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
www.stanleystreetgallery.com.au l www.sallysimpson.com.au



A good arty month ahead about town in Sydney and interstate, plus cherry blossoms and jasmine about to burst open and welcome in the spring…

Cassandra French, Pop-Up Publicity
August Pop-Up Arts… 

Hi Everyone. I’ve been away overseas for a bit – in Italy in the north from Milan to Edolo via Lake Como, Bolzano, the Dolomites (Colfosco, Corvara), Sirmione on Lake Garda, Lake Iseo (we just missed the full Christo Floating Piers installation but did see some of the pontoons still in place), Bergamo (UNESCO listed old cite) and back again to Milan. A train ride to Geneva, an overnight stay and then a few weeks driving south through France heading to the Pyrenees. Beginning at beautiful Lake Annecy for a couple of days – about an hour or so from the Swiss border – we then drove to Narbonne, Carcossone, Mirepoix, Foix, Luz St. Sauveur – it was here we observed the Bastille Day events of this small lovely village and heard the tragic news of Nice. A tour back north through Lourdes, Bordeaux, St. Emilion, Amboise, Chancay in the Loire Valley (a good base for exploring the region), Tours, Le Mans, Chartres, overnight in Versailles before a final weekend in Paris and the finale of the Tour de France. A few days in steamy hot Hong Kong before arriving home to a perfect clear blue sky chilly 9 degrees Sydney. Now back to work of course. It’s a busy arty month ahead with fab shows and events across town and interstate, so I hope you find some good ideas here. Until next month. Cassie

Michael Haylen. Bush Fire, 2016

Michael Haylen. Pretty Big Pictures
10 – 21 August. OPENING Sunday 14 August @ 3pm by Special Guest, Sandy Edwards
– Director of ARTHERE, Curator at STILLS GALLERY, Photographer

Photographer Michael Haylen changes the way we look at the natural world. He says, It’s more about the way the eye reads an everyday subject when it is blown-up and depicted large…you get the sense that it’s not really the object that matters in the end. Form, light, texture and soft muted colour all play a part in these curious and lovely observations of our world.
Art Space on the Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
www.theconcourse.com.au l www.michaelhaylen.com l www.nebuliarts.com

May Pop-Up Arts Newsletter – a great month for exhibitions & festivals with landscapes, connections and people being a theme


 May Pop-Up Arts…

Hi everyone. Here is my skip-April-and-straight-to-May newsletter to let you know about a few good things around town. Head-On Photo Festival is well underway, the Sydney Writers’ Festival is about to kick off next week and then another of my favourite Festivals is Vivid which gets going by the end of the month. I am loving the extended warm autumn and managed to get some veges planted out in my newly built raised garden bed. Not sure there will be baskets of produce at the end of it all, but so far so good. Have a good arty month and be sure to get out of town if you can – a break from the city is always a nice thing. So until June… Cassie

Andjana Pachkova. The Outback through my European Outlook (mixed media on pastel paper).

Andjana Pachkova. Disintegration Anxiety
Until 20 May 2016

Landscapes painted from around the artist’s home and many little bays of the northshore, others from the western plains of NSW, between Bathurst and Dubbo and others imagined Australian landscapes and contours. The Australian landscape seen through the eyes of this Ukrainian-Russian-American artist are beautiful – rich in colour, texture, movement and life. A most delightful gallery space in Rozelle. Link to Brag Magazine article
Paper Plane Gallery, 727 Darling Street, Rozelle

March Pop-Up Arts Newsletter.  Back with more arts and arty ideas…

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March 2016 Pop-Up Arts Newsletter…
Hi Everyone. I’m back after a little break with more exhibitions, ideas and arty recommendations of things I like and love – mostly around my town (Sydney), but not always. I am loving our extended summer into autumn and trying to swim everyday when I can. We are lucky for sure to have so many great beaches. Arts March starts with Art Month Sydney & Spectrum Now Festival, recommended exhibitions this time in Sydney and a great cafe out of town. The Australian Central Desert is beautifully represented in two exhibitions and for those who love personal histories, a really lovely show is on at the State Library of New South Wales. For anyone who can’t visit, the details are all online. And the best is the big Africultures Festival on this Saturday. All free. Read on…
The desert comes to the city – on now in Sydney…
Artist Kitty Napanangka Simon painting at the Warnayaka Art Centre, Lajamanu, NT.

