OPENINGS AND THE ARTS IN SYDNEY – 08/10/2012 – 14/10/2012

Australian artist Ralph Heimans painted the Queen for her Diamond Jubilee year.

Two of our ‘In Studio’ artists, Joel Dickens and Justin Balmain, have shows this week. Check out their shows and previous interviews with us.

Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) – Quote : “I am fifty years old and I have always lived in freedom; let me end my life free; when I am dead let this be said of me: ‘He belonged to no school, to no church, to no institution, to no academy, least of all to any régime except the régime of liberty.’

Monday 8th October

Tuesday 9th October

networked:// – Justin Balmain
When: 5-7pm
@ Kudos Gallery – 6 Napier Street, Paddington,

Out of the Box: Kerry Dunas photographs 1944-1988
Open by Hon.Josephine Maxwell
When: 6-8pm
@ NAS Gallery – Forbes & Burton Streets, Darlinghurst

Opened by Bernard Ollis
When: 6-8pm
@ Frances Keevil Gallery – Bay Village  28-34 Cross Street, Double Bay

dis(Hons) – Group show of Painting Honours Students 2012
When: 6-8pm
@ Library Stairwell Gallery, National Art School, Darlinghurst

Constructing Australia: The Bridge (Screening)
When: 12:20pm
@ Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts – 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

Zombie Tits launch – Astronaut Fish and Other Weird Animals
When: 6:30pm
@ Jurassic Lounge – Australian Museum – 6 College Street, Sydney

Fifty-One: Hillbilly Barn Dance – Manly’s favourite art-after-hours social night
When: 7pm
@ The Pony Room – 26-28 Pittwater Road, Manly

When: 6-8pm
@ Damien Minton Annex Space – 583 Elizabeth St, Redfern

Wednesday 10th October

Drone – Joel Dickens
When: 6-9pm
@ The Tate – The Toxteth, 345 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

Aesthetic Transgressions – new imagery from Bernadette Smith and Mark Elliot-Ranken
When: 6-8 pm
@ Chrissie Cotter Gallery – Pidcock Street, Camperdown

Peter Godwin – New paintings
When: 6-8pm
@ Defiance Gallery Newtown – 45 Enmore Road, Newtown

INKLINGS – Harriet Birks, Pen & Ink, Watercolour and Prints
When: 6-9pm
@ M2 Gallery –  4/450 Elizabeth St Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW

Wendy Sharpe – Burlesque
When: 6-8pm
@ King Street Gallery on William – 177 William Street, Darlinghurst

The Paris Suite: paintings from the studio – Cite Internationale des Arts
When: 6-8pm
@ Annandale Galleries – 110 Trafalgar Street, Annandale

Michael Herford – Formal Abstractions & Colour Compositions
Lisa Ingerson – Brick, Iron & Glass
Arky Maur – Quality Streets
Gavin McDonald – Colour in Landscapes
When: 6-8pm
@ Global Gallery – 5 Comber Street, Paddington

Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship Finalists Exhibition and SCA Awards and Scholarships Presentation Ceremony
When: 5:30-8pm
@ Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney, Balmain Road Rozelle (enter opposite Cecily Street)

Michael Hall
When: 6-8pm
@ Callan Park Gallery – Building 13, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney, Balmain Road Rozelle (enter opposite Cecily Street)

Close to Home
When: 6-9pm
@ Shairspace – 1/336 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst,

When: 6-8pm
@ GALLERY 9 – 9 Darley Street, Darlinghurst

Secret Walls Sydney – Semi Final 1 – Dale Bigeni V TEEM
When: 6:30-11:30pm
@ OXFORD ART FACTORY – Basement, 38-46 Oxford St, Sydney,

Thursday 11th October
TwoOne – Psychological Portrait and Metaphysical Landscape – Hiroyasu Tsuri
When: 6-8pm
@ Mick the gallery – 44 Gurner Street, Paddington

Kevin McKay – In Passing
When: 6-8pm
@ SHEFFER GALLERY SYDNEY – 38 Lander Street, Darlington

When: 6-8pm
@ Liverpool Street Gallery – 243a Liverpool Street, East Sydney

Twenty professional artists face the challenge to create an artwork interpreting and exploring the theme A Fine Line Between Pleasure & Pain – a subject that has been studied and debated by philosophers, artists and mankind throughout history.
The exhibition will feature: painting, sculpture, photography, installations and works on paper.
When: 6-8pm
@ NEWCASTLE ART SPACE GALLERY – 246 Parry St Hamilton Eas

When: 7pm
@ Mori Gallery – 168 Day Street, Sydney

Object’s Design Emergency Party
When: 5:30-8pm
@ Object Gallery – 417 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Kate Sheldon
When: 6-8pm
@ A-M Gallery – 191 Wilson St Newtown, Sydney

