Sydney art galleries, art shows, art exhibitions & art openings 27/05/2013 – 02/06/2013 – Sydney Art Galleries and Art Community

You may have noticed the city is lit up at the moment! VIVID Sydney is back for a couple of weeks. For a full listing of events check out our post: or see the official webiste

2013 - Vivid Light render - Lighting of the Sails by The Spinifex Group

With tax time approaching (boring I know), if you do some research now it may help with $$$$ down the track. Here are some arts organisations that are very useful when it comes to money matters. Please check out these links:

Australian Copyright Council
Australia Council for the Arts
Arts Law Centre of Australia
Copyright Agency Limited
ANAT Australian Network for Art & Technology
Indigenous Art Trade Association
Resale Royalty


Click on the pictures for futher information. Have a great week.

Monday 27th May

The Future of Arts Publishing, Journalism and Criticism – Admission Free (SAMAG members)
$10 (non-members) $5 students.
To register please email Lizzy:
When:  6pm
@ Australia Council for the Arts – 372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

The Raven’s Journey – Tarot Card Exhibition and Live Show
When: 7.30pm
@ Colombian Hotel (Upstairs), Darlinghurst


When: 5-7pm
@ COFAspace – COFA, E Block, Ground floor

10B Photography Workshop with Francesco Zizola & Claudio Palmisano
When: 9am-5pm
@ 10×8 – Level 5/ 56-60 Foster, Surry Hills

The I-Manifest STUDIO Pop-Up is a part of Vivid Ideas and The Rocks Pop Up initiative.
When: 10am-4pm
@ The Rocks Pop-Up, Sydney

I-Manifest Studio Live
When: 10am-4pm
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George Street, Sydney

I-Manifest Studio Seminar Day 1: Advertising, Film & Music
When: 10am-3pm
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George Street, Sydney

The Participatory Revolution
When: 12:30-5:30pm
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George Street, Sydney

BUILD A MOVEMENT with Ruby Pseudo (UK)
When: 7-9pm
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George Street, Sydney

The Making Of… Transformative Theatre
When: 9-10pm
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George Street, Sydney

Tuesday 28th May
EXPOSED – Africain photography and Video art – Head on Photo festival‎
When: 6-8pm
@ QUEENS street Gallery – 28 Queen Street, Woollahra

Nikon Walkley Photographers’ Slide Night
When: 6pm
@ State Library of NSW, Sydney


Jackie Dean
When: 5.30pm
@ Depot Gallery – 2 Danks Street, Waterloo

Emma Phillips, Julie Sundberg, Anna Warr, Fiona Wolf, Jennifer Blau and Sam Heydt
When: 6pm
@ Depot II Gallery – 2 Danks Street, Waterloo

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Glenn Lockitch
When: 5pm
@ Kings Cross Library – Kings Cross

Hell is Others – Jan Handel, Nik Kamvissis, Aude Parichot
When: 6-8pm
@ Library Stairwell Gallery – NAS, corner of forbes and darlinghurst

CeBIT Australia
This is the number one business technology event not to be missed – register now.
@ Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre – Darling Drive (Darling Harbour)

I-Manifest Studio Seminar Day 2: TV, Radio, Print + Digital.
When: 10am-3pm
@ Vivid Ideas Exchange – Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, Sydney, Australia 2000

Guest Lecture Programme
When: 5pm
@ See Street Gallery Meadowbank, See Street


When: 5-7pm
@ Kudos Gallery – 6 Napier Street, Paddington, Sydney

Sketches of Bacon
When: 6-8pm
@ Damien Minton Gallery – 583 Elizabeth Street, Sydney,

Exhibition of paintings‎
When: 6-8pm
@ Flinders Street Gallery – 61 Flinders Street, Surry Hills,

Gayle Forman in conversation with Melina Marchetta
When: 6:30pm
@ Kinokuniya Sydney – Level 2, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney

Gun Control Theatre Action Sydney
When: 7-9:30pm
@ Darlinghurst Theatre Company – 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point