Kitty Napanangka Simon. Marking Memories
Until 10 April.
Special Guest to the Opening on 5 March was the Artist, Kitty Napanangka Simon, accompanied by Warnayaka Art Centre Manager, Louisa Erglis.

Kitty Napanangka Simon (b.1948) is a Warlpiri woman from Lajamanu, on the northern edge of the Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory. She is one of Mina Mina’s custodians and a keeper of Women’s Law for this remote desert landscape. Mina Mina is a sacred place to Warlpiri women. Her unique paintings, known for their quality of colour, dot and line work, are feminine and beautiful.
Interview & Review, Australian Financial Review Sat 27 Feb. Written by Steve Dow.
Cooee Art Gallery, 31 Lamrock Avenue, Bondi

Greg Weight. Old Desert Oak, 2015.  Pigment on archival paper 60x90cm, Edition 10

Greg Weight.  Temples of Stone
Until 28 March 2016.  

Opened by Special Guest Sandy Edwards, Photographer & Curator.
Greg Weight captures the night skies of the Central Desert in all their spectacular, glittering beauty. Dossing down with his swag under this luminous night canopy, often camping out alone, Greg photographs this landscape with intimate knowledge – he has been travelling to NT for many years now.  There are also daylight photographs in this series, sharply contrasting the rocky red earth of this remote desert country.
Australian Galleries, 15 Roylston Street, Paddington
Australia’s biggest African Cultural Festival…
One day only. FREE! Saturday 12 March 11am – 6pm. 

A big colourful day joyfully celebrating vibrant African communities in Sydney and across the country, coming together to celebrate different culture, food, fashion, music, performance, literature and sport.  Last year 38 out of 53 recognised African countries were represented. This year they are expecting over 40!  Now in its 8th year, Africultures is Australia’s biggest African cultural festival.  As the Director of the Festival, Fatma Mohamed, says: This is a really soulful and community based festival.  We don’t care about the colour of your skin, everyone is welcome here…and a trip to Western Sydney is a lot closer than a trip to Africa.  
Check out their website and facebook pages as loaded with info – including the performance schedule and sports tournaments.  The fashion parade at 2pm is not to miss!  And the food.
Wyatt Park, Church Street, Lidcombe
(easy access by train and bus, some street parking available)

Recommended exhibition at State Library NSW on now in Sydney…
Sally McInerney. Family Fragments
Until 08 May

When photographer and writer Sally McInerney’s aunt found a handful of half-destroyed family photographs in her garage, a labour of love was set in motion. Sally added these photographs to her own collection and the resulting artist’s book also includes eleven photos by Sally’s mother, the late Olive Cotton – one of Australia’s greatest photographers – which had never before been published. Family Fragments comprises 37 haunting solar plate etchings and handmade paper folders with beautifully handwritten inscriptions by Sally, providing a rare insight into the private lives of one of Australia’s artistic icons and her husband’s family. (Text from State Library NSW website).
State Library NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Favourite new Instagram sites to discover…
Trunk of Dresses.  Beckiy Winston

Adorable vintage dresses and skirts and accessories and a website to go to if you want to buy. I just like looking and liking.

Go Yum or Go Home.

This is their byline: ‘Based in Sydney, we’re determined to bake, eat & drink our way through recipes & kitchens everywhere with the motto – go yum or go home’. Here is a mix of great home cooking, eating out about town and great pics. This one taken at breakfast, Penny University Cafe (Canberra). Yum for sure! (no bias but it is one of my daughters and her bf btw).
Eating this month in Canberra…
Penny University Cafe – Coffee Roasters, Canberra
I had a couple of days in Canberra a few weeks ago and on our second morning found this great cafe in Kingston – and I totally recommend. Food delicious. Coffee good. Staff friendly. Atmosphere very pleasant. You can even buy freshly-roasted-on-premises-coffee, as well as inhouse made pickles and chutneys. Too good! And all very stylish.  I will definitely go back and only wish I could find a cafe like this in Darlinghurst.  Penny University Cafe – Coffee Roasters has an interesting history to its name also, based on the first coffee houses in 17thC London costing a penny to enter.
Penny University Cafe – Coffee Roasters, 15 Kennedy Street, Kingston.

December Arts Pop-Up Newsletter… summer holiday season.

December Arts Pop-Up Newsletter… The end of 2015 and the first month of summer.  I love all the seasons, but the summer months of swimming and frangipanis, picnics and lingering light, bbqs and holiday drives are a marker in the year.  Thank you to all the wonderful artists I have worked with this year, the galleries and curators, the supportive media and all of you who bother to read my monthly postings. I hope someone out there got to know about a new artist, visit a fab exhibition, find a new bar, or see a film I have mentioned here.  Best of wishes for the Christmas holiday season and I hope to be back in January with more art ideas, stories and a few secret places to discover.  Until 2016!  Cassie


Two current Sydney Exhibitions…

Photograph by Angus McDonald

Angus McDonald. India’s Disappearing Railways
Until 22 January 2016

The soul of India is sometimes said to be found on their railway system.  Australian photojournalist and travel writer Angus McDonald (1962-2013) spent many years travelling on India’s trains. In this personal odyssey, he shares all the colour and life and small human details that make such journeys rich.  It is also a stunning book with an endorsement by fellow traveller, Michael Palin.
Customs House Library, Ground Floor & Level 2, 31 Alfred Street Circular Quay


A selection of coiled pandanus baskets – natural fibre with bush dyes.

A Coo-ee Christmas.
Until 23 December 2015. 

The annual colourful Coo-ee Christmas show is on.  What a great excuse to visit the gallery if you haven’t been – one of my Sydney favourites – and buy some artwork for yourself or a friend of course.  There are baskets, paintings, crafted toys, sculptures, mimi spirit poles.  Big and small artworks. Under $100 or test your credit limit.  To see the collection click and what is still available click here.
Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, 31 Lamrock Ave (cnr Chambers Ave), Bondi Beach


Both exhibitions only recently closed but lovely to finish off the year…

The Elisabeth Cummings catalogue on my desk with notes. Portraits in catalogue courtesy of Roller Photography.

Elisabeth Cummings. New Paintings
17 November  – 19 December 2015. 

This is a most beautiful​ collection of new paintings by one of Australia’s most influential living painters.   Imagine how many artists she has influenced in her creative lifetime?​  Elisabeth is also one of the artists exhibiting as part of the Destination Sydney Exhibition.
Read a review on Elisabeth’s solo exhibition by Patricia Anderson for the Australian Financial Review
King Street Gallery on William, Darlinghurst


Michael Keighery holding the original diary of his Great Uncle Frank.  The diary is all written in Pitman Shorthand.  On the right are three of Michael’s ceramic sculptures made from the template of artillery shells, in the style of ‘Trench Art’.  Dead Man’s Penny by Michael Keighery.

Michael Keaghery.  Dead Man’s Penny
26 November – 20 December 2015

An exhibition dedicated to the memory of Michael’s great uncle, Frank Keighery, who died at Gallipoli in 1915 at the age of 21.  The families of all British and Australian soldiers killed during WWl received a medallion from the British Government.  Ironically it became known as the Dead Man’s Penny.
Listen in to ABC RN Life Matters Interview with Michael from 03 December.
View Micheal talking about his work and a guide around his studio on YouTube.

