Arts Initiative Australia — Sydney Launch
Arts Initiative Australia was established by a group of Gen Ys to build capacity for the arts. We launch in Sydney with a very eclectic event featuring the following artists and presenters;
Kim Walker (Presenter)
Melanie Eden (Participatory interactive art)
Natalie Zwar (Presenter)
Ben Hinchley / Andrew Batt-Rawden (Performance art / Interactive art)
Bruno Panucci / Guy James Whitworth (Performance art / Visual art)
Emily Granger (Harp)
Natalie Ayton/ Dan Graham (Mad Hatter tea party / Performance art)
Natalie Wadwell (Presenter)
RSVPs are essential!!!
Potts Point Bookshop presents
Tony Jones: in conversation with Chris Hanley
Join Tony Jones as he discusses his fast-paced debut political thriller. The Twentieth Man is set in 1972, and begins on the morning after the worst terrorist attack in Australia’s history. ABC journalist Anna Rosen has no doubt who is responsible for the carnage. And when Marin Katich, one of twenty would-be revolutionaries, slips into Yugoslavia on a mission planned and funded in Australia, there will be devastating consequences for all involved.
Chris Hanley is the Founder and former Chair of the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival.
$15 ticket includes a glass of wine
$45 ticket + book
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George Gittoes returns to where it all began in 1971 – the Sydney Yellow House in Potts Point.
Celebrate at the opening party—a wild blast back to swinging 1971 in Potts Point where Sydney Bohemia meets the ethereal world of Gittoes' exotic Afghanistan. The exhibition launches to the voice of Hellen Rose accompanied by an Afghan and Australian musicians and Go Go dancers – surrounded by work from the pen and brush of George Gittoes. The best party since the original Yellow House opening on 1 September 1971... if you missed that, here's your second chance!
Bruce Goold will join up again with George Gittoes for a lively presentation of the new film on Bruce's work, Under the Lino – back together at the same venue they helped create, 45 years ago.
Since those formative years at the Yellow House with fellow artists, Martin Sharp, Mick Glasheen, Peter Kingston, Jon Lewis, Tim Lewis, Albie Thoms, Greg Weight, Dick Weigth, Brett Whiteley and Peter Wright (to name but a few) Bruce has become world renown for his fabrics, limited-edition prints, furniture designs, logos, paintings, and sculptures. He has been commissioned by the Lord Mayor of Sydney, the Utzon family, Bryan Brown, Martin Sharp, Jeremy Thomas, Mambo, Dick Smith, Post Office Stamps, Sydney Morning Herald, Random House Books, grand Hotel renovations on Lord How Island and the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House.
Under the Lino tracks down some of the finest pieces of his art and archival footage spread around the world, leading to some wonderful conversations that help weave a path through the highlights of his illustrious and tumultuous career.
The night will finish off with the live music of Lime Cordiale whose musical score of drives the hour long Under the Lino film.
The Australian Art Quartet with KAGE
The highly acclaimed KAGE joins the AAQ in a dreamlike exploration of gender. Flesh & Bone is a lullaby, a parable and a song about what it means not to be man or woman, but to be human. Darlings of international arts festivals, this is an incredible chance to experience KAGE at point blank range.
“Beautiful, innovative, moving, funny and highly decorated works.” — Paul Summers
Music from Stravinsky, Prokofiev & Shostakovich
The Australian Art Quartet with Alan Jones – painter
Butt Naked Salon was the must-see AAQ show of 2016 and it returns in 2017 with the highly awarded Alan Jones painting the walls of the Yellow House to the music of Vaughan Williams and Sculthorpe.
BYO art materials & photo ID. Restricted entry to 18+ due to nudity.
Peter Sculthorpe String Quartet
Ralph Vaughan Williams Quartet No. 2
The Australian Art Quartet with Taryn Fiebig – opera and musical theatre soprano and cellist
A blonde bombshell of opera and music theatre, Taryn Fiebig has an international reputation as an incredibly versatile and sincere actress, singer and cellist. See a different side to this incredible performer as Taryn and the AAQ explore the innocence, awe and nightmares of youth.
