Sydney Art Quartet: 2018 Season
Feb
5
to Nov 30

Sydney Art Quartet: 2018 Season

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Exquisite string quartet music, magnified and transformed by other art forms. Five to five-hundred-year-old compositions, presented through the prisms of taste, words, light, portraiture and sightlessness. Fabulous fusions that will increase your sensory experience exponentially. Guest artists of the highest calibre.

Sydney Art Quartet 2018 Season

Founded by James Beck (cello & artistic director), The Sydney Art Quartet has played to capacity audiences at the historic Yellow House in Potts Point since 2016. Discover the sumptuous spectrum of performances in the 2018 concert program.

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The Song Company: True Love Story
Jun
5
7:30 PM19:30

The Song Company: True Love Story

An autobiographical mediaeval French romance in a time of war and plague – as told by poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut.

In 1359 the English attempted to lay siege to Rheims – a crucial prize in the Hundred Years’ War as France’s coronation city; two years later France’s greatest poet and composer, Guillaume de Machaut entertained the heir to the throne and in 1364 witnessed the coronation of Charles the Fifth.

But the early 1360s were exciting and fruitful for Machaut for other reasons: he began a lengthy correspondence with a young female admirer and documented their friendship in what he called the 'book of the true story', Le Livre du Voir Dit, containing over 9000 lines of poetry, and the letters, love-poems, and songs they sent to each other – the ultimate 14th-century multimedia presentation. The accuracy of the narrative Machaut sets down in his 'true poem' is sometimes questionable, but there is a ring of veracity in the haphazard and sometimes contradictory recollections of the course of what must be true love…

Semistaged program of music & words by Guillaume de Machaut:
Ballade 32 – Ploures dames
Rondeau 13 – Dame se vous n’avez aperceu
Ballade 33 – Nes que on porroit
Rondeau 4 – Sans cuer dolens
Lai 13 – ‘Le Lay de bonne esperance’
Rondeau 17 – Dix et sept, cinq
Rondeau 18 – Puis qu’en oubli
Ballade 34 – Quant Theseus / Ne quier veoir
Ballade 36 – Se pour ce muir
Ballade 31 – De toute flours

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Sydney Art Quartet: Dramartistry
Jun
13
to Jun 15

Sydney Art Quartet: Dramartistry

DRAMARTISTRY

MUSIC + PORTRAITURE

Sydney Art Quartet with McLean Edwards, painter

Classical music fuses with psychological portraiture. Sink deep into rich and stormy music while McLean depicts it all in his darkly humorous style. Your own sketch kit is welcome to add to the drama.

Music: Mendelssohn / Schumann / Shostakovich

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Sydney Art Quartet: Words are Weapons
Aug
28
to Aug 31

Sydney Art Quartet: Words are Weapons

WORDS ARE WEAPONS

MUSIC + LITERATURE

Sydney Art Quartet
with David Wenham, actor

Every string, every sound, every voice, every word. Come and experience great literature combined with the music that inspired it. You’ll discover how incisive and seductive music and words can be together.

Music: Schubert / Caplet / Janáček

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The Song Company:  Four Colour Season
Aug
30
7:30 PM19:30

The Song Company: Four Colour Season

An evergreen selection of song and brand-new indigenous dance to match the patterns and movement of the many Australian seasons.

Following the movement of our planet around the sun, the weather changes and nature responds in colour and shape to the wind and the rain, the shadows and the sunshine. The traditional four seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter have been depicted in European art and music for centuries, but the Aboriginal experience of the seasons is a much more varied and subtler story that tells of the patterns of animal and plant life and their direct impact on survival. In this sympathetic synthesis of two artforms The Song Company is joined by a duo of dancers from Thomas E.S. Kelly’s Karul Projects to trace the course of the Earth’s annual journey in movement and song, both old and new.

Program and choreography including
arrangements from Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
and music ranging from Alice Chance Pallah-Pallah
to Francis Poulenc Un soir de neige

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Sydney Art Quartet: Blind Trust
Oct
10
to Oct 12

Sydney Art Quartet: Blind Trust

BLIND TRUST

MUSIC + SIGHTLESSNESS

Sydney Art Quartet
with Erin Helyard, harpsichord and pianoforte

Every string, every sound, every voice, every word. Come and experience great literature combined with the music that inspired it. You’ll discover how incisive and seductive music and words can be together.

