Art & About Sydney celebrates colour in amazing places

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Thursday 28 June 2012.

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Sydney will be the scene of an amazing celebration of colour this spring, featuring a house that rains on the inside, ghosts of bohemian Sydney, eerie faces in the park, an urban jungle cube and free vintage bus rides.

From 21 September to 21 October, the city’s streets, parks, squares and laneways will be inspired by Art & About Sydney 2012, with works from international and Australian artists, curators, major cultural institutions and the people of Sydney.

“For 11 years, Art & About Sydney has celebrated art in unconventional spaces, taking art out of the traditional confines of the gallery and displaying it in the pubic domain,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said.

“This year we will explore the theme ‘in colour’, looking at how we process colour and how it affects and inspires us, both as individuals and as a city.

“Each year, the City invests $23 million in the arts and culture to increase opportunities for artists and community participation, and support new and emerging art forms. I hope to see you out and about the city, enjoying our free Art & About festival program.”

Sydney music label Modular co-presents Friday Night Live, Art & About Sydney’s free opening night party on Friday 21 September at Martin Place. Jump on one of the City’s vintage buses for a guided tour of all the installations and late-night openings of major galleries, museums and cultural institutions.

Outside Hyde Park Barracks until October 5, I Wish You Hadn’t Asked invites visitors to step inside an ordinary house – but once inside, one must weather heavy rain. Making its Australian premiere at Art & About Sydney, the award-winning installation is by Sydney artist James Dive and The Glue Society.

The Hotel Australia at the corner of Castlereagh Street and Martin Place played host to the crème of society until its demolition in 1971. Some 40 years later, our very own Montmartre will be brought back to life by the large-scale video installation Last Drinks – One more round at the Hotel Australia.

Get set for a month of music in unusual spaces as Modular and the City of Sydney co-present a series of secret lunch-time gigs. Featuring Australia’s most buzz-worthy bands, these live sessions will enliven the city’s most popular spots, with each week’s gig details to be revealed during the festival.

Inspired by Bauhaus’ Joseph Itten’s colour theory and basic shape, The Banner Gallery will see art patron and Itten’s former student John Kaldor (Kaldor Public Art Projects) collaborate with graphic designer Analiese Cairis to design the banners which will line the City’s main arterial roads for the duration of the festival.

The opportunity to discover the untold stories of the City’s biggest backyard – Hyde Park – will be on offer at Emergence. 3D images will be projected onto trees to reveal the people, past and present, who make up this beautiful green space. Co-presented by the Australian Museum.

From 21 September until 15 October, artist Jasper Knight and architect Isabelle Toland will transform the banality of the everyday into engaging pieces of conceptual art. These cheeky installations will pop-up in various locations across the city and will taunt, tempt and tease.

Australia’s premier outdoor photographic exhibition, Sydney Life, aims to celebrate unique perspectives of Sydney. The works of the 21 finalists and the $10,000 prize winner will proudly hang along the central walkway of Hyde Park North throughout the festival.

Celebrating a knee-high view of Sydney, Little Sydney Lives returns for a second year, encouraging junior snappers aged three to 11 years to share their lens on how Sydney looks and feels to them. The 22 works of a future generation of artists will hang on bed-sheet size canvases in Sandringham Gardens.

This year’s Village Art Project – The Great Crate – will see a fully recyclable, 10-metre high x 10-metre wide giant cube housed outside Green Square train station. The interactive sustainable art project will invite the local community to create a completely edible, luscious green environment.

From 21 September to 31 January 2013, four of the City’s laneways and public spaces along George Street will be transformed for City Spaces, the sixth annual laneway art program. Curators, artists, architects and urban designers from across the globe will pave a laneway in gold, cast street urchins in bronze and more.

George Street will host a massive, free closing night street party on Saturday 20 October. Co-presented by the City of Sydney and Crave, Moveable Feast will feature music, film and the culinary delights of the City’s new food trucks, in what is sure to be an unforgettable party for the people of Sydney.

“In my 11 years as Creative Director of Art & About, I have seen the festival grow from a small community arts festival to an internationally recognised public art festival – attracting internationally acclaimed artists, institutions and collaborators to showcase their major works, with our stunning city as the canvas,” Gill Minervini, Creative Director/Producer – Events, City of Sydney, said.

“A uniquely Sydney experience, Art & About rethinks the way contemporary art is presented to the public, engaging artists to produce projects across all artistic forms in unusual locations – projects that allow us to see the city and ourselves differently, and that inspire thought, emotion and change.”