Friday Night Live

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.

The Line Up
Hot Potato Band 5pm / 6.35pm / 7.55pm
Trolleys 5.30pm / 7pm
The Morrisons 5.45pm / 7.10pm
Bustamento 8.40pm
Announcement of Australian Life and Little Sydney Lives Winners by Lord Mayor Clover Moore 6.30pm

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 Potato Band 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.


Sausages hand crafted by Feather and Bone Providores:

- Mayfield & Limerick Farms pork sausage with pickle, remoulade and crisp onions

- Cherry Tree Organic Angus sausage with fermented chilli sauce & slaw

Roasted eggplant, tahini and lemon

All served on a Brasserie Bread roll

Price: $6.00

PLUS the Jafe Jaffles kombi food truck!


Cake Wines is a boutique, independent wine business based in the Adelaide Hills.


Cake Wines 2014 Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

Cake Wines 2012 McLaren Vale Shiraz

Cake Wines 2014 Adelaide Hills Rose

Batlow Premium Cider

Rio Bravo

Cascade Premium Light Beer

+ Soft Drinks / Water

Martin Place, Sydney

Up Late

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.

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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.

Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, Sydney

Australian Museum

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.

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.

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

What people are saying…

“..What better way to reminisce about the surely extinct Australian dream of the quarter-acre block than to spend an afternoon soaking up the ole fashioned neighbourhood barbecue vibe as you drink up thanks to Cake Wines and dig into a spread by Barrel and Beast owner and sustainable chef extraordinaire Jared Ingersoll.” – Concrete Playground


“Recreate those steamy endless summers in the backyard at Art and About’s launch party” – Time Out Sydney


“This is no ordinary barbie, with chef and sustainable food advocate Jared Ingersoll (Dank St Depot) in charge of food and boutique winemaker Cake Wines running the bar. Live music, light installations and pop-up performances” – Manuscript Daily

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