Sydney art lovers, listen up—it’s that special time of year again.
No, I’m not talking about the first anniversary of COVID-19, I’m talking about Art Month! Despite being cancelled last year due to said pandemic, we’re pleased to share that Sydney’s favourite art festival is back for 2021 with a program bigger and better than before. Created in collaboration with local artists, philanthropists, collectors, and the wider creative community, you can expect artist talks to workshops, to feasts and nights out on the town. Engaging us with the artists and art spaces that make our beloved city so great, Art Month is the perfect excuse we all need to go out, celebrate and support an industry that’s always somehow holding it together. And did I mention that the entire thing is pretty much free? So, get ready to settle in for an eventful month from the 4th to the 28th of March and kick things off with our top picks.
Art At Night | 4th – 28th March 2021
Our demanding work or study schedules and weekend plans often fail to include spending quality time exploring art galleries. Thankfully, Art At Night is here to make everything right in the world again. Presenting a series of up late events across the city, including curated Art Month Sydney walking tours, followed by installations, immersive curated experiences and pop-up bars at the final stop, there’s no doubt that Art At Night is where the festival really comes to life. With each Art At Night event occurring all throughout March, from Parramatta to Redfern to Woolloomooloo and beyond you can expect the drinks to be flowing, the snacks to be tasty, and the art aplenty. These are nights not to be missed, so put the dates in your calendar now.
Parramatta Artists Studios | The Collector’s Item: 4th – 28th March 2021
Since 2006, the Parramatta Artists Studios (PAS) has nurtured some of the finest talents to come out of Western Sydney. Having provided hundreds of emerging artists with a supportive studio environment over the years, PAS is all about establishing connections and a sense of community. This year, they’re exhibiting a group exhibition called The Collector’s Item, featuring PAS Artists Tully Arnot, Kalanjay Dhir, Amy Prcevich, Shan Turner-Carroll, Gillian Kayrooz and Justine Youssef. Inviting visitors to consider the nature of collecting and their value systems around the act of doing so, the exhibition will reflect on the notion of collecting, both personally and publicly. Open for Art at Night on Friday 5 March 6-9 pm and by appointment, for more you can book here now.
Forage to Feast, Galerie pompom, Wednesday 24 March, 6.30 pm
Sitting down to eat a fancy meal in an art gallery is somewhat a rare opportunity, but your chance to experience such an event has now arrived. Hosted by Galerie pompom, Forage to Feast is presented by renowned forage and environmental artist, Diego Bonetto, in collaboration with stylist, designer, food and weed-convert Marnee Fox. Having grown up in Northern Italy where collecting nettle, mulberries and wild mushrooms daily was the norm, Bonetto will share his knowledge and love of ‘weeds’ with guests through a seven-course vegetarian degustation menu (drinks included). Artist Genevieve Felix Reynolds will also speak about her current exhibition The Flattening of Everything while dinner is served. Tickets are limited, so booking is essential. Secure your seat for this special sensory evening here.
Paramount Hotel: Parramatta Artists’ Studios X Paramount House Hotel: 4-28 March.
No strangers to having art in their space, Paramount Hotel is hosting two brilliant events this Art Month. Firstly, the vibrancy of Sydney’s western art scene is coming to the city as Parramatta Artists’ Studio takes up residence at the Surry Hills hotel. Showcasing the work of seven compelling, unrepresented artists, we suggest getting in early to snatch up a coveted artwork of your own to take home.
Paramount Hotel: Artist Talk + Dinner, PAS X, Paramount House Hotel, Wednesday, 17 March
Secondly, stay back after-hours at Paramount’s Coffee Project to hear another amazing PAS artist, Lill Colgan, in conversation with artist/curator Sidney McMahon on Wednesday 17th March. Snacks and wine will be served up by Golden Age Cinema as Colgan shares more about their practise that explores gender performance and how normative social powers can shape our ideas and experiences. Tickets are available here.
Workshop: Clay Date at Gallery Lane Cove led by Ruth Ju-Shih Li. Sunday the 14 March, 1 pm-4 pm, $50
Arguably, one of the best ways you can truly immerse yourself in an art festival is by attending a workshop hosted by the talented artists themselves. On March 14th, join Ruth Ju-Shih Li in her meditative process and contribute to making an ephemeral clay sculpture with other likeminded participants.
Workshop: In the Darkroom with Amanda Williams, Sydney College of the Arts, 29 March, 1 – 4 pm.
Or, if photography is your thing, on March 29th join Amanda Williams in the darkroom at Sydney College of the Arts to create something entirely unique and memorable. They’re hands-on days, but no equipment or experience is required. Simply register your place via the Art Month website, turn up, and have fun making some art.