Must-see art in October
From Sculpture by the Sea to a crystalline wonderland of colour and light at Carriageworks, these are the shows you don't wanna miss this month.
Outdoor art in Sydney
Sydney in spring is all about outdoor art – make sure you're taking advantage of the weather with one of these al fresco exhibitions and art parties.
Where to see art at night
Everyone knows that it’s after hours that Sydney’s art galleries really get down to business.
The best art galleries in Sydney
Sydney is busting at the seams with great art – from major institutions to incredible privately-owned galleries.
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.
The best ARIs in Sydney
If you're after emerging and experimental art, here are ten key artist-run initiatives (ARIs) to get you started.
Cutting edge commercial galleries
You don't have to be a buyer to browse these top commercial art galleries in Sydney.
Where to see Aboriginal art
Whether you're visiting from overseas or a curious local looking to get beyond the basics, here's where to start.
Upcoming events and exhibitions
Explore the frontiers of art and performance in Performance Space's annual showcase of local, interstate and international artists.
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Art Gallery of New South Wales 2017 season
By now you know that the Art Gallery of New South Wales are stripping off for summer and welcoming a host of nudes. And they’re staying sexy in 2017, with highlights from their just-announced program including a Mapplethorpe exhibition, a pre-Pop Warhol survey with a strong queer thread (opening in conjunction with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras), an exhibition dedicated to Brett Whiteley’s nudes, a focus on female painters that includes American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, and a solo show by Surrealist photomedia artist Pat Brassington, called The Body Electric. Between Mapplethorpe, O’Keeffe and Brassington, expect to never look at flowers the same way again. Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium (opening October 2017) will offer a ‘new view’ of an iconoclast and champion of New York’s queer subculture in the 1970s and 1980s. Curated by Isobel Parker Philip (AGNSW’s assistant curator for photography), the show will feature portraits, still lifes and figure studies on loan from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the J. Paul Getty Museum, who jointly acquired a massive trove of artwork and archival material from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in 2011 – making them the go-to source for his work. In other words: expect this show to be authoritative. Mapplethorpe will be rubbing shoulders with his New York contemporary Andy Warhol, also featured in the AGNSW’s 2017 program. Adman: Warhol Before Pop (opening February 2017) will also seek to give another view
Rembrandt is coming to Sydney in summer
With less than a month til their 2016/2017 summer blockbusters open, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Art Gallery of New South Wales have announced the NEXT summer of shows – and it will be a very European summer. The Museum of Contemporary Art will be presenting a massive, colourful survey of work by Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist – whose massive full-room video aquarium ‘Mercy Garden Retour Skin’ was a highlight of the MCA’s 2014 Biennale of Sydney program. 'Mercy Garden Retour Skin' installation view at MCA, Biennale of Sydney 2014Photograph: Dee Jefferson Described by New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl as “an evangelist for happiness,” Rist makes video works and installations that are colourful, frequently described as “lush”, and often explore the female body and sexuality. For their summer 2017/2018 blockbuster exhibition, the Art Gallery of New South Wales will host masterpieces from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum in a major exhibition titled Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art. It’s the first survey of 17th century Dutch masters in Sydney, and will feature the work of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Ruisdael, Hals, Steen, Dou, Lievens and Leyster. Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art and Pipilotti Rist are part of the Sydney International Art Series, which within the last two years has brought Yoko Ono and Grayson Perry to the MCA, and Pop Art and masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland to AGNSW. This summer, SIAS is bringing Tats
The MONA FOMA line-up just dropped, is epic
Hobart's going to give Sydney Festival a run for its money come January, as it's taken over by over 200 artists for the Museum of Old and New Art's annual arts and music festival MONA FOMA aka MOFO. You could argue about what the biggest deal of the line-up is, but let's just agree that Peaches Christ Superstar is going to be hard to beat, since it will involve the transgressive electro rocker performing Andrew Lloyd Webber's shlocktastic Biblical blockbuster – which she has described as "prog-rock extravaganza" – all nine main roles, transposed for piano by frequent collaborator Chilly Gonzales. Peaches Christ SuperstarPhotograph: Holger Talinski Other international biggies include tētēma (the musical project of Faith No More frontman Mike Patton and Australian composer/pianist Anthony Pateras) performing live for the first time as part of the Weekend at Walshy’s festival line-up; German techno and ambient electronica producer Pantha du Prince; and Puscifer – TOOL and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan's hybrid comedy-revue-meets-rock-concert-meets-variety-show. Locals we're excited about include Regurgitator reimagining The Velvet Underground's debut album; Rainbow Chan; and stone cold legend of Australian country and folk music, Kev Carmody. Of course, as with every MONA event, there's plenty of excellent and weird shit from people you've never heard of – for instance, an "avant garde performance opera collective" from Amsterdam performing a n
The MCA is turning Japanese this summer
You know spring is here when the art galleries start pimping their summer shows, and boy is it here: head to the Art Gallery of NSW where masters of art are stripping down for Nude: Art from the Tate Collection; and head to the Museum of Contemporary Art to escape the heat in the immersive LED installations of Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima. The MCA will also run a 'Cherry Blossom' bar throughout the summer, serving up Japanese snacks and sake cocktails courtesy of QT Hotel's mixologist Jared Thibault. Nude and Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything are part of the Sydney International Art Series, which within the last two years has brought Yoko Ono and Grayson Perry to the MCA, and Pop Art and masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland to AGNSW. Miyajima is getting a career retrospective at MCA that will span from the 1980s to now, and encompass his numbers-obsessed and LED-heavy practice as well as his rarer performance, painting and drawing works. According to MCA chief curator Rachel Kent, the highlights of Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything are his large-scale spatial works, in which viewers are immersed in a universe of light and data. In ‘Megadeath’, for example, Miyajima “casts across the 20th century to consider the idea of death on an industrial scale, but also the resumption of life and the idea that people survive, life goes on.” Mega Death, 1999, Installation view at the Japan Pavilion, 48th Venice Biennale.Photograph: Shigeo Anzai
Sydney’s getting a new biennale!