The Making Of… A Hit Song
When: 9-10:30pm
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George Street, Sydney

Wednesday 29th May
Jacqueline Fowler
When: 5:30-8pm
@ Sofitel Wentworth Foyer Level – 61-101 Phillip Street Sydney

Denise Campbell
When: 6-9pm
@ May st. studios – 23 May Street, St Peters


When: 5:30-7:30pm
@ Brenda May Gallery – 2 Danks Street, Waterloo

When: 6-8pm
@ Defiance Gallery – 47 Enmore Road, Newtown

When: 6-8pm
@ Factory 49 Showroom, 49 Shepherd St, Marrickville

FIGURE: Works from the Life Class and independent explorations of the human figure
When: 5-7pm
@ Study Centre for Drawing, 106 Burton Street, Darlinghurst

CIIC Biztro
When: 9am-5pm
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George Street, Sydney

Catherine Cloran – Drinks with the Artist
When: 5:30-7:30pm
@ Brenda May Gallery – ANNEX – 2 Danks Street Waterloo

When: 7-9pm
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George Street, Sydney

NOOR presents an evening with photographer Francesco Zizola
When: 9-10pm
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George Street, Sydney

Thursday 30th May
Gallery 1 – INFINITY POOL – JD Reforma
Gallery 2  – AS ABOVE | SO BELOW – Alaska Projects
When: 6-8pm
@ Mop projects –  2/39 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale

Gallery 1: Simon O’Dwyer – B side of O’dwyer
Gallery 2: Zoe Wetherall – Aerial Albuquerque
GALLERY 3: The Silent Sea – John Slaytor
GUEST SPACE: Cordelia Beresford – Presence
ARCADE 4: Tony Sernak – A World of People
When: 6-8pm
@ Gaffa – 281 Clarence Street, Sydney

May 30 May street

Denise Campbell – Changing Places
When: 6-9pm
@ May Street Gallery – Level 1, 23 May Street, St Peters

2013 Australian International Design Festival
@ Various venues in Sydney CBD

@ Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George Street, Sydney

Late Night Lounge: Eat The Collection
When: 6-9pm
@ Powerhouse Museum – 500 Harris Street, Ultimo

When: 7-9pm
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George Street, Sydney

Friday 31st May

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James Dorahy Gallery is closing down
FINAL SOIREES 1 of 4 – All good things must come to an end
When: 5-8pm
@ James Dorahy Project Space – Suite 4, Level One, 111 Macleay Street Potts Point, Sydney

Yasmin Smith – Stone Skin
When: 6-8pm
@ The Commercial Gallery – 148 Abercrombie Street, Redfern

The Art of Seeing
Mother Nature
When: 6-8pm
@ kerrie lowe – 49/51 King Street, Newtown

When: 6-8pm
@ Australian Centre for Photography – 257 Oxford Street, Paddington

rainer wöran – playgrounds
When: 6-8pm
@ GINKGO – 166 St Johns Road, Forest Lodge, Glebe

The Digital Playground
When: 9am-5pm
@ Overseas Passenger Terminal – The Rocks Sydney, Sydney

When: 6pm
@ 55 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville

Future Creative Drinks
When: 6-9pm
@ The White Horse Hotel – 381 – 385 Crown St, Surry Hills

MCA ARTBAR Weird Science by Keg de Souza
Celebrate MCA ARTBAR driven by Audi first birthday this May as you experiment with the theme of weird science curated by Sydney artist Keg de Souza. From the 1985 teen sci-fi film classic by John Hughes to the literal meaning of weird science, Keg invites you to interpret the evening as you see fit.
When: 7-11pm
@ MCAA – 140 George Street, Sydney

Still Lyfe – Will Cooke
When: 6-9pm
@ China Heights Gallery, 16-28 Foster St. Surry Hills

Saturday 1st June

Vivid Sydney Doctor Who celebrates 50th Anniversary. Photo  Vivid Sydney and BBC.