"Taryn Fiebig sang with gripping, indeed devastating intensity….also displayed superb mastery of both gritty, throaty, lower register and clear, ethereal high notes." — Sydney Morning Herald
Vaughan Williams Merciless Beauty
Robert Schumann 6 Songs Op 107
Elena Kats Chernin Eliza Aria
Wolfgang Mozart Quartet KV 80
Peter Sculthorpe Maranoa Lullaby
Iain Grandage The Owl and the Pussy Cat
Acclaimed new music Melbourne ensemble PLEXUS makes their Sydney debut with a program of contemporary music by Australian composers they have recently commissioned.
Julian Yu A Phonecall to Mozart (2014)
Jennifer Higdon DASH (2001)
Richard Grantham Debugeti, from The Lyrebird in my Piano (2014)
Andrew Ford Never (2017)
Igor Stravinsky Tango/Waltz/Ragtime from The Soldier's Tale (1920)
Sally Whitwell The Web (2015)
Robert Davidson Lost in Light (2014)
Harry Sdraulig Evocations (2016)
Allan Zavod Flurry (2015)
PLEXUS brings together the talents of three of Australia's most vibrant and versatile musicians, with a goal of commissioning and celebrating Australian and overseas composers. The name PLEXUS reflects the ensemble’s devotion to engaging an ever-growing network of exceptional artists across a variety of disciplines, facilitating their contribution to Australia’s rich and diverse cultural landscape.
Since launching in 2014, PLEXUS has commissioned over 100 composers, and has given over 70 world premieres. Widely acclaimed for its ongoing commitment to Australian music, PLEXUS was shortlisted as a finalist for the 2016 Melbourne Music Prize Outstanding Musicians Award.
This event is supported by Kawai Australia, Limelight Magazine and Yellow House Sydney.
Potts Point Bookshop presents
The Memory of Music: Andrew Ford in conversation with Richard Tognetti
Andrew Ford, composer and much loved presenter of Radio National’s Music show will be in discussion with Richard Tognetti about his new memoir. The Memory of Music considers the nature and purpose of music in the context of his own life – what it is, why it means so much to us and how it works in our lives.
From his early childhood in the Beatles-crazy Liverpool of the 1960s to his evolving work as a composer, choral conductor, concert promoter, critic, university teacher and radio presenter, he shares the vivid musical experiences that have shaped his life.
$15 ticket includes a glass of wine
$45 ticket + book
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Sometimes you’re just not in the mood for guests.
The AAQ uses every nook and cranny of the Yellow House in this sonic exploration of time and space. You won’t know where to look.
"All encompassing recitals that celebrate the here and now." — The Guardian
Steve Reich Different Trains
Henry Purcell Fantasias
Andrew Batt-Rawden 30/31 (world premiere)
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy String Quartet no.2 op.13 in A minor
The Australian Art Quartet and guests: Tony Assness – event director, creative director, film and theatre designer, Saskia Havekes – artist, curator, author, scent designer and founder of the internationally renown floral mecca, Gary Heery – photographer and Warren Macris – digital artist
Saskia Havekes does not arrange flowers, she curates them. And drama and scale are her signatures. When she joins forces with Australia’s premier event, theatre and party director you know you are going to an AAQ concert unlike anything you have ever experienced.
"There is no difference between high art or low art. Great theatre should be an event and great events are great theatre." — Tony Assness
Erik Satie Gymnopedie No. 1
Arvo Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel
Arvo Pärt Psalmon
Claude Debussy Quartet No. 1
Ross Watson showcases his distinctive ouvre in celebrating the male form in this must see exhibition of his most recent work, presented alongside some of his most iconic images painted over his 35 years as a professional artist.
Each original painting in his distinctive, highly detailed, realistic style is imbued with ambiguity, both inviting and challenging the viewer to interpret the the themes which Watson is exploring. Recurrent themes in his work over the years are the depiction of technology in contemporary society, celebrating mateship and the Aussie surf and beach culture. Each image a commentary using classical and contemporary imagery as to who we are, where we come from and form an narrative that depicts the Australian identity from a gay male perspective.
