The 5 Art Shows to See in Sydney This Month

Sydney just got voted the tenth worst place in the world for fun stuff, according to Time Out.

But that ain’t right, and I’m going to convince you with just five short examples, or my name ain’t Gladys Berejiklian. Find your black turtleneck and a bag of adjectives, ’cause we’re going to go art.

Allie Webb – A Midsummer’s Night, China Heights

Sydney artist Allie Webb’s skills with a knife continue to impress in her most recent exhibition, A Midsummer’s Night. Drawn from memories of a recent trip to Italy, Allie’s linocut prints centre around the dining table—one of the reasons you’ll also find her designs on the menus and as the logos of some of Sydney’s best restaurants and bars. Exploring the symbolism and rituals surrounding food with a style inspired by German Expressionism, pop and Momento Mori still life paintings, Allie’s one of the best young linocut artists in Aus and you’d be mad to miss this one.

Opening night 6pm – 8pm, March 15th at China Heights in Surry Hills. Continues 12-5pm until 23rd of March, or by appointment.

‘Beautiful Decay’ (left) and ‘Still’ (right) by Elisenda Sofia

The Other Art Fair, Australian Technology Park

The Other Art Fair is open for one weekend only, bringing together 120 independent, unrepresented artists to sell their work direct to the public. If you’re looking to buy a piece of art but don’t have millions to blow on it, here’s a decent place to start. You don’t even really have to be in the market to attend, just go check out some cool young artists, take an old painting and have it upcycled by legendary artist Janet Laurence (see below) and more.

14 – 17 March, Eveleigh, Australian Technology Park

Hot Blood, White Rabbit Gallery 

Hot Blood brings together 23 contemporary Chinese artists whose work is ‘not for the faint of heart.’ Working across a range of mediums and exploring topics such as gender, sexuality, memory, and spiritual ecstasy, the dynamic collection of works is glued together by their creator’s aim to confront viewers. And thank your lucky stars that Australia’s gun laws remain stringent as ever, because controversial Chinese artist Xiao Lu—featured in Hot Blood—is known for firing a gun at her own artwork one time and causing an immediate shutdown of her own exhibition.

March 15th – August 4th at White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale. Wed – Sun, 10am – 5pm.

Janet Laurence – Janet Laurence: After Nature, Museum of Contemporary Art

For over three decades, Australian artist Janet Laurence has explored the interconnection of animals, plants, and minerals. Her mammoth body of work has just opened at the MCA Sydney, which features sculpture, installation, photography, and video reflecting on the fragility of the natural world. The MCA has also commissioned ‘Theatre of Trees’, which brings together the last decade of Laurence’s research into plants, their medicinal and healing powers, and trees. Don’t miss it.

1 March – 10 June, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. 

Order of Events: Elliott Bryce Foulkes & Maria Smit, UNSW Galleries 

Multidisciplinary designers Elliott Bryce Foulkes and Maria Smit draw on a collaborative working process to explore the practice of graphic design within the museum. The collection will explore how graphic design contributes to and creates space, occupying overlooked surfaces, scaffolds and supports, and elaborating on traditional print media and objects.

15 Mar – 1 Jun. Tues to Sat, 10 am – 5 pm at UNSW Galleries in Paddington

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