Vivid Sydney Doctor Who celebrates 50th Anniversary. Photo Vivid Sydney and BBC.

Doctor Who celebrates 50th anniversary at Vivid Sydney –
visual feast of 3D-mapped projections of Doctor Who as he travels through space and time,
pursued by some of his greatest enemies
@ The grand façade of Customs House at Circular Quay

exit , pursued by a bear – Stephen Freiberg, Linda Brescia, frank Nowlan
Miguel, Jeffrey Young, Miriam Kydd, Marc Etherington, Patrick Francis – a Peter Fay project
When: 2-4pm
@ SHEFFER GALLERY SYDNEY – 38 Lander Street Darlington

Art Burn
To be opened by Peter Berner
When:  3pm
@ INCINERATOR ART SPACE – 2 Small Street, Willoughby

Reportage – Momento Pro Book Making Workshop
When: 9am-5pm

The Loop Graphic Design, Illustration & Advertising Portfolio Masterclass
When: 9-10am
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George Street, Sydney

Product Camp Sydney
When: 10am-3pm
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George Street, Sydney

Sneaky Minds Workshop
When: 12-5pm
@ CATC Design School – The Rocks, Sydney


Wallpeople Sydney – ‘Music Edition’
When: 12-3pm
@ Camperdown Memorial Rest Park

Artbank Social Club
A free shuttle bus to Artbank leaves Chalmers St, Central (outside Firstdraft) via corner of Oxford and Flinders Street every hour
When: 1-5pm
@ Artbank – 50C Rosebery Ave (Head office), Rosebery

The life and work of Adam Cullen
When: 2-4pm
@ Gallery Ecosse – ‘Halcyon’ Exeter Road, Exeter

David Burnett – ‘The Presidents: From JFK to Obama’
A Reportage Festival Event
@ Australian Centre for Photography – 257 Oxford Street, Paddington

Sunday 2nd June

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SAM BEATTY – Life in New Spaces
When: 2-4.30pm
@ Blue Mountains Heritage Centre – End of Govett’s Leap Road, Blackheath

Women Documenting – The Experiences of Emerging and Accomplished Female Documentary Photographers
When: 9am-1pm
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George Street, Sydney

A Retrospective Journey with David Burnett
When: 2-6pm
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George Street, Sydney

Billy Blue Design Symposium
When: 3-5pm
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George Street, Sydney

Bbetween 6 Launch
When: 5-7pm
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George Street, Sydney

THINGS OF INTEREST and Artist opportunities

2013 MOSMAN ART PRIZE – call for entries, announcing exhibition dates and judge
Mosman Art Gallery has opened the call for entries to the 66th annual Mosman Art Prize – presenting a public exhibition of finalists works from 13 July to 25 August 2013.
Mosman Art Prize is a national painting award of $30,000. Sponsored by Mosman Council it is the longest running municipal art prize in Australia. The acquisitive award forms the basis of the Mosman Art Collection, a valuable and important survey of Australian painting.
The Mosman Art Prize is Mosman Art Gallery’s flagship annual exhibition. This free public exhibition features selected finalists from a pool of established and emerging artists who work in oils, acrylics or watercolours. A Public Program of Artist Talks accompanies the exhibition offering insights to contemporary painting practice.
Acclaimed artist Lucy Culliton will Judge this year’s award. Lucy won the Mosman Art Prize in 2000 for her work, Still Life/White Ground.
The 2013 Mosman Art Prize awards a prize pool of $40,000 across the following categories: The Mosman Art Prize – $30,000 – major award (acquisitive), The Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize – $3,000 (for built environment), The Mosman Art Prize Commendation Prize – $5,000, Young Emerging Artists’ Award (under 35 years) – $2,000 and the Mosman Art Society Viewers’ Choice Award  – $1,000.

