Today in Sydney and New South Wales

The Welcome Choir
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The choir is a new lively, open, friendly, all genders, all ages singing group in Newtown for people of all singing abilities.

Theres no audition and no need to be able to read music as the songs are taught by ear. Each week, we learn a brand new song. We meet every Thursday evening but theres no pressure to attend. Drop-ins are welcome.

We offer a place that is also safe for greater diversity - people who are living rough on the streets, people of all abilities, LGBTIQ, people who are new migrants or asylum seekers - people who need to find some human connection and something beautiful to lift them up once a week. We have an open-hearted space that is breaking down some barriers that often create distance between people who are different.

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Creative movement for seniors
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Revitalizing, relaxing, guided movement exploration.
If you enjoy thinking and moving outside the box, come and rediscover vitality through the creativity of your expressive body with this friendly group. Gentle guidance will encourage your spontaneity, imagination and both mental and physical fitness.
Moving as your body wants means no prerequisite for technique or physical standard. Various abilities are catered for. Willingness to be playful is an asset.
Mature age is warmly welcomed.

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Marion Hall Best: Interiors
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This exhibition colourfully charts the work of Marion Hall Best (1905-1988), one of Australias first and most influential independent interior designers. Displayed are original furniture, fabrics, furnishings and design schemes.

Bests career spanned four decades from the mid-1930s, a period of transition from the department store decorators and art furnishers of the 1920s, to the independent professional designers of today.

Her interiors vibrated with bold colours and patterns and a signature of her commissioned interiors was her vibrant glazed painted finishes on walls and ceilings.

Best introduced the latest of international modernism in design to Australians through her shops in Rowe Street Sydney and Queen Street Woollahra. Her shops become an inspiration to the local design profession.

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Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy
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Jenny Watson is a leading Australian artist whose conceptual painting practice spans more than four decades. Curated by MCA Curator Anna Davis, this survey exhibition features works from the 1970s to the present, including examples of Watsons early realist paintings and drawings, and a number of key series of works on fabric.

Inspired by both punk and feminism, Watsons work uses distilled imagery and abbreviated text to create an intimate interior world. She has travelled widely since the 1970s and employs textiles collected on her travels as the surface for many of her paintings, which also often include collaged materials such as images from magazines, horses hair, ribbons, bows and sequins. Many of Watsons works feature self-portraits and alter egos, a cast of long-haired women, horses, ballerinas, rock guitarists and cats, who enact lifes ongoing psychodramas.

Intertwining autobiography and fiction, her work incorporates a diary-like voice that is delivered with deadpan wit and seems to relay the everyday experiences, dreams and desires of a self-proclaimed suburban girl. The relationship between text and image is central to her work, which frequently includes a small panel of hand painted text that sits alongside a larger image, undercutting or changing its meaning.

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This is a Voice
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Contemplate the power of voice before and beyond words and explore the human voice in this immersive exhibition.

Experience the human voice, how it locates us socially, geographically and psychologically. Learn how the voice is utterly flexible and can be altered with treatment and training.

Designed as an acoustic journey, delve inside vocal tracts, restless minds and speech devices to discover how meaning and emotions are conveyed through the patterns of rhythm, stress and intonation.

Blending performance, video, visuals and sound, This is a Voice presents works by artists and vocalists, punctuated by paintings, manuscripts, medical illustrations and ethnographic objects.

This is a Voice is a Wellcome Collection exhibition produced in collaboration with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS).

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Headset: Cycling art exhibition for mental health research
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Headset is a cycling art exhibition raising awareness of the positive mental health benefits of cycling. All of the art sales contribute financially to mental health research.

This is the second Headset exhibition. A dynamic mix of local and international artists explore the relationship between cycling and mental well-being. Many of their artworks are informed by a personal connection to the subject and contribute to a wider conversation about mental health. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the works will be donated to The Black Dog Institute.

Please come along and support the second series of Headset!

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Swedish Dads
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Sweden was the first country in the world to replace maternity leave with parental leave in 1974. More than 40 years later, fathers take roughly 25 per cent of the total number of days available to the couple. If fathers paternity leave continues to increase at the same pace it has kept so far during the 21st century, the use of parental leave will not be gender equal until 2040.

