Your guide to contemporary, fine and Indigenous art in Sydney
The best places to see art in Sydney
Sydney is busting at the seams with great art – from major institutions like the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art, to incredible privately-owned but publically accessible (and free!) galleries like White Rabbit and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, and right down to a thriving scene of independent and artist-run initiatives. Below are some of our favourites.
Upcoming events and exhibitions
The Dark Matters
After two blistering, provocative shows in 2016 (Heavy Artillery and Vile Bodies) White Rabbit Gallery are going zen for their next show: The Dark Matters explores how contemporary Chinese artists are working with (and in some cases against) tradition. At the same time, the exhibition will embrace certain aspects of the past, including the black-and-white colour code of traditional ink paintings. The Dark Matters will present work by 34 artists, including Lin Yan, Feng Mengbo, Jiang Pengyi, Lin Tianmiao, Tang Nannan, Li Xiaofei and Yang Mushi. A centrepiece of the exhibition will be a large paper installation by New York-based artist Lin Yan, who will visit Sydney to install the work.
News and interviews
A giant sparkling clitoris is making a splash in Sydney this summer
Did you know that clitorises range from 7-12 cm in length and swell by 50 to 300 per cent when engorged? Yup: that little bauble you've been told about is actually just the tip of the clit-berg; most of the clitoris is below the surface and invisible, wrapping around the vaginal tunnel and extending out towards the thighs. (Which makes stand-up bits about 'finding the clitoris' embarrassing in a whole new way). Don't believe us? Check out the giant bedazzled clitoris ensconced in Redfern's Bearded Tit bar. Created by artist Alli Sebastian Wolf, the 'Glitoris' is a 100:1 scale model of the female sex organ, covered in sequins. AKA: the most fabulous anatomy lesson you can have. Wolf, who describes the clitoris (the actual one) as "a glorious spaceship-looking creature with 8000 nerves that can swell to three times its size in moments", created the 'Glitoris' partly as a feminist performance piece. The Glit will be at the Bearded Tit until February 25 as part of their exhibition Bush Magic, and will also be shimmying its way onto the d-floor at the following parties, with three human pals (the 'Cliterati') in attendance: • Heaps Gay Street Party on Sat Feb 11 in Marrickville • Mardi Gras Heaps Gay on Sat Mar 4 at The Factory Theatre • The Oyster Club Glamdrogynous Freakshow on Thu Mar 9 at Knox St Bar. In all its glory: the 'Glitoris'Photograph: Alli Sebastian Wolf Here are four more facts about the clit, courtesy of Alli, that'll make your day: 1. It is th
52 Weeks of #SydCulture: Week 4
Welcome to the third guest blog post of Time Out Sydney's 52 Weeks of #SydCulture 2017 challenge! Every Tuesday of January, curator and City of Sydney councillor Jess Scully is telling us what she loved the week before. Think of it as your recommendations for this week, from someone who sees a helluva lot of arts and culture. Over to Jess. Did you march on Saturday? Don't feel too bad if you didn't. Certified feminist friends were absent and asked, what exactly were you marching for? Reminding the world that women exist? “We’re here, we’re…50 per cent of the population?” It's a statement of the bleeding obvious, but unfortunately, one that still needs to be made. The Women's March started a day in which I contemplated the absurdity of oppression (and I wonder why I'm single); or rather, a day of experiencing some of the humour, sensitivity and skill that artists use to break oppression apart. After marching with thousands of strong women, I rode down to Firstdraft to see Walan Yinaagirbang (‘Strong Women’ in Wiradjuri) an exhibition of work by eight female Indigenous artists brought together by curator Emily McDaniel. Amy Tracey 'Girra-maa' at FirstdraftPhotograph: Daniel Boud Amy Tracey’s bouquets of native flowers adorn the brick of the stairs, sanctifying the space. Everywhere, women's knowledge is honoured. Lucy Simpson’s weaving spans across one room, caked in ochre, facing Tamara Baillie’s Awash. Cast in cotton stiffened by sugar, river networks and wat
Wednesday nights = Culture Up Late
