Tuesday 27 Feb
Kate Scardifield: Soft Topologies
6:00pm | UTS Art — Level 4, 702 Harris Street, Ultimo
Encompassing adaptable sculpture, video and objects lent by The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney (MAAS), Soft Topologies is an exhibition that considers the points of convergence between the body and the practice of charting atmospheric space.
As the 2017 MAAS Research Fellow, Scardifield undertook investigations into 19th century astronomical artefacts from the collection. Objects uncovered during her research are re-imagined as tools of anatomical enquiry in the context of the exhibition, which seeks to calibrate physical and celestial bodies.
Exhibition continues Monday - Saturday until 20 August. Check art.uts.edu.au for associated events and public programs.
Presented as part of Sydney Design Festival and Art Month Sydney.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Image: Kate Scardifield, Soft Topology, 2017. Hand pleated and heat-set polyester organza, cotton thread, black tourmaline. 185 x 120 cm (full expansion). Adaptable form, Dimensions variable. Photo: Document Photography Image courtesy the artist and Alaska Projects
Wednesday 28 Feb
Caleb Reid – ‘The Dream In Between’ Opening
6:00pm | Piermarq — 76 Paddington St, Paddington
Piermarq is proud to present 'The Dream In Between', an exhibition of new work by Australian artist Caleb Reid. For this exhibition Reid attempts to illustrate the inner language of his subconscious. The subconscious is recognised as the source of intuition, creativity, inner knowing and spiritual enlightenment. In exploring ideas of the subconscious, Caleb takes his artistic practice closer to a pure source of play and abstraction.
Join us at the opening on Wednesday 28 Feb - have a drink or two, relax & check out this exciting new body of work!
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Free Run One – Dionysos Avramides
6:00pm | Goodspace Gallery — 115 Regent St, Chippendale, Sydney
An exhibition of new work by sydney based Artist Dionysos Avramides.
Free Run One is an exercise in movement, methods, and materiality.
One night only, Wednesday 28th February, from 6pm.
6:00pm | STACKS Projects — 191 Victoria Street, Sydney
Art Month Group Exhibition
Jan Rae, Elle Van Uden, Sarah Fitzgerald and Tania Rollond
Curated by Chloe Gunn
Opening: Wednesday 28 Feb | 6-8pm
Runs: 01-18 March
Gallery hours: Thurs-Sat 11-6pm | Sun 11-4pm
Art At Night : East Sydney 15 March
Performance Event | 6-8pm
Joanne Makas, Shredding
Unbounded celebrates the act of drawing, understanding it as a linguistic mark that can inscribe flat surface and extend into space. Through this collection of multimedia works (which include sculpture, ceramics, installation and video), the practice of drawing is explored as a constantly evolving medium and subject for contemporary Australian artists to grapple and play with.
Traditionally, drawing was considered a fundamental skill in the repertoire of the artist, and yet was often undertaken as merely a preliminary step for other disciplines. More recently, artists have looked to delve further and push beyond this, speculating drawing as an exploratory activity that can act as a catalyst for creative thought and processes.
Indeed for many of us the experience of being taught how to draw as children was a formative one, in the ways in which we learnt to communicate, respond to and engage with our surroundings. Similarly, Unbounded embodies this unburdened sense of playful curiosity, articulated through different forms and processes. In turn, each work gently speculates the parameters of this practice, asking the audience to think about what drawing is and what it can be.
Thursday 1 Mar
Sam Doctor / Exhibition opening
6:00pm | Chalk Horse — 301A, L3, 77-83 William Street, Darlinghurst
Continuing his focus on humanity’s fragile relationship to the environment and the precarious teeter between the potential/ aftermath of catastrophe, Doctor’s new work reveals what is almost unimaginable. Following the conceptual terrain of his prior works, desecrated and violated landscapes are reexamined and the effects of technology and industry on social communities are monitored with alarm.
Colour & Form
6:00pm | Homeat735 — 301A, L3, 77-83 William Street, Darlinghurst
Home@735 is pleased to announce our first exhibition Colour & Form as part of Art Month opening on Thursday 1st March. The exhibition runs from Thursday 1st March until Sunday 1st April.
Join us for drinks from 6pm to 8pm, meet the artists and see their work.
Nick Hall Exhibition 01 – 23 March
6:00pm | Wagner Contemporary — Hampden St, Sydney
Wagner Contemporary is proud to present Rumpus Room by Nick Hall for Art Month 2018.
Nick Hall's recent series, Rumpus Room, explores critical narratives of modern relationships between humans and nature depicting feelings of a yearning for control. This desire plays out in domestic situations, in projected visions of couples in condition of secure and insecure psychological states.
Via Hall's characters, we partake in emotional journeys and also observe how attitudes and behaviours which colour our personal relationships inadvertently affect our living contexts and have further-reaching consequences on our social cultural and environmental landscape.
