The city’s dotted with tiny galleries, but unless you’re one of those folks who fill their weekly booze quota by swilling free wine at exhibition openings, it’s unlikely you’re a habitué of many of these little white spaces.
Luckily for you, Art Month Sydney has brought back its popular series of ‘Explore’ events. Ride the length of Bourke Street and take a guided tour of the galleries along the way, or explore the art precincts of Chippendale and Redfern, Paddington, Surry Hills or Alexandria and Waterloo before finishing with booze and music at the designated local Art Bar.
Art Cycle 1: Bourke Street Cycle Way
March 2, 11am–4pm
Precinct Night 1: Paddington/Woollahra, March 7, 6pm–10pm
Precinct Night 2: Alexandria/Waterloo, March 8, 6pm–10pm
Precinct Night 3: Surry Hills, March 15, 6pm–10pm
Precinct Night 4: Chippendale/Redfern, March 14, 6pm–10pm
Better yet, visit over 40 artist’s studios as they throw open their doors for one day only, on the Marrickville Open Studio Trail. Peek behind the scenes, see artworks in process and buy art direct from the artists.
Marrickville Open Studio Trail
March 9–10, all day
If all this art admiration is making you feel creative (or maybe you think you could do better?) then flex your creative muscles with a knife and scissors at a paper collage workshop, or try making metal printing plates as part of Art Month’s workshops series with contemporary artists.
Drawing with Scissors: a collage masterclass for adults
March 3, 2pm–5pm
Roller Printing on Metal Workshop
March 10, 10am–noon, 2pm–4pm
$40 incl. materials
If you’re in the market to buy, get an introduction to the discipline of art buying at 'My First Time', or avoid awkward Woody Allen-esque encounters by finding out essential info like how to ethically buy Indigenous art at the 'Everything you've ever wanted to know about buying Aboriginal Art *but were afraid to ask' talk.
Buy Art Tour: My First Time
March 2, 2pm–5pm
Everything you've ever wanted to know about buying Aboriginal Art *but were afraid to ask
March 9, 11am–1pm
If all else fails, go and be jealous of precociously talented creative couples at the 'Two’s Company' talks and meet six of the most inspiring women in the Sydney art scene at the 'Make a Mark' talk.
March 6, 6pm–7.30pm
Make a Mark
March 9, 3pm–5pm
Whatever you do, just go see some art – we guarantee there’ll be wine, people wearing interesting glasses and plenty of conversations worth eavesdropping on.