September Pop-Up Arts Newsletter.  Spring is here…

September Pop-Up Arts Newsletter
Spring oh lovely spring! The days that little bit longer and the light so beautiful – clean and bright. I have some great shows in Sydney and Brisbane this time around to let you know about, plus a few more. In Sydney Barrangaroo Park has finally opened and I encourage everyone to walk around it, plus the new highline walkway behind the UTS Frank Gehry Building in Ultimo is also a great new outside space to discover. The warmer weather is so nice I have been really enjoying riding my bike around town and for the first time ever, I recently rode across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For all of you who do this often that’s not a big deal, but for me I loved it and recommend everyone to get on your bike (not necessarily in lycra)…

So enjoy an arty month, kicking off with Sydney Contemporary + The Other Art Fair + Volume 2015: Another Art Book Fair all on this weekend!

I always love to hear back so please feel welcome to write me and to pass my newsletter on to anyone you think might like to read. Thanks everyone.



(L) Affective Memory (after Man Ray #01), 2015.
(R) Nocturne (Secret Garden #02), 2015.
Photographs by Patricia Casey.

Patricia Casey. MURMUR.
09-29 September. OPENING Sunday 13 September 2-4pm
This beautiful work defines the meaning of ‘slow art’ – each photograph taking anywhere from 10-40hours to complete. All handstitched with tiny loops and back stitch, using cotton, silk and metallic thread, photographic artist Patricia Casey first prints her beautifully structured images on archival georgette, cotton or watercolour paper. This collection is exquisite and unique. ‘Murmur’ is about memory – about how we remember.
Also opening on the same day in the upstairs gallery space will be an exhibition of Arthere photographers – Unforeseen (Catherine Cloran, Zorica Purlija, Chris Round, Niki Gudex, Rosalie A. Nilson) curated by Sandy Edwards. The gallery will certainly be abuzz with talent so come and say hi at the Opening.
Janet Clayton Gallery, 406 Oxford Street, Paddington
Patricia Casey is represented by Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney /


From the series Robyn Stacey: Cloud Land. Photograph by Robyn Stacey.

Robyn Stacey. CLOUD LAND

18 September 2015 – 03 April 2016.
IN CONVERSATION Sat 20 Sept 2-3pm. Free, bookings recommended.
Join contemporary art photographer, Robyn Stacey & Shaune Lakin, Senior Curator of Photography from the National Gallery of Australia. discussing Stacey’s Cloud Land series and her unique perspective on the history and community of Brisbane.
As the website says, Imagine stepping inside an artwork. Imagine stepping inside a camera. Imagine seeing your world turned upside down. Welcome to Robyn Stacey: Cloud Land.
View the video below on the making of this series of stunning camera obscura photographs, where the inside of the room becomes bathed in the outside world.
Museum of Brisbane, Level 3, City Hall, Brisbane City
Photographer Robyn Stacey speaking about her new work, Cloud Land, created for Museum of Brisbane. Robyn Stacey is one of Australia’s leading contemporary art photographers.
Robyn Stacey is represented by Stills Gallery, Sydney / Jan Manton Gallery, Brisbane


(L) Miranda Bridge holds a picture of her grandfather, Roy Kyle. Kyle wrote in his diary, Gallipoli was bare and barren and we never held more than 400 acres…the most successful part of the campaign was the evacuation.
(R) Veterans Adil Sahin from the village of Buyuk Anafartalar, Gallipoli and Harold Edwards of Australia embrace at the 1990 Anzac Day Lunch, where they met for the first time in 75 years, since fighting each other in the trenches as teenage boys in 1915.
Photographs by Vedat Acikalin.

ON NOW IN SYDNEY until end of September…
Vedat Acikalin. Gallipoli Then & Now: Bonds Forged by War
Until 30 September in Sydney. Level 2, Customs House, Circular Quay. FREE Open Daily.
TOURING NATIONALLY to 5 cities: Sydney, Hobart (closed), Perth (Oct), Melbourne (Nov), Canberra (Dec).
Also currently touring in Turkey, on now in Istanbul until end of September.