Hall uses a language of muted tones and drawn line shapes of cage-like structures that contain perfect gardens and national parks, while flawlessly painted male/female figures, with their mutant pets, play and dream idyllically int he Rumpus Room.
Gentlemen Of A Certain Reputation
6:00pm | M2 Gallery — 4/450 Elizabeth St Surry Hills, Sydney
As part of Art Month Sydney and Mardi Gras, this coming March, The M2 Gallery in Surry Hills will host a week-long festival of events such as inspiring artists talks, evenings of thrilling performance art and a group exhibition quite unlike anything Sydney has seen before.
The group exhibition "Gentlemen Of A Certain Reputation" examines identity, reputation, sexuality and gender while also challenging what those subjects now mean in contemporary Australia. Award winning artist Guy James Whitworth presents current works selected from his favourite queer artists from all around Australia, an event which he describes as ‘less of a passing on of the torch, but more of a sharing of the talking stick'.
'I am drawn to artists who explore and redefine Identity, sexuality, gender and masculinity in a world where the Weinstein’s and Trump’s are the opposite of acceptable role models. It’s a courageous artist who openly examines what it means to be male and imperfect in our current media climate, but this exhibition is meant to offer alternative role models driven by creativity and compassion as a response to recent events. The exploration of identity and of self is what pulls this work together.'
Visual and multi-media artists such as Dan Gladden, Michael Willard, Andrew Batt-Rowden and Dim Fim (whose works are all featured above) head a stellar line up in this innovative, not to be missed, exhibition.
Friday 2 Mar
Lara Merrett: High-Rise – Exhibition Opening
6:00pm | COMA — 137 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay
COMA is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by acclaimed Australian artist Lara Merrett, titled ‘High-Rise’. The presentation acts as both a follow up and response to Merrett’s participatory installation ‘This is not a love song’, featured as part of Sydney Contemporary 2017, which marked a dramatic change in Merrett’s practice.
In ‘This is not a love song’ Merrett allowed the viewer to interact with her physical interrogations into the relationship between painting and its surrounding architecture, resulting in a changed and manipulated work kept seperate from the artists control. Through this new body of work with COMA the analysis and study of the audience reaction has resulted in a selection of large wall based pieces that continue to draw upon principles of abstraction and a colourist practice.
With an increased focus on the acknowledgement of how physical interactions with an artwork and interaction with it’s texture can cultivate strong emotions, emotions born similar to those born from simply seeing, these works are a proposition of a new perspective.
Saturday 3 Mar
Meet the Maker: Margot Designs
1:00pm | Australian Design Centre — 101-115 William Street, Sydney
TALK// "Stories": How to create a textile story and collection, with Object Shop maker Margot of Margot Design.
Margot will discuss the idea behind, the process, finding inspiration, patterns, ethical production and the creation of artwork for production.
Following, there will be opportunity to talk to Margot about her designs and ask questions.
This is a Free event.
Image credit: Margot Designs, courtesy of the artist.
Monday 5 Mar
MakerSpace Monday: Sydney Design Festival special edition
6:00pm | MakerSpace &company — 1/17 Barclay Street, Marrickville
Sydney Design Festival is coming to MakerSpace! Join us for this special edition of MakerSpace Mondays, where 2 of our Makers will relate their practice to the theme: Call to Action.
* UPDATE* We’re excited to announce our first guest speaker, Jason McDermott, co-founder of Dresden Optics, a creative eyewear startup making high quality prescription glasses simple and affordable.
Everyone welcome! Meet makers, have a drink, take a tour of MakerSpace and start planning your next big project.
Tickets available: http://bit.ly/2F7Cnyo
(Free for members, $10 for everyone else, includes a welcome drink)
Keen to get down to MakerSpace to take a look, meet the team and find out a little more about what goes on here? Join us on the first Monday of each Month for MakerSpace Mondays.
The format is simple – two of our members will give a brief presentation of what they’ve been working on, we’ll tour you around the MakerSpace facilities and answer your maker-questions, including brainstorming your next project or helping you come up with something great to make!
Come and hear their stories and check out how they do what they do!
This event is free for members and $10 for non-members, covering a little beer and any excess goes into our new-tool fund. Become a member and you can vote for the gear you want next!
Please RSVP using the ticket link so we know a rough idea of numbers for beer.
Wednesday 7 Mar
Culture Up Late: Oceania Connections
5:00pm | Australian Museum — 1 William Street, Sydney
A provocation for the curious, Culture Up Late offers a mash up of musicians, scientist and artists each Wednesday night. So come and enjoy a mid-week diversion with a bit of a difference.