Swedish Dads is a photo exhibition based on portraits of fathers who choose to stay home with their babies for at least 6 months. Photographer Johan Bavman examines why these fathers have chosen to stay home with their children, what the experience has given them, and how their relationship with both their partners and their children has changed as a result. The exhibition aims to show the effects of gender equality in parenting on both individuals and society.

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The Last Resort by Anri Sala
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Transforming the Observatory Hill Rotunda, celebrated French-Albanian artist Anri Sala is creating a splendorous installation of sculpture and sound for the 33rd Kaldor Public Art Project.

Step beneath the gravity-defying ensemble of custom-built drums to experience their rhythmic, live response to a contemporary interpretation of a Mozart concerto. Set against the sights and sounds of the harbor below, the musical dialogue animates the relationship between sound, place, time and history.

To shape the intricate recorded soundscape for The Last Resort, Sala has reimagined Mozarts Clarinet Concerto in A Major, a masterpiece of the European Enlightenment. Mozarts score is upended, as if it were a message in a bottle carried from Europe across the ocean to Australia, affected by wind and waves.

Vibrant and enchanting, The Last Resort promises a sensory onrush amidst sweeping views of Sydneys treasures. Take a stroll to Observatory Hill and surrender to the poetic beauty.

This artwork is part of Art and About Sydney, an ongoing year-round program of temporary art projects in unusual spaces produced by City of Sydney. The project is presented by Kaldor Public Art Projects, a non-profit organisation that has created groundbreaking art projects in public spaces since 1969. It was co-commissioned with partners Esther Schipper (Berlin) and Marian Goodman Gallery (New York and Paris).

About Anri Sala

Anri Salas works of film, sculpture and installation create poetic analogies that reflect on life and culture from different frames of experience. Past works have traversed European contexts, from his hometown, Tirana, Albania, to Germany and France where he has spent much of his adult life. His artworks often creatively pair image with sound, and explore the choreographic potential of musical instruments and their performers.

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Sydney Craft Week
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Be part of Sydney Craft Week, bringing together Sydneys contemporary craft community in a city-wide festival for the very first time.

Led by the Australian Design Centre and supported by an advisory group of craft sector professionals, Sydney Craft Week brings together contemporary craft organisations and individuals as part of a ten-day festival.

Sydney Craft Week will showcase the citys textile artists, ceramicists, metalsmiths, jewellery-makers, glass artists, timber/furniture makers, leather-crafters, paper artists, Indigenous artists and other makers, designers and craft practitioners.

Call for expressions of interest

Cultural institutions, galleries, retailers, universities, art and design schools, collectives, groups and individuals are invited to propose exhibitions, events, talks and workshops. This could also include live demonstrations, markets and retail events, open studios, interactive or immersive installations, cross-disciplinary projects, and projects that incorporate food and/or drink, or otherwise engage the senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell).

Submissions close 26 July.

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Gapu-Monuk Saltwater
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The exhibition Gapu-Monuk Saltwater Journey to Sea Country recognising Indigenous Sea Rights. It acknowledges the significant story of the Yolu people of northeast Arnhem Land and their fight for recognition of Indigenous Sea Rights and the Blue Mud Bay legal case.

In essence it is a display of Yirrkala Bark Paintings of Sea Country also known as the Saltwater Collection. 47 Yolu artists petitioned for sea rights by painting their Sea Countries onto bark and revealing sacred patterns or designs known as minytji, that were created by Ancestral Beings.

This stunning exhibition will also include Mokuy (spirit) carvings, Larrakitj (mortuary pole paintings on hollowed trees), lipalipa (dugout canoe) and other traditional and contemporary works.

Yolu artists from fifteen clans and eighteen homeland communities in east Arnhem Land created the sacred paintings in a response initiated by Madarrpa clan leader Djambawa Marawili in 1997, following his indignation at discovering illegal fishing on a sacred site in his clan estate.

Gapu-Monuk Saltwater reveals sacred clan designs demonstrating enduring connection to specific sea country. The Yirrkala Bark Paintings of Sea Country are as historic as they are sacred, as they will never be produced again.

