Credit: Courtesy of the National Gallery of Australia
An inside look at the private collections of Sydney art collectors and artists, a tour of one of Sydney’s most iconic (and beleaguered) high rise buildings and a slew of after dark events are some of the highlights on the Art Month Sydney program, beginning in a fortnight’s time.
Beginning March 1 and running through March 20, the contemporary arts festival kicks off with an after hours look through the galleries of Sydney’s thriving Chippendale/Redfern creative precinct before decamping to the Art Bar, where conceptual sculptor Chris Fox will perform alongside projections by new media artist Baden Pailthorpe. A cellar door and curated warehouse space promises to keep things particularly interesting for the remainder of the evening.
One of the festival’s many highlights, the Collectors Space exhibition, returns this year with curation by Max Germanos. The personal art collections of artists and collections like Del Kathryn Barton, Nicholas Harding, Lara Merrett and Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran will go on display at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery for the duration of the month. Nithiyendran’s own large-scale sculptures (pictured above) will also feature at the Paddington/Woollahra Art at Night event alongside a performance by a Cappella group, Bad Bitch Choir inside a church on Oxford Street.
A number of guided tours also feature prominently on the program, including a tour of Redfern’s Art and Indigenous Storytelling presented by Culture Scouts and local artist Randal Avilla; Birmingham Street Studios in Marrickville will also open the doors to the workspaces of 20 Sydney artists; and architect Tao Gofers will lead a tour of Sirius, the endangered and iconic Brutalist public housing high-rise he designed that overlooks Circular Quay, which was recently stripped of its heritage credentials by the NSW government to maximise the site’s resale value.
Tile image: Chris Fox, Apparatus Tethered, photographed by Robin Hearfield/Courtesy of the artist and Art Month Sydney
Cover image: Gemma Smith, The Elm and The Vine (detail)/Courtesy of the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney