BYO Culture Guide

If you’ve been keeping tabs on Backyard Opera’s Art and Culture section you’ll know that March is Art Month and so for this week’s Culture Guide we’re spotlighting some of the kick-ass events that are happening around our city. As this is just a snapshot of the week’s events, do yourself a favour and head over to the Art Month website to see what’s on for the rest of the month (and keep an eye out for more coverage in Backyard Opera.

Chen Ping – Bird’s Daughter

These powerful works by Hobart-based painter Chen Ping adopt a thoroughly modern technique, abstract flows of high volumes of paint, however have resonance with the ancient practice of Chinese ink drawing and painting. While the works do not represent particular figures or landscapes, viewers will instantly recognise the feelings that the paintings bring alive in themselves.

Opening 14 March - 6 to 8 pm.
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday
11am - 4pm Saturday
12 - 14 Meagher Street

East Sydney Precinct Night

The third precinct night in this year’s program, for one night the galleries and studios of Darlinghurst, Potts Point and Woolloomooloo will open their doors for a DIY art tour. Spots not to miss include artgarages in Edgecliff where Christophe Domergue’s Post Industrial peelings body of work will be on display. Revealing the substrata of post-industrial decay, Domergue’s work forms an archive as well as a speculative exploration of urbanity. Chalk Horse gallery on William Street will also host Trauma[scapes], a talk featuring artists Stanislava Pinchuk aka Miso and Sam Doctor who will reflect on their experiences engaging with the radioactive Fukushima exclusion zone post-2011 catastrophe. Finally, Froghollow Studios invites the public to come and see the workspaces of the artists who use this space.

Find the full program of art spaces open at night and details of the after-party here

Clay Date: Contemporary Ceramics from the studio

As ceramics enjoys its moment in the limelight of contemporary art, this exhibition showcases the work of Sydney ceramicists connected with the studio which has been at the forefront of the redefinition of ceramics as an art, not a craft. The exhibition runs until March 24 but on March 15 you can hear from the artists as they introduce their work and conduct an informal Q&A.

March 15 - 6pm
541 Art Space Level 1 / 541 Kent St, Sydney


Art on the Streets Tour

This weekend join Melinda Vassallo as she conducts a guided tour around Marrickville and Sydneham. As one of the Culture Scouts guides and author of Street Art of Sydney’s Inner West, Vassallo has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the murals and stencils that are scattered across warehouse walls and down back-alleys. Bookings are essential and there’s only a few tickets left so get in quick.