April Arts Pop-Up Newsletter Daylight saving now over and drifts of leaves piling up in parks and backyards, autumn is lovely. Some days it’s nice to be indoors for a little while. Here are shows in town, down south and out west to visit in your travels…
OPENING NEXT WEEK in Sydney…
Kim Carpenter. Art for the Theatre: A 25 year Survey Exhibition of paintings & drawings.
14 – 25 April.
OPENING Tue 14 April 6-8pm. To be Opened by Edmund Capon, former Director of the Art Gallery NSW. (Please RSVP to me).
FREE ARTIST TALK Sat 18 April 2-3pm. Bookings recommended 02 9518 8458
Designs from the production, The Happy Prince. Kim Carpenter.
Watercolour, pen & ink on paper.
After 25 years, Kim Carpenter, the Director of Theatre of Image has emptied his draws of the most delightful collection of coloured pencil drawings and watercolours. Costume designs, set designs and ideas on paper from eleven different productions, including a selection from Monkey…Journey to the West (currently on at the Sydney Opera House). Carpenter’s exhibition is for everyone – children and adults and everyone who loves drawing. Playful, colourful, whimsical, gorgeous. Over 70 original works, large and small, and all for sale. Carpenter has been invited to record his Oral History for the archive of the National Library of Australia, scheduled for May. He has been invited to represent Australian theatre design in Moscow this year for The Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015.
FREE Open Tue-Sat 11-6pm (including Anzac Day Sat 25 April)
Depot ll Gallery, 2 Danks St, Waterloo
Anzac Day March, Sydney 2012. Beryl Mitchell.
After the death of her father in 2000, the photographer read his scrapbook compiled on the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Parade – he was one of the organisers. This experience leant a closeness to her dad’s personal experience and Mitchell felt she then better understood what ANZAC Day means to many veterans and their families. Her father, her mother, her two grandfathers and two uncles served for Australia in different conflicts. All taken on a single day in Sydney 2012. An image from this series was selected as a Finalist for City of Sydney Art & About Australian Life 2014.
FREE Open Daily
Blue Hotel, Woolloomooloo Wharf, Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
OUT OF TOWN in Wollongong…
Georgia Wallace-Crabbe, Filmmaker. The Earth and the Elements
Until 17 April
Room shot of the multi-screen installation.
A five-channel multi-screen video installation examining the movement of coal and mineral ore between Australia and China. Wood, fire, earth, metal and water are the focus – based on the Daoist concept of five elements (Mu, Hue, Tu, Jin & Shui), this work reflects the interconnections and environmental impact of this exchange. China’s problem is the problem of the world. The dust of the Chinese construction sites eventually will reach our shores.., states architecture professor Xing Ruan (UNSW) at the end of Wallace-Crabbe’s earlier documentary film, New Beijing: Reinventing a City (2009).
Digital Media Centre, Mike Codd Building Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong
Uncle Billy Lou. Asher Milgate
Photographer Asher Milgate returned to the town he grew up in, Wellington, NSW, to document the life of the traditional owners, the Binjang people of the Wiradjuri nation. …Survivors… records stories from Wellington’s elders – and elders in waiting – about life at Nanima, the Common and on the outskirts of town. In 1832 the first inland Aboriginal mission was established in Wellington, which became the Nanima Mission in 1910. The mission became the longest continually operating Aboriginal reserve in Australia. The elders of Wellington shared with Asher some of their most intimate memories; tales of their families, of love, regret, hope and hardship.
It’s time for a road trip to Dubbo…I’m going early May to catch the show before it closes.FREE Open Wed-Mon 10am-4pm
Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo
INTERVIEW LINK http://www.survivors.net.au/sbs/
STORY LINK http://www.theguardian.com
Cover art from one of the featured pulp fictions texts.
This is a great collection from the State Library archive of vintage Australian ‘Pulp’ cover art and texts. Original illustrations for crime story books, original comic books and original cover art copy for sexy pulp fiction stories, all collected from the Sydney publishing house, Frank Johnson Publications. Interviews, background, original drawings and artworks and a collection of original letters to Frank Johnson from many artists, all wanting to be paid. There is even a letter written from Bee Miles from prison to Frank, making sure he publish her name Bee, not Bea. Make sure to catch the Portraits of Newtown Shopkeepers exhibition also. A very enjoyable hour or so can be spent here.
FREE Open daily.
State Library NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney
0416 209 391