Event/Exhibition: Artbank Social Club and Artist Flea Market

Artbank Social Club and Artist Flea Market is back in Waterloo this November.

The event’s annual open day offers a chance to explore over 5,000 works of Australian artists in the collection store. There will also be an experimental Artist Flea Market, where the gallery and public spaces at Artbank transformed by over 30 contemporary artists from across Australia – a mix of open studio and jumble sale.

Artists include Amala Groom & Nicole Monks (SYD), Ok Yeah Cool Great (Anna McMahon & Kate Beckingham) (SYD), Big Ego Books (Emily Hunt & Raquel Caballero) (SYD), Keg de Souza (SYD), Shivanjani Lal (SYD), Lisa Hilli (MELB), James Tylor (ADEL), Claudia Nicholson (SYD), James Nguyen (SYD), Caroline Garcia (SYD), Make or Break (Connie Anthes & Rebecca Gallo) (SYD), Angela Goh (SYD), and more.

Get your tickets here.

222 Young Street, Waterloo | November 19, 10am-4pm

Music: Green Day’s American Idiot Musical Comes to Australia

Green Day’s American Idiot musical is finally coming to Australia, complete with a soon-to-be-announced all-Aussie cast and directed by Australian award-winning director Craig Ilott.

The season’s premiere will take place at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, South Brisbane on February 23.

Written by the band’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, American Idiot tells the story of three friends and their self-discovery journey in a post-9/11 world. The rock musical will also feature songs from the albums American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown.

Tickets will be on sale from 9am this Friday, October 28.

Green Day will also come to Australia for their Revolution Radio tour from April-May.

Event/Exhibition: Stonevilla Fundraiser Exhibition

Stonevilla Studios is back with its annual fundraising event to raise money for the 2017 Stonevilla Wearable Art Prize extravaganza.

Fifty artists will be participating in the fundraising events on Friday, October 21, 6-8pm. All artworks will be sold at the price of $50.

Other than fundraising, Stonevilla will also hold an exhibition from October 28-30, featuring the works of the nine artists who have been resident at Stonevilla over the past 12 months.

Participating artists are Lynne Barwick, Mishka Borowski, Michelle Hanlin, Emily Hunt, Ali Noble, Luke Parker, Stephen Ralph, Nick Strike, and Samantha Whittingham.

October 28-30, 11am-4pm

Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock Street, Camperdown NSW

Email: victoria.johnstone@marrickville.nsw.gov.au or stonevillastudios@gmail.com

Digital: Four Most Promising Design Jobs of the Future

There have been concerns that graphic and web design is a dying field – however, Job Outlook’s study suggests that designer’s job security will remain strong, with “strong growth” in employment growth in the next five years and “above average” level of job openings.  Furthermore, experts predict that some design jobs will be highly wanted in the future. Here are the four most promising design jobs in the future:

Virtual Interaction Designers

With the strong growth of virtual and augmented reality, virtual interaction designers will be in high demand to create immersive, interactive environment for users.

Algorithmic/AI Designers

Algorithms are becoming more important to enhance the capability of automated systems to serve users in the best way possible. Furthermore, companies’ increasing reliance on data makes algorithm much more important, as it applies data to its working process. According to Upscored, algorithm design job is one of the most lucrative IT jobs and the most difficult jobs for employers to hire.

“Fueled by data, analytics, and AI, algorithmic business will continue to grow and disrupt your business,” said Steve Prentice, vice president at Gartner Inc. “This growth is unabated as algorithms are feasting on the wealth of data that grows inexorably.”

Post-Industrial Designers

Postindustrial designers are responsible for end-to-end experience – that is, connecting physical objects with digital worlds (for example, fitness bracelets, smartwatches, tap-and-go wallets). While industrial design – that is, making objects – is still important, current trends demand that they should also support “digital thinking and connectivity across many fields”, according to Fastcodesign’s Gadi Amit.

Freelance Designers

Due’s John Rampton said freelance designers’ future is still strong with 13 per cent jobs growth between 2010 and 2020. Those working in a digital segment will benefit even more, as the field is set to grow 61 per cent. Furthermore, according to Teague, the growth of AI and “global creative marketplace” will also empower individual freelance designers because firms are no longer as bounded within large teams.

Event/Exhibition: Art of Ageing Exhibition

Art of Ageing

What’s the world like for older people? The Art of Ageing Exhibition looks to answer this question, challenge the common perceptions and discover the full picture.

To celebrate the upcoming launch of NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-2020, the exhibition will feature photographs by Louise Hawson of 52suburbs, who documented the lives of older people through photographs.

