The centre of this annual fourday festival is an art fair – a onestop shop in which commercial galleries and artist-run initiatives spruik their wares – augmented by a program of installations, performances, talks and screenings, with many of the events free to the public. àCarriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh 2015. sydneycontemporary.com.au. $10-$150. Sep 7-10.
White Rabbit’s latest monumental show features 28 works by Chinese and Taiwanese artists exploring faith, religion and spirituality. àWhite Rabbit, 30 Balfour St, Chippendale 2008. 02 8399 2867. www.whiterabbitcollection.org. Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. Free. Until Jan 7.
Every year, the MCA invites an artist or curator to take the reins of its Primavera exhibition, a showcase for artists under 35. In 2017, Sophia Kouyoumdjian (of Parramatta Artists Studios) is curating around a theme of ‘Ancient Futures’. àMuseum of Contemporary Art (MCA), 140 George St, The Rocks 2000. 02 9245 2400. mca.com.au. Thu-Tue 10am-5pm; Wed 10am-9pm. Free. Aug 23-Nov 19.
Eight Australian artists are showcased in the National Art School’s celebration of alumni, including 2017 Archibald Prizewinning painter Mitch Cairns and Sulman Prize winner Joan Ross. àNAS Gallery, National Art School, Cnr Forbes & Burton St, Darlinghurst 2010. 02 9339 8744. www.nas.edu.au. Mon-Sat 11am-5pm. Free. Until Oct 14.
Geng Xue, ‘Mr Sea’ (2014), still from stop-motion animation