Art & About Sydney is now in its 12th year, and is produced by City of Sydney Events.

2012

  • Friday Night Live launched the festival with live performances from The Bamboo’s, Van She & Rufus
  • I Wish You Hadn’t Asked – 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

2011

  • 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.

2010

  • 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 reimagined by established and emerging artists.
  • ArtPark, a weekend of art in Hyde Park, included film screenings, video art, a pop up palette gallery.

2009

  • 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.

2008

  • 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’s.

2007

  • 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.

2006

  • 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.

2005

  • 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.

2004

  • 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.

2003

  • 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.

2002

  • 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.