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Container
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An exciting outdoor exhibition that explores the history and impact of one of the 20th centurys most important innovations: the humble shipping container.

Colourful metal boxes will be scattered like giant Lego pieces in what will be the Australian National Maritime Museums very first outdoor exhibition. Each box will reveal the secrets of how the shipping container has shaped our modern world, changing the way we produce, shop, eat, work and live.

Ubiquitous, standardised and universal, its easy to take the shipping container for granted. But some economists say this unassuming box has done more for global trade than every trade agreement signed over the past 50 years.

The container revolution began with the sailing of the Ideal-X in 1956, and in just over a decade had the makings of a global phenomenon as shipping became cheaper and faster than ever before. After more than 70 years, the sturdy container has stood the test of time, with up to 35 million on the ocean today.

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Sydney Open
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Sydney Open invites you to explore Sydneys most significant, historic and architecturally inspiring buildings and tour secret spaces usually off-limits to the general public.

This years program features long-standing highlights, from the late 20th century brutalist Sydney Masonic Centre (1974, tower 2004), the Harry Seidler designed Grosvenor Place (1988), to the earliest surviving synagogue in Sydney Thomas Rowe-designed The Great Synagogue (1878) and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks (1817-19).

These architectural favorites will be presented alongside buildings in this years focus precinct which extends from Central and Redfern to Eveleigh. It includes heritage sites throughout the Australian Technology Park and the old Eveleigh Rail Yards (1888) in Wilson Street where a successful adaptive reuse of this site by architects tonkin zulaikha greer in 2006 saw the spaces become home to the contemporary multi-arts space Carriageworks. Go behind the scenes at Carriageworks and take a look inside the rarely accessed Eveleigh Paint Shop.

The Focus Tour program will give audiences access to some of Sydneys most in-demand spaces including the St James Tunnels, the Sydney Opera House and Central Station Clock Tower.

For anyone curious about their city, save the date for this a weekend-long celebration of living architecture.

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Threatened species children's art
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These artworks reveal childrens emotional connection with native plants and the birds, insects and animals that depend on them.

These surprising and thought provoking creations by 5 to 12 year olds give us insights into our vanishing native species, and encourages us to help protect them.

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China National Symphony Orchestra
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The China National Symphony Orchestra will tour to Australia this year performing one concert only. Over 100 musicians make up this exceptional orchestra under the baton of the CNSOs renowned chief conductor Li Xincao. The concert also features violinist Lu Siqing, the first Asian prizewinner of the Paganini Competition.

The China National Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1956, is regarded as one of the most outstanding orchestras in the world. The CNSO has made significant contribution in promoting and developing the art of symphonic music in China, introducing audiences to a large repertoire of classical, romantic, modern and contemporary orchestral works by both Western and Asian composers.

The CNSOhas performed with many world-leading artists including conductor Herbert von Karajan, Eugene Ormandy, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, David Zinman, Michel Plasson, and well-known guest instrumentalists David Oistrakh, Isaac Stern, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Li Yundi, Wang Yuja and Han-Na Chang. The ensemble has also performed with vocalists Giuseppe Giacomini, Jose Carreras, and Kathleen Battle.

The CNSO has undertaken international tours to the US, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Spain, Mexico, Japan, and cities known as classical music metropolises.

The orchestra is a sophisticated musical group with vigorous sounds and excellent technique. The Times (UK).

The orchestra is a solid, energetic and meticulously drilled ensemble. The Washington Post.

For the 2017 Australian tour, the CNSO will perform a selection of masterpieces including The Fantasies SymphoniquesFarewell My Concubine composed by Guan Xia, Violin ConcertoThe Butterfly Lovers composed by He Zhanhao and Chen Gang and Tchaikovskys Symphony No. 4 in f minor.

This is a unique opportunity for Sydney audiences to experience exquisite music. Witness the supreme skill and artistry of the China National Symphony Orchestra.

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Songs of My Country with Vienna Boys' Choir
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Following the Gondwana Indigenous Childrens Choirs European tour in May, the Vienna Boys Choir travels to Sydney and Cairns to perform with GICC and the Sydney Childrens Choir.