Music: Vivaldi / Mozart / JS Bach

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The Song Company:  One Equal Music
Oct
30
7:30 PM19:30

The Song Company: One Equal Music

One hundred years since the ending of The Great War we sing of a peace at once unattainable and everlasting, culminating in a radiant new work by Ross Edwards.

The poetry of 17th-century metaphysician John Donne and the late playwright Douglas Muecke form the twin doors to a world of remembrance and resurgence in a program framed by newly-commissioned music by three Australian composers: Ruth McCall, Ella Macens, and in his 75th year, Ross Edwards.

One century ago in Compiègne the world witnessed the end of the 'war to end all wars', hoping that humankind would not undergo again such an overwhelming catastrophe. Composers have long tried to imagine a world without war and suffering, and in luminous harmonies touch on that state beyond conflict and without end – Donne’s own vision of eternal life centres on perfection and freedom from the earthly imbalance and disorder so familiar to us in the here and now – “no noise, nor silence, but one equal music”.

Program includes
Settings of Douglas Muecke by Ruth McCall and Ella Macens (WP)
Ross Edwards new work (WP)
Settings of George Herbert and John Donne
Viktor Kalinnikov Nïñe Otpushcháyeshï

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Sydney Art Quartet: Savage Taste
Nov
28
to Nov 30

Sydney Art Quartet: Savage Taste

SAVAGE TASTE

MUSIC + FOOD

Sydney Art Quartet with Brent Savage, ‘Chef of the Year’ 2015

How’s your taste in classical music? Find out as we present your palette and your ears with sweetness, sourness, saltiness, bitterness and umami. Music will never sound more delicious.

Music: Handel / Edwards / Rachmaninoff

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Peter Adsett: The Blue Room
Mar
10
to Apr 18

Peter Adsett: The Blue Room

Throughout a career spanning almost thirty years, Peter Adsett has enlightened us about the unique properties of paint. In his hands, it is never a passive medium invented to support colours.


The Blue Room demonstrates this, firstly, by the deliberate limitation of means to just different shades of blue (white not being a colour as such), from deepest indigo, through an electric cerulean, to palest egg-shell. When deployed non-imitatively, purely as a material in abstract work, paint is shown to operate, to act, as if it had energy independent of any form it may depict. Adsett’s paint refuses to remain inert, straining against its framing edges, expanding in every direction into the supporting wall, even as it co-opts the white as an integral element in this 'interior'.  

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The reference to Picasso’s famous painting of the same title is not fortuitous but is an acknowledgement of the Spaniard’s gamesmanship, evident in 1901, as he explored singular moves made by his 'rival', Cezanne.  

In Adsett’s series, each painting undertakes a different move in a particular game, that of challenging the historical paradox of transparency. Why blue? Is it because in the studios of the classical masters it was used for what was unpaintable: air? Every detail in the seven paintings challenges a viewer to ,tie me down if you can', as each blue works with, and against, its neighbour – blue, black or white – to assert opacity or translucence. No resolution can be reached, which is the source of endless gratification for a viewer, who becomes caught in a sustained gaze, as part of the game. — Mary Alice Lee

Presented by Yuill Crowley

Gallery Hours
Wednesday to Friday | 11am — 6pm
Saturday | 10am — 4.30pm

Contact
Phone +61 418 634 712
Email yuill_crowley@bigpond.com

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Sydney Art Quartet: Light Fantastic
Mar
7
to Mar 9

Sydney Art Quartet: Light Fantastic

LIGHT FANTASTIC

MUSIC + NEUROSCIENCE + LIGHT

Sydney Art Quartet with Laura Jade, creator of Brainlight

Want to see how music makes you feel? Can you turn sound into brainwaves and light? This multi-sensory experience vividly demonstrates the powerful effects sound has on our mind. Come hear, feel and see. 

Music: Haydn / Beethoven / Turtle Island

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Ross Watson: Homines Uniformis
Feb
22
to Mar 4

Ross Watson: Homines Uniformis

Watson’s world-renowned paintings are a celebration of the male form, both in its uniformed and its natural glory. This exciting exhibition, Homines Uniformis features gay rugby players, naked surfers and pop-star Alfie Arcuri in various states of dress.


