April's biggest festivals and events
Marcel Duchamp’s idea of presenting ‘readymades’ or ordinary manufactured objects as works of art tested, pushed and helped shape the art world's very fabric. You can see how he evolved and came to that influential position in this exhibition featuring his renowned urinal – 'Fountain' (1950) – alongside 125 other pieces spanning six decades.
The National happens in the off-years of the Biennale of Sydney, filling that biennale-shaped hole in your heart. Its second iteration features 65 artists drawn from all across the country and all stages of their careers. See these works at the MCA, Art Gallery of NSW and Carriageworks.
If you don’t know anything about Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, it’s an explosive drama about a Southern family at loggerheads with each other. And it’s difficult to imagine a more impressive cast: The Book of Mormon’s Zahra Newman will play Maggie the Cat opposite Hugo Weaving as Big Daddy and Pamela Rabe as Big Mama.
Janet Laurence has made a career as an “environmental artist”, creating installations that respond to and utilise the natural world as key artistic elements. This major survey at the MCA features installations, sculpture, photography and video, with key works from across the course of her 30-year career.
Four artists from around the world are being brought together for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art's new exhibition all about Singapore's past and future. See works by Kolkata-based Rathin Barman, Sydney-based, Singapore-born Jessica Bradford, London-based, Singapore-born Erika Tan and Singapore artist Moses Tan.
Be part of the April installment of this series of free gigs up on the MCA's rooftop. It'll star Illawarra artist Bec Sandridge, whose sound echoes Blondie and Kate Bush but with fewer Brontë ballads and a dash of modern indie-rock. She’ll be joined by moody Sydney six-piece JD and the Hunger Men.
The $30,000 Dobell Drawing Prize is being awarded for the 21st time this year. The 57 finalists will be showcased in this exhibition at the National Art School that pushes against all the preconceptions you might have about drawing, and broadens out the definition significantly.
Sydney Vegan Market brings together 100 stalls selling 100 per cent plant-based food and drink, homewares, fashion, art and cosmetics from some of the biggest names in cruelty-free shopping. The set up at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park offers a full day of eating, shopping, activism and education.