Artists and makers in the Campbelltown region will be setting up stalls at the Amphitheatre outside CAC for the first ever Handpicked markets. The afternoon-to-evening market will feature 30 stalls by local creatives selling ceramics, jewellery, textiles, woven pieces, leather goods and living sculptures. Stallholders include artist Rosie Deacon (pictured), Yirran Miigaydhu Weavers, Campbelltown Bonsai Society, Hyde ‘n’ Clay, Black Cockatoos Aboriginal Corporation and Studio VanQ. The arts centre is hoping to make it an annual event where you’ll find diverse and distinctive artists and artworks from Western Sydney. They’re also keeping the gallery open till 9pm so you can browse the 56th Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, take part in craft workshops and grab a bite to eat from the Burger Frank pop-up or Pepitas’ vegan, gluten free ice cream truck.
Halloween comes early to the Cement Fondu gallery in Paddington with this artsy take on our obsession with horror and the post-apocalyptic world. It features photography, ceramics, projections, contemporary dance and, ahem, Muslim black death metal, from Australian and international artists interested in ideas of decay, mutation and destruction. Visitors can walk through a room-sized haunted house installation which reimagines and recreates scenes from gory B-grade horror flicks, catch the Australian premiere of choreographer Angela Goh’s new work 'Body Loss', and see works by international artists Loretta Fahrenholz and Phillip Stearns. The exhibition kicks off with an opening night party featuring American photographer and performance artist Jaimie Warren on October 6. Read about the Warm Bodies Halloween party on November 3.
This year’s NAIDOC Week theme celebrates the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to their community, families, and our nation. In this free exhibition, visitors can see the work of leading female practitioners in their fields of weaving and shell stringing. The innovative works highlight the unbroken practices of First Nations women who have carried their knowledge through the generations for at least 65,000 years. The exhibition includes intricate body wear, which has been skilfully crafted by harvesting and processing organic and contemporary feathers, fibres and shells. It also features domestic fishing implements made from organic material.Artists featured in the exhibition include Lena Yarinkura, Dulcie Greeno, Maryann Sebasio, Muriel Maynard, Ais Bero, Lola Greeno, Mavis Warrngilna Ganambarr and Rosemary Gamajun Mamuniny.
This virtual-reality film has just wowed audiences at the Venice International Film Festival, and now Carriageworks has scored a coup in screening it in Australia. The creation of artist and director Lynette Wallworth and producer Nicole Newnham, who picked up an Emmy for their last VR film, Collisions, Awavena was made at the invitation of Brazilian Amazonian Yawanawa people and tells the story of Hushahu, the tribe’s first female shaman. The film will be accompanied by a free public exhibition, including a walk-through extension of the film called The Blessing Space, where visitors are given a portable VR backpack and allowed to roam the Yawanawa forest and explore it for themselves.
Did you know the lower North Shore had its own mini creative movement in the '70s and early '80s? The leafy bayside suburb of Lavender Bay was home to some of Sydney’s most loved and talented artists, which meant it was a rich hot spot of bohemian talent. Sydney Living Museums' new exhibition Bohemian Harbour: Artists of Lavender Bay will capture this time, showcasing rarely seen archival works from private and public collections. See paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and experimental films, which celebrate the area and Sydney culture at large. Many of the works are accompanied by extracts from interviews with the artists, which explore the connections that made Lavender Bay an extraordinary hub of talent. You'll see works by artists and residents of the 2060, including Brett Whiteley, Peter Kingston, Tom Carment, Philip Cox, Joel Elenberg, Robert Jacks, Rollin Schlicht, Martin Sharp, Garry Shead and Tim Storrier. Bohemian Harbour: Artists of Lavender Bay also recognises the ongoing pursuits of local artists and identities Wendy Whiteley and Peter Kingston who treasure the suburb's rich artistic heritage and natural tranquillity.
