Pop-Up November Arts Newsletter: taxidermy, abandoned human spaces, organic food, songlines, sculpture & gardens.

Pop-Up November Arts Newsletter. One more lovely month of spring to enjoy before summer grabs us! Have you visited the Botanical Gardens (in Sydney) lately? Bursting with colour and flowers. I am loving the new Dandelion sculptures – you will find near the lower pond close to the water. This month we have art bursting from the seams, so it seems. Coo-ee brings us Songline stories to follow on from sculpture in Bondi; gothic animal beauties loom large in Melbourne; strangely empty human landscapes to be found in Redfern; paintings of organic vegetables look as edible as if fresh from the garden and textural photographs to make you do a double-take, both in Waterloo… and more. I love this city! cheers Cassie 0416 209 391

Evidence. Photographs by Chris Round
Until 22 November
OPENING TODAY Saturday 03 November Until 5pm

Silverwater, Sydney. Chris Round

Deserted landscapes from the modern world. Forgotten, unused, broken, unfinished. Where are they?
Mysterious, unsettling and lovely – Chris Round seeks unusual places where humanity has firmly stamped its feet.
ArtHere Photomedia, 126 Regent Street, Redfern

Surface Tension. Jules Forth, Painting + Birgit Neiser, Photography
06 – 11 November
OPENING Wednesday 07 November 6-8pm
+ Artist Talk Sunday 11 November 3-5pm

A Charity Event for Lou’s Place, a women’s shelter in Kings Cross.
Vegetables you could almost eat from the canvas and food you could almost pluck from the paper. These artworks are full of texture, playfulness, love and tenderness. These two fine Artists are planning a sellout show for a very worthy cause. www.lousplace.com.au
Meyer Gallery at Syndicate, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo

Julies Forth, Vegetable Abicus (above); Birgit Neiser Octopus (below)









Preserved. Gregory Elms

07 – 24 November
Thurs 08 November 6 – 8pm

Red Fox, Vulpes vulpes. 120x100cm

Gorgeously gothic larger-than-life photographs of taxidermied animals, insects and other beastly critters. However these are far from beastly photographs. This is a stunning collection of recreated finely detailed images made with a film scanner re-purposed as a lens-less camera. Not to miss. If you don’t live in Melbourne then make the trip! No excuses.
Edmund Pearce Gallery, Level 2 Nicholas Building, Swanston St (cnr Flinders Lane), Melbourne
www.edmundpearce.com.au www.gregelms.com


Dream Catchers. Featuring Sculptures from Maningrida, NT
Until 17 November

Bob Burruwal & Lena Yarinkurra, Maningrida – Special guest artists for ‘Dream Catchers’
Stunning contemporary sculpture from Maningrida,NT; a selection of rare Hermannsburg pots, from various Hermannsburg potters; and a beautiful selection of unique and wonderful sculptures from across the country. Bob Burruwal & Lena Yarinkurra from Maningrida, were special guests for the opening, leading a packed weaving workshop in the shade of the paperbark grove beside the gallery. A total delight for all those involved and those watching on, sharing the lessons.
Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, 31 Lamrock Avenue, Bondi

  Fish Traps, jungle vine & pandanas. Various Artists, Maningrida Arts, NT


Images of the Cross – Kings Cross Photography Exhibition
Until Sunday 25 November
Free Storytelling Event & Discussion
Sun 25 November 4 – 6pm
With Special Guests, including Tamara Voninski, Winner 2012
Compared by Charles Waterstreet

Tamara Voninski, Polaroid Lady, Winner 2012 Kings Cross Photo Prize (top)
Cassie French, Mohammed Sali, Head Chef Malabar Restaurant (below)

(my image selected for this years exhibition)

Some people visit Kings Cross, some stay well away and some of us live here. A colourful, diverse, interesting, funny and sometimes sad story unfolds every day around this neighbourhood and for those of us who live here, it is just that, our neighbourhood. Who remembers Jocelyn and her Polaroid camera? A deserved winning photograph of a warmly remembered character. I am pleased to have been selected this year with my photograph of Mohammed Sali, owner and head chef of Malabar Indian Restaurant (just near the Coke sign). Thirty photographs in total reflecting the life and character of the Cross. Curated by Sandy Edwards. The Storytelling event (to be held on the last Sunday of the exhibition) will be held on the roof-top terrace bar. Come along and enjoy the stories, the conversation, the photographs and the view!
Level 1, Mercure Sydney Potts Point Hotel, Victoria St, Potts Point  (entry near Kings Cross Train Station on Victoria Street)

NOVEMBER DIARY DATES…Seems like everyone loves Saturday 24th!

MAX PAM, at Meyer Gallery
20 – 24 November

Closing Drinks with the Artist Saturday 24 November 2 – 4pm

16 Different works from Max Pam’s upcoming exhibition

A selection of work from photographer Max Pam – including some early works to current; colour and black&white.
Meyer Gallery at Syndicate, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo


Songlines. A Coo-ee Christmas Exhibition from 11 different Art Communities.
24 November – 22 December
OPENING Saturday 24 November 2 – 5pm

Songline, 2012. Mary Brumby

This annual Christmas show grows more popular each year.
This year Coo-ee has 11 Art Communities, over 90 Artists and 200 Artworks in the show. Small desirable artboards and all priced at under $400 – adorable & affordable Aboriginal art. When you buy an artwork, you give a gift of income back to the artist and the art community. From well known to new artists, best to get in early as this show quickly sells out very quickly.
Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, 31 Lamrock Avenue, Bondi

Hybrid: Seeds of Change. Juliana Swatko
24 November – 08 December
OPENING Saturday 24 November 2 – 5pm

Pitcher Plants, Juliana Swatko

These richly coloured, stitched and layered photographs were taken at Sydney’s three different botanical gardens – Mount Annan, Mount Tomah and Royal Sydney. Using a low tech plastic Holga camera, Juliana has produced lush and dreamy panoramic captures of the gardens in bloom.
ArtHere Exhibition Space, 126 Regent Street, Redfern

Big Family: Keeping Art, Country & Culture Strong.
Assoc. of Northern Kimberley & Arnhem Aboriginal Artists (ANKAAA)
Current exhibition until 17 November

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Big Family celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Association of Northern Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists (ANKAAA), representing fifty art centres and artist co-ops ranging across the northern Australia.  It brings together works by highly respected artists – cultural custodians and leaders – within this regional family.
Big Family 2 is a commemorative ‘book’ of etchings by 30 artists, available in the gallery.
Cross Arts Projects is a tiny gallery tucked away in Llankelly Lane, behind Macleay Street in Kings Cross.  The lane, vibrant with cafes, restaurants and bars, is also surrounded by many lovely art-deco gems, including the old Metro theatre opp the laneway and gallery.
The exhibitions, discussions and public talks in the gallery are always intellectually engaging and they are free!  Finding this little beauty is one of the special little ‘art secrets’ of the Cross.
Curator, Jo Holder.  Curator in Residence, Djon Mundine OAM

1 thought on “Pop-Up November Arts Newsletter: taxidermy, abandoned human spaces, organic food, songlines, sculpture & gardens.

  1. Brent Wilson

    Hi Cassie, I just photographed Ian and Tom’s garden and Ian mentioned your name. So I thought I would drop you a line. Ian said that he is interested in putting art into the laneways in Redfern. My friend was involved with The Elizabeth Street Gallery, he shot this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jwGm9ZGPcHc
    If you and Ian are interested in contacting him and the associated photographers please let me know. Brent Wilson Cheers Brent.


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