Martin Place – The quarter acre block party
Slip on your thongs, give your best loud shirt and stubbies a quick press, and join us for a backyard barbie in Martin Place to celebrate the launch of Art & About Sydney!
We’ve mowed the lawn, set up the table tennis, decorated the hills hoist and put out the best garden furniture to recreate a suburban backyard slap bang in the middle of the city. Your party hosts are Liesel Badorrek and Johnny Nasser from Loose Canon Arts, and they’ve turned on a spread. Australian chef and passionate sustainable food advocate Jared Ingersoll is on barbie duty and boutique winemakers Cake Wines are running the bar. Enjoy live music from The Morrisons, Bustamento and Hot Potato Band playing everything from country to Latin and Dixie jazz. Double J have made us a special BBQ mix and there’s even a slide show. Settle in for the night, or kick on to the neighbours’ – with galleries and museums across the city taking part in the festivities and opening their doors ‘til late! Our house is your house, so grab your mates and join us for a chilled night of songs, snags and shenanigans in homage to the disappearing great Aussie backyard.
Based in Adelaide, Mash Designs created the hugely popular Lola’s Pergola on the River Torrens for the 2014 Adelaide Festival and are part of the seriously creative Happy Motel. Lighting Design Matt Marshall has lit almost every festival and theatre company in Australia, including iOTA’s Smoke and Mirrors for Sydney Festival.
Loose Canon Arts is a Sydney-based theatre company that has made quirky and unexpected performances for public events such as Primo Italiano and Art & About Sydney as well as Sydney Opera House and Sydney Festival.
Bustamento is a tropical shaking six-piece that pays homage to the rhythms of the Caribbean. The Morrisons are a raucous six-piece string band forging elements of alt country, bluegrass and folk. Hot PotatobBand will bring New Orleans to Martin Place.
Jared Ingersoll’s Dank St Depot was one of the first Sydney restaurants to put farmers as well as the chef on the menu. He has spent nearly three decades highlighting the importance of local, seasonal and sustainable food.
Cake Wines is a boutique, independent wine
business based in the Adelaide Hills.
19 SEPTEMBER / 5PM – 10PM
Martin Place, Sydney
Creative venues around Sydney will stay open late to celebrate the Art & About Sydney Launch.
Catch free vintage shuttle buses from Martin Place to Sydney museums and galleries up late.
Artists’ Market at the State Library
Celebrate Art & About Sydney at the popular Artists’ Market. Discover a treasure trove of Australian made and designed art and craft works, homewares and jewellery. The café bar will be open with a special guest DJ, and you can also catch Life Interrupted and Portraits of War: The Crown Studios Project on their final night in the Mitchell Galleries.19 SEPTEMBER / 6PM – 9PMState Library of NSW, Macquarie Wing
Macquarie Street, Sydney
Art Gallery of New South Wales
To help kick off the festivities of Art & About Sydney, the gallery is staying up late for a Friday night full of art, food and music. We’re keeping the Archibald Prize open after hours so you have an extra opportunity to come see the faces setting Sydney abuzz. And because it is Friday, why not have dinner at our café, grab a drink at the pop-up bar and sit down to enjoy some DJ tunes.
FRIDAY 19 SEPTEMBER / 5PM – 10PM
Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, Sydney
The Australian Museum is staying up late to celebrate Art & About Sydney. Discover our Aztecs exhibition and enjoy a Friday night filled with Mexican culture.
Renowned Mexican artist, Sergio Plata, will be decorating traditional skulls and discussing his work. Skulls and skeletons feature prominently in Mexican art. Often painted in vibrant colours, these works celebrate life and death.
Sergio has won numerous awards for his art and has exhibited in galleries and museums across Mexico, Canada, USA and Australia.
Grab a drink, meet the artist then head into the Aztecs exhibition to discover more about this spirited culture.
FRIDAY 19 SEPTEMBER, 5PM – 9PM
Australian Museum, 6 College Street, Sydney
Special discounted Aztecs entry for one night only: Adults $12, Concession $6
General entry to the Museum is free
Museum of Sydney
Dream home small home curator talk
Museum of Sydney is opening late for a special after-hours curator-led tour of our latest exhibition, Dream Home, Small Home. Join the exhibition curators for a fascinating behind-the-scenes talk on this remarkable exhibition that tells the story of Sydney’s post-war owner builders, and explores a time when more than half all Sydney’s new builds were DIY projects. After the talk, enjoy a drink or meal at The Governors Table. This lovely bar & dining establishment draws inspiration from its historic location – the site of first Government House; and serves modern Australian cuisine with a twist, combining the freshest produce with colonial era cookery techniques such as smoking, pickling and baking.
FRIDAY 19 SEPTEMBER/ 5PM – 9PM
Museum of Sydney
corner Bridge and Phillip streets, Sydney
Adults $10 / Child/Concession $5 / Family $20
Customs House Late Night Library
Varnished wood, brass doorknobs, stained glass – tactile elements of our built environment are disappearing. What replaces them and how does this affect our sensory perception of the world? Join the opening night festivities at a touchy-feely Late Night Library, with art installations, music and short talks that reference Juhani Pallasmaa’s phenomenal work, The Eyes of the Skin. For adults.
19 SEPTEMBER / 7.30PM – 9PM
Customs House Library, 31 Alfred Street, Sydney