March Pop-Up Arts News – Festivals, Music, Food, Books, Movies & Travels

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March and the beginning of a new season – Autumn can be so pretty…
Hi everyone and welcome back to my Pop-Up Arts News.
After a long hot summer of swimming and festivals, family and work schedules, the year ahead has much more to give – there are more festivals, adventures, movies, bingey TV, books, walks, drives, travels, life and nature to jump into. Autumn has plenty going on: March is Art Month Sydney, Africultures Festival, WOMADelaide, Byron Bluesfest (I love all the fab music that comes to Sydney after these Festivals); April is a trip to Perth for a nephew’s wedding and some travels around. It’s also the kickoff for Sydney Writers Festival at their new Carriageworks venue. And then May – one of the prettiest months in Sydney right up there with November – brings with it Head On Photo Festival (even with the extended deadline I still missed getting in my 3 photo submissions!).
So here we go and thanks for reading.
CassieLINK TO FULL NEWSLETTER – click here


Spring, history, stories, typewriters, jacarandas and art…

Cassandra French, Pop-Up Publicity
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November 2017 Pop-Up Arts News. One of my favourite months in Sydney…
Hi Everyone.
I am back home now in Sydney after my recent adventures in Spain and Switzerland. Three weeks on the Roman archaelogical site in Spain, Cerra de la Muela (aka The Roman Pulpon) were hot, fascinating and incredible – and yes, we found coins from the time of Augustus (200AD), iron blades, nails, caligae (studs from Roman sandals), pottery, jewellery including fibulae (toga brooch) and hair pins, small turned pebble toys, animal bones and loads of roof tiles – some even with small hand prints and finger marks across their surface. Most of it in poor condition and broken, but it has been buried in a farmers field for over 1800 years. I also learned a lot travelling on my own for 5 weeks – an opportunity I said yes to, but will admit to being quite nervous about – before meeting up with friends and one of my daughters in Switzerland, where we toured gigantic mountains, glacial lakes, raging rivers and historic towns, all the while being surrounded by stunningly beautiful verdant countryside. We were mostly in the Swiss French and German parts and it seems everyone in Switzerland is a gifted backyard gardener or farmer. And what sound sums up Switzerland? For me it will always be the lulling sound of tinkling cow bells.
Sydney in November is one of my favourite months of the year – certainly one of the prettiest – with jacarandas and flame trees, tangles of bougainvillea and star jasmine, strelitzia and grevilleas growing like crazy all over this bloomin’ town. And I am very happy indeed to watch all the veges planted from seed popping up in my own backyard garden, albeit a very small one.
But let’s now look at a few arty ways to enjoy spring in this city and thank you for reading…

The end of autumn brings great shows and beautiful colour, winter brings its own pleasures. And a few ideas for getting out of town & into nature…

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May-June 2017 Pop-Up Arts News. Autumn in full colour & hello winter
Now heading into winter, with a few remaining autumn colours to carry us over the line, I love the way the light changes with the seasons. Now becoming crisper and cleaner and brighter – outlines seem sharper. I’ve been lucky to have a few days away here and there over the last few months. In early April it was a drive to Capertee Valley near Lithgow (did you know this is the world’s second largest canyon? second only to the Grand Canyon? and the historic Royal Hotel in the little town offers good food and accommodation). We did a tour of the nearby ghost town of Glen Davis (a photographers dream) and horseriding at nearbyTuron Gates, with beautiful trails that included a few river crossings – our horses sure-footed on the slippery cold river stones. A few weeks ago six of us stayed in a waterfront cottage in Patonga – one of Sydney’s secret places for sure. The hike across to Pearl Beach stunning! And steep! The ferry trip Patonga to Palm Beach a treat. Most recently houseminding for friends in Church Point on Pittwater was a peaceful and refreshing escape from Darlinghurst – we had pretty views across to Scotland Island in one direction and to the mainland point in the other. There is easy access to many lovely – and more steep – walks, either by foot or a little further in the car, especially if you want to explore Kuringai Chase National Park (and you should). You really don’t have to travel far from this city to experience incredible natural beauty – being in nature restores the soul, as does being away from traffic sounds.
That said at the end of July I am heading off to Spain for one of my own adventures – a 3 week archaeological dig organised through ArchaeoSpain. I’ll be with a group sifting through the ruins of the Roman Fortress Pulpon, about 100km east from Madrid. Afterwards I’ll tour a little to the south of Spain (Granada, Cordoba, Seville) before flying to Switzerland and meeting up with friends, including one of my daughters. So I hope to get another newsletter out before I go…
In Sydney we have four of my favourite annual Festivals – two finish this Sunday 28 May – Head On Photo Festival and Sydney Writers Festival. Vivid opens today and runs until 17 June – hard to avoid the crowds but there are some tricks. And the Sydney Film Festival Opens 07 June. Below are a few recommendations of exhibitions to see, all in Sydney this time around. You’ve really got no reason to be at home – except for some good TV series viewing…
Best of wishes and thanks for reading. I love hearing from you so email me if you like.

