From the 6th – 29th March, New South Wales turns into a mecca of creativity for Sydney Art Month. With over a hundred showcasing galleries, the city is throwing their doors open for you to be inspired by masterpieces, and learn how the artists created them.
This annual shin dig is dedicated to supporting local artists and encouraging budding artists to pursue their talents. This month’s theme is ‘Where Art Happens,’ under the guidance of Artistic Director Glenn Barkley. The theme accentuates the relationship between artists, their creative path and the supporting galleries, showing their work. You can also take artist-led tours and hear directly from the horse’s mouth, about ideas that accelerated them to create their finale canvas or installation.
This festival is ideal for tourists looking for unique art or for business travellers who are interested in taking clients for a breather from meetings. Maybe consider taking a City Art Tour in Circular Quay and the Botanic Gardens on 11th March, before a business lunch. Or possibly a Go West Bus Tour on the 14th with friends, to visit major galleries such as the Parrametta Artists Studios? For anyone feeling more active on the 15th, you can take the Leichhardt Open Studio Trail by bike to peruse art studios in the Leichhardt LGA. Looking for an evening tour? Then the Waterloo Sunset on the 28th includes a leisurely walk and wine tasting, reviewing three art spaces in the area and sampling Lisa McGuigan’s award winning vinos.
Most of the events are free yet others include a charge. Don’t worry, the rates aren’t extortionate i.e. Wine & Walk tour is $40 p/p and remember, it does include liquid dinner!
Talking about evenings, there are a flurry of events called Art At Night during the festival, at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Wellington St Projects, Archibald Fountain and Firstdraft Gallery. The events finish either 8pm or 10pm and include drinks, music and performances so you’re fully covered in the entertainment category.
For visitors and locals with kids, there’s a family section on the website including jewellery and papermaking workshops to drawing, animation, puppetry and ‘make your own print’ classes.
Just a short ferry ride from the Harbour, you’ll be at Cremorne Point, where you can marvel over a 19th century heritage building, now a stunning boutique hotel. At Cremorne Point Manor, one of the oldest hotels in Sydney, dig deep into your own artistic talent while you view the downtown skyline at night. It’s a work of art but since seeing is believing, check our home page video, an inspiration in itself.