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ART IN UNUSUAL PLACES

2012 FESTIVAL PROGRAM ARTANDABOUT.COM.AU


During September and October, Sydney’s streets and public spaces become a canvas for artists and performers to bring all the colour of their creativity to our city for Art & About. Art and culture play a vital role in creating an enticing, liveable city. We are developing a comprehensive policy to bring together the City’s work supporting cultural and creative activity as part of Sustainable Sydney 2030.

WELCOME TO ART & ABOUT SYDNEY

We know that great cities have great entertainment choices at night. Art has a big role to play in creating an inclusive and exciting after-hours economy, with diverse experiences for everyone to enjoy. Many of our Art & About events can be enjoyed after dark – whether it’s a walk through Hyde Park to see Sydney Life, a look back at Sydney’s past in Martin Place, or a wander through our laneways, fuelled by a delicious meal from one of the new food trucks operating in the city. There’s plenty to enjoy as all the colour of Art & About Sydney comes to our city streets and public spaces.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP

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Colour.

Colour is powerful.

How can one word mean so much?

Just like art.

It’s a liberating idea and one that has resonance with Art & About. Our This year’s Art & About is projects and artists this Colour can be playful, “In Colour”. An exploration year really aim to colour political and passionate. of all colour brings to our outside the lines, to take It can evoke memory, life in the city. art of all mediums into place and emotion. Colour The theme of this year’s new and unusual places. brings life to the everyday, program was, in part, I hope you enjoy this surprise and spontaneity inspired by a kids’ book year’s festival. to our lives – it can take by Bob Gill, published in us out of a funk and put a 1962, called What Colour smile on our face. is Your World?. The book Gill Minervini Colour is the language of encourages us to think Creative Director – Events everyone. It is subjective about colour and look at City of Sydney yet universal. the world in a new way – artists see things in any colour they want and the colours keep changing – why can’t we? Janet Echelman, Tsunami 1-26 2011. Installation view, Art & About Sydney 2011

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FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE

FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 6 – 10PM MARTIN PLACE

Art & About Sydney is throwing a party – with festival celebrations in Martin Place and all over the City. Sydney-based music label Modular – known for discovering pioneer artists – are joining us to present a night of live music on the Martin Place stage. There’ll also be pop-up bars, food trucks and the announcement of this year’s Sydney Life winner.

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Walk, cycle or take a free bus tour to our city laneways and public spaces, where you’ll discover this year’s installations, or check out some of Sydney’s best cultural institutions at night, which are open late to celebrate our launch.

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Staying Up Late

The Bamboos are a nine-piece Melbourne outfit inspired by the instrumental raw funk of the ’60s and ’70s. With five acclaimed albums, they have performed at festivals including Byron Bay Blues & Roots Festival, Golden Plains, The Adelaide Festival, Tropfest and The St Kilda Festival.

To celebrate the launch of Art & About Sydney, The Art Gallery of NSW, State Library of NSW, Australian Museum, Museum of Sydney & Customs House Van She has received wide airplay on Nova, Triple J Library are opening their and community radio and performed at Parklife, Stereosonic, Field Day, Falls Festival and the Big Day Out. doors until late. Rufus released their debut EP in 2011, and have played a slew of festivals including Homebake, Peats Ridge, Field Day and Big Day Out. Jingle Jangle is a DJ duo who host a monthly club night of rock’n’roll, exotica, soul, rhythm’n’blues, beat, rockabilly and ’50s/’60s pop. And more to be announced… 5


SYDNEY LIFE AND LITTLE SYDNEY LIVES

With a unique lens on who we are and the city we live in, the finalists in this year’s much-loved Sydney Life capture our city in stunning large-scale photographs that delve beyond the iconic.

21 SEPTEMBER – 21 OCTOBER CENTRAL WALKWAY AND SANDRINGHAM GARDENS HYDE PARK NORTH

You’ll also discover the work of some of Sydney’s youngest photographers at Little Sydney Lives. Now in its second year, Little Sydney Lives is an insight into the world of our smallest citizens, with 20 of the best images from photographers aged 11 and under. 6

© Jenny Evans, Above Sydney (detail)


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I Wish You Hadn’t Asked There is a moment in a relationship when something is said, or done, that can’t be taken back; then the rot sets in. Step inside this ordinary house where rain pours inside its walls, slowly destroying the private world within. Raincoats provided.

