When we tell stories, what do they do? This is one of the central questions animating Bliss, currently on show at Belvoir. Adapted from Peter Carey’s 1981 novel by Tom Wright and directed by Matthew Lutton, the play questions the way that men in Australia tell stories and the impact that it has on all of those who surround them.
Memory and presence signify a broad range of artistic practice, and are the subject of works in this week’s Culture Guide. Between painting and photography, group and solo shows, the ties between the personal and the particular are explored.
What’s the opposite of real? Fiction, virtual? Can something or someone be more real; really real? Or doubly real; real real. On June 15, 2018 at 1.30pm a real performance will occur at Campbelltown Arts Centre and will be simultaneously broadcast via Facebook live.
Returning to the medium of paint for this week’s culture guide does not mean that this approach is a stable practice. From place-based design to light works, painting continues to be a dynamic medium that responds to the realities and imaginations that are depicted.
FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres are presenting the exciting double bill, Above Ground. The dance production presents physical theatre company Legs on the Wall’s Cat’s Cradle, which will be performed alongside Kathryn Puie’s Soft Prosthetics and Metal Gods.
The invasion of what would come to be known as Australia by Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet, while often thought of as a beginning, should instead be thought of as an end, or a rupture with established cycles of time, land and people, to be replaced by the tyranny of linear time.
This week BYO heads south. Taking the Illawarra line down to Thirroul and Wollongong, we’ll show you how Sydney doesn’t have a monopoly when it comes to art and culture in NSW. If you’re thinking about exploring further afield over the long weekend, it’s worth stopping in at these galleries to see what artists, who are continuing their practice outside of the big smoke, are up to.
There’s a semi-apocryphal story about the establishment of Carriageworks. It is said that during a helicopter ride in 2002 with the then NSW Premier, Bob Carr, French avant garde theatre director Ariane Mnouchkine pointed down at the decommissioned Eveleigh railway yards and asked why wasn’t this space being used for the arts.
This week’s culture guide offers a selection of the broad swath of contemporary art. From practice-based spiritual work, to high-modern abstraction, these exhibitions together provide an insight into the diverse artistic practices being engaged with at the present time.
The point at which a fresh water river meets a salt water harbour contains some of the highest biodiversity in any aquatic ecosystem. The Riverside Theatres, home to the National Theatre of Parramatta (NToP) sits just above that point on the right bank of the Parramatta river.
Since opening in 2014, AirSpace projects has developed a program of exciting and challenging contemporary art. Now, beginning its fourth year, the gallery has incorporated as a not-for-profit and a committee is taking over the reins from co-curators Sally Clarke and Brenda Factor.
Ahead of the world premiere of WILDEBEEST and the Australian premiere of Valley, we sat down with dancer and choreographer Omer Backley-Astrachan, who is the creative force behind both of these works, to find out more about the human nature, growing up in Israel and the nature of contemporary dance.
Taking an off-kilter look at the world around us is one of the things that draws us into the works of artists and creatives. This week’s Culture Guide brings together four different takes on daily life, from a doctor’s office to questions of photography and urban or suburban environments.
In the sphere of art galleries, unless you’re a major public institution, to keep on going after three to four years is a feat. Usually, in this time, the gap in the art world that the gallery intended to fill will no longer feel so gaping, and the individuals who founded the gallery may instead turn to other projects.
This week we’re back with a bumper Culture Guide, two new exhibitions and two talks across Sydney. With topics ranging from Blacktown to Bondi via the Boomalli Co-operative, no part of the city is left out of the gaze of this week’s selection of artists.
This week we return to the canvas, but don’t let anyone tell you that this means that Sydney’s art and culture scene is dying down before the end of the year. As these three shows demonstrate, there’s a wealth of new and exciting works at your fingertips and so this week we’re looking at painting in all its contemporary forms.
While this week monitoring group Global Carbon Project announced that carbon emissions will continue to rise in 2017 after a three-year plateau, Elon Musk announced that his massive battery project for South Australia is over 80% complete, on track to be finished within 100 days.
Cover Line: Prizes, pelicans and postal ballots. Grab a paddle for this week’s Backyard Opera Culture Guide as we take you up the Cooks River and across Sydney for the latest in this city’s creative scene.
Michel Foucault - the 20th century French philosopher and historian - in his seminal work Discipline and Punish asked, “Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons?”