May Arts Pop-Up Newsletter. A month for stories…

May Arts Pop-Up Newsletter. I love a good story and this month there are plenty to choose from – told in words, photographs, lights and music. May in Sydney is a month of Festivals (Head On Photo Festival; Sydney Writers Festival; Vivid Festival; National Trust Heritage Festival). It is also the month of beautiful light and pretty autumn colour. Here are a few Head On highlights & more…


Jill Crossley. Unreliable Witness.

20 May – 06 June OPENING Thurs 21 May 6-8pm

Jill Crossley. Image from series, Unreliable Witness

A series of enigmatic b&w images taken from a single body of water. This series invites a daydreamy, contemplative, quiet response in the viewer – coming from the play of light on water and the shimmery images revealed just below its surface. Crossley’s long career puts her as an early contemporary of Olive Cotton, Max Dupain and Robert Walker. She is listed in the Australian Women Photographers Journal of 1840-1960. This exhibition is curated by Sandy Edwards for ARTHERE. A Head On Exhibition.

OPEN Wed-Fri 11-6pm, Sat 11-5pm
Stanley Street Gallery, 1/52-54 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst

Zoe Reynolds. The Drowning Bay.

21 – 31 May. OPENING Fri 22 May 6-8pm
To be Opened by award winning Australian photographer, Greg Weight

ARTIST TALK Sun 24 May @ 2pm

SUNDAY SCREENINGS 24/31 May @ 2pm of Dire Strait: Down the Waterline

​Zoe Reynolds. Image from The Drowning Bay series, Clovelly at super tide.

If you know Clovelly Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs – one of my favourite summer swimming spots – you may not know it like this. The highest tides of the year seem to want to reclaim Clovelly Bay back into the ocean.
Photojournalist Zoe Reynolds (Selected for the 2015 Walkley Award Storyology Night held recently at the State Library, with her 2013 Walkley Finalist slide-show presentation, Dire Strait: Down the Waterline, a photographic series documenting the threat of rising sea levels on the Torres Strait Islands). A Head On Exhibition.
OPEN Thurs – Sun 11am-6pm
Gallery East, 21 Burnie Street, Clovelly


Nebuli Arts. Unseen Sense.

Christoph Mueller, Carolyn Pettigrew, Alison Seccombe, Maureen Rogers, Dawn Zandstra

27 May – 14 June. OPENING Sun 31 May @ 2pm.

To be Opened by Photographer and mixed media artist, Patricia Casey

These five photographers set to explore those little moments of memory and remembering, when details are not quite clear but the sense of them is pleasing. Perhaps the way the light was shining, the clarity of an outline or shape, the emotion of the memory itself. As one of the photographers states, ‘the world we live in is an amazing place’. This delightful and varied collection of works, shown in the old Wiloughby incinerator now turned gallery, shares this sentiment. A Head On Exhibition.

OPEN Wed – Sat 10-4pm

Incinerator Art Space, 2 Small Street, Wiloughby

_______________Sebastien Ardon & Fabian Muir. True North.

Until 30 May

​ Sebastien Ardon. From series, Joie de Vivre, images of Northern France Fabian Muir. From series, North Korea

Ardon has photographed beachside towns in Northern France without the summer crowds. Empty and quiet.

Muir has photographed North Korea, a hidden time capsule experienced by few outsiders. Following on from photographer Andy Baker’s launch exhibition, How to Disappear Completely, this is a secret little hideaway gallery space you want to discover. A Head On Exhibition.
OPEN Daily 11am-6pm

Low Road Gallery, 76 Oxford Street, Paddington
(head down the steep stairs from the little laneway beside Ampersand Bookstore Cafe)


Paul Blackmore / Gary Heery / Murray Fredericks / Derek Henderson. ‘4’.

Until 30 June

​Paul Blackmore. Icebergs – Stretch, 2014

An outstanding hand picked selection of works from ‘4’ outstanding photographic artists. Gazing at beauty like this is a total joy.Superbly printed by Warren Macris for High Res Digital, which apparently is where these 4 pal photographers all met, this is a small but lovely collection. Well worth the trip down this back street of Kings Cross.

Paul Blackmore

Gary Heery

Murray Fredericks

Derek Hendersen
OPEN Weekdays 9-6pm

Cohen Handler, 114 Brougham Street, Potts Point

(you may need to be buzzed into the showroom)


Asher Milgate. SURVIVORS

​Asher Milgate. Portrait of Uncle Billy Lou.

This powerful exhibition will be travelling – just not sure when. Although it recently closed at the Western Plains Regional Gallery, talks are currently in place with State and National collections. So until you get to see this body of work and experience its power for yourself, here are some LINKS – I can’t urge you enough to watch and listen:

Big Issue Magazine
The Guardian Newspaper Online

ABC RN Awaye with Daniel Browning
Eastside Radio Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton
SBS News Radio

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