DEB presents MAN UP
When: 6-9pm
@ Ambush Gallery – 4a James St, Waterloo, Sydney

When: 6-9pm
@ Fire Gallery – 22 Enmore Road, Newtown

Friday 12th October

Ruminations: Rumsey Art Walk
Kath Fries, Simon Alexander Cook, WeAve Parramatta, Vanessa White with Karl Krebs,
New Neighbours Project: Chrissie Ianssen & Majid Rabet
Artist Talks + Performance: Sunday 14 Oct 2p
When: 5-7pm
@ Rumsey Rose Garden, Parramatta Park, Parramatta

MLS008 – Paul Hay – Little Box of Tricks
When: 6-8pm
@ Mils Gallery – 3/15 randle st, surry hills, Sydney

Earth Wind Fire
When: 6-8pm
@ Lavender Bay Gallery – 25-27 Walker Street, Lavender Bay

Shelley Cornish
When: 6-8pm
@ Platform72 – 72 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst,

Passions of the Cut Sleeve-George Gilmour Printmaker Solo Exhibition
When: 7-11pm
@ Newsagency Gallery – 332 Stanmore Road, Petersham, Sydney

Saturday 13th October

Sue Pedley – Harvest
When: 3-5pm
@ James Dorahy Project Space – Suite 4, Level One, Minerva Building – 111 Macleay Street, Potts Point

Workshop – Evie Presents – Design, pattern and colour
When: 11am-12pm
@ 123 George St, The Rocks

The Ranamok Prize 2012 Artists’ Forum
This forum, conducted by Maureen Cahill, co-founder of the Prize will briefly outline the history of the Prize and introduce the participating artists who will discuss their works.
When: 10:30am
@ Angel Place – 123 Pitt Street, Sydney

Jane Gascoigne – Finally Emerging
When: 6pm
@ Gallery NTK – Shop 2/90-100 Edwin Street, North, Croydon

A special tribute night in memory of Jad Capelja featuring live music by King Tide, a screening of the original ’81 film ‘Puberty Blues’
When: 6pm
@ Bondi Pavillion – Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi

Claire Healy
Sean Cordeiro
When: 3-7pm
@ Gallery Barry Keldoulis – 285 Young street, Waterloo

Sunday 14th October
Underbelly Arts presents Cabinet
When: 4pm
@ The Red Rattler Theatre – 6 Faversham St, Marrickville,

Mr Falcons Present Burlesque!
When: 7pm
@ Mr Falcon’s – 92 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe,

THINGS OF INTEREST + opportunities for artists

2012 Call Out for Exhibitions, Residencies, Writers & Curators Program.

Applications for this round are currently open. Due 18th October 2012.

Firstdraft Exhibition Program 2013
Exhibition proposals are invited from individuals and groups, artists and curators. Firstdraft offers artist fees delivered in the form of financial subsidy for the hiring of the gallery spaces. After the subsidy, the gallery costs for the 3-week show period are as follows:

Gallery 1: $660

Gallery 2: $660

Gallery 3: $770

Gallery 4: $770

Gallery 1 and 2 can be used together for a cost of $1,320. Gallery prices include GST.
Firstdraft does not charge a commission for works sold during the exhibition period.
Gallery costs will include:

3 weeks exhibition period per show
Publicity promotional electronic mailout, and social media promotion.
Standard gallery running costs (special overhead costs may apply).
Opening night costs and manning of the bar.
Gallery minding by Firstdraft Volunteers – [exhibitors are responsible for minding the gallery at least 3 times]
Applications will only be accepted via email in PDF format only.
Please included the ‘Exhibition Application’ in the subject of your email.

Applications for this round are currently open. Due 18th October 2012.
Studio Residency Program 2012

The program was initiated in 2004 with funding from the New South Wales Ministry for the Arts (now Arts NSW), allowing Firstdraft to make the studio on the ground floor of Firstdraft available to emerging artists as a studio space. This program has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts for the previous 5 years and is now supported by The Visual Arts and Craft Strategy through The Australian government and the New South Wales Government.
In 2009 Firstdraft secured support from the City of Sydney Council for an off-site facility to house the Firstdraft Emerging Artist Studio Residency Program and provide affordable artist studios for emerging and local artists. The studio program has been housed at the Firstdraft Depot in Riley Street Woolloomooloo since early 2010.
All 2012 Firstdraft Emerging Artist Studio Residency Program applicants will complete their studio residency at the Depot in Woolloomooloo. This studio program has been developed to increase the breadth of Firstdraft’s involvement with and support for emerging experimental arts in Australia.
The program provides emerging artists with the opportunity to develop their practice and exhibit within a dynamic artistic community in central Sydney. Firstdraft studio artists are encouraged to utilise the timeframe and the studio to create and exhibit work not normally encouraged by the short time frames available for installing work. The program provides an opportunity to work in a dynamic environment with access to a community of peers, encouraging artists to become more involved in an Artist Run Initiative (ARI).
Firstdraft will provide the successful applicant with:

A studio space in the Firstdraft Depot at Riley St Woolloomooloo for 12 weeks [non-residential].
A flat artist fee for work completed during the studio residency program.
A fully subsidised three-week exhibition at Firstdraft upon completion of the program.
Applications will only be accepted via email in PDF format only.
Please included the ‘Residency Application’ in the subject of your email.

