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Celebrate Sydney’s Contemporary Art Scene

Two reasons to indulge your senses!

The journey of life does not run straight; it’s filled with dead ends and u-turns, missed exits and stop signs, bumps and forks in the road. Art Month Sydney aims to explore this idea through this year’s theme: Intersections and Parallels. Art Month Sydney is a contemporary arts festival running from 1 – 23 March 2014 in spaces and places throughout Sydney. Featuring artists and works across genres, Art Month Sydney delves into the collision of art and contemporary life through the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture and multi-disciplinary arts practice. Picking up where Art Month Sydney leaves off at the end of March, the 19th biennale of Sydney brings the world of international contemporary art to Sydney for a three-month exhibition and event programme. This year’s festival explores imagination and desire through the theme: You Imagine what you Desire.

Patrons can celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of contemporary art in Sydney through talks, tours or exhibitions at both Art Month Sydney and the 19th biennale of Sydney.

Talks

Join Sydney Morning Herald art critic John McDonald, art lecturer and theorist Dr Oliver Watts and gallery owner & Art Month Sydney founder Vasili Kaliman to discuss the Role of the Art Critic on 24 March at the Collector’s Space in Darlinghurst. This is a free talk presented in collaboration with RAVEN Contemporary. If you’re a collector, listen to the fascinating John Cameron AM and businesswoman Sue Cato discuss their collections in the free talk Passion to Collect – 16 March at the Collector’s Space, Darlinghurst.

Listen to Blair French, MCA Assistant Director – Curatorial and Digital, share insights into the work of Douglas Gordon as part of the 19th biennale of Sydney Keynote Address. The biennale offers a comprehensive programme of artist talks from practitioners across genres and from around the world including, Kate Daw, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Bianca Hester and more; to view the full programme of artist talks, visit the biennale website.

Tours

Not sure where to start your artistic wanderings? Hop on a bus tour – perhaps, Go West on 15 March or Go Bondi on 22 March. If pedal power piques your interest, the team at Art Month Sydney have compiled a series of cycling tours across and around the city throughout the festival. If you’d rather amble through Sydney’s artistic streets, try the walking tour of Chinatown to Circular Quay on 16 March or Pyrmont to Glebe on 24 March.

Go West bus tour
Jump on the Go West bus tour fulfill your artistic curiosity.

 

Interested in buying art or starting an art collection? The Buy Art: My First Time tour aims to guide patrons into the world of art collection through an introduction to the works of emerging artists in the burgeoning Chippendale gallery scene.

Children aged three to five years old? Take your tot to the Art Gallery of NSW Tours for Tots programme, $20 per child. Intrigued by a good mystery? Led by a guest, take a Mystery Tour of Cockatoo Island guided by writers, artists and celebrities.

Exhibitions

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the renowned Sarah Cottier Gallery at the group exhibition 20/200; the exhibition includes works from all 80 artists who have exhibited through the gallery’s 200 shows. Challenge yourself with Ornamental Perversion by Tim Shultz at The Commercial or find yourself judged by the many eyes of Michael Williamson’s quirky, penetrating sculptures in Very Short Circuit: Raw Art at the Kerrie Lowe Gallery.

A full exhibition programme will be available in late March on the 19th biennale of Sydney on their website.

very short circuit exhibition
Very Short Circuit: raw art by Michael Williamson. Image courtesy of artmonthsydney.com.au

 

Experiences

Combine a love of food and art at one of Art Month Sydney’s visual feasts. Held at galleries and restaurants across the city, award winning chefs pair with exhibitions to deliver a sumptuous blend of culinary and artistic intoxication. Highlights include: Luke Mangan at Danks St Gallery and Popolo’s bespoke collaboration themed gallery dinner at Dominik Mersch Gallery.

Highlighting local artists and artisan business, venture to the Quadrangle Rooftop Market on 15 March or indulge your inner film buff at Screen Dreams 2: Artists on Cinematic Influence – featuring a talk by local artist Heath Franco followed by a screening of cult film Pulp Fiction. During the biennale, the Art Gallery of NSW will screen their States of the Mind film series, exploring films whose narratives guide us through the interplay of memories and dream states.

The 19th biennale of Sydney’s extensive kids and families programme makes the world of contemporary art accessible, even for the tiniest of tots; take the family on an Art Adventure Tour at the Art Gallery of New South Wales or ferry across to Cockatoo Island to enjoy Family Sundays, where kids can hike the Kids Trail or visit one of the many dedicated artmaking stations. All activities are free, however participants will need to make their own way to Cockatoo Island; ferry fees apply.

Infuse an evening with art, drinks and music at one of the festival’s Art at Night events, like Explore East Sydney and Darlinghurst on 21 March. Go on a self-guided tour of local galleries between 6 – 8pm before heading to the ArtBar at the National Art School for drinks and music into the night. The Museum of Contemporary Art will also kick on late into the night, offering live music and artists talks at their ArtBar curated by Ross Manning; tickets to the MCA ArtBar are $25 each.

To kick of the 19th biennale of Sydney, why not immerse yourself in public performance art? Jog along with 16 men from the Art Gallery of NSW through the streets of Sydney as they explore the dichotomy of gendered emotions in Eglė Budvytytė’s Choreography for the Running Male, 18 & 23 March. If you fancy getting fit and challenging your artistic preconceptions, make your way to Cockatoo Island and go to Boot Camp, an interactive workout and artistic exploration of creative energy.

With events across the city, Art Month Sydney and 19th Biennale of Sydney offer art lovers and collectors an array of art intensive experience. If you’re needing to find your way around at your own leisure, Europcar have great car hire deals that will help you move between the many galleries, exhibitions and experiences with ease.

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