Sydney is crackling with contemporary art this March, with craft, style and photography events in the mix. Don't miss these six Fizz faves…
BY SOPHIE DAVIES
Sydneysiders are in luck; from 6 to 29 March 2015 the city is getting its art on. Whether you’re an artist, a collector, a craft fan or an installation buff you'll find something to intrigue you at not-for-profit festival Art Month Sydney, with late-night gallery openings, dinners, debates and drinks. Explore artists’ studios, take an artist-led walk or join a Buy Art tour to snap up something special to display at home. For investment inspiration, check out the Collectors’ Space (Ray Hughes Gallery, 270 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills), where you can ogle the personal collections of art-savvy types, including chef Kylie Kwong. You can even get your culture hit by artcycle if you’d rather explore on two wheels…
Art at Night: East Sydney
When: 12 March, 6pm-10pm
Where: Firstdraft Gallery, 13-17 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo
Three of the city’s buzziest art precincts will open after dark on Thursdays during March, including this debut culturefest in East Sydney, taking in Darlinghurst and Woolloomooloo. Cruise 20 of the area’s local galleries and project spaces from 6pm-8pm, then hit the official Art Bar at Firstdraft Gallery for drinks, tunes and performances from 8pm until late. Firstdraft will be showing ‘Chromatic Syncopation’, featuring three artists including Rebecca Baumann, Ross Manning and indigenous street art talent Reko Rennie.
Follow-up Art at Nights take place in the same time slot at Chippendale/Redfern on 19 March and Paddington/Woollahra on 26 March, with Art Bars at Wellington St Projects (19-25 Wellington Street) and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (8 Soudan Lane) respectively. Don’t miss Redfern hot spot The Bearded Tit (183 Regent Street), with its kooky 'Grot(to)' show, or Chippendale’s White Rabbit Gallery (30 Balfour Street) for contemporary Chinese art, with new exhibition ‘State of Play’ running until August. Download zone maps on the festival website, and follow the hashtag #artmonth. Artcycle tours (5.30pm-8pm) are available for East Sydney and Chippendale/Redfern.
The Art of Eating: Ceramics, Food & Conversation
When: 14 March, 6pm-10pm
Where: Utopia Art Sydney, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo
$190pp, book online
Exploring tactile contemporary ceramics in a hands-on way, this convivial event brings together four Australian ceramicists, a delicious Thai banquet from Longrain and Lisa McGuigan Wines. Art Month’s artistic director Glenn Barkley will host the conversation with craft talents Brett Stone, Merran Esson, Liane Rossler and Kati Watson. Tickets include dinner, wine and a ceramic artwork by Stone for each guest.
The festival also offers a self-guided ceramics tour, a debate on collecting ceramics (25 March, National Art School), plus exhibition 'Shelfie', showcasing former Dinosaur Designs' director Liane Rossler's sensual, still, monochrome pieces at Annette Larkin Fine Art.
I can do that! The Rise of the Makers
When: 17 March, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Where: Koskela, 1/85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery
Free, register online
A celebration of craft, from the handmade to the art-led, brings together a group of makers at Rosebery gallery/boutique Koskela. The conversation will explore new tech platforms for promoting art, building new online and local markets. Speakers include Luke Temby of CUPCO, Fictional Objects' Emma Rutherford and Rebecca Chua of Chuchu, with design writer Gillian Serisier as MC.
You Can’t Put That There! Public Art in Sydney
When: 18 March, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Where: State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Free, book online
With public art a hot topic in Sydney after a spate of controversial commissions, this debate at the State Library tackles the thorny question of best practice for urban installations. Sure to get airtime will be Hany Armanious's cheeky conceptual 'Pavilion' for Belmore Park, riffing on generic plastic milk crates, and sinuous sculpture the 'Cloud Arch' by Junya Ishigami, intended for the CBD's George Street, both due to be installed in 2017.
Artist Tour: Garry Trinh
When: 28 March, 10am-12.30pm
Where: Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock Street, Camperdown
Free, book online
Sydney-based photography Garry Trinh hosts a one-off stroll – also available as a self-guided online tour – focusing on snapping the unexpected, spontaneous moments of everyday life, from the mundane to the magical.
Gotta Have It: Art in the Home
When: 29 March, 2pm-4pm
Where: Collectors’ Space, 270 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills
Free, book online
As viewers of Oz reality TV show ‘The Block’ will know, art in the home is fraught with issues of subjective taste. Should you match your couch to the artwork, or style your room, then find art you love afterwards? Speakers discussing how to live with art include author/stylist Amanda Talbot, Belle magazine's Richard Waller, Liane Rossler and Gillian Serisier.