Wednesday, August 29, 2007

This Is Not Art - Newcastle Sep 27 - Oct 1

This is not art 2007

"This Is Not Art is Australia’s premier independent, emerging and experimental arts festival held in Newcastle, Australia. The 2007 program presents five heady days of creative over-stimulus with workshops, exhibitions, artists presentations, readings, roundtables, performances, panel discussions, project presentations and screenings. All FREE. It's only the gigs that will cost ya!"


Translucent World exhibition - Aug 29 - Nov 11

Translucent World

"Translucent World is an exhibition of Chinese jade from the outstanding collection of the Palace Museum in Beijing, featuring the manifold uses of jade depicting nature as a reflection of human beliefs and emotions.

Since ancient times, the Chinese have revered this ‘heavenly stone’, carved to produce the most prized ornaments and ceremonial implements. Nature, worked in a diversity of themes and styles over the millennia, has remained a potent source of inspiration for artisans. Since China's Neolithic period, real and imagined creatures of the earth - turtles, birds, dragons or other monsters - were endowed with special attributes, as revealed by their depiction in jade. Gradually the flora and fauna of nature became jade’s most important subject matter. After the Tang dynasty, the landscape with its mountains and streams came to occupy a distinguished place within jade’s thematic repertoire. Designed to decorate cultural implements or sculpted into evocative boulders, these works embodied the universal longing of cultivated individuals to escape their quotidian world to commune with nature. As a crucial component of the nature and its rhythms, humans are represented as part of this translucent world.

Chinese depictions of nature through jade are seldom mere representations of the external world. Rather, they explore nature as a reflection of the human ideal. These ideas about nature, as well as their manifestation in jade, are consistent with Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism, all of which stress humanity’s oneness with nature..."

Where: Asian Gallery, Ground level, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road
The Domain, Sydney


Australian Bookbinders Exhibition 2007 - July 16 - Sep 27

Australian Bookbinders Exhibition 2007

"In the world of digital publishing the artisan bookbinder could well be an endangered species. Annual exhibitions of the bookbinders’ art have been held since 1997, providing a focus for practitioners' skill and creativity. This is the first time it has been held at the Gallery."

Research Library, Lower Level 1
Art Gallery of NSW
Monday - Friday, 10am–4pm (excluding public holidays)
Until 9pm Wednesdays



Evolve exhibition by Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott - Sep 6-29

Evolve - Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott

"EVOLVE - Solo exhibition by Australian glass artists Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott.
With botanical creations by Saskia Havekess of Grandiflora, Sydney..

Opening night and artist talk 12th September
Sabbia Gallery presents this long awaited solo exhibition by two of Australia’s most successful contemporary glass artists Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott.

Evolve marks their 15th year together in a partnership rarely seen within any art medium. This exhibition further explores their recent exploration of botanical forms in the Australian environment, and the play of light through the form and surface cutting. It is built on the life that they share together in Sydney’s Northern Beaches..."


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

COFA Spring Fair 2007 - September 15

COFA Spring Fair 2007

The COFA Spring Fair is on again 15 September at COFA UNSW.
This year's program of activities include:

* Art Exhibitions at Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Kudos Gallery and COFAspace
* Fine Art & Design market
* Open Studio Walks
* A live DJ area
* A series of Short Courses on digital image portfolio, felting, gilding, Shibori dyeing and stretching a canvas
*COFA Talks: Meet the Makers: Soda_Jerk screen and discuss their indie opus: ¡®Pixel Pirate II: Attack of the Astro Elvis Video Clone¡ The Art Life: Art on the Idiot Box with Andrew Frost
* Science-Fiction/Science-Fact: Show and tell with SymbioticA resident, artist Boo Chapple
* Printmaking demonstrations, coffee, cake and MORE!

When: Saturday September 15, gates open at 10 am
Where: COFA UNSW, Entry via the Greens Rd entrance


Hope Street Markets - Oct 5, 6, 7 Sydney

Hope Street Markets, Surry Hills

The Hope Street Markets will be on again on October 5, 6, 7. Designers will be selling their products including clothing, jewellery, accessories, object desgin and art at the markets.

Address: 182 Campbell St, Surry Hills. Open Fri 5/10 from 6-9pm, Sat 6/10 and Sun 7/10 from 12-5pm.


Once - movie

Once movie

"Once is the inspirational tale of two kindred spirits who find each other on the bustling streets of Dublin. One is a street musician who lacks the confidence to perform his own songs. The other is a young mother trying to find her way in a strange new town. As their lives intertwine, they discover each other's talents and push one another to realize what each had only dreamt about before. Once is their inspiring story. Written and directed by John Carney (On the Edge, Bachelors Walk), Once is a nod to the classic musicals of the past, while it is also grounded in the bohemian world of struggling young Dubliners that he knew from his days as a young musician." Director:John Carney, Cast:Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova

The movie opens in Sydney August 30 at the Dendy. Looks like a movie worth watching!

Once movie's website:

SMH review:

Dendy cinema website: