Culture Guide November 27 – December 3: “Party””Girl”, RAW Sydney, Blak Markets & more

November 27th 2017
Monday 27th November

Designing Bright Futures

Designing Bright Futures will exhibit the work of 12 outstanding UNSW Art & Design graduating students across Bachelor and Masters of Design fields. Work includes jewellery, textiles, graphics, object, interactive and spatial design. The graduates have been chosen for their work which explores and promotes ideas of innovation and sustainable practice, capacity for social impact, commercial viability and the role of design in advancing well-being.

WHAT: Design Exhibition
WHEN: 11am-4pm
WHERE: Australian Design Centre, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Tuesday 28th November


Joshua Yeldham’s new collection ‘Endurance’ nurtures a space where boundaries collapse and binaries converge. Through his highly symbolic visual vernacular, the artist takes us on an inward odyssey inspired by recent travels throughout Japan, Arizona and India, as well as his ongoing affiliation with Australia’s Ku-ring-gai and Hawkesbury regions. Working across painting, kinetic and musical sculpture, carved works on paper and photography, Yeldham explores the shared threads that weave cultural ideologies, philosophies and religions across East and West.

WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Arthouse Gallery, Rushcutters Bay
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

UNSW Art & Design 2017 Graduate Exhibition

UNSW Art & Design’s ANNUAL is Australia’s largest and most diverse national showcase of graduate contemporary art, design and creative media work. Encompassing multi-site exhibitions and screenings the A&D ANNUAL 2017 features an unmatched array of new work by participating creatives spanning; installation, animation, visual effects, digital media and film, visual communication and graphic design, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, sound, spatial design, furniture and jewellery, textile design, design for social innovation, ceramics and more.

WHAT: Exhibition Showcase
WHEN: 28th Nov 5pm – 5th December 9pm
WHERE: UNSW Art & Design, Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free RSVP, more info

Wednesday 29th November


The exhibition is a showcase and celebration of the conversations, processes and manifestations that the Fork Project has been collecting for the past month.

WHAT: Artist Collective Exhibition
WHEN: 7-11:30pm
WHERE: 5 Fisher Street, Petersham
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Artereal Gallery Openings: Kai Wasikowski & Noula Diamantopoulos

Noula Diamantopoulos’s ‘Agape’ is a series of cryptic neon artworks that employ the poetry of the Greek language to explore one of art history’s most enduring and universal themes – love. Kai Wasikowski’s ‘Moments of love and apathy’ addresses the recurring and transient desire for immersion in the natural landscape. Spurred by a recent journey to the retreating glaciers in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Wasikowski presents photography and multimedia across two exhibitions that consider the deception and hostility inherent in the conception of nature as a pure and holistic vision.

WHAT: Exhibition Openings
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Artereal Gallery, Rozelle
HOW MUCH: Free, more info


A collection of friends reflect on the past year, by exhibiting excerpts of their Honours major projects completed at UNSW Art & Design. With practices as diverse as photography, painting, sculpture and illustration, members of the group investigate a range of themes including, but not limited to personal identity, the body, appropriation, and one’s connection to urban and natural sites.

WHAT: Art Gallery
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: Goodspace Gallery, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Thursday 30th November

What Nauru Is Really Like

Amnesty International Eastern Suburbs group and the Refugee Network Team are partnering in hosting a presentation by Mark Isaacs that cannot be missed. Come along to the event to hear first-hand stories of moving, disturbing narratives of asylum seeker torment on Nauru. The presentation lifts the veil on the many traumatic events, accounts rarely open and available to the public until now.

WHAT: Presentation
WHEN: 6:30pm
WHERE: Waverly Library Theatrette, Bondi Junction
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

RAW Sydney presents Transcend

RAW is an indie arts organisation for artists, by artists. We focus on spotlighting indie underground talent to the public. Every second month in Sydney we hand-select and showcase 40+ artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, photography, performing art, hair and make up for a one night creative explosion!