22 February — 04 March
Daily 11am — 7pm
Artist's Reception 22 February, 6 — 8pm

Uniformed, or in complete contrast, naked - MEN unite the artworks. Military, mounty, rugby or surfer – do the clothes make the man? Singer, Alfie Arcuri features in a striking new artwork. His recent single, 'If They Only knew', written from personal experience, explores covert same sex love and coming out.

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Stephen Fry exclaimed “Watson has created another dazzlingly provocative, witty and enchanting take on a classic painting!” after viewing the artwork featuring Alexis, a gay UK rugby player who caught Watson’s attention posting on Instagram about important and inspiring queer themes and mental health issues.

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.

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Kellie Leczinska: The Madness of Crowds
Feb
15
to Feb 17

Kellie Leczinska: The Madness of Crowds

History doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes.
— Mark Twain

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Panics, mania, crashes and collapses are as common to financial history as thunderstorms to placid summer afternoons. They tend to show up suddenly, wreak more than their fair share of havoc, and recede into the history books only after endless discussion of their causes and cures. Whether brought on by popular delusion, unscrupulous market operators, misguided governments and/or central banks or some random, unforeseen shock, these events are part of the human experience and just as permanent a fixture in our collective history as wars and natural disasters.

Leczinska's photographic series of text and imagery depicts periodic outbreaks of mass irrational and delusional behaviour; the phenomena of mass belief and gullibility spanning 400 years from Tulip Mania to Bitcoin. It is as relevant today as it was in 1637, with echoes from the recent American debt crisis. Why do we seem to forget our collective memory of catastrophes past, still laying bare to our animal spirits of ‘fear and greed’?

Exhibition Opening
Thursday 15 February 6 — 8 pm

Friday 16 February 2018, 10 am — 7 pm
Saturday 17 February 2018, 10 am - 3pm Closing 

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FEB 10 Discussion Panel
Feb
10
2:30 PM14:30

FEB 10 Discussion Panel

All We Can't See – Discussion Panel
Saturday 10 February
2.30 — 3.30pm

Moderator: Ben Doherty (journalist, Guardian Australia)
Guests: Janet Laurence (artist) and Khanh Hoang (PhD Candidate and Nettheim Doctoral Teaching Fellow at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW, and co-chair of the Refugee Rights Subcommittee of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights)

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The Song Company: Byrd Round Table
Feb
3
7:30 PM19:30

The Song Company: Byrd Round Table

Exquisite polyphony by William Byrd and friends, written down in the late 16th century between Oxford and London and sung from part books around the table – in a town tavern and country house.

Imagine a dinner party where your host passes round antique leatherbound music manuscripts and says “You’re singing tenor!”. Then around the table one voice after another begins to sing from the ancient Dow Partbooks, bringing to life the most beautiful music from late 16th-century Oxford and London. Each part has to count and listen out for the others, and together they own the communal but invisible pulse – the 'tactus', a Latin word meaning something touched or felt.

Whether singing or listening, the experience is one of an unfolding narrative – a communal navigation through a gorgeous harmonic landscape – enabling us to explore the innermost feelings hidden in the music of William Byrd and his friends, who shared this sumptuous polyphony over 400 years ago, no doubt with candles, wine, much laughter and bonhomie!

Program of table music and motets by Byrd & co.:
Anonymous Hey down, down, sing ye now after me
William Byrd O Lord make Thy servant Elizabeth
William Byrd Triumph with pleasant melody
Robert White Lamentations (a5)
Robert Parsons Ave Maria
“Mr Tayler” Christus resurgens

and a selection from:
Richard Farrant Ah alas you salt sea gods
Nicholas Strogers A doleful deadly pang
Clement Woodcock In Nomine
William Byrd(?) My little sweet darling
William Byrd La verginella
William Byrd Ne irascaris
William Byrd Christe qui lux es

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FEB 3 Discussion Panel
Feb
3
2:30 PM14:30

FEB 3 Discussion Panel

All We Can't See – Discussion Panel
Saturday 3 February
2.30 — 3.30pm

Moderator: Elaine Pearson (Director, Human Rights Watch Australia)
Guests: Mohammad Ali Baqiri (refugee and advocate formerly detained on Nauru), Paul Farrell (journalist, BuzzFeed) and Angus McDonald (artist)

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All We Can’t See: Illustrating the Nauru Files
Feb
2
to Feb 10

All We Can’t See: Illustrating the Nauru Files

An exhibition illustrating the Nauru Files to raise awareness about the human cost of Australia's offshore detention policy.

