The best public art in Sydney
Public art – in any city – is a notoriously fraught business. No matter how hard you try to make everyone happy, every work will have its detractors. Some more than others, of course. Notable spats in Sydney’s public art history include the time residents threatened to dismantle Ken Unsworth’s ‘poo on sticks’ sculpture in Darlinghurst (it still stands); the time NSW Parliamentarian Helen Sham-Ho said Lin Li’s ‘Golden Water Mouth’ sculpture in Chinatown “looks like a penis”; and the time Oz editor Richard Neville ran a cover photo of himself and two others peeing into Tom Bass’s P&O Wall Fountain. That said, who could possibly argue for a city without public art? It’s (mostly) good for the eyes, good for the soul, and improves even the most uninviting locations. It’s also good for business, which has been part of the drive in Sydney over the last decade to revitalise laneways and commercial precincts with commissions from contemporary artists, architects and designers. In 2007, the City of Sydney appointed their first Public Art Advisory Panel – a mix of artists, curators and architects that currently includes Carriageworks director Lisa Havilah and installation artist Janet Laurence. Now you know who to thank/complain to. Since it’s Art Month in Sydney, we thought we’d share some of our favourite public art works in Sydney.
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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.
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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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All throughout March the Munich Brauhaus is challenging you to the ultimate food competition. The Schnitzelmeister is one kilogram of pure crispy-crumbed, golden veal accompanied by four sides, including braised red cabbage, mashed potato, wedges, sauerkraut, potato salad and more. The record for devouring it has been set by competitive eating monster The Ressler, smashing the Schnitzelmeister in a crazy seven minutes and 27 seconds. If you can beat this time, you'll take home a $500 Munich Brauhaus voucher, a free T-shirt and of course, serious bragging rights. Think you're up for the challenge? The Schnitzelmeister is available at the Munich Brauhaus all throughout March.
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Hot Sydney function venues
Give your next celebration a twist at one of these great venues where you can book a table, a room or a bar area. The Norfolk Beer Garden This Cleveland Street party pub boasts a fully covered beer garden where you can reserve one of those comfy black-and-white striped centre benches. There are daily snack specials and $30 cocktail jugs to get those inhibitions loosened. House of Crabs Upstairs at the Norfolk is a dining experience that’s as much fun as it is delicious. Put on a paper bib, grab a shell cracker and dig into one of the big plastic bags straight out of the boiler filled with crab, prawns or mussels plus tasty, tasty sauce. The Forresters This Surry Hills perennial has cold beer, hot pizza and an unbeatable party atmosphere, with 14 hours of happy hour a week, Sunday roasts, trivia, comedy and more. Cocktails are just $12 on Fridays. Queenies Upstairs at the Forresters find a Jamaican bar and restaurant where you can book a table or the bar area for up to 30 people. Function packs with canapés are available for a minimum of 15 guests. The Oxford Tavern Southern-style snackage such as ribs, brisket and pulled pork from Black Betty the meat smoker are the go at Petersham’s good-times pub. There’s also $12 schnitzels on Tuesdays, Bingo on Wednesdays, and burgers that are just $10 on Thursdays.
The Annual Sheaf Sunday Brunch
Brunch has to be one of the best meals of the day, and now the Sheaf are making it even better with the return of the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brunch on Sunday March 26. The event will feature a beautifully styled food spread from head chef Sam Brading. Showing off the Sheaf’s new seasonal menu, there will be plenty of charcuterie and cheese boards, an oyster bar and muesli station, crab sliders, yellowfin tuna and Yamba prawn sandwiches – plus you can go back as many times as you like until midday. Ease into the day at the DIY Belvedere Bloody Mary bar, where you can load your drink with fun garnishes like fried jalapeño poppers, bacon and prawns, or kick back with a flute of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. There will also be live music in the garden bar, and the ticket price includes a gift bag on arrival. Tickets are $65 and available now. Limited numbers are available.