Sydney Art Month Highlights

This month, city-wide festival ‘Art Month’ saw Sydney-siders celebrating contemporary art by way of gallery exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, studio tours, art parties and more. And don’t worry, events extend all the way into May.

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The Festival was created by heavyweight art dealers Michael Reid and Vasili Kaliman in 2010. It aimed to cater towards the public’s growing interest in the arts. Curated by artistic director Emma O’Neill, the collection of inspired events have spanned across the state.

The event spans from March into May. Here are some of the highlights which have illuminated audiences throughout the month so far.

Megan Cope: Fractures and Frequencies

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Acclaimed Quandamooka artist Megan Cope will present her sound installation Untitled (Death Song) in collaboration with instrument builder Isha Ram Das and Liquid Architecture curator Joel Stern as part of new exhibition Megan Cope: Fractures & Frequencies.

When? Until April 17th, 2021
Where? UNSW Galleries, Paddington
Cost? Free

Paddington and Woollahra Art At Night

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Art Month Sydney social events will close this Friday 26th March with a bang. Celebrate with a final evening in Paddington’s renowned arts hub, with projections and pop-up bars. See the work of Claudia Nicholson and hear words by writer and artist Jackie De Lacy. Also performing are a selection of local artists.

Gallery Crawl: 3pm – 7pm

1. Arthouse Gallery (66 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay)

2. Dominik Mersch Gallery (1/75 McLachlan Ave, Rushcutters Bay)

3. .M Contemporary (No 8, 15-17 Boundary St, Darlinghurst)

4. Cement Fondu (36 Gosbell St, Paddington)

5. Saint Cloche (37 MacDonald St, Paddington)

6. Defiance Gallery (12 Mary Pl, Paddington)

7. UNSW Galleries (Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington)

8. Olsen Gallery (63 Jersey Rd, Woollahra)

9. PIERMARQ* (76 Paddington St, Paddington)

10. Australian Galleries (15 Roylston St, Paddington)

11. Wagner Contemporary (Level 1, 2 Hampden St, Paddington)

12. Fine Arts Sydney (23 Hampden St, Paddington)

13. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (8 Soudan Ln, Paddington)
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery After Party: 7pm-9pm

New Age Noice | Music Performance Lectures

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As part of the Art Month Sydney Paddington gallery crawl on the 27th of March, a series of music performance lectures by members of New Age Noise will be held.

When? Saturday 27th March, 2021
Where? 36 Gosbell Street, Darlinghurst
Cost? Free.

Based out of Information + Cultural Exchange (I.C.E) in Parramatta the collective uplifts young Western-Sydney based trans, non-binary and female musicians and producers. Creating opportunities for its members, New Age Noise combats the male-domianted music industries. Four of their artists, Vicky Zeng, Alyssa Yang, Sol Alliya Yoga and Liliana Occhiuto, will talk about their music-making practices and perform live – both showcasing their skills and sharing their knowledge to audiences. This event will be hosted in our lecture theatre, which serves as a central architectural and conceptual element to our current exhibition, Textbook for Desire, placing these performances into a broader dialogue with the works in the exhibition around agency, representation, knowledge-sharing and desire.

Preceding these lectures will be a zine workshop by artist Naomi Segal from 3-5pm and a series of readings by Sweatshop Women from 5-6pm.

Life Drawing Club at Peach Black

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Take advantage of a free Saturday morning Life Drawing session with artist Matteo Bernasconi. It runs from 10am-12pm this Saturday.

When? Saturday 27th March 2021 (10am- 12pm)
Where? Peach Black Gallery, Chippendale
Cost? Free

Photography Workshop with Amanda Williams

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Book yourself in for a hands-on photography workshop with esteemed photographer Amanda Williams.

Working within the limitations of silver gelatinous photographic printing, Williams explores the materiality of photography, creating something unique and memorable. In an anaesthetised by smartphones, Williams aims to create a a more simplistic experience of the art form photography.

Bookings Essential, tickets are available via eventbrite.

When? Sunday 28th March 2021
Where? Sydney College of the Arts, Camperdown
Cost? $53.84

Check out the Art Month Sydney website for more events.

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