Sunday Feel the art vibe
10AM FREE ART
Biennale Of Sydney Festival Day, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour; 10am-5pm, 20bos.com 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.
7.30AM FREE MOTOR SHOW
Motors And Meatballs In Macarthur, Enzos Cucina, Shop 1 & 2, 137 Heritage Way, Glen Alpine, Macarthur region; 7.30am-10.30am, donations welcome, macarthur.com.au 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, tbsss.org.au/classes/special-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.
10AM FUN DAY
Arnott’s Family Fun Day, Arnott’s Huntingwood, 61 Huntingwood Drive, Huntingwood; 10am-4pm, adult $15, child $10, arnottsfoundation.org.au 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, dulcimerdolls.com.au 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, acp.org.au Explore new ways with light in this sixhour photographic workshop led by Katrin Koenning, recently named a topfive Instagrammer in Time magazine.