Janet Clayton Gallery, Paddington, Sydney


Thank you to all the fab artists and galleries I worked with this year.
2015 has been a year of colour and stories!

Sample images from 2015 Exhibitions. Left to Right, Top to Bottom

Margarita Sampson. Infectious Desires. 25 Feb – 14 Mar 2015. Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst.
Tom Carment & Michael Wee. Seven Walks: Cape Leeuwin to Bundeena.  New book release.

Asher Milgate. Survivors. 07 Mar – 10 May 2015 Western Plains Regional Gallery; 01-29 Aug 2015 Macquarie Hall, Wellington; Acquisition Meeting arranged with the State Library NSW.

Helen S. Tiernan. Farming without Fences.  29 Nov 2014 – 17 Jan 2015.  Coo-ee Gallery, Bondi.
Sally McInerney. Nauru Diary. Curated by Sandy Edwards. 30 Sept – 11 Oct 2015. Janet Clayton Gallery, Paddington

White Rice & Red Ochre: Warli Tribal Art of Western India. 27 Jun – 18 Jul 2015 Coo-ee Gallery, Bondi
The Great Apron Show. Curated by Carol Ruff. 26 Nov – 06 Dec 2015.  Gallery East, Clovelly
Ronnie Heng. Dive Into My World. 27 Jun – 10 Jul 2015. Blankspace Gallery, Darlinghurst.

Sample images from 2015 Exhibitions. Left to Right, Top to Bottom

Kim Carpenter. Art for the Theatre. 14-25 April 2015 (Danks Street ll Gallery + Acquisition Meetings established with the State Library NSW + The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney).
Luke Hardy. Patina. 14-25 Oct 2015. Curated by Sandy Edwards, Arthere.  Janet Clayton Gallery, Paddington
Michael Keighery. Dead Man’s Penny. 26 Nov-20 Dec 2015. Janet Clayton Gallery, Paddington.
Patricia Casey. Murmur.  09-27 September 2015. Janet Clayton Gallery, Paddington
Berylouise Mitchell.  The Birdsville Cup. 14-25 Oct 2015. Curated by Sandy Edwards, Arthere.  Janet Clayton Gallery, Paddington
Vedat Acikalin. Gallipoli Then & Now: Bonds Forged by War. A national Touring exhibition to Hobart (Aug), Sydney (Aug-Oct), Perth (Oct), Melbourne (Nov) & Canberra (Dec).  Curated by Sandy Edwards.
Rodney Schaffer. Luna.  18-29 August 2015. 45 Downstairs Gallery, Melbourne.
Elisabeth Cummings. New Paintings. 17 Nov-19 Dec 2015. King Street Gallery on William, Darlinghurst.


Arthere, Sandy Edwards  www.arthere.com.au
Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery  www.cooeeart.com
Customs House Library, Sydney  www.sydneycustomshouse.com.au

Janet Clayton Gallery  www.janetclaytongallery.com.au
King Street Gallery on William  www.kingstreetgallery.com.au




Nothing goes wrong here – the bread, pastries, coffee, salads and the staff! The best cake has to be the Persian Love Cake – it has everything you want in that little package.  I love this pic with the giant Vegemite and Kraft Peanut Butter tubs.  It can get crowded with not many seats inside, but what the hey. Sit outside.  Here’s Time Out Sydney’s review.
Brickfield’s Bakery, 206 Cleveland Street, Chippendale

Lots to see in November in Sydney and Melbourne. Spring colour…

Cassandra French, Pop-Up Publicity
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November Arts Pop-Up Newsletter…

November has already proved a very social month for me with visitors to town, especially my 82 year old dad who did the 15 hour train trip from Brisbane to Sydney and back again one week later – and he loved it! Opening in Melbourne this month is Vedat Acikalin’s exhibition now visiting its 4th big Aussie city. There is plenty of exhibition colour happening in Sydney too – matching the colour of spring bursting out all over town. Does anyone else think the jacarandas are the bluest ever?
Until next month, enjoy this one… Cassie

Poster for the exhibition. Photograph of Turkish veteran, Adhil Sahin (L) and Australian veteran, Len Hall (R) meeting for the first time in 1990 – 75 years after fighting each other as enemies on the Gallipoli battlefields.

