BYO Culture Guide April 9 - 15

Reality. What is it and how do we see it? In this week’s selection of exhibitions and shows artists grapple with notions of the real and its representation. Ranging from installation, sculpture to mixed media and performance, this central question of how do we perceive the world around us is unpacked.



Reflecting on current trends such as mindfulness, spirituality and positive psychology, this group exhibition engages with how we express emotion and find meaning in this hypermediated era. Bringing together artists across disciplines and practices, this show invites contemplation, reflection and a pause from rushing through the everyday. Artists include sculptor Lionel Bawden and Hyun-Hee Lee, who works between painting and installation.

Opening Wednesday, April 11, 6 – 8 pm
Artereal Gallery
747 Darling St
Wed – Sat, 11 am - 5 pm


Inside and Outside

Curated by Rosell Flately, this group exhibition questions how physical spaces respond to individuals. The show includes works by Bailee Lobb who works in sculpture and textiles, as well as photographer Harleigh English and Ali Noble, whose work is present both inside and outside of the gallery context.

Opening Wednesday, April 11, 6 – 8 pm
Vandal Gallery
16-30 Vine St
Mon – Fri, 9 am – 5 pm


April – May at Verge

Two shows take over the two gallery spaces at Verge through this month and into May. In gallery one Kieran Bryant tackles the idea of water as a way to think about queerness. Using video and mixed-media installation, Bryant tackles notions of identity and culture. As part of this exhibition there will be five performances. In gallery two Jodie Whalen asks the audience to question their everyday through a site-specific installation.

Opening Thursday, April 12, 5:30 – 8 pm
Verge Gallery
Jane Foss Russell Plaza
City Rd
Tues – Fri, 10 am – 5 pm
Sat, 11 am – 4 pm


The Imagist & The Materialist

This solo show at COMA gallery looks at the liminal space between the digital and the tangible. Andre Hemer combines mixed media and video work to inquire into the artistic process, asking whether this is as much the object of art as the finished product itself. Such an in-between space provides room for questions of reality and visuality.

Opening Friday, April 13, 6 – 8 pm
137 Bayswater Rd
Rushcutters Bay
Tues – Fri, 10 am – 6 pm
Sat, 10 am – 4 pm