The cross-cultural concerts feature both Australian and European works, including the world premiere of a work by Owen Elsley and collaborator Gudju Gudju based on a Dreaming story of the Yidinji nation in the Cairns region. Commissioning this work was made possible by a grant from the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a partnership between the Queensland Government and Cairns Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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Mervyn Bishop
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This exhibition includes many of Mervyn Bishops now-iconic images, spontaneous shots that derive from his career as a press photographer and intimate moments with his family and friends.

All pieces are drawn from the Art Gallery of NSWs collection.

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Grounded
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See the latest from celebrated artists and National Art School alumni. View work by this years Archibald and Sulman prize winners, Mitch Cairns and Joan Ross. Also see the dynamic practices of Karla Dickens, Newell Harry, Jumaadi, James Nguyen, Addison Marshall and Justine Varga.

Curated by Judith Blackall, Grounded showcases a range of courageous approaches in contemporary art, along with experimental attitudes and original thinking. These artists are distinguished by their depth and breadth of concepts.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year
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Take a journey into the secret places of the world around us. Witness the extraordinary talent of photographers who travel to the ends of the earth to capture the fleeting moments that say so much about the majesty of nature - and often, our complicated place in it.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year, run by the Natural History Museum in London, is a global celebration of the worlds very best nature photography.

Judged by a panel of international experts, winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. The competition is open to the worlds top professionals, as well as amateurs who sometimes create big surprises!

Be captivated as we showcase the years top 100 photos, selected from almost 50,000 entries, across 95 countries.

On display, youll see the 52nd years winning entry, up close.

Youll also be able to enter and vote for our local Sydneys Choice award.

Be inspired. Reconnect with the wonder of nature through the magic of photography.

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Charlotte Haywood: Green Asylum
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Green Asylumis a large-scale experimental textile and video installation. The work blurs the boundaries between tapestry weaving and architecture, landscape and language by multi-disciplinary creative Charlotte Haywood.

Haywoods architectural tapestry and video works tell stories within the Australian landscape seeking narrative and language from the past, present and future. Her work is influenced by ephemeral, temporary and sacred shelters, specifically the structures of Indigenous Australia, Asia, Euro-centric steeples and refugee tents from which she creates multi-threaded and multi-narrative architectural forms.

Opening night: 17 August, 6pm-8pm.

Green Asylumwill be opened on the same time as Fracture: Differences.

Opening night speaker:
Professor Jennifer L. Biddle, Director Visual Anthropology and Visual Culture, National Institute for Experimental Art (NIEA), UNSW Art and Design.

Numbers are limited for this event. Please RSVP.

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Kensington Street Festival Village
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Kensington Street, Chippendale will be abuzz throughout September as it is transformed into the official Sydney Fringe Festival Village.

2 amazing pop-up spaces will host 20 nights of entertainment,with dinner and show packages on offer to make a visit to the Village a truly satisfying evening.

Kensington Street Festival Village will be enlivened as a forum for creativity and provocation, a feasting spot for the ravenous and will become a home away from home for Fringe nomads.

The village will host the Fringe Ignite opening on Saturday 2 September.

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Fracture: Differences
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Fracture: Differences is a visual conversation between architectural photographer Shannon McGrath and digital craftsperson Marcus Piper. The exhibition explores the interplay of light in abstract spatial environments.

For the past 15 years, interior and architectural photographer, Shannon McGrath, has been making a body of work titled Fracture, exploring light, space and the way the body experiences an environment. In a direct response, digital craftsperson, Marcus Piper, has applied a personal approach to McGraths work based on two decades of exploration into the way analogue and digital blend with an industrial approach to graphic design, something he titles Differences.

Opening night: 17 August 6pm-8pm.

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Charming Confusion
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Charming Confusion showcases astounding art personally curated by leading artist Guan Wei and Vermilion Art Director Yeqin Zuo.

The line-up includes Australias leading contemporary artist Tim Johnson, contemporary gong bi (traditional Chinese painting technique) leading artist Jin Sha, Gen-Y artist Louise Zhang, Chinese-ink painter Yang Xifa and the well-established Guan Wei.

