An installation charting some of the country’s most significant Aboriginal songlines, and a time capsule collection of art housed in a brand-new building are some of the must-see exhibitions happening in Sydney in June.
Luke Sciberras: Side of the Sky – Campbelltown Arts Centre
From June 4 until August 7, Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C) and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) are celebrating the work of local artist Luke Sciberras in Side of the Sky, a comprehensive look at his 25-year career held concurrently in the two galleries. Sciberras’s early career began at Wedderburn, an artistic community located on the outskirts of Sydney by the Georges River. Since 2000, Sciberras has lived in the historic gold mining town of Hill End. His work captures the rugged beauty of the Hill End region, a landscape that has served as a source of inspiration for esteemed Australian artists such as Russell Drysdale, Donald Friend, Margaret Olley, Brett Whiteley and John Olsen.
Walking Through a Songline – Museum of Sydney
Also known as dreaming tracks, songlines represent ancestral routes for Aboriginal Australians, intersecting spiritual, cultural and geographical knowledge passed down through generations. Songlines are fundamental to the history of the Australian continent and will be represented in an immersive exhibition at the Museum of Sydney until July 17. Walking through a Songline is a multi-sensory digital installation (commissioned by the National Museum of Australia) with light projections inspired by the foundational Seven Sisters songlines, some of the country’s most significant creation tracks.
Light and Darkness – Chau Chak Wing Museum
Light and Darkness is an exploration of late modernism featuring 70 artworks from the University of Sydney’s Power Collection, creating a “time capsule” through the sixties, seventies and eighties. The exhibition charts the evolution of social and cultural trends through these decades, starting with the 1960s’ luminal, op and kinetic works. Housed in the Chau Chak Wing Museum – a new public building designed to hold the university’s art, science, history and ancient cultures collections – the exhibition includes works by more than 60 artists, including international stars Bridget Riley and Marina Abramović, and leading local talent like Lindy Lee. The exhibition is on now until November 27.
Space in Between – 23rd Biennale of Sydney
Comprising a series of paths connecting the Biennale’s various venues – the National Art School, Museum of Contemporary Art, Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct and The Cutaway at Barangaroo – Space in Between is an “on foot” exhibition that invites us to engage in “mindful walking” and reconnect with the urban landscape, engaging with artist-created activities and recordings along the way. In Wellington Inn, Julie Gough tells the story of her ancestor, Woretemoeteyenner, who was abducted by a sealer and bore three of his children; while Tais Rose Wae invites us to pause and notice the world around us in Walking Like Water. José Roca & Juan Salazar Francisco have created an interactive “walkshop” from Walsh Bay Arts Precinct to Barangaroo Reserve, while in Waters Way, John Kelly & Rena Shein ask us to follow the path of the Tank Stream and reflect on the experience in writing. The walks are accessible for people who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices. You can visit the exhibition until June 13. Visit pop-up bar Galleria Campari at The Cutaway if you’re in need of refreshment after all that walking.
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