Arts Minister Troy Grant's previously-announced Wednesday-night program Culture Up Late launches tonight – Wednesday January 11 – with a program of events taking place at the Art Gallery of NSW, the Australian Museum, Carriageworks, the Powerhouse Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the State Library of NSW, and Sydney Opera House. Every Wednesday through January and February you'll be able to head to these venues after work for access to exhibitions and a range of special programs and offers. Art Gallery of NSW will continue its existing Wednesday-night late-night program, Art After Hours (they're also running the Nude at Night program on Thursday and Friday nights in January). The MCA, meanwhile, have moved their weekly Lights on Later series from Thursdays to Wednesdays. The Australian Museum will offer 2-for-1 entry on Wednesday nights, giving you access to their regular exhibits and current exhibitions (including Spiders: Alive and Deadly) as well as the chance to experience Lynette Wallworth’s immersive virtual reality work Collisions, which takes you to remote central Australia and invites you into the landscape and memories of Martu elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan. Collisions is only viewable to the public on Wednesday nights, as part of the Culture Up Late program. Head to the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo for after-hours access to their current exhibition Egyptian Mummies; and to its sister venue Sydney Observatory for twilight tours and night-time star gazing. C
Carriageworks reveal their 2017 program
Carriageworks has revealed its 2017 program of art, performance and music – including hyped shows from interstate and overseas, world premieres, and the return of favourite events including the queer performance/dance party Day For Night, Indigenous musical festival Klub Koori, and a new series of Night Markets. Perhaps the most exciting component – announced earlier this year – is the inaugural edition of The National, a new biennial of contemporary Australian art focusing on site-specific commissions, and running across Carriageworks, the MCA and Art Gallery of New South Wales. The Carriageworks edition, curated by director Lisa Havilah and visual arts head Nina Miall, will run March 30-June 18, and include work by Archie Moore, Justene Williams and Richard Lewer, among others. Justene Williams ‘Two Fold’ performance still at Heide Museum of Modern Art, 2016Photograph: Andy Nowell In terms of international treats, Italian theatre renegades Motus are bringing their hybrid show MDLSX to Carriageworks in mid-March after a short run at Adelaide Festival. Starring androgynous DJ Silvia Calderoni, the show blends her home videos and autobiography with Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel Middlesex and a DJ set to explore queer identity. It looks heady. MDLSX by MOTUS from ALBAMADA on Vimeo. In terms of anticipated inter-state works, Melbourne Festival hit Lady Eats Apple, by Geelong-based theatre ensemble Back to Back Theatre (behind internationally acclaimed shows Ganesh Ve
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Taste of Sydney in partnership with Electrolux is four days of restaurants, chefs, artisan producers, demonstrations, talks and the best food in Sydney. Enjoy exquisitely crafted, Insta-perfect tasting dishes prepared by "generation now" chefs from Sydney’s hottest precincts. Imagine cramming Barangaroo, Paddington, Surry Hills and Potts Point into one pretty park, and you're beginning to get the idea. You've never seen so much delicious in one place. Restaurant newcomers to Taste include: Anason, Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro, Bouche on Bridge, the Four in Hand by Guillaume, Long Chim, Mercado, Saint Peter, Tequila Mockingbird and more. Kensington Street Social, Nel and Porteno are also in the mix. From now until the event, you can get two Taste Passes for $35, saving up to $25 on the door price. Book now through Ticketek with the password: TIMEOUT.
Blue Mountains City Art Gallery presents Landmarks, a major contemporary exhibition featuring works by some of the world's most prominent land and environmental artists. Landmarks features work by some of the most significant artists of the late 20th and early 21st century, including Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Simryn Gill, Andy Goldsworthy, Andreas Gursky, Richard Long, Perejaume, Imants Tillers, and internationally renowned Blue Mountains artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, who contributed a brand new commission titled 'The Ugly Stick Orchestra'. Drawing upon the John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Landmarks is an important exhibition developed in partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the fifth anniversary of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, an outstanding regional gallery and a visitor drawcard of increasing importance.
Head to this hidden rooftop bar
Some bars you stumble upon – others, like the Rook, require a bit more hunting. This rooftop bar is hidden away above the CBD, but once you find it you'll be rewarded with cracking cocktails and good times. The cocktail menu takes a focus on botanical gin, fruit and freshness: exactly what you want for an after-work tipple. Plus, we all know that Sydney loves a burger, and the Rook's Uncle Sam burger has many fans. Alongside the burgers, you'll also find loads of lobster on the menu – you can enjoy it in a roll, or splash out on a whole lobster, cooked with either garlic cream, a four-cheese mornay or citrus vinaigrette, and comes severed with truffle fries and salad. Make your Friday a Fri-yay: gather up your workmates and book in for a night out at the Rook.