Previous winners of the major Prize include David Fairbairn (2012), Craig Waddell (2010), Jasper Knight (2008), Adam Cullen and Tom Carment (joint winners 2005), Guan Wei (2001), Tim Johnson (1999), Elisabeth Cummings (1996), Jenny Sages (1994) and Nicholas Harding (1993).  Margaret Olley was the inaugural winner in 1947.
Further details and online entry form at:
Entries and delivery of works close at 7:00pm Monday 1 July 2013.
Finalists will be announced online 8 July.
Mosman Art Prize Exhibition opens for public viewing 13 July to 25 August 2013


Call for Applications: 2014 Studio Residencies
Looking for a space to develop your practice?
Artspace welcomes applications for 2014 Studio Residencies. Available to practicing artists for periods between two to twelve months, the studios provide a unique environment for artists to develop their practice.
Click here to download an application form
Applications close Friday 2 August 2013


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Call for Proposals – Solid Ground II: Echoes
Solid Ground II: Echoes Curated by Tom Macphail*
13 – 30 June 2013
With a Federal election approaching, Solid Ground II: Echoes is an inquiry into the current debates pertaining to asylum seekers and refugees within Australia by bringing together a range of artists and writers, aiming to approach the subject by expressing a variety of viewpoints, observations and lived experiences.
The aim of the exhibition is to focus on the facts of the current issues whilst considering Australia’s immigration history, international context and the political rhetoric and media sensationalism that has marred the issues and demonized ‘boat people’. The ‘White Australian’ policy of earlier decades demonstrates that Australian’s fear of outsiders is nothing new, yet the current polarization of the voting public reveals issues of underlying xenophobia that we have yet to shake off.
At The Vanishing Point gallery, in association with OPEN Marrickville is calling for artists whose artworks/practices are engaged with the above subject and writers who are looking to be published with the show’s accompanying zine. All medium and contemporary visual arts practices are welcome to apply.
Propose up to 5 artworks per artist.
Proposals due 6pm Sunday 2 June.
For a proposal form
For further information
or call (02) 9519 2340 or email
*Solid Ground II: Echoes is supported by funding from Marrickville Council’s Open Marrickville festival & ATVP’s Emerging Curator Mentorship program, supported by The Visual Arts and Craft Strategy and the NSW Government through Arts NSW.


The Fish Bowl - new project space call out
The Fish Bowl – new project space call out
As you may have heard the new Dean (Ross Harley) has given his offices on the ground floor of D-block to the student body as exhibition or project spaces.
These glass walled rooms look out on to the courtyard and are an amazing place to conduct performances, live art production, and exhibit installations.
This new space is called The Fish Bowl. It will be open to any student* who wishes to use it. One room is for a week-long exhibition of work/ experimental project, another is a casual space to trial installation possibilities of your work for a few hours.
All you need to do to gain access to these awesome new rooms is to send a proposal to the Courtyard Collective via the Arc Office at COFA. As long as you aren’t using anything problematic like a raging bonfire or litres of sulphuric acid, we’ll slot you in!
Contact us at
*you must be an Arc member…it’s free!


All works will be on view May 28th – June 2nd 2013
All works for sale
Deadline for submitting artwork Sunday 26th 6pm
Entry fee $25
Tap Gallery Sydney – 45 Burton Street, Darlinghurst, New South Wales,


Kings artist run space
10 Years !!! fundraise and submissions!
It’s our 10th birthday! Hip hip..!
We want to celebrate with a 10 years publication, wouldn’t you love to have one? We know you do!
WE HAVE LAUNCHED our 1st crowd-funding campaign to fundraise and make this project possible!
Visit, and have a look, donations of $10 and above will be rewarded!!
We aim at producing a significant resource that will include a short history of Kings, interviews of founding members, critical essays and a series of 1 page artworks from Kings past exhibitors. Help us to make this project possible!
The publication will be launched on October 4th 2013 to coincide with an exhibition including Cate Consandine, Kel Glaister, The Kingpins, Brendan Lee and Sanja Pahoki, curated by Anabelle Lacroix.

