What do you love about Sydney? What would you fight to protect? In this ONE NIGHT ONLY ART EXTRAVAGANZA, 25 of Australia’s greatest artists, designers, illustrators and visual explorers share their loves by creating an original poster artwork - and you can take a slice of it home with you!
SYDNEY LOVERS is a celebration and fundraiser in support of the Clover Moore Independent Team, standing in the City of Sydney local government election on September 10. SYDNEY LOVERS is curated by Jess Scully, who is standing as a candidate for councillor on the Clover Moore Independent Team: all proceeds from the night will go towards funding this crucial campaign to keep Sydney independent, progressive and creative.
Posters will be lovingly handprinted by Aisle6ix Industries, Sydney’s bespoke screen-printing studio, and displayed at amBUSH gallery, where you’re invited to have a drink, listen to some Sydney tunes, get an original t-shirt printed live on the night, bid on some incredible auction items and the creative raffle-of-the-year.
The posters were in editions of 10, at $100 each.
Original posters on sale, created by:
Elin Matilda Andersson, Joel Cameron, Collider, Lance Corlett from Steady Hand Studio, Jess Cruickshank, Blak Douglas, Nowhere Famous, Vince Frost, Arielle Gamble, Nadia Hernandez, Emily Hunt, Luca Ionescu, Jumbo, Deborah Kelly, Little Moon Studio, Mini Graff, Numskull, Ngaio Parr, Daryl Prondoso, Matt Roden, Struthless, Toby and Pete, Emi Ueoka for Lost Art + We Buy Your Kids,
With auction items from
James Jirat Patradoon, Gemma O'Brien, Will Coles + More
What drives you? The Cusp asked me to spend some time with some of Australia's most interesting, motivated creative talents, communicators and sports people, finding out what gets them out of bed on the tough days, how they make impact, craft new projects, and make collaboration work.
In a spin on Carpool Karaoke, I jumped in my trusty Toyota Yaris and ferried six delightful people around the city, learning a bit about them along the way. You can watch my conversations with musician Ta-ku (one of my all time faves), actor and activist Jess Tovey,dance maker Amrita Hepi, yogi Caroline Groth, Olympian Jess Fox and Beard Season founder Jimmy Niggles.
In my second week, I explored Scent of Sydney by artist Cat Jones, and Manifesto by Julian Rosefeldt.
I’ve heard that our sense of smell is the one most closely aligned with memory, and I think that’s true: when I’m in Chippendale, or walking along Broadway, the old CUB Brewery aroma wafts out of the past like a ghost. The heavy, yeasty brewing mist that used to hang over the suburb until the early 2000s is still there, lurking down a drain or resting in the branches of a tree, waiting for the right breeze to set it free.
In my third week, I visited Vernon Ah Kee's Not An Animal Or A Plant, and Walan Yinaagirbang (‘Strong Women’ in Wiradjuri) at Firstdraft, an exhibition of work by eight female Indigenous artists brought together by curator Emily McDaniel.
Penny Evans’ works are captivating: shells and stamps, fibres, cheap plastic twine, surrounding ceramics enhanced with the sharp, poisonous quills of an echidna. Paola Balla’s Mok Mokphotography series is celebratory and menacing at once, seeking protection in suburbia by calling out the spirits that linger. This exhibition is a celebration of defiance and a powerful creative resistance: of artists adapting old skills to tell new stories, recording loss and resurgence.
In my final week blogging for Time Out, I went to some of my favourite art bars (I know, I know, it was a tough gig) and considered the connection between nightlife and a city's creative energy:
In these ‘cultural capitals’, after dark watering holes and party playgrounds are not optional extras, they’re at the foundation – places where artists and creative thinkers work, meet, test out ideas and invent the new. If we want Sydney to be a place that generates new thinking, we need to champion places where people can let go, meet each other, and experiment (creatively) in public.
Image: EXIT by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro at UNSW Galleries as part of #SydFest, open till March 26. Photograph: Prudence Upton