October Arts News. What’s on around town, out of town, look, listen, watch, walk…

Exhibitions on now in the galleries or online, a few secret Sydney walks, drives, good reads, podcasts and a little nature. I hope you’ll find a few good ideas here …

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October arts…
Hi Everyone.
Some of us are a little freer to move about now, but we all remain cautious I hope. I love that galleries are opening up, restaurants, bars and cafes. Only a few libraries though – I did go to return my library books last week (I got an overdue notice) only to find my local closed. That was a heavy schlep for no good reason.
Walking, swimming and little day trips have been enjoyable. Being in nature, however we can, is always good. I love a drive and exploring new places – short drives, long daytrip drives, overnight drives, longer drives. Walks around town have been great with lots of new discoveries within 15km of Sydney’s cbd. I have a group of friends who are all expert at finding these incredible walking tracks right in the city, where you feel like you are in mountain rainforests. Go exploring Sailors Bay Track, Flatrock Gully to the Walter Burley Griffin Incinerator (restored and now a cafe and gallery), Northbridge, Castlecrag, Willoughby and Roseville – incredible and beautiful walks. You wouldn’t know you are in the city – I included a couple of my own below in Secret Sydney. Because they are urban tracks, there are some truly amazing architectural homes, old and new, to ‘awe’ at. Walter Burley Griffin houses aplenty – but then some modern gems that take your breath away. Then there are the others…
A few months back my partner Gary and I did a few days away to Canberra, travelling via Gunning (brunch – there are only two options), to Yass (coffee), via Murrumbateman way to Canberra. This was a beautiful and relaxing way to hit that big ol’ Capital town for two nights. We stopped at wineries along the way and stocked up too. Stayed at the Hotel Kurrajong, which was great – spot the politician and tv journalist seemed to be on – and it was so cold we were scraping ice off the windscreen in the mornings. I chat about a few exhibitions we saw below. Visiting the National Portrait Gallery (terrific gift shop) – where I proudly saw my friend and neighbour Andy Baker’s pic of Bruce Pascoe in the National Portrait Prize – and The National Gallery are a must. All close together to walk around and an easy walk back to the Hotel.
On now is the Bankstown Biennale until 21 November – Symbiosis, with featured work by environmental artist, Bonita Ely And on your gallery walk around Darlinghurst, be sure to include Kim Carpenter at ARO Gallery (more below) Stanley Street Gallery (contemporary jewellery until 23 Oct) around the corner and King Street Gallery on William (Wendy Sharpe until 24 Oct) up the hill.
Coming up in November are a couple of arts festivals to track. Head On Photo Festival will be a pared back festival to add to their online festival earlier this year and NAIDOC Week begins 8th November, with events everywhere, across the country, so check out their website
Three photography websites to discover and explore – all very different: Robyn Stacey, Helen Grace, Mayu Kanimori.
New fave shop discovery is Glass Et Cetera in Crown Street, Surry Hills – the colour and vintage collection of glassware and ceramics is gorgeous and the owner, Jenny, a dynamo. She also teaches ikebana.
New fave recipes – all come from sharing family dinner pics around town and across the world, via WhatsApp, with my Swiss-French extended family.
Trip Plans, this weekend, heading to Bangalow in the Byron hinterland to meet up with my sisters – flying to Ballina – and in a few weeks to the Blue Mountains for a weekend with friends.
Otherwise, riding my bike when I can, yoga on Saturday mornings outside in the park (the best tonic, especially with such a wonderful group), work, writing, walking, watching (I have to get stuck into my Flickerfest 2021 pre-selection) – all continue.
There is lots to read here. Click away on links if you don’t feel like reading, or grab details from the top of the posts. If we didn’t have art and nature and friendship – and books – what would be the point of it all?
Until next time


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