In August 2016 The Guardian published The Nauru Files, leaked incident reports written by staff in Australia’s detention centre on Nauru between 2013 and 2015. These files detail 2,116 individual cases of assault, sexual abuse, self-harm, child abuse and abhorrent living conditions endured by asylum seekers in the care of the Australian Government.

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Despite the harrowing nature of the files, the centre continues to operate as before – the conditions remain and the abuse is ongoing. In the absence of media access to the island, our objective is to illustrate these stories through creative expression, using art to shed light on all we can’t see. Each file will be illustrated by a different artist.

Featuring artworks by 30 leading Australian artists, includingAbdul Abdullah / Abbas Alaboudi / Angela Brennan / Paul Davies / Belinda Fox / Adrienne Gaha / Peter Gardiner / Sam Harrison / Pia Johnson / Laura Jones / Locust Jones / Janet Laurence / Tim Maguire / Angus McDonald / Tomislav Nikolic / George Palmer / Louis Pratt / Jamie Priesz / Marisa Purcell / Ben Quilty / Mark Rodda / Abdullah M I Sayed / Luke Scibberas / Megan Seres / Alex Seton / Luke Storrier / Aida Tomescu / Mark Whalen / Judith Wright / Joshua Yeldham

www.allwecantsee.com

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Sweetness of the New
Jan
25
to Jan 29

Sweetness of the New

Stepping into Tomorrow presents Sweetness of the New an exhibition that combines classic Australian imagery with contemporary sentiment presented by an up and coming collective headed by Sep Pourbozorgi and Thomas John Whelan.


The collection presents work from iconic Australian artists like Peter Kingston in a testament to the Australian aesthetic of years past, alongside pieces of hazy modernity and enlivenment by burgeoning artists such as Anita Simunovic and Lucy Zaroyko; creating a pastiche of a transcendental contemporary moment. Stepping into Tomorrow prides itself on finding the pleasure and the value in contemplation, believing there is “No better way to celebrate our past, than by Stepping Into Tomorrow”.

Sweetness of the New boasts the multifarious company of Liam Ambrose, Comfie, Cressida Campbell, Claudia Carroll, Noni Cragg, Elisabeth Cummings, Lewis Doherty, Rachel Dorn, James Drinkwater, Dick Frizzell, Ian Grant, Holly Greenwood, Peter Kingston, Matilda Kubani-Dean, Bronte Leighton-Dore, Caroline Oakley, Lucy O'Doherty, Eytan Messiah, Mikaela Mitchell-Bishop, Reg Mombassa, Nick Santoro, Garry Shead, Bridget Stehli-Curnow, Anita Simunovic, Matthew Usmar Walkswithdogs, Thomas John Whelan, Siena White, Lucy Zaroyko.

Opening Night
25 January
6—9pm, with intimate live music performances and signposts the beginning of Stepping Into Tomorrow

Exhibition open
26—28 January
Friday, Saturday from 11am—6pm
Sunday from 11am—3pm

For more information
www.steppingintotomorrow.com

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Nigel Milsom – Judo House Part 7 (The White Light) 2017
Dec
6
to Dec 23

Nigel Milsom – Judo House Part 7 (The White Light) 2017

Nigel Milsom can paint the look of many things: folded paper, orchid petals, lights shimmering through train smoke, hounds coursing. He paints prize-winning portraits too, not only the look of his subjects but their very essence as well.

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Milsom began his ‘bird as prophet’ series in 2007 with a video of peregrine falcons projected onto the ABC building in Ultimo. A year or so later his bird paintings appeared and it was clear that these works were the product of a long engagement with their subject matter. Milsom recalls being profoundly influenced as a child by Ken Loach’s 1969 film, Kes, which tells the story of a young working class boy and the kestrel he trains in a Yorkshire coal mining town. All of Milsom's Bird Painting suggested motion, but motion that had been analysed and broken down photographically even as the images themselves became increasingly abstracted.