Watson is one of the few professional artists worldwide depicting full frontal male nudity in his work. Encouraged by Australia’s much-loved former High Court judge, the Hon. Michael Kirby to present his work with more nudity and less prudity.
With the artist in residence throughout the exhibition, this will be a rare chance to learn first-hand about his style, his intentions and the stories behind the artwork on display. A full multi-media experience awaits each visitor into the exhibition with video presentations on the artist’s work giving insight into the creative process and final sentiment.
Ross Watson has exhibited in over 40 solo exhibitions in Australia, USA, UK and Europe. His art is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Sir Elton John and Sir J.D. Wolfensohn (former President of The World Bank).
Ross Watson will be exhibiting at Yellow House in a premier event of the Sydney Mardi Gras Festival.
The Australian Art Quartet with Chris Morrison, Global Wine Ambassador
An alumni of the 'most exclusive wine school in the world' and 2006 SMH Sommelier of the Year, wine guru Chris Morrison matches music with exquisite limited edition vintages. Join the AAQ this Valentine's Day and explore the influence of sound on the perception of taste, texture and aroma. Entry 18+ only.
"First things first. Get the champagne." — Winston Churchill
Ludwig van Beethoven Quartet Op 18/2
Phillip Glass String Quartet No. 5 III
Turtle Island Skyline
Ross Edwards Chorale & Ecstatic Dance
40under40 seeks to commission 40 of the most exciting composers from Australia and abroad to write 40 new works lasting 40 seconds for Synergy Percussion in their 40th year.
View the videos and more at Yellow House.
12pm - 6pm weekdays, 12pm - 4pm weekends.
The AAQ completes 2016 in a stunning collaboration with the distinguished international fragrance designer, architect & historian Carlos Huber. Join us for a fascinating experiment in scent, sound and imagination.
Gurdjieff Hymns, Prayers and Rituals
Tchaikovsky String Quartet Op70/1
Arvo Pärt Fratres
Mountfort Song for Charlie
Defiance Gallery presents Roy Jackson and Michael Buzacott at Yellow House Sydney
Heads & Figures brings together the work of two senior and well respected Australian artists. Although they work in different media, Buzacott and Jackson both approach the human body in a similar manner. Both artists believe in a spontaneous, intuitive process, and explore and challenge the possibilities of representation and abstraction. These works are not straight portraits or depictions of figures but vehicles for a number of varied influences and ideas.
Roy Jackson is one of Australia’s most distinctive painters. Each work seems infused with energy and the process of the artist becomes tangible as you trace the movement of his materials over the canvas. Jackson was born in England in 1944 and died in Wedderburn, NSW in 2013. A survey of his works is currently touring the country, and his work is part of the permanent collections of Artbank, the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Michael Buzacott is an inventive and idiosyncratic steel sculptor, approaching the tradition of cubist sculpture in a fresh way. He was born in Sydney in 1950, and studied at the National Art School between 1969 and 1973. Buzacott has been included in a number of important group exhibitions in Australia and overseas, such as the third Sculpture Triennial at Heide Park and Art Gallery; Sculptors in Saitama, Japan; and the Mildura Sculpture Triennial in 1982. Recently his work was presented in a forty year survey exhibition, curated by Terrance Maloon and displayed at the Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra.
Defiance Gallery presents Peter Godwin at Yellow House Sydney
Peter Godwin is one of Australia’s leading painters. The unique character of Godwin's work springs partly from his use of egg tempera, which handles like an oil-based paint but its fast-drying properties allow him to quickly build up layer upon layer. Godwin will scratch back into the surfaces, creating thin, meandering lines that break up the dark recessive planes he uses as a backdrop.
The artist regularly paints the interior of his studio and while these paintings have strong abstract elements the objects they contain are easily recognizable: chairs, easels, squid, tribal masks from New Guinea, a lemon, a skull, a dead bird, even a harpsichord. Godwin loves to paint things that are old and familiar, returning to the same motifs because he finds there is always another way of approaching them, something to add to his store of perceptions.
