March Pop-Up Arts Newsletter.  Back with more arts and arty ideas…

Cassandra French, Pop-Up Publicity
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March 2016 Pop-Up Arts Newsletter…
Hi Everyone. I’m back after a little break with more exhibitions, ideas and arty recommendations of things I like and love – mostly around my town (Sydney), but not always. I am loving our extended summer into autumn and trying to swim everyday when I can. We are lucky for sure to have so many great beaches. Arts March starts with Art Month Sydney & Spectrum Now Festival, recommended exhibitions this time in Sydney and a great cafe out of town. The Australian Central Desert is beautifully represented in two exhibitions and for those who love personal histories, a really lovely show is on at the State Library of New South Wales. For anyone who can’t visit, the details are all online. And the best is the big Africultures Festival on this Saturday. All free. Read on…
The desert comes to the city – on now in Sydney…
Artist Kitty Napanangka Simon painting at the Warnayaka Art Centre, Lajamanu, NT.

Kitty Napanangka Simon. Marking Memories
Until 10 April.
Special Guest to the Opening on 5 March was the Artist, Kitty Napanangka Simon, accompanied by Warnayaka Art Centre Manager, Louisa Erglis.

Kitty Napanangka Simon (b.1948) is a Warlpiri woman from Lajamanu, on the northern edge of the Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory. She is one of Mina Mina’s custodians and a keeper of Women’s Law for this remote desert landscape. Mina Mina is a sacred place to Warlpiri women. Her unique paintings, known for their quality of colour, dot and line work, are feminine and beautiful.
Interview & Review, Australian Financial Review Sat 27 Feb. Written by Steve Dow.
Cooee Art Gallery, 31 Lamrock Avenue, Bondi

Greg Weight. Old Desert Oak, 2015.  Pigment on archival paper 60x90cm, Edition 10

Greg Weight.  Temples of Stone
Until 28 March 2016.  

Opened by Special Guest Sandy Edwards, Photographer & Curator.
Greg Weight captures the night skies of the Central Desert in all their spectacular, glittering beauty. Dossing down with his swag under this luminous night canopy, often camping out alone, Greg photographs this landscape with intimate knowledge – he has been travelling to NT for many years now.  There are also daylight photographs in this series, sharply contrasting the rocky red earth of this remote desert country.
Australian Galleries, 15 Roylston Street, Paddington
Australia’s biggest African Cultural Festival…
One day only. FREE! Saturday 12 March 11am – 6pm. 

A big colourful day joyfully celebrating vibrant African communities in Sydney and across the country, coming together to celebrate different culture, food, fashion, music, performance, literature and sport.  Last year 38 out of 53 recognised African countries were represented. This year they are expecting over 40!  Now in its 8th year, Africultures is Australia’s biggest African cultural festival.  As the Director of the Festival, Fatma Mohamed, says: This is a really soulful and community based festival.  We don’t care about the colour of your skin, everyone is welcome here…and a trip to Western Sydney is a lot closer than a trip to Africa.  
Check out their website and facebook pages as loaded with info – including the performance schedule and sports tournaments.  The fashion parade at 2pm is not to miss!  And the food.
Wyatt Park, Church Street, Lidcombe
(easy access by train and bus, some street parking available)
Recommended exhibition at State Library NSW on now in Sydney…
Sally McInerney. Family Fragments
Until 08 May

When photographer and writer Sally McInerney’s aunt found a handful of half-destroyed family photographs in her garage, a labour of love was set in motion. Sally added these photographs to her own collection and the resulting artist’s book also includes eleven photos by Sally’s mother, the late Olive Cotton – one of Australia’s greatest photographers – which had never before been published. Family Fragments comprises 37 haunting solar plate etchings and handmade paper folders with beautifully handwritten inscriptions by Sally, providing a rare insight into the private lives of one of Australia’s artistic icons and her husband’s family. (Text from State Library NSW website).
State Library NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Favourite new Instagram sites to discover…
Trunk of Dresses.  Beckiy Winston

Adorable vintage dresses and skirts and accessories and a website to go to if you want to buy. I just like looking and liking.

Go Yum or Go Home.

This is their byline: ‘Based in Sydney, we’re determined to bake, eat & drink our way through recipes & kitchens everywhere with the motto – go yum or go home’. Here is a mix of great home cooking, eating out about town and great pics. This one taken at breakfast, Penny University Cafe (Canberra). Yum for sure! (no bias but it is one of my daughters and her bf btw).
Eating this month in Canberra…
Penny University Cafe – Coffee Roasters, Canberra
I had a couple of days in Canberra a few weeks ago and on our second morning found this great cafe in Kingston – and I totally recommend. Food delicious. Coffee good. Staff friendly. Atmosphere very pleasant. You can even buy freshly-roasted-on-premises-coffee, as well as inhouse made pickles and chutneys. Too good! And all very stylish.  I will definitely go back and only wish I could find a cafe like this in Darlinghurst.  Penny University Cafe – Coffee Roasters has an interesting history to its name also, based on the first coffee houses in 17thC London costing a penny to enter.
Penny University Cafe – Coffee Roasters, 15 Kennedy Street, Kingston.

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