The way we want to experience contemporary art has evolved – the static walls of the white-cube gallery seem stale, and artistic creativity that has been categorised and boxed is old hat. Much more alive and engaging is having a combination of methods, genres and sectors that leap over, spill into and overlap with one another. Such is the premise for Art Month Sydney’s 2014 program. In its fourth year running, the festival will showcase a collection of new art experiences and cross-disciplinary collaborations set over more than 90 participating galleries and cultural venues.
Art Month artistic director Scrap Wall has chosen the theme ‘Intersections and Parallels’ and explains, “By creating new pathways for creative thinkers to connect art forms, this generation of art makers is changing the way that art is made.”
Visual Feasts will blend fine dining with art – including a bespoke, three-course dinner with chef Luke Mangan, designed to respond to artwork presented by Danks St Galleries. Screen Dreams at Golden Age Cinema and Bar in Surry Hills will marry film and art in a two-part series, inviting Sydney-based artists Heath Franco and Justine Varga to present a film they feel has significantly impacted their work.
This year’s Art Month Talks will bring to life yet more creative intersections, with artist and architect Richard Goodwin considering the connection between contemporary art and architecture, along with designer Tomek Archer and architect Philip Arnold. Editor of Harper’s Bazaar Australia Kellie Hush will lead a discussion on fashion’s influence on the art world, with photographer Derek Henderson and Art/Fashion in the 21st Century authors Alison Kubler and Mitchell Oakley Smith.
The 2014 program also sees the return of Art at Night precinct parties, Art Cycle events, open stockroom tours and the Collector’s Space pop-up gallery, which navigates the individual collecting journeys of a selection of distinctive and significant private art collections.
Art Month will run from March 1–23
Full program and event information is now available online at artmothsydney.com.au