If you've ever been to the Eveleigh Railway Workshop, you'll know it's a pretty special place, brimming over with history and full of massive, abandoned manufacturing machinery. It's been out of use since 1988, but this event is bringing new life to the 130-year-old blacksmith forge. Staged by Eveleigh Works with Underbelly Arts and the City of Sydney, Caldera brings together burlesque, interactive art installations, experimental music and cocktails. Director Laurence Rosier Staines isn't revealing too many details about what we should expect from the art, but he says the event is inspired by festivals like Dark Mofo, so we're anticipating it'll be pretty fiery – in both a literal and figurative sense. The idea is that you wander among the steam hammers, cranes and blast furnaces and encounter the art and performances as you go along. There's burlesque from Zelia Rose, a vocal performance from Tanzer, a new musical work for electrified anvil by Marcus Whale and Bree van Reyk, and an Airsticks performance by drummer Alon Ilsar. The event is designed by Hugh O'Connor and Charlie Davis, and features lighting by theatrical wiz Alex Berlage. There are two sessions each night that Caldera is running – one at 8pm and another at 10pm for the nightowls among us – and each session is limited to 200 people.
Every Thursday night, the adaptable co-working and events space at Bustle Studios in Surry Hills is taken over by a new creative teacher, sharing skills and ideas over a glass of wine. For the installment of Classes with Glasses on November 29, Kitty from Mrs C and Me will be showing eager artists how to create personally designed cards, envelopes, gift tags and more. Screen printing is an intriguing technique for printing images onto paper, where you use a sponge or squeegee to push ink through a fine material stencil for a postcard-perfect design. In this class you’ll be provided with ink, paper and creative inspiration and advice for making you own designs. And with Christmas around the corner, it’s the perfect time to learn how to craft your own decorations and handmade gifts. And best of all, it’s BYO, so you can save extra pocket money to invest in your home craft supplies.
All good design should be functional, but the work in this show extends even beyond that, with design responding to the world’s most pressing social, ethical and environmental challenges. This doesn’t just mean that the designs on show are made from sustainable materials, but many offer up new solutions in and of themselves. So expect to see and interact with groundbreaking technology as well as traditional manufacturing practices put to new use. The exhibition features the work of international designers Nendo, Studio Swine, Bijoy Jain, Jo Nagasaka, Kwangho Lee and WOHA, alongside locals Ken Wong, Lucy McRae and Henry Wilson. Common Good is part of the 20th Sydney Design Festival.
Renowned for his arresting stop-motion video installations, William Kentridge is the best-known contemporary artist working in South Africa today. In this exhibition, curated by the artist himself, visitors can trace the development of his career, from his interest in opera and early cinema to his preoccupation with the nexus between art, ideology, history and memory as a witness to South Africa’s apartheid era. Highlights of the exhibition include one of Kentridge’s most ambitious and celebrated video installations, the eight channel 'I am not me, the horse is not mine 2008', which appeared as part of the 16th Biennale of Sydney on Cockatoo Island, as well as works across sculpture, film, charcoal, collage and tapestry, and a recreation of the artist’s studio. To coincide with the exhibition, Opera Australia will stage a new production of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, directed and illustrated by Kentridge, at Sydney Opera House throughout January.
American artist Nick Cave – not to be confused with the Australian singer-songwriter – is bringing 16,000 wind spinners, 24 chandeliers, 10 miles of crystals, thousands of ceramic birds and one crocodile to Sydney. Cave’s Until is a mammoth new installation work coming to Carriageworks from November 23 2018. It will be open until March 2019, so you’ve got plenty of time to explore every nook and cranny of this extraordinarily detailed, opulent, kitschy world. Cave is best known for his ‘soundsuits’: brightly colourful, full-body costumes covered in noise-making materials made of everything from dyed human hair to plastic buttons. He made his first soundsuit in 1992, as a response to the Rodney King bashing, and in late 2016 brought a herd of horse-shaped soundsuits to Carriageworks for a memorable performance parade. While the soundsuits aren’t the focus of Until (although one has crept in), a visit to the installation is a little like stepping inside the belly of Cave’s creations. Thousands of small found objects have been pulled together to create three major spaces full of surprising colours and textures. At the centre of this all is a huge hanging crystal cloud, topped with a beautiful “private garden”. You can climb one of four ladders for a peek into this secret world, complete with its own crocodile, golden gilded pigs and blackface lawn jockeys. If those jockeys seem like an unusual addition, there’s a strong political slant to all of the work by Cave, who has