Culture Guide November 6 – 12: Yack Festival, Laughter Sessions + Wet Paint No.17

November 6th 2017
Monday 6th November

Sydney Ideas - The Spectacle of Justice in Postwar East Asia

War is not about respecting boundaries but about breaking them. The end of war, by contrast, centres on re-establishing those borders, usually in very different physical locations. Such dislocation can often serve to mask what really happened in the twilight between the end of war and the postwar because our assumptions are no longer valid.

WHAT: Talk Series
WHEN: 6-7:30pm
WHERE: Sydney Law School USYD, Camperdown
HOW MUCH: Free RSVP, more info


Trasharama is Australia’s nastiest touring short film FestEVIL. Horror, Bad taste comedies, sick n’ twisted animations, science fiction, scat, weird clips and genres not even invented yet!

WHAT: Short Film Festival
WHEN: Doors, 7:30pm for a 8:00pm start
WHERE: The Marlborough Hotel, King St, Newtown
HOW MUCH: $10, tickets at door, more info here.

No Lights No Lycra

What is it?
It’s simple; there is No Lights, No Lycra, No Steps, No Technique just free movement. An hour of dancing in the dark as if no one else is watching well, literally no one else is watching!
It’s a feeling you can only experience in the room. Feeling your body and mind in complete abandonment and dancing your tush off. An hour each week where you can completely let go and shake out the stresses of the week.
“Take a break from the booze-fuelled boogie you’ve been chasing on the weekends and head to No Nights No Lycra” – Broadsheet

WHAT: No Lights No Lycra Dance Party
WHEN: 7:30pm
WHERE: Bondi Pavillion
HOW MUCH: $7, more info here

Fisher's Ghost Art Award 2017

Spanning various prize categories including sculpture, contemporary, photography and traditional works, this is a great chance to see a diverse collection of artists in the one space. Going strong since 1956, it’s named after local farmer Fred Fisher, who was murdered by his neighbour in 1826 and is — apparently — Australia’s “most famous” ghost.

WHAT: Art exhibition
WHEN: Friday 3rd November – 14th December
WHERE: Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Tuesday 7th November

November Films - Heathers, Paris, Texas & 20,000 Days on Earth

Visit Down Under Space this November as they continue screening free films every Tuesday. This Tuesday viewing: Heathers, Michael Lehmann. After the film, Sista Act will be playing 80’s and 90’s pop music.

WHAT: Film Screening
WHEN: 7pm
WHERE: Down Under Space, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Wet Paint no.16

Wet Paint no.16 will be the last one for 2017, so they’re ending the year with a free-for-all! Artists will be let loose to paint whatever they want at Canvas Bar.

WHAT: Live Art Competition
WHEN: 5:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Canvas Bar, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Wednesday 8th November

Making jewellery on Country - Bulay(i)

Join contemporary jeweller Melinda Young and ADC’s Indigenous Creative Producer Lucy Simpson, as she discusses experiences of skilling, community, language and craft around the series of workshops run by Indigenous Jewellery Project. The Indigenous Jewellery Project is the first nation-wide Indigenous Australian contemporary jewellery project and resulted in the exhibition – ‘BULAY(I)’. IJP works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-owned art centres across Australia, running workshops on country with traditional Indigenous jewellers, founding curator Emily McCulloch Childs and leading contemporary jewellers.

WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Australian Design Centre, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free RSVP, more info

Laughter Sessions

Inspired by the radiant joy and colour of ‘Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean’, take part in a laughter workshop and melt your worries away! Through simple laughter exercises suitable for all ages, learn about the many benefits of laughter and its contagious nature. Join these summer mood-booster sessions which will energise your body and mind. Laughter really is the best medicine.

WHAT: Workshop
WHEN: 6-7pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks
HOW MUCH: $30-38, more info

Cherry Talk - Gianna Hayes

Cherry Talk is an analogue photography series that showcases the intricacies of love. Gianna illuminates these intangible experiences through sculpting a visual language. Follow and uncover individual and personal truths.

