Art & About Syd­ney

Time Out (Sydney) - - THIS MONTH IN SYDNEY -

City streets pre­pare to host tem­po­rary art this month – and all year

Ways of our lives

Open-air gallery Aus­tralian Life re­turns to Hyde Park with 22 thought-pro­vok­ing pho­to­graphs sub­mit­ted as part of the $10,000 Aus­tralian Life Prize. See how Aus­tralian pho­tog­ra­phers young and old have striven to cap­ture our lives in a large-for­mat out­door gallery set­ting. Hyde Park, Sep 18- Oct 11, 2015.

Lis­ten to the mu­sic

For nine days Syd­ney Town Hall's Mar­coni Ter­race be­comes the back­drop for a gar­den bar with some of the best live mu­sic Syd­ney has to of­fer – all free. Hear a spe­cial acous­tic set by Dave Le'au­pepe and Joji Malani from Gang of Youths, in­die pop dar­lings Mi­crowave Jenny, and the Latin jazz stylings of The Voice star Emma Pask. That's along with in­ti­mate sets by Jones Jnr, Pat Capocci and Richard in Your Mind, plus Paul Cap­sis along­side 20-per­son gospel choir Café at the Gate of Sal­va­tion. The Ter­race will be open daily from 5pm. The Ter­race, Syd­ney Town Hall, Sep 18-27, 2015.

Hit the right note

Up to 100 massed vol­un­teers play­ing weird and won­der­ful ‘in­stru­ments' will stage sur­prise public per­for­mances around the city as part of Games + Ac­tions (for a Quiet City). Mas­ter­minded by art col­lec­tive Su­per Crit­i­cal Mass, these sonic flash mobs will ap­pear at lo­ca­tions such as the Mitchell Li­brary, Hyde Park and Martin Place. Oct 17- Nov 1, 2015.

Fu­ture shock

Inspired by Ri­d­ley Scott’s 1982 mas­ter­piece Blade Run­ner, the Golden Age Cin­ema and Bar will trans­form a car park into a fu­tur­is­tic play­ground where you may be­gin to ques­tion what it means to be hu­man amid chang­ing tech­nol­ogy. For More Hu­man Than Hu­man: Blade Run­ner, you’ll walk through sur­real spa­ces, sur­rounded by mu­sic, food and art­work, cul­mi­nat­ing in a night mar­ket and rooftop screen­ing of the re­mas­tered Blade Run­ner. Goul­burn Street Car Park, Sat Nov 21, 2015.

Test the wa­ter

Syd­ney’s latest must-visit bar will be serv­ing the only price­less drink on the planet – wa­ter. Syd­ney artist Janet Lau­rence’s lab­o­ra­tory-style in­stal­la­tion H20: Wa­ter Bar, lets you taste wa­ters from around Aus­tralia. So pol­ish up your wa­ter con­nois­seur’s talk, such as “a fruity lit­tle num­ber laced with hints of lawn grass”. Padding­ton Reser­voir Gar­dens, Feb 2-21, 2016.

Af­ter 13 years of a fes­ti­val-style pro­gram that jam-packed one month with tem­po­rary public art, Art & About is com­mit­ting to a year­long cal­en­dar of cre­ativ­ity. You can ex­pect more art in ev­ery cor­ner of Syd­ney – here are the first six projects com­ing your way over the next six months...

Great white night

For Welcome to the Deep End: Jaws, Golden Age Cin­ema and Bar is tak­ing over the An­drew (Boy) Charl­ton Pool for a har­bour­side screen­ing of 1975 block­buster Jaws. Stretch back on float­ing or pool­side seat­ing, en­joy a seafood bar­be­cue and ocean-inspired drinks, and lis­ten to spe­cial guests de­scribe their ex­pe­ri­ence of the big blue and raise aware­ness about what re­ally lurks be­low. An­drew (Boy) Charl­ton Pool, Jan 29-30, 2016.

Mi­crowave Jenny

Emma Pask

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