Be transported between oriental mysticism, philosophical thinking, to playful colours of grotesque inspiration. Charming Confusion is an experience of an aesthetic responses on contemplating a work of art. These five artists all have the experience of living and working in different countries.

In their interactions and collisions with new cultures and ethnic groups, they continue to experience separateness and assimilation. These artists all have taken an active and experimental approach to the artistic exploration of their new environment. And they have achieved a Charming Confusion.

Opening reception: 10 August from 6.30pm to 8pm.

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The Public Body .02
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The second in a three-part speculation on one idea. The Public Body .02 brings together the work of over forty artists and collectives from the 1970s to the present, integrating the archival and the contemporary to draw connections between works across decades.

Extending on The Public Body .01s exploration of contemporary representations of the body, the second iteration delves deeper to highlight a range of practices embedded in feminist, queer and anti-racist subjectivities. It is concerned with revisioning certain biased histories and modes of representation.

Francis Als, Brook Andrew, Farida Batool, Del Kathryn Barton, Vivienne Binns, Leigh Bowery, Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser, Christine Dean, Ella Dreyfus, Regina Jose Galindo, Amala Groom, Samuel Hodge, Geumhyung Jeong, Kate Just, Samson Kambalu, Deborah Kelly, Barbara Kruger, Radha La Bia, Pat Larter, Richard Larter, Leigh Ledare, Gary Lee, Lip, Teresa Margolles, Dani Marti, Chris Mason, Ebecho Muslimova, Rabbya Naseer and Hurmat Ul Ain, Tracey Rose, Patrick Staff, A.L. Steiner, Sunday School, Martine Syms, VNS Matrix, Gillian Wearing, David Wojnarowicz, Womens Domestic Needlework Group, William Yang, Cao Yu.

Curated by Talia Linz and Alexie Glass-Kantor.

Visitors please note that this exhibition contains strong language, nudity and explicit imagery. Artspace advises that all minors should be accompanied by a supervising adult.

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Passion and procession
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Passion and procession brings together painting, sculpture, video and installation works from ten contemporary Filipino artists. They reveal their very personal responses to faith, history, politics and life in the Philippines.

The works draw on folk mythology, family archives, nature and religious ceremony to reconsider established narratives of history and nation. The artists have used found as well as ritual objects, plant specimens and symbols of precolonial histories to address the ambiguities of faith and science, social inequality and relationship to place. In doing so, they demonstrate a belief in the potential of art to inspire, heal and effect social change.

The artists include Santiago Bose, Marina Cruz, Alfredo Esquillo Jr, Nona Garcia, Renato Habulan, Geraldine Javier, Mark Justiniani, Alwin Reamillo, Norberto Roldan and Rodel Tapaya.

Accompanying their works is a selection of textiles and sculptural objects from the Philippines given to the Gallery in 2005 by Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter.

This exhibition is part of the Bayanihan Philippine Art Project, a collaboration between the Art Gallery of NSW, Blacktown Arts Centre, Mosman Art Gallery, Peacock Gallery (Auburn) and Campbelltown Arts Centre in association with Museums and Galleries of NSW. The project celebrates the art and culture of the Philippines through a series of exhibitions, performances, creative writing and community programs across multiple venues.

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A Museum Of Magic
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The history of magic as an art form has been shrouded in mystery in order to protect its secrets, often being handed down verbally from magician to magician. But in this secret museum of Sydney, this history of wonder and knowledge comes to life.

The Australian Museum of Magical Arts is set within the secret walls and corridors of The Magicians Cabaret Theatre. Through personal objects, photos and films, personal mementos, secret plans, books and artefacts, you can learn about the mind of a magician and the fascinating role magic has played in cultures.

This museum may be small, but it is packed with information and inspiration. Not just about revealing secrets. By discovering the role magic has played in movies, in war, even in history, you will also experience not just wonder but the beauty of imagination.

You will feel like you are searching, or travelling for the purpose of discovery.

Bookings essential.

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Here I Stand
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Keen to discover more about The Reformation and Martin Luthers involvement? Why was the sharing of knowledge - through the written word and music - so important to so many?

It is fitting that the poster boy of the Reformation, Martin Luther, is being commemorated with a poster exhibition at St Andrews Cathedral. The exhibition is part of a global showcase observing the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church in Germany.

The Very Rev. Kanishka Raffel, Dean of Sydney, invites anyone, especially those interested in history and Protestant Christianity, to come and discover what framed the Reformation. Take inspiration from the life of the man who did not bow to corrupt authority or prevailing opinions: Martin Luther.

By considering the dynamics for reform that took hold after Luther published his 95 theses, we can better understand the far-reaching consequences of Luthers actions in the 16th century, commented the Dean.

We are delighted that the cathedral is involved in this exhibition, encouraging Sydneysiders and visitors alike to be part of an ongoing global conversation.

Luthers role in translating, printing and sharing the Word of God directly to and with the people was central to the Reformation. However, there are many more outcomes from Reformation history that have continuing expression in modern society, said the Dean.

We hope that those who visit the cathedral take some time to view these beautiful, informative posters to discover why the Reformation happened, and reflect on its importance.

While this very modern exhibition - comprising 30 carefully researched information graphics - is self-guided in design, cathedral volunteers will be available to answer questions.

The exhibition shows the most important events in the history of the Reformation, and its effects up to the present day.

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Salon des Refuses
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The Salon des Refuses was initiated by the S.H. Ervin Gallery in 1992 in response to the large number of works unsuccessfully entered into the Archibald Prize. The Archibald Prize is one of Australias most high profile and respected awards which attracts hundreds of entries each year. The S.H. Ervin Gallerys alternative selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney art scene.

Each year, our panel is invited to go behind the scenes of the judging process for the Archibald Prize for portraiture and Wynne Prize for landscape painting and figure sculpture at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Our panel curates an exhibition from the many hundreds of works entered in both prizes but not chosen for the official award exhibition. The criteria for works selected in the Salon are quality, diversity, humour and innovation. Of the 822 Archibald Prize entries, the AGNSW Trustees selected 43. From 753 Wynne Prize entries, AGNSW Trustees selected 42 works. From the remaining submissions, our selectors have chosen the 53 works for this alternative exhibition.

The Salon des Refuses exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery has established an excellent reputation that rivals the selections of the official exhibition. Works are selected for quality, diversity, humour and experimentation that examine contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and responses to the landscape.

Visitors to the annual Salon des Refuses exhibition can vote for their favourite artwork in the Holding Redlich Peoples Choice Award.

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The Inquisitive Observer
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Four long time artist friends, separated by distance, borders and continents, come together every second year, to show their recent works.

Their continuing and shared investigation of sense making and place making is a common concern. Not only with many of their peer group, but undoubtedly with that of their audiences, especially in these present uncertain times.

Artists: Anna Eymont, Jo-anne Fuller, Myriam Kin-Yee and Heather Towns.

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Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival 2017
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Underbelly Arts Festival is a two-day, no holds barred presentation and celebration of contemporary Australian art in all its forms. Come and explore 21 ambitious new projects spanning installation, performance, dance, sound, visual art, intervention, digital art, radical opera, architecture, activist and participatory practices and everything in between.

Also make sure to take time to cure all your culinary cravings with a pit stop at our food and drinks precinct The Eatery; get crafty at our Sunday Funderbellyprogram for kids and families; and get your party on at the Opening Night Partyheadlined by Habits (Melbourne), alongside Gussy and Jikuroux.

In the lead up the to Festival get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into experimental artists practices at the Lab, a two-week creative development period prior to the Festival filled with tours and exciting events to get the creative juices flowing.

Your ticket to Underbelly Arts Festival gives you an all-access-pass to both Festival days, all Lab behind-the-scenes tours and events, and with a combo ticket, access to the Opening Night Party as well!

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Threatened Species Children's Art Competition
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The 2017 Threatened Species Childrens Art Competition helps children unleash their artistic creativity while learning about the extinction crisis facing our native plants and animals. It is open to all children 5 to 12 years in NSW until 4 August.

Entering is simple and straightforward. Each child chooses one of more than 1000 threatened species in NSW to research, then draw or paint. Entries can be submitted via our website, or posted to us. 2017 winners will be announced at Parliament House Sydney on 7 September, Threatened Species Day.

There will be prizes in age categories 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years and 11 to 12 year olds. Special prizes for Most Unusual Entry and Best Group Work Entry, and a prize for Best Written Explanation.

Were not just looking for artistic skill, but for surprising and thought-provoking interpretations and for an emotional connection with the species.

This year, part of the exhibition will be held in the Botanic Garden Sydney and part will be held in the Surry Hills Community Centre.

Childrens inspiring and challenging creations deliver the message that we need to cherish and protect our threatened native plants and animals, and reconnect to the environment which sustains and nurtures us.

Entries open until 4 August. Exhibition runs from 8-30 September. Visit website for details.

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Life drawing competition
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Monthly life drawing competition.

3 artists, 3 hours, 1 model.

Contact us for more details.

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Graeme Endean: Textura Urbanus
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Graeme Endean: Textura Urbanusis a must-see in person. Be taken back by the technical genius behind his work. He is a master high-warp weaver that has dedicated his life to this medieval technique in tapestry. He is one of the very few artists that have a background in high-warp weaving, a European practice that he carries throughout his collections of works. Graeme Endeans body of work has many different size and themes but all are cohesive in technique.

In this series Wild Style, he will be exhibiting at ArtSHINE Gallery, Graeme Endean uses the same method of meditative state that it takes to capture a vision and transform it into a new style. This exhibition will be a blend of high warp tapestries and his multi-functional sculptures that are rustic and yet stylize. The Wild Style series is created with metal, found objects, retrieved and repurposed objects and he forms them into artworks with similar techniques that he does with tapestry. Graeme Endean is inspired by the urban environment of Sydney city and the inner west. You can feel this texture of his reflect the busy and industrial influence of the city in his artworks.

Voltaires poignant conclusion is as pertinent today for humanity as it was for Candide and his companions after their misadventures to Eldorado and back. With the present dilemmas of climate change, loss of species, peak oil and water, we need to turn around our destructive ways and develop a nurturing attitude towards the planet. Graeme Endean.

Artists reception September 9 from 2pm to 4pm.
3 course long lunch September 17 from 1pm to 3pm. Private viewing and a great way to meet with wonderful food.

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Opus
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Opus, Twisted Elements bizarre and dazzling experiential dance production, premiered in June 2017. Audiences experienced first-hand immersive dance theatre designed around the ever-entwining relationship between human and machine, organic and synthetic, real and unreal. Cyborg characters adorned in lights, vacuous space age barbies and combat robots immerse you into a futuristic world full of surrealism, hilarious metaphors and hypnotic beauty. The dancers looped in and out of the audience, coaxing them to become part of the experience, all the while surprising them continuously with redirection of attention and theme.

The company has presented a number of works in Sydney theatres between 2010 and 2014. The ensemble is building success as an independent dance company, recognised for its unique and thought-provoking style and strong visual aesthetic.

Opus is the work that has relaunched the company in the direction of immersive, interactive and experiential dance.

After a very popular premiere, Opus is back by high demand, completely reworked for the incredible PACT Theatre at the Sydney Fringe Festival.

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Diving for Pearls
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Katherine Thomsons story about aspiration and reinvention is one of the great Australian plays. Set in Wollongong during the economic rationalism of the 80s, Diving for Pearls remains startlingly relevant. The political decisions of that time planted the seeds of divide we continue to witness between those with opportunity and those without.

With the town she grew up in changing all around her, Barbara is determined to change with it. Dreaming of a way out, she sets her sights on landing a job at one of the new resorts popping up all over town. Meanwhile, her partner Den is having change forced upon him. The steelworks hes worked at his whole life has been sold and Den must reinvent himself to survive. The arrival of Barbaras daughter, Verge, just might be the thing that tips Barbara and Den over the edge.

Helpmann Award-winning actor, the great Ursula Yovich stars as Barbara. This is a character as significant in the history of Australian theatre as Willy Loman is in Americas.

Live captioned performance Tuesday 17 October at 7pm.

