Art & About Sydney is now in its 13th year, and is produced by City of Sydney Events.
- The 2013 festival, which had the theme private lives… public places, featured gigantic neon snails, an illuminated maze of mirrors and a playful tribute to the humble pedestrian icon.
- Super group The Break, made up of members of Midnight Oil, Hunters and Collectors and US rockers The Violent Femmes performed at Friday Night Live.
- Snailovation by the Cracking Art Group saw 24 gigantic neon snails make their way across some of Sydney’s most iconic public spaces – including Martin Place, Hyde Park and Customs House Square.
- Hyde Park South became mesmerising maze of mirrors with FIELD, a stunning outdoor artwork created by New Zealand architects, Out Of The Dark and Fresh Concept.
- Fresh from their sold-out European tour, Australian dance company Shaun Parker and Co. brought three inner-city playgrounds to life with SPILL, a series of interactive live performances for kids.
- Sydneysiders were invited to step into another world with I Think I Can, an innovative interactive installation by Performance Space and the Australian Model Railway Association.
- Friday Night Live launched the festival with live performances from The Bamboo’s, Van She & Rufus
- I Wish You Hadn’t Asked is a typical suburban home outside Hyde Park Barracks asked people to put on a raincoat and enter a house that continuously rained on the inside by Artist James Dive & The Glue Society
- Emergence – some of Sydney’s oldest trees in Hyde Park came to life after dark illuminated by the giant ghostly faces by Craig Walsh in collaboration with the Australian Museum
- Last Drinks by ESEM Projects recreated the famous Hotel Australia in Martin Place
- The Great Crate, a giant green cube, made from thousands of tiny, edible plants emerged in Green Square by Plus1
- A Moveable Feast, a feast of music, film and culinary delights during a one off closure of George Street
- Friday Night Live launched the festival.
- The Banner Galley featured the replies of 100 people from across Australia to the question – what if?
- Tsunami 1.26. a gigantic aerial net installation was installed above the intersection outside Town Hall.
- For the 24th Kaldor Public Art Project, Michael Landy created Acts of Kindness for Sydney.
- The Laneway Art program – seven projects presented by Australian artists and curators.
- Happy Talk – a pavilion in Hyde Park was home to talks and workshops exploring the inventive and resourceful ways Pacific Island communities approach design.
- For the first time Art & About held Little Sydney Lives, a photographic exhibition and competition for kids aged 3 – 11 years.
- 100 portraits of Sydneysiders were on display for The Banner Gallery.
- A 12-metre high Penny Farthing known as The Bike Bike was created by Alasdair Nicol in Martin Place.
- Eight of the City’s public art statues were re-imagined by established and emerging artists.
- ArtPark, a weekend of art in Hyde Park, included film screenings, video art, a pop up palette gallery.
- The launch in Hyde Park attended by over 3000 people opened with an Aboriginal Smoking Ceremony.
- The Banner Gallery featured the work of NSW Indigenous artists.
- The laneway program explored themes of collaboration, sustainability and the changing nature of public space.
- The Village Art Project was held in Kings Cross, a guerrilla knitting installation involving weekly knit-in workshops.
- The Live Green House was installed in Taylor Square, with sustainable living workshops, demonstrations and talks.
- The final Danks Street Festival was produced by City of Sydney.
- Art & About launched in Taylor Square with a focus on highlighting the cultural history of this precinct.
- Love TV, a live, unpredictable, funny TV studio was installed in Taylor Square.
- Oxford Street’s rock n roll scene in the 60s, 70s and 80s was retold through the Rock N Roll Walk of Fame.
- The laneway program featured Adam Norton’s Tank Project, Firstdraft’s Downtown, Gaffa Gallery’s One More Go One More Go, Reef Knot’s The Sky is Falling and Albion Place by Peleton.
- Erskineville residents make clay horses as part of Annie Kennedy’s The Stables, Art & About.
- A launch party in Customs House Square marked the opening of Sydney Child’s Eye 2030, featuring children’s paintings of their city of the future, projected onto AMP and Customs House.
- The Banner Gallery included works from Louise Hearman, David Griggs, Paddy Bedford and Del Kathryn Barton.
- The first laneway project (Live Lanes) was produced with a bar and music venue in Bulletin Place, a new outdoor gallery wall in Albion Place and an installation in Temperance Lane.
- Public launch in Customs House Square with the unveiling of The Face of Sydney, a year-long project that created digitally layered composite images from portraits of local residents projected onto the AMP Building.
- Customs House Square featured installations by Jasper Knight, Adam Constenoble, Louisa Dawson, Amber Rowe and Mays Lane, and was curated by James Gulliver Hancock.
- Martin Sharp’s Thousand Dollar Bill & Yayoi Kusama’s Stars Infinity featured alongside Robert Macpherson’s Australia in an Open Gallery.
- Large-scale photographs of local residents featured on billboard-sized banners along Glebe Point Road in Facing Glebe.
- More than 3000 people painted thongs as part of Thonglines, an enormous installation at Customs House Square.
- The inaugural Danks Street Festival celebrated a new Sydney hub of art, design and food.
- Abandoned cars became art in Sydney Square.
- Singing For That Country, featured plenty of bright paint, shoes, polka dots and soundscapes. The multimedia work from Aku Kadogo and Tree Guyton appeared in Sydney Park, Redfern and Waterloo.
- Lindy Lee’s banner of her 14-year-old mother featured in Open Gallery, and was later installed in Beijing.
- Redfern Banner Art Project, created by an art therapy collective run by the Aboriginal Medical Service, was exhibited outside the Redfern Neighbourhood Centre at Lawson Square.
- Houses of the Future, six cutting edge homes built from steel, timber, clay, concrete, cardboard and glass were exhibited at Sydney Opera House forecourt.
- US artist Kurt Perschke brought his RedBall Project to Sydney, a giant mobile red ball that appeared in different locations throughout the city centre.
- Work from David Griggs, Brook Andrew, Guan Wei, Mikala Dwyer, Noel McKenna & Robyn Stacey featured on city street banners in Open Gallery.
- Art in the Park, a day of talks and workshops featuring Art & About artists.
- RE_SQUARED, a structural installation and live audiovisual performance by Cicada was held in Australia Square.
- The first Sydney Life Exhibition, then called Sydney Looking Forward, showed us our city in large-scale photographs hung in Hyde Park.
- The inaugural Open Gallery, now called The Banner Gallery, featured 20 works from emerging artists.
- The Ranamok Art Glass Prize was our first associated event, a partnership that has continued over our 10-year history.
- Sculpture in the City transformed Martin Place with works from emerging and established artists.