Here he does something new, rendering a crackle of cockatoos in ink, fixing the movement of both. Feathers are graphic outlines rather than textured paint and we feel the weight of air displaced by downstroke. Silhouetted sometimes, alive always, Milsom shows the birds as black shapes against a featureless expanse that is less sky than the page on which he works for as much as these images are the results of prolonged and knowledgeable looking, they are also the product of ink on paper, its liquidity and flow. Milsom knows how ink’s qualities of bleed and absorption can trick us into believing we are seeing something else---this might be the “lesson” of the abstract works interspersed here –and in this raucous display JUDO HOUSE PART 7 (The White Light) 2017 Milsom realises the grace of flight itself.

— Ingrid Perez, New York, November 2017

Private view
Wednesday 06 December 6—8pm

Exhibition hours
Tuesday to Saturday 11am—6pm

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Sydney Art Quartet: Butt Naked Salon II
Nov
29
to Dec 1

Sydney Art Quartet: Butt Naked Salon II

The outrageous concert of 2016 returns in an evocation of a bohemian art salon that merges music life and live drawing.

Bring your own art materials and join in, or simply immerse yourself in the exquisite ambience. It is assured you will be dining out on this experience for years.

Alan Jones – painting the walls of the Yellow House
Sydney Art Quartet - performing Schubert, Sculthorpe & Finzi
Musings from Tim Olsen

BYO art materials & photo ID.
Restricted entry to 18+ due to nudity.

Franz Schubert Quartet No. 13 in A minor - Rosamunde
Peter Sculthorpe String Quartet No. 11 - Jabiru Dreaming
Gerald Finzi Romance Opus 11

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Daimon Downey: Solo Exhibition
Nov
9
to Nov 11

Daimon Downey: Solo Exhibition

Iconic Australian artist Daimon Downey will be showing Shapes imagined from decisions made in solitude – a solo exhibition of 70 paintings, sculptures and ceramics for three days 9—11 November 2017, with the opening evening on the 9 November at 6pm.


Each iconic piece of art has been painted over the past year at Daimon's Bondi Beach studio, with a theme of ones search for balance in form and colour. Unlike his past incarnations as pop artist for Sneaky Sound System and bar owner of Sydney’s elite night spot – Pelicano – Daimon’s studio is a reclusive space where all decisions are ultimately made alone – however with a mood exclusively reserved for happiness, excitement and positivity.

Each painting and piece of art has been internalised, with the shapes and colours forged into compositions that have balance whilst incorporating a playfulness that is both engaging, and mysterious. Daimon says that each works title is an elusive game that bears no exact connection to the work yet should have the viewer finding their unique relevance to each. Says Damon: "I want you to feel free of fear and shock with my art. The world is becoming a strange, confusing and almost shocking place. I hope to give you comfort and enable one to lose themselves in a safe place. We all like to escape from life. For me this is found in the process of painting without boundary or pure subject matter. Each of my works are tended to be lived with, worlds that will supply their owners a window for safety, pleasure and escape".

The collection is priced from $500—$3500 pc. For more information, high res imagery or interview opportunities, please contact

Sara Huegill
Row A. PR
sarahuegill@me.com
M: 0473 756 949
www.rowapr.com

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Michelle Purves: Cloudscapes
Oct
25
to Oct 29

Michelle Purves: Cloudscapes

Award-winning Sydney artist Michelle Purves makes a triumphant return to the Sydney arts scene with an exhibition at the Yellow House. After a five year absence, Michelle has created a range of ethereal range of paintings of clouds, with the exhibition called Cloudscapes.


She has not been idle in recent years, exhibiting her works and winning prizes across the world for her unique painting of clouds, winning the prestigious 'Prix d’excellence artist emergent' award at the Mediterranean’s most popular art festival in 2015, Art Monaco.

Michelle also won the 2016 'Recognition Prize' at Art Domain Group, Germany; the 'International Prize Tiepolo', presented by Jose Van Roy Dali in Milan; Certificate of Excellence’ as a finalist in The Artavita Competition, 2017, USA; and is a finalist in the Global Art Awards 2017, in association with the Wall Street Journal, to be judged 17 November 2017 in Dubai.

