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
Fisher’s Ghost Art Award
This annual exhibition of finalists is a handy cross-section of contemporary Australian art.
Nick Cave: HEARD-SYD
The American artist is teaming up with Carriageworks and the City of Sydney to bring 30 colourful dancing horses to our streets.
News and interviews
Another Day in Paradise
As part of Sydney Festival's 2017 program of art and performance in Western Sydney, Campbelltown Arts Centre will host the first major survey of artworks by the late Myuran Sukumaran, co-curated by artist Ben Quilty and C-A-C director Michael Dagostino. Sukumaran, one of the 'Bali Nine' convicted of drug smuggling in 2005, learned to paint during his incarceration in Kerobokan prison. Around 2012 he was put in touch with Quilty, who became a mentor and friend of the prisoner. Sukumaran was working towards a Bachelor of Fine Art at Monash University when he was executed in April 2015. Another Day in Paradise will feature more than 100 of Sukumaran's portraits alongside specially commissioned works by seven Australian artists: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Safdar Ahmed, Megan Cope, Jagath Dheerasekara, Taloi Havini, Khaled Sabsabi, and Matthew Sleeth. Sydney Festival Director Wesley Enoch says, “Another Day in Paradise is a meditation on the power of art to redeem and a strong message of how capital punishment is a refusal to accept a person can change, can be rehabilitated and potentially offer back to a society a narrative of forgiveness.”
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
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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Halloween at Kings Cross Hotel
Halloween is nearly upon us and to celebrate, Kings Cross Hotel is hosting a party across all of its four levels. Whip out your scariest witch or zombie costume, accessorise with a jack-o-lantern and get down to the Kings Cross Hotel for a night of thrills and chills. The party will kick off at 9pm and carry on until 3am. Expect R&B and hip-hop favourites in the underground Dive Bar; classic pop anthems on the ground floor; and electronic and house music on the rooftop. For those who like to walk on the wild side, head to the balcony level where the playlist is full of ghoul-ty pleasures. Be prepared for the all the songs you wouldn't play in polite company - come on, you know the ones. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the door.
Jameson Caskmates at the Time Out Hop-up
What do you get if you age whiskey in craft beer barrels? Something like Jameson Caskmates. It’s the fruit of a collaboration between Jameson’s head distiller and the head brewer of local craft brewery in County Cork, Ireland. They hatched a plan to send a few Jameson casks to the Franciscan Well Brewery and see how this might influence their craft Irish stout. Neither head brewer nor whiskey master knew what this experiment would bring, but both men hoped that some Jameson magic might rub off on the fine Irish stout – and they were delighted with the results. The empty casks journeyed back to the Jameson Distillery after the beer had been bottled, full of new stout character from their sabbatical at Franciscan Well. The Jameson Master of Whiskey generally prefers not to mess with a good thing, but his curiosity got the better of him and he decided to repeat the experiment – this time re-filling the stout-soaked casks with Jameson Whiskey. So how does it taste? While the triple-distilled smoothness is very much intact, the whiskey sings a different tune, with notes of cocoa, coffee and butterscotch confirming the stout influence. You can grab the whiskey every day of Craft Beer Week at Time Out’s Hop-Up ale yard. Just upgrade your craft beer of choice to a boilermaker, and you’ll get the chance to pair it with the whiskey – neat or on the rocks, whichever you prefer. And it gets even better. On Saturday 22, Tuesday 25 and Friday 28 October, members of the Jameson Crew
The Argyle Halloween weekend
To celebrate the spookiest night of the year, the Argyle is transforming into an extravagant, multi-sensory shop of horrors. The creatures of the underground will be coming out to play and, luckily for you, they’re headed straight for the Argyle. The venue has gathered up the weirdest and wackiest performers to entertain you across the weekend – expect contortionists, bearded ladies, snake charmers and even bed-of-nails performers. Yikes. There'll be special cocktails and snacks available for purchase, as well as a killer line-up of DJs to carry you through the night, including sets from Jesabel, KIN, Press Play, Glover and many more. If you’re planning on going on a Friday, be sure to dress up in costume and take advantage of free entry before 9pm. Or, if you're all set for Saturday, be quick to get those tickets – first release are selling for $30 each and second release for $40 each.
Jamie's Italian spring/summer menu
Spring has sprung and fortunately for you, Jamie’s Italian have been busy perfecting their new spring/summer menu. Don't worry; not too much has changed – Jamie has kept a bunch of his favourites to complement the new options. Start your meal off with the new primavera bruschetta from the nibbles and antipasti menu – lemony zucchini, peas and beans with hazelnut and lovage pesto and Bella Lodi. Or, if you want to head straight for the mains, try the new Gennaro’s chicken primavera – chargrilled and butterflied free-range chicken breast served with peas, beans, zucchini and hazelnut and basil pesto. Then there's fresh crab spaghetti – served with chilli, fennel, capers, white wine and garlic; or silky spaghettti carbonara – sweet tender leeks with golden smoky pancetta, cracked black pepper and parmesan.Don’t worry, there are plenty of options for those of you who aren’t interested in carb-loading. Jamie’s new classic caprese salad – heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil – is joining the salad menu and the Super Food Salad is here to stay. Desserts include an epic choclate brownie with chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and caramelised amaretti popcorn, and the molten chocolate praline pudding – warm chocolate cake with a liquid praline centre, served with vanilla ice cream and praline.