A documentary series 30 years in the making. This poignant collection really tells us about the humanness of those directly touched by this war and the bonds and friendships that stemmed from connections between the Aussies, New Zealanders and the Turks. Families may feel pride in their fathers and grandfathers for fighting, or dying, or going to war, but I think the pride is not in them fighting in this war, but in their bravery for being there at all, whatever folly, misguided sense of adventure, or propaganda led them there.
The Touring Exhibitions to Hobart, Perth, Melbourne and Canberra are curated by
Sandy Edwards of ARTHERE.

Customs House, Sydney
Rahmi M. Koc Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
MEDIA South Sydney Herald SBS Radio Podcast, Interview with Vedat Acikalin
ABC online Sydney Morning Herald Australian Photography Magazine Daily Mail online


L-R Aunty Joyce Williams; Wayne Carr; Uncle Billy Lou. Photographs by Asher Milgate

Asher Milgate. Survivors. 60,000 years.
Extended until Monday 5th October 2015.
In March this year Survivors was shown in Dubbo at Western Plains Regional Gallery and over 18,000 people visited this exhibition. Now it’s showing in the home town of the Elders photographed and where Asher himself grew up – Wellington in country New South Wales.
This powerful series documents 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 colonial inland Aboriginal mission was established in Wellington, which became known as 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, loss, hardship and hope. A superbly crafted exhibition and one we hope to bring to Sydney.
Macquarie Theatre, 36-42 Swift Street, Wellington (country NSW).
MEDIA Listen to Interview ABC RN Awaye Big Issue Magazine The Guardian

The Salt of the Earth. A film by Wim Wenders about photographer, Sebastiao Salgado.
It was in the 1980s and I stumbled into the Byron Map Gallery in Oxford Street. I loved that gallery at the time with its beautiful light and decorative ceilings – it was an old ceiling plaster shop and they were good at ceilings! The exhibition was a small collection from Salgado’s Workers series. That work changed me somehow, or my perception of photography. It made me really see its power. How someone can be so masterful with capturing the world around us – its goodness and shocking low points – and make you stop in your tracks with a thump in your chest. Sebastiao Salgado did that. This documentary 30 years later does that. I am sure every photographer out there has seen this – and if you have then see it again. And for everyone else this film is a must see…
Rotten Tomatoes movie ratings

Malabar. South Indian Cuisine (Darlinghurst, Sydney)
One of my favourite local restaurants in Darlo. My family has been eating here since it opened years ago in 2003. The chef is from Kerala in the south and the food, atmosphere and service are spot on every time. I love the Goan Fish Curry and the dosai, but everything is good. When friends are in town they always ask to go to Malabar! This is a photograph I took of Mohammed Sali, the owner and head chef of Malabar, for Shoot the Chef Competition in 2010 and it was selected as one of the Finalists. I thought he fitted in well with the royal family. The restaurant has two fantastic floor to ceiling historical photographic reproductions. This one is of the Royal Family of Gujurat – a pic you can look at for ages, discovering new things all the time. When the restaurant relocated earlier this year, the one thing everyone wanted was to see these photographs again – and they are here with other smaller pics around the walls.
STORY about the photograph in the Indian Link Newspaper for Shoot the Chef 2010
Malabar, 274 Victoria Street (opp Fire Station), Darlinghurst

4 thoughts on “September Pop-Up Arts Newsletter.  Spring is here…

  1. Antoinette C

    Hi Cassie,

    Just thought I should mention ACP is screening The Salt of the Earth in October.

    Cheers Antoinette

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    1. cassiefrench Post author

      Hi Antoinette. That’s great. I would love to see on the big screen as I missed it – yes can’t quite believe it – at the cinema. I can circulate on my facebook and hope I can come along too. cheers. Cassie

  2. Steve Way

    Hi Cassie its steve here. Great newsletter and appreciate you sending it.
    Must show you some of my drawings and paintings at work someday. They are oldies but am recently getting back into it. Till then, cheers

    1. cassiefrench Post author

      Hi Steve. Glad I finally got it sent out! I went to the opening of Sydney Contemporary last night and it was a great big party that’s for sure. And I only got to see half of it. Yes, I’d like to see some of your artwork sometime. I’m there short shift monday afternoon. Cassie


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