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Wet Paint
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Wet Paint at Canvas Bar.

Theme for this competition is Winter.

3 artists. 3 canvases. 3hours.

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Winning Sky Photos
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See 23 spectacular award-winning photographs of the night sky from the last 12 months. Theyre judged by world-renowned astrophotographer Dr David Malin.

Among the photographs on display is the stunning image showcasing a special evening above Calverts Beach in Tasmania as red airglow hits the sky.

Other photographs on display show the three distinct nebulae in the Tail of Scorpius, comets travelling close to earth, stunning mosaics capturing the brightest part of our Milky Way, the Emu amongst several other significant stars, constellations and clusters, plus so much more.

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Spring Walk in the Garden
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Wander through the Royal Botanic Garden to see the seasonal flowers on display along our famous spring walk. First planted in 1855, it is the oldest continuous horticultural display in the country.

The horticultural staff have carefully selected plants to evoke an English spring garden in an Australian climate.

This year, the spring planting is a cottage mixture and will be in bloom from mid-August providing a spectacular spring display. Keep an eye out for stock in the early part of the season for their lovely scent and ranunculus in the latter part of the season for their bright colours.

The Spring Walk roundabout will be a mass of red flanders poppies.

See different seasonal flowers and plants at their best. Also view stunning blooms on the wonderful varieties of wisteria, flowering peach, plum, cherry and magnolia lining the Spring Walk and brightening Lion Gate Lodge.

Also spectacular in spring is the flowering meadow near the Garden Shop. It will be a sea of magnificent blue from the lakspur nestled amongst the marigolds.

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City Walls #1: To be free is to have no fear
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City Walls is a series of surprise street art projects brought to you by Art and About Sydney and Elliott Routledge of Funstudio.

The first artwork in the brand new City Walls project, To be free is to have no fear, is a colourful work by artist Nadia Hernandez behind Customs House on Loftus Lane. Nadia works by creating the work as a paper cut artwork in a smaller scale, then translates it to the wall.

A multidisciplinary artist and designer based in Sydney, Nadia Hernandez was born in Merida, Venezuela. Her practice continues to orbit and explore Venezuelan folklore, using collage, craft, design and text to reflect on the intersecting ideologies of social and political change.

Hernandez has had both solo and group exhibitions across the country and has created site-specific works in Sydney for cultural hubs such as The Thousands and Golden Age Cinema. Her work is held in private collections throughout Australia, New York, London, Luxembourg, Barcelona, and Japan.

Watch out for more City Walls in the coming months springing up in an ever-changing Sydney.

Visit Nadias, Elliotts, or the Funstudio website and Nadia or Elliotts Instagram.

About Art and About

Our city shines in every season, and now Art and About Sydney allows to you celebrate each one with our ongoing program.

After 13 years of a festival-style program that jam-packed one month with temporary public art, were committing to a year-long calendar of creativity.

Explore the current program

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Art Play
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Drop in on Wednesdays between 10am-Midday and get ready to playas you and your tot discover artist Kate Beynons interactive artwork Room of Lucky Charms (2017).

Have fun exploring a range of exhibition related games and toys, settle in to the story corner and read a book and join in at music time for a sing along.

Ages 0-5
Drop in, we welcome a $5 donation per family

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Hilarie Mais
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Hilarie Mais was born in the UK and lives and works in Sydney. Her work is characterised by a deep interest in the grid and its expressive possibilities. She makes abstract constructions and paintings that merge the formal structure of the grid with an interest in more organic forms found in nature.

Mais has been making work since the 1970s, influenced in part by her interest in the history of abstraction - in particular mid-20th century English constructivism, as well as later American minimalism including the work of Agnes Martin.

Maiss work brings together formal geometry with biological and cellular structures to generate subtle visual experiences that are broadened expressively through the highly personalised application of paint. As such, the apparent formality of her works is undercut by emotional truth and underpinned by an organic and intimate sensibility, whilst the handmade quality of the works functions to personalise, even feminise abstraction.

This exhibition brings together and presents a range of key works by Hilarie Mais made over the last decade.

The exhibition is co-curated by Blair French and Manya Sellers.

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