Pop-Up October Arts Newsletter. There is plenty on in Sydney this month…

Pop-Up October Arts Newsletter. Plenty on in Sydney this month – plenty on everywhere actually, but this month my focus is on art at home. The pickings are rich all over town, so here are some good ones to put on your calender and make a note for November. Until then… Cassie 0416 209 391

Robyn Stacey. Guest Relations
09 October – 09 November


room 4821  sofitel on collins chris

room2516  shangri la isobel

room2516 shangri la isobel

room 4821 sofitel on collins chris

Robyn creates magic in hotel rooms with this stunning series combining low-tech camera obscura technique with high-tech digital capture. All done in camera. All done with a 5cm piece of glass as the primary light source. The outside world floods into the room, it’s pin-sharp image inverted and naturally projected across the walls, roof, bedding and sitters in this drama. Cinematic and fascinating glimpses where the outside and inside worlds mesh as one. Stills Gallery, Paddington

UNTIL Sunday 13 October – in the Blue Mountains
Draw on the Mountain Sketchbook Exhibition
Winner of $5000 acquisitive prize, Robert Shepherd (Glebe)

robert shepherd blast furnace at lithgow lr

robert shepherd blast furnace at lithgow lr

robert shepherd lake at wild valley art park lr

robert shepherd lake at wild valley art park lr

robert shepherd selena seifert by emma rowan kelly lr

robert shepherd selena seifert by emma rowan kelly lr

Winner Robert Shepherd holding winning Sketchbook, with Curator Selena Seifert (Photo: Emma Rowan-Kelly)

You only have until this Sunday to view the art Sketchbooks on display, including the winners. Over 60 books in total. I loved the concept. I love the space and the gallery. It is a pleasure to view an artist’s book (the sketchbooks have 10+ pages of drawings and watercolours), rather than one singular image. I can’t recommend visiting this lovely place highly enough and if you aren’t too bad with a pencil, then register for next year! Open every Sat & Sun for free.Wild Valley Art Park Eco Artist Retreat & Gallery


CURRENTLY on in Sydney…
Novel Ecologies. Group show.
Until Saturday 26 October
Saturday 19 October at 3pm: Conversation on the Ecological Turn with Jasmin Stephens & Ann Finnegan

Artists: Tori Benz (Perth), George Egerton-Warburton (Melbourne), Perdita Phillips (Perth) and Robert Zhao Renhui / The Institute of Critical Zoologists (Singapore).
Curated by Jasmin Stephens (Sydney).

Robert Zhao RenhuiThe Institute of Critical Zoologists Expedition #45_2012

Works that cultivate the ‘natural’ in all its guises together with the outcomes of Perdita Phillips’ residency at The Cross Art Projects working with Sydney Harbour’s Little Penguins. Novel Ecologies presents a group of artists who contemplate a relationship with a more vital world. Whether looking for greater connection to the continuities of the earth or to the solace and joys of an unruly embodied life, they have consistently sought to cultivate the natural in all its guises. Free talk Sat 19th.
Cross Art Projects, Kings Cross

Tim Hixson & others.
Not Quite Square: The story of northern rivers architecture
Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney University
Until 15 November
Part of the Sydney Architecture Festival

Child at Main Arm by Tim Hixson from Not Quite Square collection.

Newly commissioned photographs and original b&w images by Sydney-based photographer, Tim Hixson, of five exemplary houses started in the 1970s and 80s, located around Mullimbimby and Northern Rivers region of NSW. All these fabulous ‘hippy’ eco houses are still lived in today. There is also a short film on show commissioned for the project. Round houses, round windows, corrugated iron and crazy shapes – a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting exhibition.
Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney Uni (city road)
Yes, this is the Tin Sheds website http://emergencity.net/


Tom Carment & others at Mosman Art Gallery
Middle Head. An exhibition by 15 Artists
Until 17 November

Middle Head by Tom Carment

15 Artists across a range of contemporary art disciplines explore the area around the disused and active military sites of Middle Head and surrounding Sydney Harbour National Park. The brief was to respond to the past and contemporary heritage aspects of the site.
Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman

David Knight. Isolations
29 October – 09 November. OPENING Wed 30 Oct

Isolations #0279 by David Knight
Photographs drawn from different studies, sharing a common sense of melancholia and a distinct visual simplicity. Monochromatic backgrounds, simple lighting, scratchy surfaces, create haunting and beautiful images. Finalist: 2013 Olive Cotton Award; 2012 Head On Portrait Prize; 2009 National Photographic Portrait Prize.
Meyer Gallery at Danks Street, Waterloo

Lost in Place. Group show of Arthere Artists at Damien Minton Gallery.
ARTISTS: Catherine Cloran, Digby Duncan, Caroline McLean-Foldes, Helen Grace, Sally McInerney, Matt Palmer, Ian Provest, Suellen Symons, Chris Round, Lynn Smith, Niobe Syme.
05 – 09 November

Carousel at Easter Show by Sally McInerney from Lost in Place Exhibition

A wide ranging collection of Arthere artists who have love affairs with places. Gritty, soft, empty, busy, strange, romantic, delicate, vacant – all evocative of memory and places we may feel we have all visited or passed through.
Arthere at Damien Minton Gallery.

Grove. Photographs by Jane Burton-Taylor
12 Nov – 01 Dec.

Grove #03 by Jane Burton Taylor

These olive groves are over 1000years old, tended by hand and listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Register. A photographic exhibition reflecting the importance of nurturing and care.
Barometer Gallery, Paddington


Images for Life Force 2013. Fundraising Auction & Book Launch
Sunday 17 November ONE DAY EVENT ONLY

Celeste by Niobe Syme – Artwork for Images for Life Force Auction

Your chance to own a Pat Brassington, a Bob Kersey, a Peter Solness, a Mayu Kanamori + many other gorgeous photographic artworks (all donated by the artists) up for Auction. All while supporting a great cause yourself. An afternoon of music, food, wine and art.
Event to be held at Stills Gallery, Paddington


Hula Dreams. Group show Curated by Carol Ruff.
14 Nov – 01 Dec

A collection of Ukuleles – Dots & Roses

The tri-annual wicky, wacky artist festival of decorated ukuleles is on again! Fun, fabulous, colourful and clever – perfect introduction to Summer.
Gallery East, Clovelly

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