Pop-Up April Newsletter. Photography, film and painting. Some lovely exhibitions and galleries to visit here. A few new spaces to explore and a few regular ones you may not have been to for awhile. Make this an art month of discovery before the juggernaut of May Festivals hit Sydney bringing Head On Photo, Reportage and Vivid. Until then, enjoy the cool autumn days. cheers Cassie 0416 209 391
CLOSING THIS SUNDAY…
Passus. Michael Haylen, Prue Platt-Hepworth, John Chapman, Des Crawley
A Group Exhibition by Nebuli Arts Photographers
10 – 28 April
Official Opening Sat 13 April 3-5pm by Emeritus Professor Des Crawley
John Chapman (above L), Des Crawley (below L), Prue Platt-Hepworth, Michael Haylen
Four members of the newly formed photographic group Nebuli Arts, present their individual interpretations of Passus, a medieval notion of taking small steps as part of a longer journey. Michael exhibits his illusory ‘figure & form’ light sculptures; Prue explores the self and all its mystery; John reveals his imagined middle earth landscapes; and Des balances virtue and vice in his fantasy figures.
Incinerator Art Space, 2 Small Street, Willoughby
A truly beautiful collection of superbly created b&w photographs from one of our pioneering woman photographers – Jill Crossley. A peer of Olive Cotton and once working in the studios of Max Dupain & Robert Walker, Jill established a life-long & successful career of her own as a photographer. A must show for collectors and lovers of photography. Jill proves that age is no barrier to creativity and perfection. She will be 84 this yearand she told me she is already planning another exhibition!
ArtHere Photomedia Space, 126 Regent St, Redfern
IN BONDI Until 20 April
Into the Future – Emerging Talent
Showcasing the talented works of upcoming Aboriginal Artists to collect and watch. Lots of artworks have sold, but many still available. Some of my favourites are the most inexpensive from Bindi Arts. This delight is from artists Conway Ginger. Small, affordable and totally adorable.
Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, 31 Lamrock Avenue, Bondi
FOR THE DIARY In Bondi…
Journey to the Gambia. A story in film & photographs by Doerthe Jansen & Abibu Njie
30 April – 12 May
Opening Night Wed 01 May 6-8pm With African Drumming performance
Preparing for Naming Ceremony Doerthe Jansen
Why would a successful Australian artist want to swap her beautiful inner Sydney terrace for a grass hut and a life without a fridge or washing machine? That’s exactly what Doerthe Jansen did when she moved to The Gambia, on the West Coast of Africa in 2007. This is a story of what happens when you dive into the unknown and accept the adventure. For Doerthe she found Abibu and love.
Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Bondi Pavilion
Frances now lives in the city, but grew up in a small remote country town of 150 people. The Australian bush is a place she loves. Its harshness, its light, its quiet and the remoteness of it all are inspiration in her art. The stresses of city life fall away in the bush, especially when visiting her parents in Nowendoc in the upper Hunter Valley. This new work is full of luminous joyous colour.
Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock St, Camperdown
NOW IN MITTAGONG at Sturt Gallery…
Misanthropology: The World Art of Adam Rish over Four Decades. Adam Rish
Until 19 May
Opened by John McDonald, Art Critic & Writer
Adam Rish in his studio, 2010
The second leg of this wonderful travelling exhibition A cross-cultural collaboration of sculpture, ceramics, paintings, textiles and prints. Adam’s world view is dystopic, clever, creative, observant, full of humour, pathos and beauty. Mittagong is a fab day drive from Sydney or Canberra. So if you missed this delightful show in Orange, here is another chance.
Sturt Gallery, Mittagong
www.sturt.nsw.edu.au / www.adamrish.com
An engaging collection of large scale photographs capturing humanity in all its frailty, beauty, imperfection, uncertainty, celebrity & the unknown.
The book includes 111 colour plates + an interview by Mark Mordue & essays by Andrew Sayers, Director, National Gallery of Australia & Carla Stang, Anthropologist & Author.
Book published by Au.thentic Press & available online, good bookstores & in the Gallery. Coming to Sydney in May for Head On Photo Festival.
Perth Centre for Photography
RECOMMENDED BY ME In Sydney…
Paint it Black. Rodney Pople
Until 14 April
Parliament House, 2013 Rodney Pople
Pople is not afraid to shock and he is not making art for everyone to like him, but he does have something to say. Some of the work makes for uncomfortable viewing, but each has its own references to hypocrisy, tragedy or exploitation. This new series presents imagery of Port Arthur, as well as religious and political institutions. His combination of oil painting and photography delivers, at times, astonishing beauty.
Australian Galleries, 15 Roylston St, Paddington
Cassandra French, Pop-Up Publicity0416 209 391 cassiefrench