ON NOW IN MELBOURNE Until Monday 30 November…
Vedat Acikalin. Gallipoli Then & Now. Bonds Forged by War
10 – 30 November 2015

Now onto the 4th city of this national 5 city tour – if you are in Melbourne or surrounds, then be sure to put this on your November ‘to visit’ list. A most poignant, engaging and emotional collection of photographs taken over the last 30 years. Featuring in the Melbourne show are 8 veterans from Victoria and their families. I was lucky to be in Melbourne for the Opening – what a night.
Magnet Galleries, 640-650 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD


almost the end of October Pop-Up Arts Newsletter. With great photography exhibitions to visit, my fave doco to watch and a new city bar to discover…

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October has had me so busy I nearly missed getting this out at all. But there are some really good shows still going and others just about to open. A great month for photography, with Sandy Edwards curating a selection of handpicked artists at the newly relocated Janet Clayton Gallery to Oxford Street. If you missed the recent Sally McInerney show, Nauru Diary: Impressions of an Island, there is certainly plenty of great coverage to find online.I love October with the longer evenings, the sun warmer, leaves almost back on all those sleepy winter trees and jacaranda flowers are budding. So until next month. Cassie


Patina Vll, 2014. Photograph by Luke Hardy.

ON NOW IN SYDNEY Until Sunday 25 October…
Photographs by Luke Hardy. PATINA
14 – 25 October 2015

PATINA is a new body of work by Sydney photomedia artist Luke Hardy. His two series, Yuki Onna (2009) and Dragonfly (2011), reveal his romance with Japan and Japanese ghost stories. PATINA brings with it much more sensuality and eroticism. Japanese aesthetic is at the core of Hardy’s passion. Alongside this is the presence of the male body, says curator Sandy Edwards in her essay on Luke Hardy.

Luke Hardy’s work lies somewhere between narrative and mystery, always exploring the thin line between the sensual and the spiritual. He has said of his work, I am forever drawn to the downcast glance; it draws us in and holds us at an intimate distance

Janet Clayton Gallery, 406 Oxford Street, Paddington.
Curated by Sandy Edwards, Arthere
www.lukehardy.com / www.janetclaytongallery.com.au


From the series The Birdsville Cup.  Photograph by Berylouise Mitchell

ON NOW IN SYDNEY extended until 03 November…
Berylouise Mitchell. The Birdsville Cup – Photographs & Book Release
14 – 25 October 2015

A documentary photo essay (also a book) shot on b&w film over two visits to the Birdsville Races in 1989 and 1990. The series covers every aspect of the races including the Calcutta Auction, the trainer of the ‘Birdsville’ horses during the early morning training sessions, the bookies, the punters, the races themselves and the crowds who come to party and take part in the event that swells the town’s normal population of 100 to over 6,000.

Mitchell recently returned from a two week road trip Sydney to Birdsville and back.  She and her husband drove the distance in their little Ford Focus hatchback – with only one tyre puncture the whole trip – not a 4WD like almost every other car on the road.  There was no other way to get the books to Birdsville but to take them myself…Freight is all by road and very expensive and would take two weeks to deliver.   I didn’t have time for that.  It took us three days to get there, says Mitchell.

The State Library of Queensland have bought 43 images for their public collection, as excellent examples of outback Queensland and Australian life.  The book is alos part of the National Library of Australia public collection.

