ‘Speed = Distance/Time’ as they jump from the pages to the big screen.

WHAT: Terra Firma ~ From the pages to the screen
WHEN: 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Down / Under Space, 109 Regent St, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


Impact is a touring exhibition from Cairns Regional Gallery which examines the long-term effects and ongoing presence of colonisation on First Nation communities in Australia and the Pacific region. New media and video works by Michael Cook, Fiona Foley, Taloi Havini and Angela Tiatia explore narratives of dispossession, alienation, conflict, gender, race and history.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Impact
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: UTS Gallery, Level 4, Peter Johnson Building (Building 6), 702 Harris St, Ultimo,
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


After traveling far and wide in 2015, Sydney based photographer Yasmin Mund was captivated by the scenery of Agay, a small village in the South of France, situated between St Tropez and Cannes on the Cote d’Azur. The Hôtel Hôtel series was taken over three weeks of summer in 2015, and it showcases the coastal life and landscape of this quaint little town on the Mediterranean Sea.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – HÔTEL HÔTEL
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Hotel Ravesis, 118 Campbell Parade, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

American Essentials Film Festival 2017

American Essentials brings to Australian audiences some of the most unique and acclaimed independent cinema direct for the US film festival scene.

WHAT: Film Festival – Opening Night
WHEN: 8-10:30pm
WHERE: Palace Verona – 17 Oxford St, Paddington
HOW MUCH: $35, more info here

Wednesday 10th May

pompom openings

The opening night of two exhibitions at Galerie pompom.  Featuring Bare Loggia by Rochelle Haley, and (no) vacancy by Jarrod Van Der Ryken.

WHAT: Exhibition Openings at Galerie pompom
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Galerie pompom, 27-39 Abercrombie St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here + here

Black box series #1

The first of a series of bi-monthly events showcasing a diverse range of artists working with and around sound. Presenting exciting new and experimental works from both emerging, established, local and visiting artists engaged in the expanded domain of contemporary sound practice.

WHAT: Black Box Series #1 featuring GAS, Jasmine Guffond, Tom Smith and Rydeen
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: UNSW Art & Design, Cnr Oxford St. & Greens Rd. Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


‘DIRTY DIGITal’ is an exhibition of lenticular works that combine photographic techniques and computer generated imagery (CGI), resulting in unsuspecting and entirely wonderful forms of becoming.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – DIRTY DIGITal
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Wellington St. Projects, Studio 8, 19-23 Wellington St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Dispossesto - Pesto for the Dispossessed

A collective of some very cool local businesses are collaborating to make Pesto for the Dispossessed, to bring light to the impending Waterloo demolition.

WHAT: Community Event – Dispossesto
WHEN: 5-7pm
WHERE: TJ Hickey Memorial
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here.

Thursday 11th May

The Infinite Faces of Chenny Baby

Multidisciplinary artist Aaron Chen brings you the freshest and most exquisite comedy you will have ever seen. He has been doing comedy for so long now and is itching to debut a solo show for you. It will cover many of the most pressing issues today and he might reveal his crush.

WHAT: Comedy – Aaron Chen: The Infinite Faces of Chenny Baby
WHEN: Thursday-Sunday
WHERE: Enmore Theatre, Enmore Rd, Newtown
HOW MUCH: $16-20, Tickets and info here

Garage Barbershop

Garage Barbershop culminates with an exhibition at Blacktown Arts Centre, sharing photographic  portraiture and urban reportage from acclaimed photographer Harold David alongside video interviews with barbershop regulars. You’ll also be able to get your ‘check up from the neck up’ with the barbers providing on site cuts by appointment.

WHAT: Garage Barbershop
WHEN: Thursday May 11 – June 3
WHERE: Blacktown Arts Centre, 78 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Black Flag Nine - Christopher V. Lapa

This exhibition comprises of works that are symbolic of another Australia; one of resistance, resilience and difference.

WHAT: Solo Art Exhibition – Christopher V. Lapa
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Interlude Gallery – 11/131-145 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Friday 12th May

Deep Dreamy

Deep Dreamy is a sink-hole into materiality from which the dreaminess of performance can surface. Plunge down and bubble up, then snuggle up, and buckle up to dream together. The inaugural Deep Dreamy is a program of performance, dance, and music.

WHAT: Deep Dreamy ft. Angela Goh, Ivey Wawn, Emily Galicek and Tru (live)
WHEN: 7-8:30pm
WHERE: Down / Under Space, 109 Regent St, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Saturday 13th May

Shanasheel Iraqi Cultural Festival

The Cultural Salon of the Iraqi Australian University Graduates Forum presents the opening of SHANASHEEL Visual Art Exhibition, the inaugural event of the 2017 Iraqi Cultural Festival, hosted by Fairfield City Museum & Gallery.

WHAT: Opening of Shanasheel Iraqi Cultural Festival 2017
WHEN: 1-4:30pm
WHERE: Fairfield City Museum & Gallery, 634 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Unseen: A Photographic Retrospective by Margaret Zhang


Open to the public for one day only- see Margaret Zhang’s exhibition of previously unseen photographic works!

WHAT: Unseen: A Photographic Retrospective by Margaret Zhang
WHEN: 10-3pm
WHERE: Comber Street Studios, 5 Comber street Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Sydney Death Lab

Death Lab is a day of research, collaboration and exploration. Head along to share your ideas and concepts for the forthcoming festival of death and dying.

WHAT: Sydney Death Lab
WHEN: 10-6pm
WHERE: Critical Path, The Drill 1c New Beach Rd, Rushcutters Bay
HOW MUCH: $20-$35, more info here

Waste Nation Documentary Preview and Conversation

Join Ronni Kahn (Founder, OzHarvest) and Caroline Baum (writer, producer and photographer) as they unpack Waste Nation. This soon-to-be released documentary details Ronni’s global journey to reduce food waste across Australia and beyond.

WHAT: Documentary preview and conversation
WHEN: 3-5pm
WHERE: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 16-20 Goodhope Street Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free! More info here

Sunday 14th May


The End of an Empire. The Birth of Two Nations. VICEROY’S HOUSE tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India. VICEROY’S HOUSE is a film that is both epic and intimate, with an inspirational message that celebrates tolerance.

WHAT: Sydney Film Festival Screening – VICEROY’S HOUSE
WHEN: 11am
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse, 1 Powerhouse Rd. Casula
HOW MUCH: $14.50-17.50, Tickets and info here

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