In 2013, Michelle moved overseas to paint and exhibit at a range of art shows, including Art Monaco, Art Zurich, Sterner Gallery in Vienna, Miami’s Red Dot Art Fair and the Shanghai Expo.

“I am delighted to showcase my work, which has taken on a new dimension of expressing drama, romance and beauty", says Michelle.

A well known resident of Woollahra in Sydney, Michelle spent her early childhood in a remote village in Zimbabwe, a country where she became fascinated with colour, being surrounded by landscapes under the surreal light of the African sun. A self-educated artist, Michelle has developed her own style of painting that is popular with private collectors and galleries, while she is also a well-known, passionate patron of the arts.

Opening Night: 25 October 6pm — 9pm
Exhibition: 26—29 October 11am — 7pm

michellepurves.com
michellejacksonpurves@gmail.com
 

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Sydney Art Quartet: Flesh & Bone
Oct
18
to Oct 20

Sydney Art Quartet: Flesh & Bone

The Sydney Art Quartet with KAGE

The highly acclaimed KAGE joins the SAQ 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

 Photo: Lachlan Woods

Photo: Lachlan Woods

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PLAYLIST
Oct
5
to Oct 15

PLAYLIST

Playlist brings together artists Gemma Avery, Charles Cooper, Susan Foster, Julian Hooper, Michael McIntyre, Kyle Murrell, Lisa Sammut and Rebecca Shanahan to present an exhibition whose visual language is considered and idiosyncratic.

Simultaneously interdependent and solitary, these works act as elegant counterpoints to one another. Playlist is a personal compendium of contemporary visual artists assembled by Gemma Avery. If the artists were songs then she’d be playing them to you. Probably on a turntable. Definitely reading the lyrics.

In music parlance, counterpoint is the relationship between voices that are harmonically interdependent, yet independent in rhythm and contour. Playlist, an exhibition that works across collage, photography, painting and installation, achieves a unique collective expression while maintaining the singular sensibilities of the artists.

Exhibition hours
Tue to Fri 10am—6pm
Sat & Sun 10am—4pm

Charles Cooper courtesy of Annandale Galleries
Julian Hooper courtesy of Gallery 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UNDER THE LINO: BRUCE GOOLD & GEORGE GITTOES
Sep
21
6:30 PM18:30

UNDER THE LINO: BRUCE GOOLD & GEORGE GITTOES

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.

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GEORGE GITTOES: YELLOW HOUSE SYDNEY ’71 – YELLOW HOUSE JALALABAD ‘17
Sep
8
to Sep 29

GEORGE GITTOES: YELLOW HOUSE SYDNEY ’71 – YELLOW HOUSE JALALABAD ‘17

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!

DON'T MISS George together with Bruce Goold on 21 September.

Exhibition hours, not including events:
10AM — 6PM Tuesday to Friday
10AM — 4PM Saturday to Sunday
otherwise by appointment gittoesfilms@gmail.com

 

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TONY JONES – BOOK LAUNCH
Aug
30
6:30 PM18:30

TONY JONES – BOOK LAUNCH

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
Call 9331 6642 or book via Eventbrite

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LAUNCH: ARTS INITIATIVE AUSTRALIA
Aug
26
4:00 PM16:00

LAUNCH: ARTS INITIATIVE AUSTRALIA

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;

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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!!!

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AAQ – WHEN WE WERE YOUNG
Aug
8
to Aug 11

AAQ – WHEN WE WERE YOUNG

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.

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TARYN FIEBIG

"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

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PLEXUS AT YELLOW HOUSE
Jul
24
8:00 PM20:00

PLEXUS AT YELLOW HOUSE

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.

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THE MEMORY OF MUSIC
Jul
13
8:30 PM20:30

THE MEMORY OF MUSIC

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
Call 9331 6642 or book via Eventbrite

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SPATIAL CONTEMPLATION
May
17
to May 19

SPATIAL CONTEMPLATION

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

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THE FLOWER WHISPERER
Mar
29
to Mar 31

THE FLOWER WHISPERER

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.

 TONY ASSNESS

TONY ASSNESS

 SASKIA HAVEKES

SASKIA HAVEKES

"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

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ROSS WATSON
Feb
23
to Mar 5

ROSS WATSON

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

Explore more at the Ross Watson Gallery website.

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