May Arts Pop-Up Newsletter…

MAY ARTS POP-UP NEWSLETTER  May is the month of Photography, Light and Words, with the Head On Photographic Festival, Vivid Festival and Sydney Writers Festival all about to kick off around town. There are so many good events, here are a few recommendations amongst the extensive selection.  For the full programs go to  A short newsletter as I have a few festival events to get to…


Julie Williams.  Reflections: Fire and Water
15 – 28 May.  OPENING Sat 17 May 3-6pm / ARTIST TALK Sat 24 May 3pm
Curated by Sandy Edwards, Arthere 
Reflections Fire & Water, Flames, 2014.  Julie Williams
Reflections Fire & Water, Fire Cloud, 2014.  Julie Williams

Literary Talk

Adrian Newstead in Conversation with Djon Mundine
Discussing Adrian’s new book, The Dealer is the Devil. An Insider’s History of the Aboriginal Art Trade
Monday 19 May 11.30am-12.30pm Carrington Hotel, Katoomba
Book cover image, The Dealer is the Devil.

Part of the Sydney Writers Festival Blue Mountains Program
Book through Varuna (National Writers House)

or online at Sydney Writers Festival


Photography Exhibition
James Horan. Irish Horse
21 May – 14 June  OPENING Wed 21 May 5.30-7.30pm
Smithfield #17.  James Horan.  Spancil Hills Boys.  James Horan

Kristian Laemmle-Ruff. In the Folds of Hills (Opening in rural Victoria)
23 May – 19 JuneOPENING Fri 23 May 7 – 8.30pm
Bushells and other tins, from Graham Jensen story.   Kristian Laemmle-Ruff
Kitchen cannisters, from Rosie & Wally Daws story.  Kristian Laemmle-Ruff
Swanpool Cinema, Swanpool Vic


Olive Cotton & Sally McInerney. Mother & Daughter: A Conversation
Until 24 May
Curated by Sandy Edwards, Arthere
above left Photographers Shadow, Olive and Max.  (Olive Cotton’s shadow over Max Dupain), 1935.  Image by Olive Cotton.
above right Shadow Self, 2008.  Sally McInerney.
​Damien Minton Gallery, Redfern


Nicola Dracoulis. Viver no Meio do Barulho (Living in the Middle of the Noise)
29 May – 08 June  OPENING Thur 29 May 6-8pm

​Image from Viver no Meio do Barulho.  Nicola Dracoulis
A documentary project based in Rio de Janeiro. In 2006, Nicola Dracoulis photographed nine young people across four favelas in Rio de Janeiro. Seven years on, she has reconnected with those same people to discover what their lives are like now.

Gaffa Gallery, Sydney CBD


If you’re travelling to London
Juno Gemes & Michael Aird. Up Close: Photographs of Aboriginal Australia
29 May – 10 June

Lionel Fogerty & Ali Cobby Eckermann, 2011Image by Juno Gemes.

Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
Red Obsession

​ Another great documentary I missed at the cinema last year, but caught up on in the last couple of weeks.  I loved the tours of the great chateaux of Bordeaux and the story of China’s growing love of wine – very expensive Bordeaux wines in particular – and how owning these wines is becoming a status symbol for the Chinese rich.  Let’s just say a $3000 Penfolds Grange is merely a quaffer for these players.

Cassandra French
Pop-Up Publicity

0416 209 391

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