MAR 7: OCEANIA CONNECTIONS
Join us as we bring the museum’s Pacifica collections to life through storytelling, creative arts, performance and sharing of knowledge with:
• Cultural Dancer: Poemoana Teriinohorai
Be enthralled by one of Tahiti’s premier dancer / choreographer, ‘Poemoana Terrinohorai’ as she performs the Tahitian Ōte’a (fast drum dance) and ‘Aparima (slow dance).
• 200 Treasures exhibition: Featuring Captain Cook's Hawaiian ‘Ahu‘ula
See the ‘kipuka’ or feathered cape that was given to Captain Cook on his third – and fatal – Pacific voyage by Ali’i (chief) Kalani’opu’u, as an official welcome to Hawaii in December 1778 or January 1779. The exhibition also features significant cultural artefacts from West Papua, Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Aotearoa and Samoa.
• Cultural Dance group: Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts
The award-winning Sydney-based performing arts group takes us on a journey through the Pacific with dances from Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands and Aotearoa.
• Music: DJ Teezy featuring Pacifica vocalists Abel Kingi (DTP), MC Trey and guests.
Grab a drink or a snack at the Atrium pop-up bar with the Pacifica sounds of DJ Teezy and Maori vocalist, Abel Kingi (DTP), Fijian hip-hop soul artist MC Trey and guests as they share some Pacifica classics and their own original music.
• Gallery Tour: Pacific Spirit
Tour the ‘Pacific Spirit’ gallery, exhibiting a selection of rare artefacts including, sacred Malagan masks from Papua New Guinea dating from the 1800s; ceremonial poles from New Ireland; intricately carved door panels from New Zealand; Bird of Paradise head ornaments from the highlands of Papua New Guinea; Kava bowls and drums from Samoa; towering slit drums from Vanuatu; and jewelry from Fiji.
PLUS MUCH MORE...
GA $20, Concession $18, AM Member $16
Obsessed: In the Making – Panel discussion
6:00pm | Australian Design Centre — 101-115 William Street, Sydney
Come along and hear some of the designers involved in the making of the exhibition Obsessed: Compelled to Make discuss their creative input to this project.
Hear from designers Stephen Goddard, Michael Donohue and filmmaker Angus Lee Forbes along with curators Lisa Cahill and Penny Craswell. We’ll also be joined by Brian Parkes, CEO of Adelaide’s JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, who will grill the team with some hard questions about making this exhibition.
They will discuss how each element of the project was conceived to build a compelling portrait of making in Australia today.
This will be an illuminating conversation for everyone interested in the behind-the-scenes of designing for exhibitions, films and books.
Image credit: Identity, 2017, Michael Donohue.
Friday 9 Mar
A New Way of Seeing – Work from Brenton Schwab
6:00pm | Disorder Gallery — Door 108, Bourke & Stanley Street, Darlinghurst
Brenton Schwab began drawing in the 1980s as a way to describe microscopic organisms. It was through this scientific practice that Brenton found “a new way of seeing” and a need to further his exploration of art.
A life long passion for discovery, combined with keen observation and drawing skills, allows him to render scientific illustrations, but it is the abstract he pursues when painting.
Letting his instinctive visual language take over, the randomness of chance marks driven by his subconscious create an unexpected conversation on the canvas, producing his unique landscapes.
Join us for the opening night of “A New Way of Seeing” Friday March 9th 6-8pm.
IWOST Open Studio Weekend
6:00pm | BalmainRoad — 483A Balmain Road Lilyfield, Sydney
Opening celebration Friday 6-8pm Studios 10-4:30 Sat and Sunday. Discover the creative world of Sydney’s largest Artists Studios. Wander through, talk to artists, pick up a bargain, view and exhibition and park the kids in our creative zone in this unique opportunity to visit the private Studio as part of IWOST: Inner West Studio Trail
Saturday 10 Mar
My Watercolour World-by Helen Dubrovich, Saturday 10…
1:00pm | ArtSHINE Gallery @Yuga — 172 St Johns Road, Glebe
Please join us to celebrate the launch of a solo exhibition by Helen Dubrovich
“My Watercolour World” – TALES FROM MY TRAVELS
Passport, paint, and picture
5th- 24th March
Saturday 10th March 2018
From :1 PM – 3 PM
172 St Johns Road
GLEBE, NSW 2037
About The Exhibition
MY WATERCOLOUR WORLD – TALES FROM MY TRAVELS
Passport, paint, and picture
Travel and painting. Both things that I love to do. The travel bit came about when I was around twelve years of age and I was taking private lessons in painting with my first art teacher, a Russian artist that my father knew.
My teacher told me stories about when he had travelled to so many lands, seen so many cultures and so many people. My teacher was the one who put the idea into my head that I needed to travel and see the world and see how other people lived.
