Lord Mayor Clover Moore
Welcome to Art & About Sydney!
During September and October, Sydney’s streets and public spaces become a canvas for artists and performers to bring all the colour of their creativity to our city for Art & About.
Art and culture play a vital role in creating an enticing, liveable city. We are developing a comprehensive policy to bring together the City’s work supporting cultural and creative activity as part of Sustainable Sydney 2030.
We know that great cities have great entertainment choices at night. Art has a big role to play in creating an inclusive and exciting after-hours economy, with diverse experiences for everyone to enjoy.
Many of our Art & About events can be enjoyed after dark – whether it’s a walk through Hyde Park to see Sydney Life, a look back at Sydney’s past in Martin Place, or a wander through our laneways, fuelled by a delicious meal from one of the new food trucks operating in the city. There’s plenty to enjoy as all the colour of Art & About Sydney comes to our city streets and public spaces.
Gill Minervini, Creative Director – Events
How can one word mean so much?
Colour can be playful, political and passionate. It can evoke memory, place and emotion. Colour brings life to the everyday, surprise and spontaneity to our lives – it can take us out of a funk and put a smile on our face.
Colour is the language of everyone. It is subjective yet universal.
Colour is powerful.
Just like art.
This year’s Art & About Sydney is “In Colour”. An exploration of all colour brings to our life in the city.
The theme of this years program was, in part, inspired by a kid’s book by Bob Gill, published in 1962, called “What Colour Is Your World?.” The book encourages us to think about colour and look at the world in a new way – artists see things in any colour they want and the colours keep changing – so why cant we?
It’s a liberating idea and one that has resonance with Art & About. Our projects and artists this year really aim to colour outside the lines, to take art of all mediums into new and unusual places. To let us think of the everyday in new ways and encourage us to colour our worlds differently.
Art & About Sydney wouldn’t be possible without our fantastic artists, curators and event partners who believe in the project and work so hard to make it a reality. Thank you.
I hope you enjoy this year’s festival.