Go-To Guide: Sydney Art Week

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Sydney Art Week is set to take place this month and it promises artist takeovers, after parties and an immersive play-scape

Led by Sydney Contemporary (7-10 September), an art fair that will host 90 participating galleries at its Carriageworks grounds this year, Sydney will see a city-wide takeover by art, artists, talks and events in the form of Sydney Art Week. Here are the highlights:

  • An exploration of Power, Money, and Art inspired by German performance artist Joseph Bueys’s 1979 work Kunst = Kapital. Art collector Sue Cato will moderate the discussion between Sydney Contemporary Founder Tim Etchells; artist Deborah Kelly; art consultant Amanda Love; and artist Michael Zavros as they explore whether art can realistically live outside the ‘real’ world of monetary exchange.

  • School of Life Philosopher Tim Dean and anthropologist Sumant Badami will tackle big questions about the role of art and the consolation of culture in the talk 2 guys and a whisky bar, hosted at the fair’s Glenfiddich Bar.

  • The talk Underrepresented? will address those often left in the background, bringing perspectives not widely seen to the fore, although while asserting art can be a voice, asking whether artists are given enough time and space to make a difference. 

  • Screening of Whitely, a documentary about award-winning Australian artist Brett Whiteley’s life.

  • Birmingham Street Studios will take over the Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale with paintings, ceramics, installations and video works.

  • The free Night Cap events hosted by artists at the Old Clare Hotel, which will see the premises turned into a new post-fair creative hub each night. Watch for Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran on 6 September with His Big Important Birthday, featuring cake and music as well as karaoke and a large-scale portrait of Ramesh by Jason Phu; and on 8 September, Hahan x 4A’s VVVVVVVVVIP Party for Everyone, where guests will be showered in gold, mingle with glitterati, and more – but only if you locate the secret password. 

  • 2017 Sulman prizewinner, Joan Ross’s residency workspace at Barangaroo South Waterfront where she will invite the public to join in and collaborate with her while she works.

  • Hiromi Tango’s immersive kid play-scape on the fair grounds for children 1-10 featuring workshops and vibrant textiles.

For more on the Sydney Art Week programme, visit Sydneycontemporary.com.au/program.

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Sydney Contemporary. Heat. Dual-channel video by Sydney Artist Collective Hissy Fit