A new autumn arts season with plenty to see about town…

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March/April 2017 Pop-Up Arts News… autumn
Summer flew by and with so much going on I didn’t get a chance to write. So here are a few things to put in your autumn arts calendar for March and April. If there is a theme in all of this I would see the connection is ‘people’ – how we see others, how we ourselves are perceived (or think we are) by others, how our history forms us and how artists tell stories to connect us. A couple of recent events I want to mention – both a few weeks back now but if you missed you can explore through the links – are the annual Africultures Festival in Sydney(SBS World News report 11/03/17) and Memory Palace, an exhibition on in Melbourne. And keep your eye on Coo-ee Art Gallery, with setting up a permanent gallery back on Oxford Street as well as their permanent home in Bondi. So lots of good reasons to get out of the house and a few movie ideas to keep you in! I love March and the change of a season. It’s also my birthday month and to add to the joy, my niece had her first baby – a little girl named Olivia…
See you next time I get to writing. CassieLINK TO AUTUMN ARTS MARCH/APRIL NEWSLETTER

A good beginning for arts and movies and a fun travelling finish to 2016

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January 2017 Pop-Up Arts News…
A new year of arts! 2016 finished off with a trip early December to Jindabyne with my hubby who was racing in L’etape. I spent my time with a solid hike to the top of Mt. Kosciuszko – the many snow drifts across the path and the strongest winds I’ve ever faced off, made for quite a challenge; a fun mountain dirt bike ride on the tracks around the lake (glad not to fall off); and a magical bush walk along the Thredbo River from the Ski Tube park to Diggers camping ground – was so pretty with wild flowers and curving tracks, kangaroos, wombats and a deer! We drove home to Sydney via back country Snowy Mountains National Park, passing through the highest town in Australia – Cabramurra at 1488m – to stay overnight at the Country Club in the little town of Talbingo, (the birth town of Miles Franklin), so we could explore the Yarrangobilly Caves the next day. Amazing and decorative ancient limestone chambers, with a good dirt road track in. The Country Club, with a big mob of kangaroos on the lawn, was pretty cute too and even the Chinese Restaurant was good!
A week later I was off on a little driving break to Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, with two dear friends. We stayed a few nights in the log cabins at Hanson Bay and totally recommend. The fab Southern Ocean Lodge was a few km away, but we still had the same coastal view on a far more reasonable budget. On our way back to the city we explored the Fleurieu Peninsula driving back through McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. The last night we stayed in one of the newly renovated workers cottages at The Bridgewater Mill. Perfect and totally recommend this one! And finished with lunch at Jamface at the Adelaide Central Market. Wow! for these markets. Only wish they were in Sydney.
Christmas was spent in Brisbane with my big family and a highlight was visiting the Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah, on a day trip with two of my sisters, finishing off in Byron Bay for dinner and a long drive back to Bris.
And finally I would like to say a big thank you to all the editors, writers, producers and presenters last year who supported all of the artists, galleries and events I sent your way. And thanks to all of you who take a few minutes to read through my monthly (if I make it) newsletters and enjoy some of the things I send your way. So many good things going on in our little town of Sydney – sometimes being indoors is the only way to cool down! Unless of course you are jumping into the divine blue sea, or some other big basin of water…
Best of wishes for the year ahead and see you next month. Cassie
Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre. Interpretations from the Air