We are now calling on past exhibitors to submit an artwork, documentation, or response to be included as an image in the 10 years publication.
Images can be a new or past work, a documentation of work exhibited at Kings or a response such as creative writing or anecdote.
Please send us your images and captions before June at


SP Gallery announces its next group show SHOCK AND AWE. This is a military term describing tactics to surpise and disturb the enemy. What does it mean in art? Show us what shocks and awes YOU.
Wall works up to 1 metre in any direction, must be supplied with D rings and picture wire or cord.
3D works up to 1 metre in any direction.
Audiovisual must be supplied on DVD. Artists welcome to provide own audiovisual equipments.
Delivery ESP Gallery Saturday 1 June 11am – 4pm
Show opens Saturday 8 June 4pm closes Sunday 23 June 4pm

Entry fee $40 payable cash, credit card or EFTPOS on delivery
ESP Gallery – 228 Illawarra Road, Marrickville,


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Wallpeople is a collaborative art event that happens in 45 cities around the world at the same time. A city wall will become a makeshift outdoor gallery, where all participants may exhibit their own works and collaborate to create an improvised open-air museum.
This year, Sydney joins the global network of creatives for the first time, and invites all city artists & creative enthusiasts alike to join us on the 1st of June in Newtown.
Created in Barcelona in 2009, Wallpeople invites people to create and be a part of a unique experiment in an urban space, thus making an ephemeral street artwork.
Wallpeople 2013 – MUSIC EDITION
The guiding theme for 2013 is MUSIC. We want everyone to express their unique relationship with music, no matter what genre or style. The participants have two possibilities:
1. Reinterpret a song in an artistic format of choice: illustration, photography, text, painting, collage, canvas…
2. Create any art work related to music in a general way: For example: a tribute to an artist, a concert, a musical moment of your life, your favourite style, musical origins…
1.Everyone can participate. You just need to join the event on Facebook.
2.On 1st of June at 12:00pm, go to Camperdown Memorial Rest Park in Newtown with one or more of your works.
3.Works will be accepted in any format: drawing, painting, illustration, photography, collage, paste-up, comics, paper, cardboard, wood (light), fabric, crochet, prints, mixed compositions, plates, postcards, craft, origami, album covers, vinyl, painted cassettes, a post-it, etc.
4.Stick your work(s) on the wall with the rest of the works. If your inspiration is a particular song, you must indicate the name of the track and the artist.
5.Wallpeople team will have the necessary adhesives but we still ENCOURAGE YOU TO BRING YOUR OWN MOUNTING TAPE OR ADHESIVE TAPE if possible, to facilitate the process. You can also BYO art supplies as we encourage all participants to make live art creations.
6.Wallpeople team will mark the start and ending of the event (about 3-4 hours).
7.At the end of the exhibition, you can take your work back or swap it with another participant’s, thus turning the event into an artistic exchange. If you want, you can write down your contact information, in case who took your work wants to contact you.
• Light works, which can be stuck up to the wall with adhesive tape.
• Any techniques or formats are permitted, provided that the work refers to a musical subject.
• Works bigger than 1x1m.
• Works that could cause damage to the wall. Drilling the wall is prohibited.
• Works with offensive or discriminatory content.
When: 1st of June – 12PM
@ Camperdown Memorial Park (Lennox St entrance)

For more information:


Call for Artists: Newtown Hub Gallery 22 Enmore Road,Newtown-Sydney

Newtown Hub Gallery in Sydney is currently accepting exhibition proposals from emerging and established artists.
Located in the heart of Newtown and committed to the exhibition of contemporary emerging and established artists. Newton Hub Gallery has 5 spaces ,it features over 78 metres of floor space, versatile hanging/display options,and track lighting which can be booked singly or in combination
Cost of the Gallery $ 350 for week.
You can pay instantly in one months , 15 days or one week before your exhibition.
M: 0413 531 709.
Facebook: Newtwon Hub Gallery.
The Gallery open 2 – 7 Pm. Thursday and Sunday or for appointment.
The gallery is opposite Oporto and 100 meters from Newtown Station.



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