Link to a sample of the book, The Birdsville Cup, published through Momento Press 2015

Janet Clayton Gallery, 406 Oxford Street, Paddington (in the upstairs Salon)
Gallery open Wed-Sun
Curated by Sandy Edwards, Arthere
www.berylouise.com   /   www.janetclaytongallery.com.au


The oldest Australian Anzac, John Malcolm McCleery of Perth, visiting the Lone Pine Memorial on his 103rd birthday, on 25 April 1990. 
McCleery said at the time he felt sad as he read the names of fallen comrades from the 11th Battalion.  McCleeery landed on Gallipoli on his 28th birthday. We landed at 4:30 a.m. in the darkness under heavy musketry and machine-gun fire, recalled Sergeant McCleery, We stormed the cliffs, pushed back the Turks, dug in and stayed there ten days till we made the second attack on Gaba Tepe that was when I was hit on the arm.

Sergeant McCleery lived on to become “the Oldest Anzac “ at the 75th Anniversary of Gallipoli Landing. He visited Gaba Tepe in 1990 with the help of the young Diggers. He was very emotional remembering the twenty-five mates killed on that attack. I lasted only ten days here, said the 103-year-old veteran, My left arm was shattered by a Turk dum dum bullet.

Sergeant McCleery lived eight more months after the 1990 Gallipoli pilgrimage.

SYDNEY Closes Sat 24 Oct at Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney. FREE
+ ONE DAY Exhibition Event Sat 31 Oct at the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque.  FREE

Vedat Acikalin. Gallipoli Then & Now: Bonds Forged by War

TOURING NATIONALLY to 5 Australian cities:
Sydney, Hobart (closed), Perth (recently closed), Melbourne (10-27 Nov), Canberra (Dec).
This exhibition has also been touring in Turkey, recently closing in Istanbul.

A documentary series 30 years in the making. This poignant collection, photographing veterans and their families, depicts strong bonds and deep friendships, stemming from connections between the Australians, New Zealanders and the Turks.

The Touring Exhibitions to Hobart, Perth, Melbourne and Canberra are curated by
Sandy Edwards of ARTHERE.

Customs House, Sydney  www.sydneycustomshouse.com.au/whatson
Auburn Gallipoli Mosque Open Day Event 
Rahmi M. Koc  Museum, Istanbul, Turkey  www.rmk-museum.org
MEDIA  The West Australian Newspaper  The Fremantle Herald  The Parramatta Advertiser
ABC online  Sydney Morning Herald  Australian Photography Magazine  Daily Mail online

(l) Rodney Schaffer, Crocodile from LUNA series for Primavera 2015
(r) Silvi Glattaur, Altiplano-Vl for Primavera 2015

Primavera 2015 at Black Eye Gallery
27 October – 15 November 

Presenting their annual Spring show with a diverse selection of unique works, by new and established artists.  Artists include Rodney Schaffer (and a fine selection from his LUNA series, shown earlier this year in Melbourne), Silvi Glattauer, Nick De Lorenzo, Albert Son and more TBA.

Black Eye Gallery, 138 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
(right next door to Film Club, the best DVD Movie Store in town)
www.blackeyegallery.com.au   www.rodschaffer.com 
What Happened, Miss Simone? Directed by Liz Garbus

This fabulous documentary isn’t just about music, or an incredible jazz singer and extraordinary pianist. It’s also about history and the civil rights movement and the power of music. She ain’t called the “High Priestess of Soul’ for nothing. Great footage and totally recommend everyone, all ages to see it.
Review at www.forbes.com
The Swinging Cat (Sydney CBD)

I love discovering cool new little bars around town. Ones with good music, good lighting, not so loud you have to shout at your friends right next to you and really nice service. Recently I discovered this one…and not just because one of my daughters works here.
For a moment you might think you are heading into Subway, but take a turn down the stairs and you will be in a little-bar haven.
The Swinging Cat, 44 King Street, Sydney CBD (below street level)
Review on Broadsheet Sydney