In Memento, Godwin continues to paint his working space, but he has stripped the detail right back, focusing on the lines of the room and patterns in fabric. Bold plains of colour delineate walls from curtains from tables, broken only by simple, solid, forms - masks, paintbrushes and so on depicted by shape rather than detail. This allows the strong, rich colours and beautifully textured surfaces to become to focus of the works and showcases Godwin’s mastery over his materials.
Peter Godwin was born in Sydney in 1953 and studied at Hornsby College and the National Art School, Sydney. The artist worked as a sessional lecturer in painting and drawing at the latter after his graduation in1983 until 2005. While he produced his own work throughout this time, his perfectionist nature prevented him from regularly exhibiting until 2002, when he was in his fifties. Once he began to show at Defiance Gallery he enjoyed instant success, quickly attracting the attention of Australian collectors and enjoying sell out exhibitions.
Godwin’s work is represented in private, corporate and public collections including the Art Gallery of South Australia and Parliament House, Canberra. He was awarded the Art Gallery of New South Wales Gruner Prize in 1979 and again in 1985, was the recipient of the Mosman Art Prize in 2004 and was selected as a finalist in the Art Gallery of NSW Sulman Prize in 2007.
Marenzio Sweet Kisses
Schubert Quartet: Death and the Maiden
Chan Mark & Adrian are her sons
Verdi Quartet in e minor
Purcell Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary
Pre and post concert dining on site at the award winning Yellow Restaurant.
Defiance Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Tony Slater
The Sun, The Built and The Grown consists of a series of domestic landscapes painted by Tony Slater between 2012—2016. Travelling throughout regional New South Wales, Slater has painted images of quiet suburban streets. These landscapes are unpopulated, but the presence of people is strongly felt through the closely cropped images of dwellings, power poles, fences and even washing hanging on a line. These are tamed landscapes, with roads and paths bisecting closely cropped lawns and carefully placed trees. The resulting works feel intimate, but their emptiness creates an underlying eeriness.
These works showcase Slater’s amazing mastery of light and tone. Since his arrival from the UK in the late 1960s, Slater has been captivated by the Australian light, and this plays an important role in these works. Painted at different times of the day, the harsh light of noon softens into warm tones and deep shadows of sunrise and dusk across the works.
Tony Slater studied at the Royal College of Art, London, in the early sixties and exhibited in solo and group shows in London and Europe. His work is in private collections in Europe, America, Australia and Hong Kong. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Australia including the Art Gallery of New South Wales Sulman Prize on three occasions.
Proudly presented by Defiance Gallery
Janik Bouchette / Michael Buzacott / Paul Hopmeier / Jan King / Brian Koerber / Ian McKay / Kevin Norton / Campbell Robertson-Swann / James Rogers / Paul Selwood / Harvey Shields / Michael Snape / Dave Teer / David Wilson
Sydney Sculpture brings together works by leading Sydney sculptors working in steel. This exhibition is about both the diversity of the medium and the individual language of each artist, and also the shared history of the artists and the things that bind them. The exhibition explores works in the context of the global art world – how Sydney sculptors were part of and responded to global trends. Many Australian sculptors travelled overseas to assist Henry Moore and Anthony Caro, and the knowledge they gained was disseminated throughout their networks to their friends, fellow students and peers at East Sydney Tech. Further knowledge was gained at the New York Sculpture School and Triangle Workshop, NY, and the influence of Ian Mckay was strongly felt by many of these artists.
In this exhibition each artist will present two works – a life size free-standing piece and a smaller plinth work. In bringing these works together we would like to demonstrate the continuous work and commitment these artists have made since they were students to the present day and to celebrate the strong, diverse, exceptionally talented group of sculptors that exists in Sydney.
Join the Australian Art Quartet at the Yellow House in an outrageous evocation of a Belle Époque art salon.
Embracing life (and live) drawing, absurdist dance, the music of Ravel and one of Australia’s most loved artists, it is assured that you will be dining out on this experience for years.
Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 3
Ravel – String Quartet in F Major
Batt-Rawden – 27
Elgar – Chanson de Matin & Chanson de Nuit Op. 15
Wednesday and Thursday 3rd and 4th August - SOLD OUT. Friday 5th August - ON SALE
Perdition comes in many forms, but few more beguiling than those induced by Michaela Davies.
After another sold out season, the Australian Art Quartet returns on June 15 with more exquisite, subversive and outrageous offerings, this time featuring electro-shock artist Michaela Davies.
Joseph Haydn – Quartet Op. 20/2
Philip Glass – Quartet #3 'Mishima'
Michaela Davies – Cyborg Quartet
Leos Janáček – Quartet “Intimate Letters"
Johann Pachelbel – Canon (sabotaged)
All concerts are held in the Yellow House Sydney - former creative haunt of Peter Weir, Brett Whiteley & Martin Sharpe, now a destination for fine art performances & events.
Pre- and post-concert dining on site at the award-winning Yellow Restaurant.
Art for Alzheimer’s is an exhibition with a difference.
An official fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW sponsored by Warburn Estate wines, Art for Alzheimer’s seeks to improve the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s Disease who are residents of aged care homes, by increasing vitality and interest through the installation of art works.
The exhibition will be officially opened by Alex Greenwich, NSW MP for Sydney, and Alzheimer’s Australia ambassador Jacqui Louez Schoorl on Thursday June 2.
Organised by Luisa Low, Art for Alzheimer’s is a tribute to her grandfather, Bruno Bellini, who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2005 when she was 15 years old.
It was when Bruno spent his final year in aged care, that she decided she wanted to do something to improve the lives of people living with the disease. To be able to look at such beautiful art is a privilege and one that Luisa has always believed should be shared – particularly those in similar situations to her grandfather Bruno.
20 works, each equally focused on colour, beauty and vitality, have been donated by prominent and up-and-coming Australian artists such as Ken Done, Warwick Fuller, Swetik Korzeniewski, Charmaine Pike, Annalisa Ferraris, Dan Kyle and Lucy O’Doherty.
"Art and music have been shown to have a significantly positive impact for those living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Art for Alzheimer's supports the MCA and The University of Sydney's Artful Programme."
— Luisa Low, Founder, Art for Alzheimer's
Half of the works exhibited will be sold with the proceeds going to Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. The other half exhibited will be donated to various aged care homes across NSW, including Elizabeth Bay’s Lulworth House and Quaker's Hill Nursing Home which was tragically burnt down in 2011 – but has since been rebuilt.
"Whilst there is not yet a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease - and there are no survivors - significant improvements can be made to those living with the disease. It is wrong to think that nothing can be done to ameliorate the lives of those with Alzheimer’s Disease."
"Following on from this exhibition, my plan is to coordinate an ongoing artwork donation system to aged care homes across the country."
— Luisa Low, Founder, Art for Alzheimer's
After a sold out opening season, the Australian Art Quartet returns in May with its next instalment of thrilling, subversive and outrageous concerts featuring star performer Alicia Crossley.
If there can be such a thing as a recorder rockstar, Crossley is that...
All concerts are held in the Yellow House Sydney, a destination for fine art performances & events.
Telemann Concerto TWV 51:C1
Beethoven String Quartet Op 18/1
Jacob TV Jesus is Coming
Pre and post concert dining on site at the award-winning Yellow Restaurant.
Still Life Series
Riding on a painting tradition that stretches back to the ancient Egyptians, and, arguably, reaching its summit with the Dutch and Spanish Masters in the 17th century, Anna-Marÿke celebrates life in nature through the contemporary medium of analogue photography.
Meticulously setting up still life compositions of flowers and produce gathered primarily from her garden in the Southern Highlands, she also includes found objects, birds, insects, fur and animals that finally culminate in complex tableaux.
Luscious fabrics of rich velvet and brocade, draped, bunched, and folded provide a constant backdrop. Primarily one source of focussed and subdued light sculpts the elements and reminisces the dim, moody illumination of pre electricity, stage and theatre.
Compositional elements of line, form, shape, texture, and tone are employed as the skeleton from which to then apply colour and atmosphere.