Applications for this round are currently open. Due 18th October 2012.
Firstdraft Curators Program 2013

Firstdraft invites applications for Emerging Curators exhibitions to be staged in the first half of 2013.
Through the Emerging Curators Program, Firstdraft aims to encourage innovative curators or artist-curators to:

• Expand their professional practice by conceiving of and realising an exhibition project at the gallery

• Provide exhibition space and funding for a publication that accompanies the creative project

• Encourage creative dialogue and discussion through public artist and curator talks

Firstdraft will provide the successful applicants with:

• A three-week exhibition in the whole gallery (including promotion and opening costs)

• Access to and assistance with Firstdraft’s equipment and resources

• Funding of up to $1,500.00 for the production of a catalogue that accompanies the show and a curatorial fee.


• For the purposes of this application you must consider yourself to be ‘emerging’

• Firstdraft will consider applications from any individual meeting these selection

criteria regardless of race, ethnicity, sexuality or gender

• Applications from collaborating artists are also welcome, but due to the nature of the program will receive no extra allowances

• There is no restriction on the thematic or the types of artwork that will be considered; however due to our grant requirements,
the exhibition should consist primarily of emerging artists

Further details

• Following the initial written application review, the selected applicant/s will be asked to meet with Firstdraft Directors to
expand on their proposed project. This process is designed to develop dialogue around the project and is a chance for you to talk
through your ideas with a supportive network of peers. The process is also an opportunity to provide constructive feedback and strengthen your professional practice skills

• The successful applicant will be expected to enter into a contract with Firstdraft prior to commencing the Emerging Curators Program. This contract will include the

standard loan agreement and requirements for exhibiting in the space

• The selected curator/s will be responsible for organising the exhibition. Namely, the selection of artists and artwork, communication with the artists, sourcing and liability for external equipment, supervising installation and de-installation.

• The selected curator/s will be encouraged to develop the catalogue idea parallel to the development of the exhibition and have the catalogue available for opening night, unless documenting the actual work in the exhibition in which case should be produced promptly after install. Innovative and experimental printing & publication approaches are encouraged.

Additional Information for Applicants

• Late, faxed, hardcopy or incomplete applications will not be considered.

• Applicants will be notified within 2 months of the closing date.

• All decisions made by Firstdraft and relating to applications for this program are final.

Applications will only be accepted via email in PDF format only.
Please included the ‘Curators Application’ in the subject of your email.

Applications for this round are currently open. Due 18th October 2012.
Firstdraft Writers in Residence Program 2013

The Firstdraft Writers in Residence Program has been developed by Firstdraft in order to provide support for emerging arts writers in Australia and generate structured opportunities for critical dialogue surrounding contemporary art practice. Firstdraft aims to encourage excellence in arts writing practice and increase professional development opportunities for emerging arts writers through a process of mentorship and the provision of remunerated publishing opportunities.

What the program involves:

• A 4-month writing mentorship with an established arts writer. The mentorship will involve critical feedback and guidance about your writing practice and the arts writing sector.

• The opportunity to be the Firstdraft in house writer- to challenge yourself by writing short critical reviews on emerging exhibitions on a regular basis and to have them printed to accompany the exhibitions.

• Firstdraft will negotiate the mentorship with your nominated arts writer on your behalf.

• Publication of your texts on the Firstdraft Blog and the possibility to create a printed publication of your own making.  All writings are published in the Writers Program compendium at the end of the year.

• Writers’ fee of $700.

• The opportunity to write an involved piece of writing under the guidance and mentorship of professional arts writers.

• Critical dialogue and discussion with Firstdraft artists and directors over a 4-month period.


• For the purposes of this application you must consider yourself to be ‘emerging’ and have a demonstrated interest in visual arts writing.  No need to be previously published, just examples of your writing style to be included in your application.

• Firstdraft is an equal opportunity organisation. Selection for this program will be made on the basis of relative merit, which will be assessed against selection criteria.

• You must be an Australian citizen.

Additional Information for Applicants

• Late, faxed, hardcopy or incomplete applications will not be considered.

• Applicants will be notified within 2 months of the closing date.

• All decisions made by Firstdraft and relating to applications for this program are final.

• Please keep a copy of all supporting material, as applications will not be returned to the applicant.

Call for artists – ErkoART 2012
ErkoART is a bi-annual art event that celebrates Erskineville artists young and old. Held at the Erskineville Public School on Saturday 20th Oct and Sunday 21st October, it showcases the creativity and community that is Erko!

Excitingly, this year Erko Art has evolved to become an umbrella event for the Art & About Sydney 2012 festival (21 September-21 October). Everyone in Erskineville is inv
ited to join in creating a ‘spot of colour’ by decorating their own spot for display around the village.

The ErkoART exhibition of local artists work will be 20-21 October 2012 – launching with an official opening party on the Saturday evening, just for adults, while Sunday is a full day of family fun.

Stay tuned for more information on pop-up ‘spot’ workshops, entertainment for the ErkoART opening and fun workshops on the festival Sunday.

Local artists: please look at our events info for how to submit work.

Please email erkoART@gmail for further information.
Erskineville Public School, Newtown



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