Adam Williams, Luke Austin, Ignacio Palacios, Paul Hoelen, Ricardo Da Cunha
10-29 January 2017
l OPENING Thursday 12 January 6-8pm.
BOOK DETAILS l THE MIX James Valentine interviews Adam & Paul, Dec ’16
WATCH their Behind-the-Scenes Video l And browse their website for a little daydreaming.
Tom Evangelidis at Black Eye saw their show last year at Danks Street, loved it and invited them for the gallery’s Summer Show. All large scale prints and many new images. If you missed these first time around, don’t miss them again. Aerial photos of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre – stunning, abstract, painterly, mystical, patterned and beautiful. A superb collection of photographs of a landscape few will ever see and even fewer will see from above. And there is lots of water in the lake!
The group go under the name The Light Collective, and between them all the list of awards for their landscape and nature photography is more than impressive. A feature in this fortnights Edition of Big Issue Magazine & a superb profile here on L’Oeil de la Photographie by Australian photography writer, Alison Stieven Taylor.
Black Eye Gallery, 138 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst (next door to the best DVD store in Sydney, FilmClub) l Adam Williams l Luke Austin l Ignacio Palacios l Paul Hoelen

November is the prettiest month in Sydney and lots of great art to see – nature, landscape and culture make a little connection this month…


November Pop-Up Arts News…
October whipped by so fast I thought I would just take us through until the end of spring for now. I love November in Sydney – I think it is the prettiest month. It seems nature, landscape, culture and identity have found a little thread through this posting so I hope you find something here to see, do or click on. Until next time… Cassie


Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre. Interpretations from the Air

Adam Williams, Luke Austin, Ignacio Palacios, Paul Hoelen
03 – 12 November 2016
l OPENING Thursday 03 November 6-9pm.
SPECIAL GUEST to Open the Exhibition: Acclaimed landscape photographer, Ken Duncan.
WATCH their Behind-the-Scenes Video l And browse their website for a little daydreaming.
Four incredible and dedicated photographers, an adventurous off-road 4WD trip and three charter plane rides above Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre delivers a collection of stunning, abstract, painterly, mystical, patterned and beautiful images. This is a superb collection of photographs of a landscape few will ever see and even fewer will see from above.
The group go under the name The Light Collective, and between them all the list of awards for their landscape and nature photography is more than impressive.
Depot Gallery ll, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo l Adam Williams l Luke Austin l Ignacio Palacios l Paul Hoelen



Pop-Up September Arts – isn’t spring just lovely and there are lots of beautiful shows to catch and places to explore…

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September Pop-Up Arts…
Spring is finally here and my wisteria vine is starting to bloom, the jasmine vine ripe with blossoms and bees buzzing everywhere around my little city back yard. I love it! September features some of my favourite Sydney Galleries – with gorgeous shows for this month and more to impress in the next (stay tuned especially for Robyn Stacey’s Dark Wonder exhibition Opening 06 October) . Hope you get around the city and see some art and find a good dose of nature wherever you can. I have been exploring all the little coves and headland walks around Lane Cove recently – one of my new discoveries is Tambourine Bay foreshore and mangrove walk. Another is Berry Island Reserve and I plan to explore more of Balls Head Reserve in Waverton. If you don’t know these walks then go exploring yourself. All beautiful places. So until next month. Cheers and thanks for reading. Cassie
Sally Simpson. A selection of sculptures from her exhibition, 2016

Sally Simpson. Objects for an Unknown Future Museum
Until 01 October 2016
If you missed the Opening last week, don’t worry, just be sure to visit on another day – less people and you see the show much better anyway. I love the sculptures of Sally Simpson. It is a strange joy to see them 3D – they are bigger and more engagingly endearing than you can imagine. If you have kids – take them too – kids love these beautiful odd figures. Sally also has another exhibition just Opened at Benalla Art Gallery (in Victoria) of earlier work – only a 2hour drive from Melbourne. She also recently won the 2016 Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Art Awards & is a Finalist in the 64th (2016) Blake Prize Award.
To see more check out her website below and these story links: Brag Magazine South Sydney Herald September 2016
Stanley Street Gallery, 1/52-54 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst l