Art Month Sydney is back for 2020, bringing Sydneysiders who are both seasoned arts lovers and those who are new to the art world into contact with some of the city’s most exciting creatives and galleries. This year’s program, which runs from March 6 to 29, is brimming with workshops, free exhibitions, studio visits and arts precinct tours.

Its signature Art at Night event takes place each Friday throughout March, with participants given a map to guide themselves through a particular suburb’s galleries, finishing up with an artsy party at the final destination. Precincts included this year are Paddington and Woollahra (March 6), East Sydney (March 13), Chippendale and Redfern (March 20), and Parramatta (March 27). An Art at Night event will also happen during the day this year, in the Waterloo and Green Square precinct on Saturday March 7.

Those who love a bit of a stickybeak might enjoy the Collectors’ Space series. From March 15 to 28, Shapiro Annex Gallery in Chippendale will exhibit rarely seen works from some of the city’s most interesting private collections. On March 28 the exhibition’s curator Rowena Talacko will sit down with some of the collectors to discuss how they got started, and how newcomers to the scene can start collections of their own.

Another panel will bring together Jed Long, co-founder of arts studio Cave Urban, and artist Angela Tiatia on March 10. They discuss how to approach making art while paying attention to sustainability, and how artists can lead the way in climate-change awareness. And on March 17, gallery owner Jerico Tracy will be joined by Russh editor-in-chief Jess Blanch. They’ll be discussing the close, often complementary, relationship between fashion and art. Another talk, on March 11, will look into why a $120,000 banana went viral at last year’s Art Basel Miami.

The Paris to Pompom: Forage to Feast event (March 26) will also combine disciplines: this time food and art. Guests will be served an eight-course vegetarian meal and drinks, and hear from forager and environmental artist Diego Bonetto; stylist, designer and self-described “weed convert” Marnee Fox; and artist Nancy Constadelia.

This year’s Saturday Walkie-Talkie program (March 14, 21) will take tour groups through secret gallery stockrooms in Green Square and East Sydney. And catch a special bus – with onboard entertainment from a performance artist – from the city to Parramatta for a peek inside some of its artist studios.

Budding artists can get their hands dirty at ceramic, jewellery and life-drawing workshops, and, as ever, Sydney’s leading galleries will be welcoming guests into their spaces for a series of world-class exhibitions.

Art Month Sydney runs from March 6 to 29 in various locations across the city.