Time is needed to fully appreciate the depth and complexity on which each composition is structured. Many of the elements are subsumed into the deep shadows, but gradually emerge adding layer upon layer of story and aesthetic information.
This exhibition is the culmination of 8 years of work in the studio paying homage to her Dutch father, artist Gerard Havekes, and all that he embodied.
To give credence to the guarantee that each piece is an original with no possibility of duplication, Anna-Marÿke will cut up the transparency of each print and then give it with a certificate of exclusivity to the collector
Julia Morison, Doc Ross, Sir Bob Parker KNZM
Introduced by Dr Katrina Simon, Senior Lecturer, Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Australia
Spirit Level focuses on installations by two well-established, Christchurch-based artists Julia Morison and Doc Ross, whose practices were fundamentally changed by the catastrophic Canterbury earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011. The artists' work will provide a catalyst for a forum discussion about community resilience, urban renewal and reconstruction. By encapsulating the many poignant stories, personal experiences and trauma resulting from the ongoing impact of the devastation, artists can contribute to - and challenge - notions of public and private space in the city's rejuvenation.
– Forum seating is limited
– Reservations are essential
– Register your attendance below
Keynote address by special guest Sir Bob Parker KNZM
Four-term Mayor of Christchurch City, Sir Bob Parker – who was knighted for his services to the community and his leadership during the disastrous earthquakes that devastated Christchurch in September 2010 and February 2011, and for spearheading the mammoth recovery effort – will introduce Julia Morison and Doc Ross, two well-established Christchurch-based artists whose practices were fundamentally changed by this catastrophe.
Establishing a context for the two powerful installations that are the focus of Spirit Level, Sir Bob will describe the realities of life in a shattered and psychologically-broken place and the need for dynamic, inspirational approaches to enable the city's rejuvenation.
– FREE EVENT! - no booking required
– Keynote address begins 2.30pm
– Catering by Yellow Restaurant
– Fully sponsored event
Defiance Gallery is delighted to present its first exhibition of Ann Thomson’s work.
Described by Edmund Capon as ‘one of the most interesting and intuitive artists in Australia today’, Ann’s illustrious career spans 50 years and was most recently celebrated in ‘Freehand,’ a survey show of recent works curated by Terence Maloon, Director of the Drill Hall, ANU Canberra. A selection of these works, with additional paintings from 2002 - 2016, will be shown in Sydney at Defiance Gallery at the Yellow House, followed by a works on paper exhibition at Defiance Gallery, Newtown.
— Terence Maloon, Director of the Drill Hall Gallery, ANU, Canberra
“For more than forty years Ann Thomson has been working as an abstract artist. Her works make no attempt to reproduce to the viewer the world of visual objects and phenomena. What they offer us instead is the energetic act of creation itself, as it emerges from the artist’s consciousness and impinges on the sheet, or canvas, as brushstrokes, layers of paint, the illusionary play between two-dimensional space and three-dimensional apprehension, the immediate revisioning of accident as necessary choice. Everything depends here on the sureness of the painter’s gestures as she breaks, stroke by stroke, into stillness of empty space.”
— David Malouf, internationally acclaimed Australian author
“Thomson’s best paintings invite the desire to revisit them repeatedly, and they keep yielding fresh revelations. The forms are enigmatic, the internal space ambiguous, movement seems perpetual.”
— Anna Johnson, author of 'Ann Thomson' 2012
“…Just as Ann’s imagery insinuates itself into our powers of recall, it enters our being, it penetrates deeply into the most unexpected recesses of our soul, its effect is continuous”
— Stéphane Jacob, Galerie Arts d'Australie, Paris
“Ann Thomson possesses the rare ability to constantly reinvent herself as an artist, but within the same broad body of thought about art making, and to constantly convey a palpable sense of excitement in her work…[she is] an artist who combines a sureness of touch with a striking vitality plus a heightened sense of visual intelligence. She is an artist who has stuck to her guns and who only gets progressively stronger with age.”
— Sasha Grishin, art historian, critic and curator