21 SEPTEMBER – 5 OCTOBER 11AM – 6PM DAILY MACQUARIE STREET (OUTSIDE THE MINT)

Artist: The Glue Society (James Dive)

Photo © Nicolai Lorenzen

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Play Lunch Gigs

The Great Crate

Get set for a month of music in unusual places as Art & About Sydney and Modular present a series of secret lunchtime gigs. Featuring Australia’s most buzz-worthy bands, these acoustic sessions will enliven the city’s most popular or undiscovered spots.

What is Green Square, exactly? What will it become? A giant cube has been created from recycled materials in front of Green Square station. Its ‘greening’ has been in the hands of the locals, who have been germinating broad bean seeds in preparation for Art & About. Check out the Art & About website for details of special celebrations and events to mark the birth of The Great Crate and join the fun!

For gig locations, like us on Facebook and we’ll reveal the place to be each Wednesday 5pm, or follow us on Twitter @artandaboutsyd

The Great Crate has been developed by Plus One, a collaboration of creative studios and individuals, including design studio Theodore & Associates, architect Andy Macdonald and curator Danella Bennett.

FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER

21 SEPTEMBER – 21 OCTOBER GREEN SQUARE TRAIN STATION

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21 SEPTEMBER – 21 OCTOBER GEORGE STREET, COLLEGE STREET, ELIZABETH STREET, OXFORD STREET, WILLIAM STREET, REDFERN STREET AND GLEBE POINT ROAD

The Banner Gallery: In Colour Using bold colour blocks, Analiese Cairis’ stunning street banners are inspired by the work of Johannes Itten, a leading pioneer in contemporary colour theory, and author of the revolutionary The Art of Colour, published in 1961. Johannes wrote about the importance of colour in nature, art, science and technology, and adopted a series of basic shapes (the line, the plane, the circle and the spiral) as a means to begin the creative process. Artistic adviser for The Banner Gallery is John Kaldor from Kaldor Public Art Projects. Artist: Analiese Cairis

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Emergence Every landscape hides countless untold stories... As night descends, the giant trees in Hyde Park South are illuminated. Faces emerge from the leaves and branches, revealing lives – past and present – linked to this beautiful green space in the centre of our city. The effect is haunting. As the branches sway, these ephemeral 3D monuments shift and change, responding to the park and its history. Presented in collaboration with the Australian Museum. Artist: Craig Walsh 10

21 SEPTEMBER – 5 OCTOBER HYDE PARK SOUTH


Last Drinks Last drinks are being called at Sydney’s glamorous and long-gone Hotel Australia, and inside, the bar is busy. The creative team behind last year’s successful Unguarded Moments project return to Art & About to celebrate the boisterous good times of a bygone era. Wander the streets and put your smartphone to work, immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of the city when the Hotel Australia was the height of Sydney style.

21 SEPTEMBER – 21 OCTOBER MARTIN PLACE, PITT AND ROWE STREETS THELASTDRINKSPROJECT.COM

Artists: Michael Killalea & Dr Sarah Barns 911


Friendly Billboards You’re walking through the city. You pass an electronic traffic-control mobile billboard. No, you weren’t imagining it. Yes, it is smiling at you, or perhaps even telling you to put your feet up and relax. In fact, there’s a comfortable chair nearby. Looking and behaving like large-scale humanoid characters, Friendly Billboards reveals a whole new side to an object that will never again seem banal. Artists: Jasper Knight & Isabelle Toland 12

21 SEPTEMBER – 15 OCTOBER HYDE PARK, MARTIN PLACE AND VARIOUS CITY LOCATIONS. ARTANDABOUT.COM.AU


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A Moveable Feast Sydney’s newest culinary sensation is taking over George Street for a unique evening of food, film and music to mark the closing night of Art & About Sydney, an annual festival of art in unusual places. A Moveable Feast gives you the chance to sample the wares of Sydney’s food trucks in one go as George Street shakes off its daytime hustle and bustle and is given over to you, free of cars and buses for one night only. You’ll experience George Street like never before as you graze your way from one food truck to another – each serving up its own delicious style of food, from Mexican to Japanese, vegetarian to barbecue.

Photo © Veggie Patch Van

A Moveable Feast also features films on a giant outdoor screen – shorts, documentaries and a feature film that focus on two of Sydney’s great loves – art and food. Add some of Sydney’s best DJs and you have the perfect combination of ambient tunes to chew to. So get your friends and grab a table in the middle of George Street for this special one off feast for the senses. Produced by The City of Sydney and presented with Crave Sydney International Food Festival. 20 OCTOBER 7.30PM – MIDNIGHT GEORGE STREET (PARK TO BATHURST), SYDNEY SQUARE

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