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

Thursday 9th November

Re/Pair Launch

Re/Pair is a pop-up exhibition exploring the feelings of anxiety all humans have in an interactive world. Addressing this angst with interactive technology (in this case, creative robotics) allows for dialogue in, response to, and reflection on potential communication between humans and machines. As the third in a series of interventions spanning emerging and established practitioners, Deborah Turnbull Tillman, curator of Re/pair, proposes to engage in an audience-centred inquiry into prototyping interactive artworks comprised of robotic elements.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Black Box Theatre UNSW, Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free RSVP, more info


On Sam Simmons: “Forty-year-old dickhead sits on stage and reads the phone book. G Jones 08 323 7261. I wonder what he’s up to these days. Don’t miss this brand-new offering from a unique, once in a generation comedian.”

On Rove McManus: “Rove McManus has never been lost for words but it’s time to actually put that to the test. What happens when a seasoned professional walks into a show with no material whatsoever? It’s unplanned, it’s spontaneous and potentially disastrous. Why on earth would you want to miss that?”

WHAT: Comedy Festival
WHEN: 7-8pm/8:30pm
WHERE: Giant Dwarf Theatre, Redfern
HOW MUCH: $30/35, more info


Secret Walls Sydney

The “Fight Club” of the art scene, Secret Walls sees artists battle head-to-head in 90 minutes with a giant blank white wall using only black markers and black paint to create their piece. Battles take place between 2 individuals or 2 teams of artists, and it’s a secret. Secret Walls (formerly Secret Wars) is a global live art event of freestyle, knockout illustration.

WHAT: Live Art

WHEN: 7pm till late

WHERE: Standard Bowl, Darlinghurst

HOW MUCH: $10-20. More info here

Friday 10th November

Uncovering Argentina

Mankind has produced enough plastic to completely cover the country of Argentina – and only 8% of all plastic is ever recycled. We know that by 2050 there will more plastic in the oceans than fish. Uncovering Argentina invites artists to consider how we might begin to deal with our plastic problem, in a group show featuring artists from the Blue Mountains, Sydney and Adelaide. Artists and designers Rachel Peachy and Paul Mosig, in their work Fool’s Gold, have depicted the waxworm, a type of caterpillar that eats plastic, and has been posited as a solution to our plastic problem.

WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: 5:30-7pm
WHERE: Platform Gallery, Katoomba
HOW MUCH: Free, more info


COUNTER-CONDUCT acts as an inquiry into transitory spaces, disparate materials, and precarious compositions of internal and external urban identities. It compiles multi-disciplinary works that traverse the urban network through collective repudiation and observation of urban environmental functions. Presented by F123 – a recently established artists collective – COUNTER-CONDUCT operates both within and without the urban network.

WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE:541 Art Space, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Saturday 11th November

Shan Turner-Carroll: Relics

Photographer and multidisciplinary artist Shan Turner-Carroll probes personal and archetypal psyches on a pilgrimage through inner worlds and geographic terrain. Turner-Carroll’s performative actions are distilled into relics to be discovered and decoded. This solo exhibition is presented by the Australian Centre for Photography in partnership with Abbotsleigh and the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery.

WHAT: Exhibition Launch
WHEN: 2-4pm
WHERE: Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Wahroonga
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Sunday 12th November

Inside - sound night #1

In conjunction with the exhibition ‘Inside’, organised by Rafaela Pandolfini and Stella Rosa McDonald at the Paddington Town Hall, experience two nights of sound performances arranged by MP Hopkins.

WHAT: Sound Performance
WHEN: 7-10pm
WHERE: Paddington Town Hall, Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Genext Goes West

MCA is partnering with Parramatta Artists Studios to bring you a very special Genext. Enjoy live music, food trucks, behind-the-scenes access to working artist studios and workshops inspired by the 14 artists-in-residence at Parramatta. This after-hours, all-access festival style event is free and strictly for young people aged 12 – 18.

WHAT: Art Party
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: Parramatta Artists Studios, Parramatta
HOW MUCH: Free RSVP, more info

Modern but not Minimalist

Why is it that we seem to remember only the minimalist Modernists?  Visit the MCA for an engaging panel discussion which explores a range of forgotten designers working in highly ornate and often baroque style and looks at why being ‘modern’ does not have to mean being ‘minimalist’. Speakers include, former MAAS curator and Professor of Interiors Architecture program, Judith O’Callaghan (chair), Rebecca Hawcroft curator of The Moderns: European Designers in Sydney, design historian Catriona Quinn and special guest.

WHAT: Talk Series Panel Discussion
WHEN: 2-3:30pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks
HOW MUCH: $20-30, more info

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