Or rather, a new biennial (the non-European way of saying: an art festival that happens every two years). And before you say “That’s crazy, the current Biennale takes me three months to properly explore”, know this: this new biennial will take place in the off-year of the existing Biennale of Sydney AND it will exclusively feature contemporary Australian art. Kicking off in March 2017, and with three editions planned (so 2017, 2019, 2021) The National: New Australian Art is a collaborative project between the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). The biennial will commission new work by Australian artists (including those living overseas), with a strong focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Lisa Havilah, director of Carriageworks, points to “the extensive commissioning of new work that reflects contemporary Australia and our place in the world.” Put this in your diary: The National: New Australian Art 2017 exhibition dates: Art Gallery of New South Wales: Mar 30-Jul 16Carriageworks: Mar 30-Jun 18 Museum of Contemporary Art Australia: Mar 30-Jun 18 The curators for the first iteration of the National are: (from AGNSW) Anneke Jaspers (curator contemporary art) and Wayne Tunnicliffe (head curator Australian art); (from Carriageworks) director Lisa Havilah and curator Nina Miall; and (from MCA) Blair French (director, curatorial and digital).
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France is one of those destinations that seems to be on everybody’s bucket list. But of course, Belgium, Canada, and Australia’s nearby neighbour New Caledonia are French-speaking as well. And given how many French words permeate English discourse, being able to pronounce them accurately gives one hell of a classy impression. All are great reasons to enrol in a French class at the Alliance Française this spring, but they’re not the only reasons. The ten Sydney experiences below are ones that only Francophones can enjoy (although admittedly enthusiastic beginners can get something out of most of them too). So if you want to get in on the Gallic action, classes at the Alliance Française (in the CBD or Chatswood) start at $18 an hour – and Time Out readers can get a 10 per cent discount when purchasing a course on the website and entering the discount code FRENCHYTIMEOUT. All teachers are native French speakers and use the latest technology and teaching methods, with an average of just 12 students per class. The new round of courses starts on October 24, and includes easy-going courses, intensive courses, beginners, refreshers and kids’ courses, and even private tuition.
O Bar & Dining's new range of natural cocktails
O Bar & Dining are the latest to blaze the trail of 'au naturel' cocktails. Sugary cocktails are passé; these days it's more about the good stuff. We’re talking cocktails using natural ingredients, healthy sugar alternatives and ripe seasonal produce. Basically, treating yourself but without the guilt. Chef, Michael Moore, has teamed up with the bar crew to create a menu of hedonistic but health-conscious summer cocktails, using the same process that chefs use to develop new dishes. The O team have tasted, smelt and blended ingredients to create unique pairings of traditional and contemporary flavours. Try Healthy Culture – sweet, ripe melon with fennel tips, fair trade quinoa vodka, woodland honey and wild lime kombucha. Or Trail Mix, a pistachio crème and toasted almond cocktail made with honey bourbon, Turkish dates, nutmeg, ginger and clove bitters and walnut liqueur. Then there's Japan in Bloom, a pomegranate and ruby grapefruit cocktail made with Kakubin Japanese whisky, blossom water, wild rose and Peychaud bitters. And really, is there any better way to enjoy a cocktail than perched on the 47th floor of Australia Square with ever-unfolding 360° views?
30 days of Food Porn with Deliveroo
How many of Sydney's most food porn-worthy dishes have you tried? Food delivery service Deliveroo has teamed up with Food Porn to launch 30 Days of Food Porn, a project that presents a feast for the eyes daily by highlighting a menu item a day from the best restaurants Australia-wide. Every day, the dish of the day will be featured in a series of videos on Deliveroo and Food Porn. The best part is, for thirty days only foodies will be able to order the food porn they see on 30 Days of Food Porn and have it delivered direct to your doorstep exclusively by Deliveroo for a limited time. Plenty of Sydney restaurants will have their dishes unveiled over the 30 Days of Food Porn, so keep an eye out for: Bloody Mary's, Jamie's Italian, China Diner, Brooklyn Depot, Mamasan, Mary's, Hunter and Barrel, Bare Grill, Mojo & Bar Ume. To find out more visit the Deliveroo Facebook page.
New healthy breakfast menu at Saké Jr
Summer is just around the corner and we all know how hard it is to stick to seasonal diets. So, to help you out, Saké Jr have created a new healthy breakfast menu that'll guarantee you keep any healthy eating pledge. The new menu features a ‘build your own brekkie bowl’ option; a gluten-free signature breakfast bowl, bao buns with scrambled eggs and bacon, fresh pressed juices, blended smoothies with protein shots and ice bonacci ko-hi (coffee). Build your own brekkie bowl for $9 with your choice of protein – scrambled egg whites, scrambled eggs, bacon, Japanese hash browns, edamame fried rice or crisp pork belly; and toppings – tofu, spring onions, kimchi, pickled Japanese cucumber, shiitake mushrooms and more. if you don’t know where to start, try the signature brekkie bowl which includes smashed avocado, onsen tamago poached egg, Japanese hash browns and bok choy. Or try some of the other Saké Jr favourites – hot soy milk porridge, Okinawa sugar banana bread, berry and yuzu muesli or a Japanese acai bowl. The new menu is now available at Saké Jr at both Pitt Street, Sydney and Bourke St, Melbourne.