WHAT: Art Showcase
WHEN: 6:30-10:30pm
WHERE: Orion Function Centre, Campsie
HOW MUCH: $20 (presale)/ $25 (on the door), more info

Opening Night: NAS Graduate Exhibition 2017

NAS Graduate’s flaunt their style at this opening exhibition. Featuring all kinds of contemporary art making including ceramics, drawing, painting, photomedia, printmaking and sculpture. With 119 students and over 1000 artworks, the Grad show will be presenting the up and coming artists of Australian and the world. Featuring food, drinks, FBi DJs and after party, you won’t want to miss it.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening

WHEN: 6pm-10pm

WHERE: National Art School, Darlinghurst

HOW MUCH: Free. More info here.

Friday 1st December

Firstdraft End of Year Party: "Party" "Girl"

She reaches the top of the stairs and her ‘lane’ turns off at December 1 at Firstdraft at 6pm. It’s a party. There’s an interesting eye drawn above her on the wall, with a mop. Someone dancing in a bag… does anyone at this party look at each other? Breezing through the crowd, eyes scanning across it. She’s 34, groundhogged. Pretending to be drunk. Thinking about her HECS debt. hi 🙂 By her left eye, a satin or other shimmering garment caught the lights in brilliant delight. She breathed in and out to the beat of the song. Closing her eyes and reflecting on a few things that came to mind then and there. Roman colosseum-air-Arena. Paper shapes. Petal shapes. F#A#∞. It’s a party.

WHAT: Exhibition + Party
WHEN: 6-10pm
WHERE: Firstdraft Gallery, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: $5 entry, more info


Presenting Jessthechen’s first solo show: Oishii. Inspired by her travels in Japan last year, Jess’ body of work presents something fun, whimsical and full of cats. If you like Japanese food and cats, then this is the art show for you! Join Jess over drinks and see this 18-piece series.  Zines and tshirts will be sold on the night.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening Night
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: cool mac, Kirribilli
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Saturday 2nd December

PACT Salon: Bad

“I always had a soft spot for the trouble makers, the misunderstood, the kid that everyone thought wouldn’t make it” – Teachers of Queensland. An Education Queensland poster used this year to stereotype Indigenous children as a prop to be rescued by the ‘white-saviour’. Come along as PACT becomes a Pleasure Island for the forgotten, fringe-dwelling and outcasts. Live acts, music and dance showing the base of human desire, struggles and survival.

WHAT: Theatre Production
WHEN: 6-10pm
WHERE: Pact Theatre, Erskineville
HOW MUCH: $10 (online)/ $15 (on the door), more info

Up In The Sky / Landing Points

On the 20th anniversary of Tracey Moffatt’s work Up in the Sky, Penrith Regional Gallery will exhibit this seminal series in its Lewers House Gallery.  This photographic series may be read as black and white film stills, set in an iconic outback Australian landscape. Moffatt’s landscape is peopled, with an open-ended narrative that is provocative of questions of personal, cultural and political histories, both remarkably Australian and global. Headlining the Gallery’s Summer Exhibition Suite, in the Main Gallery, Landing Points will look to Moffatt’s work as a starting point in consideration of the last 20 years of race, place and identity in Australia. Eleven artists will produce new works for the show, across the mediums of painting, performance, photography, film, installation and blogging. 

WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: 9am-5pm
WHERE: Penrith Regional Gallery, Emu Plains
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Creative Made Market

The fourth Creative Made Market and it is set to be the biggest and best yet. Featuring over 50 stalls plus great coffee and live music, you’re invited to support local makers and find great Christmas gifts for family and friends.

WHAT: Market Fair
WHEN: 12pm-8pm
WHERE: Creative Space, Curl Curl
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Sunday 3rd December

Blak Markets

Barangaroo Reserve’s Stargazer Lawn will be transformed into a dynamic open-air market with one of their largest markets yet, with over 30 stalls selling unique indigenous arts, crafts and produce direct from maker to customer. Blak Markets are thrilled to continue their Heart in Art program which they launched during NAIDOC and have 6 remote Aboriginal art centres from outback Australia bringing the very best and latest fine artwork to our December market including Rukaji Designs, Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, Bula’bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation, Warnayaka Art and Injalak art.

WHAT: Market Fair
WHEN: 10am-4pm
WHERE: Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

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