When I married in my early twenties I flew to Europe with my husband and travelled for three months from London to the Scandinavian countries, throughout Europe and down to Turkey. Later we flew to Japan and fell in love with that country returning again and again.
Later, when I was on my own I travelled to Russia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Korea, Cambodia and the list goes on. I had the travel bug. I planned trips when I was still working and that was what got me through the days. The planning was part of the joy. I took a massive amount of photos which I used as references for my paintings later on. Often using a number of photos and making a composite to suit the painting I wanted to create.
When I was asked to do another solo show I had no idea what to paint. But when I thought about it I realised I wanted to share my travels over the years but through my paintings and as they say a picture is worth a thousand words. So appropriately I’ve called this solo show “My Watercolour World”. Enjoy the show.
About The Artist
Helen Dubrovich, born in Germany of Russian parents, migrated to Australia when she was three. When quite young Helen started to travel overseas and this influenced her work which is quite eclectic. Helen has chosen to work in a variety of mediums with various subject matter, rather than sticking to one genre as she felt staying with one type of subject and one medium would lead to boredom not only to herself but to her viewers.
Helen’s artworks cover not only a number of mediums such as watercolour, acrylic, pastel and pencil but her artwork encompasses a number of styles but even then her artwork and style are recognisable through her joyous use of colour, exuberance, texture and detail.
Her feeling for illustrating her works often comes across as a story in it’s own right. Her paintings have a magical quality and the viewer often feels like they can step into her paintings and share her special magic.
ADC Makers Market
10:00am | Australian Design Centre — 101-115 William Street, Sydney
Australian Design Centre's boutique outdoor Makers Market is back for the first time in 2018 as part of the Sydney Design Festival.
With a distinctly Darlinghurst vibe this is a friendly local street market that emerges in the morning and is gone by nightfall returning the streets to local people.
Alongside the blockbuster exhibition 'Obsessed: Compelled to make', the Makers Market features more than 20 local Sydney artists that have been selected for their exceptional work. Handmade, designed and collectible pieces including textiles, jewellery, ceramics and homewares will be for sale by the makers. We are thrilled to welcome The Raconteur, @OuterIslandgoods, TRADE the MARK, Molly Coombs Marr Design, Amy Tamblyn, Emily Besser, The Raisin did it, @seed.stitch.collective, @louisahartceramics, Bula'bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation, DM Pottery, Love And West, UNSW Art & Design, Time Flies Designs, The Fortynine Studio, Clay Canoe, Hayden Youlley Design, PUBLICHOLIDAY, The Creatory Pop Ups, The Bakehouse Studio.
Come and enjoy the market atmosphere under the big marquee as we close off Palmer Street and invite Sydney's most talented creators to showcase their work.
The Design Centre will open all day so you can catch the latest exhibitions, try your hand at making and check out all the new makers in Object Shop - the Design Centre's retail space supporting makers and designers. There will also be delicious food on site to help sustain the shopping!
Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to mingle with the makers, hear the stories about why and how they make and perhaps take a little bit of their work home to enjoy.
When: Saturday 10 March, 10am - 4pm
Where: Australian Design Centre, corner William and Palmer St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Image: Trade the Mark ceramic hanging planters, courtesy the artist
COMMUNE BLOCK PARTY
12:00pm | COMMUNE — 901 Bourke St, Waterloo
COMMUNE regrets to advise that due to unforeseen circumstances COMMUNE Block Party has been postponed until 2018. We are apologetic for any inconvenience this may have caused and we look forward to celebrating with you in the new year. Stay tuned on this page for new date announcement!
Thursday 15 Mar
6:00pm | Manly Art Gallery and Museum Society — Manly Art Gallery, W Esplanade & Commonwealth Parade, Manly
Booking NOW - March 15 - Artist Nick Hall
Friday 16 Mar
Exhibition by Lupé Arellano
6:00pm | The Shop Gallery — 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
** OPENING NIGHT FRIDAY 16TH MARCH 2018, 6PM - 9PM **
Lupé Arellano presents her exquisite new collection of graphite drawings on 100% cotton paper.
This new collection of drawings are composed and inspired from found objects she collects on her daily walks in Sydney's Inner West.
"Using them as a subject matter gives me the opportunity to pay tribute to their former life and transform them into something new."
Lupé has found working with graphite on cotton paper gives her the freedom to experiment with a variety of tones and compositions as well allowing her to create new shapes from these found objects.
She is pleased to invite you to the Opening Night on Friday 16th March 2018.
The Shop Gallery is open from 11am - 6pm daily. For more information call: 0438 550 835
6:00pm | Gallery 448 — 448 New Canterbury Road Dulwich Hill, Sydney
Gallery448 is proud to be a part of BEIN’NARLY with “MORTAR” street artist exhibition
Opening reception 16th March 6-9
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