Sun­day Feel the art vibe

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Best Weekend - - PLANNER -


Bi­en­nale Of Syd­ney Fes­ti­val Day, Cock­a­too Is­land, Syd­ney Har­bour; 10am-5pm, In­dian con­tem­po­rary artist Bharti Kher has no­ticed a “heav­i­ness” about the at­mos­phere on Cock­a­too Is­land, where her work is in­stalled for the 20th Bi­en­nale of Syd­ney. Her im­pres­sive sculp­tural work, Six Women, 2013-2014, is in an old sand­stone build­ing on the is­land that was once a pen­i­ten­tiary and then a ship­build­ing site. Kher says a lot of peo­ple notice the odd vibe on Cock­a­too Is­land.

“There’s a residue,” Kher says. “You feel it in the walls and in the stone, and you can al­most hear it.”

Her plas­ter casts of sex work­ers take on an eerie qual­ity in this lo­ca­tion. Judge for your­self to­day (Sun­day), when the Bi­en­nale hosts a spe­cial fes­ti­val day on Cock­a­too Is­land. Apart from see­ing all the art­works that are on view on the is­land, ad­di­tional fun will in­clude art-in­spired work­shops, talks and var­i­ous other ac­tiv­i­ties, says Bi­en­nale CEO Ben Strout.

“There’ll be a cre­ative move­ment workshop at noon and 3pm, led by a dancer,” Strout says. “There’s also art-mak­ing sta­tions in­spired by artists (in the Bi­en­nale).”

At one of these sta­tions, visi­tors will make “wear­able sculp­tures” based on the work of artist Justene Wil­liams, Strout says. Be­tween 11.30am and 2.30pm there will be hourly tours of the art dis­played on the is­land. And adult visi­tors can re­store them­selves at the pop-up Yer­ing Sta­tion Wine Bar, which has sweep­ing views back to the city. Free fer­ries to the is­land are avail­able to­day, but book­ing is es­sen­tial via the Bi­en­nale web­site. Oth­er­wise, Syd­ney Fer­ries are just $2.50 on Sun­days.


Mo­tors And Meat­balls In Macarthur, En­zos Cucina, Shop 1 & 2, 137 Her­itage Way, Glen Alpine, Macarthur re­gion; 7.30am-10.30am, do­na­tions wel­come, Ex­pect fine Ital­ian cui­sine com­bined with fine au­to­mo­tive ma­chin­ery in­clud­ing Fer­raris, Porches, mo­tor­bikes and mus­cle cars. The event will raise funds for Bowel Can­cer Aus­tralia.


Sculp­ture In A Day: Carv­ing Soap­stone With Karen Alexan­der, 1A Clara St, Ersk­ineville; 9.30am-4.30pm, $165, tb­­cial-work­shops/ Soap­stone is a soft, eas­ily carved stone of var­i­ous hues and pat­terns. From start to fin­ish, Karen Alexan­der is there to teach you how to carve it. Book­ings are es­sen­tial for this event held at the Tom Bass Sculp­ture Stu­dio School.


Arnott’s Fam­ily Fun Day, Arnott’s Hunt­ing­wood, 61 Hunt­ing­wood Drive, Hunt­ing­wood; 10am-4pm, adult $15, child $10, arnotts­foun­da­ Car­ni­val at­trac­tions, Har­ley David­son rides, ur­ban pop­sters Jus­tice Crew, and a raf­fle prize that looks a lot like a new Suzuki Swift set the stage for this fam­ily fun day at the Arnott’s bak­ery in Hunt­ing­wood.


Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional Doll Show, Waitara Func­tion Cen­tre, Asquith Leagues Club, 11-37 Alexan­dria Pde, Waitara; 10am-4pm $8, dul­cimer­ It is all about the dolly at this event for col­lec­tors and en­thu­si­asts. This is the sec­ond day of the In­ter­na­tional Doll Show and, from mod­ern to vin­tage, all man­ner of dolls will be on dis­play.


Il­lu­mi­nate Your Sub­ject: Workshop With Ka­trin Koen­ning, Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Pho­tog­ra­phy, 257 Ox­ford St, Padding­ton; 10am-4pm, $220, Ex­plore new ways with light in this six­hour pho­to­graphic workshop led by Ka­trin Koen­ning, re­cently named a top­five In­sta­gram­mer in Time mag­a­zine.

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