Art Month descends on Sydney

By Kelly Jirsa

Bresic Whitney Collection tour, Art Month Sydney.
Bresic Whitney Collection tour, Art Month Sydney.
March 2016 will see the opening of Art Month Sydney, a not-for-profit contemporary art festival providing opportunities for public access to art works, tours and talks.

From 1 to 20 March 2016 Sydney will be celebrating contemporary works by Australian artists and hosting activities across the city, including in some of the city’s most historic spaces. The festival coincides with the high-profile Biennale of Sydney, 18 March to 5 June, that features international and local art works by prominent artists.

What makes Art Month Sydney unique is its program of events that focus on encouraging and education on art collecting. Talks like ‘Starting a collection 101’, ‘Can you collect Performance Art’ and ‘How to start a corporate collection’ are an interesting addition to the program that introduces audiences to the world of art investment. Along with investment advice the program also includes opportunities for an ‘insider view’ into corporate and private collections via intimate tours across Sydney.

The festival also differentiates itself from other festivals by its engagement with urban art communities, highlighting the strong creative scenes in the city and surrounds and celebrating these with pop-up bars, events and tours.

Tours of some of Sydney’s iconic buildings that house artists’ studios are a highlight of the festival. ‘The City of Sydney’s William Street Creative Live Work Spaces’ tours allow you to visit six artists at work in their studio space, you’ll be able to chat with them about their ‘works in progress’ and get a sneak peak into their creative process.

Bresic Whitney Collection tour, Art Month Sydney.
Bresic Whitney Collection tour, Art Month Sydney.

 

Margarita Sampson, Anemone Incursions Pussy Galore Altered Chair, textiles, courtesy the artist and Stanley Street Gallery
Margarita Sampson, Anemone Incursions Pussy Galore Altered Chair, textiles, courtesy the artist and Stanley Street Gallery

 

Matlok Griffiths, Wicked problems, 2015, courtesy the artist and Darren Knight Gallery
Matlok Griffiths, Wicked problems, 2015, courtesy the artist and Darren Knight Gallery

 

Alexi Keywan, Ascension 2, 2015, couresty the artist and Australian Galleries
Alexi Keywan, Ascension 2, 2015, couresty the artist and Australian Galleries

 

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