Culture Guide: November 28 – December 4

November 30th 2022
MONDAY - abundance, overburden, and decline

Kudos Emerging Awards 2022

In 2022 not only will the Kudos Emerging awards be returning online, they will also be returning in person to showcase the next generation of emerging artists and designers, curators and writers!

The Kudos Emerging Awards seek to recognise and support innovation and talent across all disciplines at UNSW AD in three categories: Emerging Artist and
Designer, Emerging Curator and Emerging Writer.

WHO: Kudos

WHERE: Online & In-Person (see more details here)

WHEN: In person exhibition: 23 November – 3 December. Awards Announcement: Saturday 3rd December 6pm – 8pm

HOW MUCH: Free to access


Phosphorus is a presentation of two bodies of sculptural relief works: If a City is a Mouth, the Country is a Hollow Cheek and Phosphorus. The works speak of abundance, overburden, and decline.

Accompanying the works will be the Sydney premier screening of ParadiseParadise is a meditation on ritual, the religious strictures around the act of killing for sustenance, and the migrant act of reinvention. The film considers the ethical imprint of a theologically inflected worldview, and post Enlightenment epistemologies.

WHO: Verge Gallery

WHERE: Jane Foss Russell Plaza, 154 City Rd, Sydney University

WHEN: 17 November–16 December


TUESDAY - Western Sydney Poetry Takeover

Brave New Word Poetry Festival

Get ready for the BIGGEST Western Sydney Poetry Takeover by Australia’s biggest poetry slam! Across two epic weeks, Bankstown Poetry Slam is proud to present Brave New Word – a poetry festival which will culminate in Australia’s First National Youth Poetry Slam (!!!).

Over 50 local and interstate artists are joined by international guests Rudy Francisco, Safia Elhillo and Nate Marshall. These amazing writers will traverse Western Sydney venues to inspire hearts and minds with poetic brilliance.

WHO: Bankstown Poetry Slam

WHERE: Various locations across Western Sydney

WHEN: 29

HOW MUCH: Free-$30, for more ticketing info please see here

WEDNESDAY - Hard metal, warm leatherette and going really really fast

Auto Erotica: Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point is one of five films Pink Flamingo is screening as part of its Auto Erotica series. All five films are about people driving away from their problems into new ones and loving the Machine a little too much.

Richard C. Sarafian’s Vanishing Point is the quintessential early ‘70s road movie, encapsulating all of the pain and malaise brought on by the protracted end of the Vietnam War and the oncoming economic downturn alongside the enduring American freedom of being able to put pedal to metal that satisfies an ego like nothing else

WHO: Pink Flamingo x Mothership Studios

WHERE: 18-22 Sydney St, Marrickville

WHEN: Weekly on Wednesdays, doors 7:30pm for 8pm start

HOW MUCH: Tickets $10 on the door

TextaQueen: Bollywouldn't

Through portraiture, photography, mural painting and projection, Bollywouldn’t presents decolonial narratives and the reclamation of power and space by South Asian diaspora.

TextaQueen’s portraits of queer South Asian community have been digitally mapped onto buildings in and around London, creating the creating the illusion that they exist as actual murals on a monumental scale against colonial structures.

WHO: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

WHERE: 181-187 Hay St, Haymarket

WHEN: 22 October – 18 December


THURSDAY - Transformative Spaces

Yes, Darling!

DARLINGS is pleased to present Yes, Darling, a debut group exhibition and its first community collaboration featuring music, a silent auction and art installations. The artists have taken over the iconic Darlo Bar and turned the Sydney staple into a creative oasis inspired by the area’s artists, writers, drag queens, and activists for generations.

The works from DARLINGS diverse roster of innovative, multidisciplinary artists are playful, warped, and abstracted in order to create an environment of intriguing exchange. As the campy and considered intertwine through the historic hotel, viewers are transported to a contemporary Neverland.


WHERE: Darlo Bar, 306 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst

WHEN: Opening 1 December, 6pm – late


'Out of Order' Artist Talk

The Granville Centre Art Gallery and exhibiting artists from the ‘Out of Order’ exhibition would like to invite you to join our online artist talk and conversation to hear about the works directly from the creators and have the opportunity to ask questions about the exhibition.

Out of Order is a group exhibition that explores the complexities of the lived experience of people with disability and/or chronical illness. Guest curated by artist Amy Claire Mills, the show aims to reframe the narrative of what it looks like or means to live with a disability presenting different experiences and stories from across the disability spectrum.

WHO: Granville Centre Art Gallery

WHERE: Online

WHEN: 1 December 1, 3-4pm

HOW MUCH: Free, see here to reserve a spot

FRIDAY - Absolutely Feral

First Draft: Opening Night Jan-Dec Exhibitions

With music and drinks on tap First Draft celebrates the opening of four new exhibitions this Friday!

Ngali Jugun Ganaree (Of Our Country) centres Indigenous relationships with Country that have been ongoing for all time. I Cook A Lot Of All These Foods reflects on the home as a key space where the complexities of cultural negotiations exist, especially within a multi-racial household. A(Di)pology explores how fatphobia and discrimination shape perceptions of our own and others’ bodies. Future Nostalgia looks at emergent narratives of the future through our relationships to song, dance, craft, food, ecologies, ourselves and each other.

WHO: First Draft

WHERE: 13/17 Riley St, Woolloomooloo

WHEN: 2 December, 6-8pm


Hag Mag Issue 5

This Friday Hag Mag releases its 5th issue! The theme of Issue 5 is Feral – capturing the frenetic energy of a post lockdown era, responding to a general sense of cultural fatigue, a rejection of the omnipresence of corporations and a nihilistic dependency on technology.

The magazine includes essays, photography, illustration, comics, sexy sealed section and more. Opening night features a line up of performances, including Dj Sassi, Happyshadowz, Throat Pleats, S.Miles, Jungist, Gaia Slut, Clare Cheeseman and will debut The Miss Grotesque Pageant Show hosted by Harriet Jane.

WHO: Hag Mag Magazine x 107 Projects

WHERE: 107 Redfern St, Redfern

WHEN: 2 December, 6:30-11:30pm


SATURDAY - Radiant Sun

ArtScreen 2022

ArtScreen is a prestigious program supporting artists with disability or who are d/Deaf to develop their creativity and careers through producing new video artworks which are screened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in celebration of International Day of People with Disability.

This exciting visual art project creates unique opportunities and aims to broaden engagement with, and appreciation of, the distinctive insights and skills of artists with disability.

WHO: Accessible Arts x MCA

WHERE: Level 2, 140 George Street, Circular Quay West

WHEN: Q&A with the Artists 3 December at 2.30pm, Screenings 4 December 10am – 2.30pm


Khorshid: A Healing Circle for Iran

Nazanin Marashian will host a healing circle we call Khorshid, Farsi for radiant sun.

At Khorshid we gather to witness each other and send strength and empowerment to the women of Iran and all women around the world. We seed the intention for a world where we stand in unity and freedom. Iranian refreshments will be served.

WHO: Think+DO Tank Foundation

WHERE: Think+DO Tank Community House
40 Harris St, Fairfield

WHEN: 3 December, 4-7 pm

HOW MUCH: Free, donations encouraged

SUNDAY - Healing, Learning

Languages of the Land: Works from the Collection

A gathering of First Nations’ voices conveying the many languages of Country – of land, of sea, of culture, of custodianship and of healing from colonial and ecological destruction.

As we head towards a decolonised future, the celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is crucial to passing on cultural knowledge and inspiring future generations to care for all their Countries.

WHO: Wollongong Art Gallery

WHERE: Corner Kembla & Burelli Streets, Wollongong

WHEN: ​17 September – 28 March 2023



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