Most of the events at the not-for-profit Art Month are free and make engaging in Sydney’s art community accessible and easy for everyone, from art-world newbies to old hands.
The festival’s Art at Night series is once again a cornerstone of Art Month, with several city precincts – including Parramatta, Chippendale and Redfern – hosting walking tours of local galleries, installations, immersive experiences and pop-up bars after dark. Highlights include the Green Square Art Afternoon at Sullivan & Strumpf, where a group of young artists – currently training with Sydney Dance Company – are performing in response to an exhibition by Lindy Lee. The afternoon finishes with a shindig at brewery Atomic Beer Project. And the self-guided Chippendale and Redfern Art at Night program culminates at Central Park Mall on The Green, with a program curated by 107 Projects and Central Park Mall featuring large-scale projections by artist Blak Douglas, a pop-up bar with food and drink, and live performances.
The Collectors Space event returns, with some of Sydney’s top private collectors revealing key artworks from their troves. Tie-in events include a panel about starting your own collection and an exhibition of under-represented artists from Parramatta Artists’ Studios.
As ever, Art Month involves an edible element. This year it takes the form of an eight-course vegetarian degustation using ingredients foraged by Diego Bonetto ($150) at Galerie Pompom in Chippendale, and an after-hours conversation between Lill Colgan, one of Parramatta Artists’ Studios’ exhibiting artists, and artist-curator Sidney McMahon at Paramount House Hotel, accompanied by snacks and wine.
At Woolloomooloo gallery Artspace, guests get an insight into the works of three acclaimed female artists, and at Gallery Lane Cove visitors can participate in a “clay date” ($50) where they’re guided in basic clay-shaping techniques and work together to create one clay sculpture as a group.