almost the end of October Pop-Up Arts Newsletter. With great photography exhibitions to visit, my fave doco to watch and a new city bar to discover…

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October has had me so busy I nearly missed getting this out at all. But there are some really good shows still going and others just about to open. A great month for photography, with Sandy Edwards curating a selection of handpicked artists at the newly relocated Janet Clayton Gallery to Oxford Street. If you missed the recent Sally McInerney show, Nauru Diary: Impressions of an Island, there is certainly plenty of great coverage to find online.I love October with the longer evenings, the sun warmer, leaves almost back on all those sleepy winter trees and jacaranda flowers are budding. So until next month. Cassie


Patina Vll, 2014. Photograph by Luke Hardy.

ON NOW IN SYDNEY Until Sunday 25 October…
Photographs by Luke Hardy. PATINA
14 – 25 October 2015

PATINA is a new body of work by Sydney photomedia artist Luke Hardy. His two series, Yuki Onna (2009) and Dragonfly (2011), reveal his romance with Japan and Japanese ghost stories. PATINA brings with it much more sensuality and eroticism. Japanese aesthetic is at the core of Hardy’s passion. Alongside this is the presence of the male body, says curator Sandy Edwards in her essay on Luke Hardy.

Luke Hardy’s work lies somewhere between narrative and mystery, always exploring the thin line between the sensual and the spiritual. He has said of his work, I am forever drawn to the downcast glance; it draws us in and holds us at an intimate distance

Janet Clayton Gallery, 406 Oxford Street, Paddington.
Curated by Sandy Edwards, Arthere /


From the series The Birdsville Cup.  Photograph by Berylouise Mitchell

ON NOW IN SYDNEY extended until 03 November…
Berylouise Mitchell. The Birdsville Cup – Photographs & Book Release
14 – 25 October 2015

A documentary photo essay (also a book) shot on b&w film over two visits to the Birdsville Races in 1989 and 1990. The series covers every aspect of the races including the Calcutta Auction, the trainer of the ‘Birdsville’ horses during the early morning training sessions, the bookies, the punters, the races themselves and the crowds who come to party and take part in the event that swells the town’s normal population of 100 to over 6,000.

Mitchell recently returned from a two week road trip Sydney to Birdsville and back.  She and her husband drove the distance in their little Ford Focus hatchback – with only one tyre puncture the whole trip – not a 4WD like almost every other car on the road.  There was no other way to get the books to Birdsville but to take them myself…Freight is all by road and very expensive and would take two weeks to deliver.   I didn’t have time for that.  It took us three days to get there, says Mitchell.

The State Library of Queensland have bought 43 images for their public collection, as excellent examples of outback Queensland and Australian life.  The book is alos part of the National Library of Australia public collection.

Link to a sample of the book, The Birdsville Cup, published through Momento Press 2015

Janet Clayton Gallery, 406 Oxford Street, Paddington (in the upstairs Salon)
Gallery open Wed-Sun
Curated by Sandy Edwards, Arthere   /


The oldest Australian Anzac, John Malcolm McCleery of Perth, visiting the Lone Pine Memorial on his 103rd birthday, on 25 April 1990. 
McCleery said at the time he felt sad as he read the names of fallen comrades from the 11th Battalion.  McCleeery landed on Gallipoli on his 28th birthday. We landed at 4:30 a.m. in the darkness under heavy musketry and machine-gun fire, recalled Sergeant McCleery, We stormed the cliffs, pushed back the Turks, dug in and stayed there ten days till we made the second attack on Gaba Tepe that was when I was hit on the arm.

Sergeant McCleery lived on to become “the Oldest Anzac “ at the 75th Anniversary of Gallipoli Landing. He visited Gaba Tepe in 1990 with the help of the young Diggers. He was very emotional remembering the twenty-five mates killed on that attack. I lasted only ten days here, said the 103-year-old veteran, My left arm was shattered by a Turk dum dum bullet.

Sergeant McCleery lived eight more months after the 1990 Gallipoli pilgrimage.

SYDNEY Closes Sat 24 Oct at Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney. FREE
+ ONE DAY Exhibition Event Sat 31 Oct at the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque.  FREE

Vedat Acikalin. Gallipoli Then & Now: Bonds Forged by War

TOURING NATIONALLY to 5 Australian cities:
Sydney, Hobart (closed), Perth (recently closed), Melbourne (10-27 Nov), Canberra (Dec).
This exhibition has also been touring in Turkey, recently closing in Istanbul.

A documentary series 30 years in the making. This poignant collection, photographing veterans and their families, depicts strong bonds and deep friendships, stemming from connections between the Australians, New Zealanders and the Turks.

The Touring Exhibitions to Hobart, Perth, Melbourne and Canberra are curated by
Sandy Edwards of ARTHERE.

Customs House, Sydney
Auburn Gallipoli Mosque Open Day Event
Rahmi M. Koc  Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
MEDIA  The West Australian Newspaper  The Fremantle Herald  The Parramatta Advertiser
ABC online  Sydney Morning Herald  Australian Photography Magazine  Daily Mail online

(l) Rodney Schaffer, Crocodile from LUNA series for Primavera 2015
(r) Silvi Glattaur, Altiplano-Vl for Primavera 2015

Primavera 2015 at Black Eye Gallery
27 October – 15 November 

Presenting their annual Spring show with a diverse selection of unique works, by new and established artists.  Artists include Rodney Schaffer (and a fine selection from his LUNA series, shown earlier this year in Melbourne), Silvi Glattauer, Nick De Lorenzo, Albert Son and more TBA.

Black Eye Gallery, 138 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
(right next door to Film Club, the best DVD Movie Store in town) 
What Happened, Miss Simone? Directed by Liz Garbus

This fabulous documentary isn’t just about music, or an incredible jazz singer and extraordinary pianist. It’s also about history and the civil rights movement and the power of music. She ain’t called the “High Priestess of Soul’ for nothing. Great footage and totally recommend everyone, all ages to see it.
Review at
The Swinging Cat (Sydney CBD)

I love discovering cool new little bars around town. Ones with good music, good lighting, not so loud you have to shout at your friends right next to you and really nice service. Recently I discovered this one…and not just because one of my daughters works here.
For a moment you might think you are heading into Subway, but take a turn down the stairs and you will be in a little-bar haven.
The Swinging Cat, 44 King Street, Sydney CBD (below street level)
Review on Broadsheet Sydney

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