Leading the way among Sydney’s artistic institutions, Carriageworks has set out a vision for 2019 that continues to push the boundaries of how we understand culture.
On the home front, new works from resident companies Sydney Chamber Opera and Moogahlin Performing Arts delve deep into local themes and stories. Sydney Chamber Opera will premiere their adaptation of Australian author Peter Carey’s seminal text Oscar and Lucinda while Moogahlin will stage Henrietta Baird’s The Weekend, which is set in Carriageworks’ immediate vicinity of Redfern/Waterloo.
Furthering its reputation for staging multi-arts festivals, Carriageworks will host a number of events for the Sydney Festival, including feminist pop icon Neneh Cherry and minimalist experimental composer Ben Frost. In addition, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will utilise the industrial spaces of Carriageworks for its Sissy Ball voguing event and the Koori Gras, in collaboration with Moogahlin.
New works are a major feature of next year’s program. Lemi Ponifasio’s القدس Jerusalem is a cross cultural collaboration between era-defining Arab poet Adonis and Ponifasio, and travels between te reo Māori and Arabic. Australian artist Mike Parr continues his series of durational works with an installation in Carriageworks. Temporarily entombed in Hobart earlier this year for Dark Mofo, in 2019 Parr will produce a 1-1 representation of Melbourne’s Anna Schwartz Gallery.
For its second iteration, the biennial showcase of Australian contemporary art, The National will be hosted by Carriageworks in collaboration with the MCA and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. At Carriageworks the program will be curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham and includes the work of 18 artists and collectives.
With these shows and many more, Carriageworks in 2019 will continue to be a defining location in Australian contemporary art and culture, one that is not limited by definitions or boundaries.