The Art of Ageing Exhibition will run October 21-23 at Lower Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney.

Orianthi and Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora Come to Sydney in Australian Tour

Guitarists Richie Sambora and Orianthi, who formed duo RSO in 2014, are coming to Sydney on Thursday, September 29.

Sambora is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter and Lead Guitarist of legendary band Bon Jovi, while Adelaide-born musician Orianthi found fame after playing in Alice Cooper’s band and featuring in Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’ concert tour and film.

Sambora said he is excited about the tour. “I can’t wait to perform the classic songs fans know and love, as well as share a preview of what you can expect to hear on our upcoming debut album,” Sambora said.

RSO will include songs from both Sambora and Orianthi’s catalogues as well as Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Michael Jackson and Prince.

“I’m ecstatic to be bringing this tour home to Australia”, said Orianthi. “Aussies really know how to rock out at concerts. It’s going to be an incredible experience.”

RSO will perform at Metro City in Perth on September 23, Adelaide Entertainment Centre on September 26, Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on September 27, Enmore Theatre (near Newtown/Marrickville) in Sydney on September 29 and Eaton Hills Hotel in Brisbane on September 30.

Music: Melbourne Music Week Announces Full Program and Line-Up

Melbourne Music Week has announced its full program and lineups for the event in November.

This event features 240 artists, including Aunty Donna, Elliphant, Yeo, and Julia Stone.

Other than performances, the event also offers workshops (Introduction to Ableton Live; Make Your Own Synth; Melbourne Music Week Choir Workshop), talk shows (In Conversation with Zola Jesus), exhibitions (Her Sound, Her Story; ON AIR: 40 years of 3RRR).

The week will be closed at the State Library, featuring artists such as Jennifer Loveless, Rainbow Chan and LUCIANBLOMKAMP.


November 11-19

Various Melbourne locations

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Event/Exhibition: Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2016

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes annual exhibition is back in the Art Gallery of NSW, July 16-October 9.

The exhibition features the artworks of the prize winners and finalists, as well as those of budding artists aged 5-18 on display in the Young Archies.

The Archibald Prize, one of Australia’s most prestigious art award, is given to the best portrait painting. The 2016 winner is Louise Hearman’s ‘Barry’, a portrait painting of entertainer Barry Humphries.

The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture, while the Sulman Prize is given to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media. Wynne’s 2016 winner is Ken Family Collaborative’s ‘Seven sister’, and Sulman’s 2016 winner is Esther Stewart’s ‘Flatland dreaming’.

The trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW judge the Archibald and Wynne, while senior painter Judy Watson was invited to judge the Sulman this year.

Tickets to the exhibition can be bought here.

Event/Exhibition: General Assembly’s Made In Sydney Party

To close up its Made in Sydney series, General Assembly presents ‘Music Makers & Innovators’ discussions, performances, and a closing party.

A panel of leading figures in the city’s music scene will discuss what makes the Sydney music scene unique and unlike any other. A party will follow this discussion, featuring Adi Toohey’s DJ set and drinks from Young Henry’s.

Made in Sydney is an event series celebrating innovators, creatives, products and businesses putting Sydney on the map.

Panel: Chad Gillard (Co-Founder of Future Classic); Mark Gerber (Founder/ General Manager of The Oxford Art Factory Concept); Adam Maggs (Co-founder of Liveschool, Ableton Certified Trainer, Ableton Brand Manager); Katie Rynne (Booking Agent, Select Music Agency Pty Ltd); Dom O’Connor (FBI Radio Presenter); Adi Toohey (Sydney-based DJ / FBI radio host)

aMBUSH Event Space, Central Park

Level 3, 28 Broadway

Chippendale, Sydney 2008

Thursday 29 September, 6-8pm

Exhibition: Yoshitoshi’s ‘One hundred aspects of the moon’ at AGNSW

The Art Gallery of NSW presents the full series of One hundred aspects of the moon [Tsuki hyakushi] by renowned Japanese artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892).

The series, considered as the artist’s masterwork, was created in the last years of Yoshitoshi’s life. His prints draw from stories relating to moon from Japanese and Chinese history, famous legends, literature and theatre as well as folklore and mythology. While Yoshitoshi’s previous works are characterized with grisly and dark themes, many describe One hundred aspects of the moon as “quieter”, with perspective and realism techniques.

Yoshitoshi is recognised as a master of traditional Japanese woodblock printing, known as ukiyo-e, and an originator of manga and anime.

One hundred aspects of the moon runs from August 20 – November 20 at the Upper Asian gallery, AGNSW.