Exhibitions: Art, History and More

Art Galleries and Creative Spaces To Check Out In Redfern

When getting your art fix, the best places to check out reside within the creative villages in Redfern. Take a couple of your creative friends and spend a lovely crafternoon exploring the melting pot of cultures within the outskirts of Sydney.
Here are few inspiring galleries and spaces for you to check out:

White Rabbit
Described as a “sizable art gallery featuring contemporary Chinese works” founded by Kerr and Judith Neilson in 2000. White Rabbit is an ideal place to relax where you can also enjoy a street-level tea house with snacks.

Located inside the industrial pockets of Redfern, Carriageworks breathes as a contemporary and multi-arts centre. Lead by local artists, Carriageworks engages with other creatives and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues.

A private art space in the core of Redfern, Blakspot pays tribute to our indigenous ancestors holding a collection of Aboriginal artworks.  Inspired by the natural flora and fauna of Australia as well as the stories of our original landowners, Blakspot is a great window into Australia’s history.

The Bearded Tit
Don’t get too excited by the name, the Bearded Tit is just a vibrant bar and art space on Regents St. With quirky decor, including wall-mounted animal heads and gilt mirrors, the Bearded Tit welcomes all walks of life who enjoy art and the occasional hair on the dog.

Nussinov Gallery
For Micha Nussinov fans, Nussinov Gallery is a home for all of Micha’s creative and audio works of art. The gallery exhibits the diverse and evocative range of her creations. Uncover the layers of her digital collages and her illustrations.

Event/Exhibition: Adman: Warhol before pop

What did Andy Warhol do before the famous Campbell’s Soup Cans? Adman: Warhol before pop seeks to provide an answer to this.

The exhibition, dedicated to the American artist’s early career, focuses on his formative years – from his award-winning work as a commercial illustrator through to his first exhibitions.

Adman features more than 300 objects – from rare drawings and photographs to vintage advertisements, artist books and recreated department store window displays – many on public display for the first time.

A collaboration between The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh and the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, this exhibition is grounded with the backdrop of 1950s New York advertising industry.

For more information and ticketing, head to the AGNSW website.

Temporary exhibitions gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney 2000 | February 25 – May 28

Event/Exhibition: Paws for Art

Walk your dog and learn more about Versailles at the National Gallery of Australia’s Paws for Art.

The event will include curator talks on dogs and their status symbol at the Palace of Versailles as well as photo competition, paw painting and portrait making.

For more information, head to the NGA website.

Sculpture Garden, the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes, Canberra | January 21, 9-11.30am

Event/Exhibition: Balabala

Sydney Festival presents Balabala, a dance repertoire by Indonesian choreographer Eko Supriyanto.

Performed by five women from North Maluku, Indonesia, the piece draws on the traditional martial art of Pencak Silat. Balabala sees the youth finding power against hierarchies of culture and gender through movement.

Collaborating with choreographer Arco Renz, Supriyanto’s Balabala seeks to give tribute to the Indonesian women of the past and the present.

For tickets and more information, head to Sydney Festival website.


Carriageworks, Bay 17, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh | January 7-10, 2017

Event/Exhibition: BingeFest

Confused whether to go out on the weekend or stay at home, watching your favorite TV show for the umpteenth time? Now you don’t have to choose.

Sydney Opera House presents Bingefest, a 24-hour pop culture binge festival. Running from 3pm on Saturday, December 17 until 6am on Monday, December 19, the event’s program will include everything content-related – from cat videos to Buffy marathon, from Street Fighter to Harambe commemoration. Headliners include Shia LaBeouf (and his two collaborators, Nastja Säde Rönkkön and Luke Turner), Julie Snyder (Serial), Dan Harmon (Community, Rick and Morty), Josh Thomas (Please Like Me) and more.

For tickets and more information, head to Sydney Opera House website.


Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney | December 17-18, 2016

Event/Exhibition: Enabled by Design-athon

Want to use your design and tech skills for a good cause? You’re in luck.

Enabled by Design-athon is a two-day hackathon-style event, whereby teams will find design- and technology-based solutions for everyday challenges as identified by people with disabilities, therapists, and caregivers.

The teams will be in the running for over $10,000 in cash and prizes.

Registrations are open until January 23, 2017.

For more information, head to Enabled by Design-athon Eventbrite page or contact

The University of Sydney Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning – Level 3 Wilkinson Building, 148 City Rd, Darlington | February 24-25, 2017

Event/Exhibition: Soundscape Music Festival

Soundscape Music Festival is coming back to Marrickville this December.

Featuring artists such as The Lulu Raes, Tora, and The Ruminaters, the event will take place at the Factory Theatre.

Ticket prices range from $49-65.

Full Lineup:

The Lulu Raes
Moses Gunn Collective
Human Movement
The Ruminaters
Winston Surfshirt
Robbie Lowe
The Kava Kings
Space Carbonara
Adi Toohey
Jennifer Jennifer
Two Much – DJs
Comfort Club
Strange Associates
Mount Zamia DJS
Nick Stone

For more information and tickets, head to Soundscape Music Festival website.


The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville | Saturday, December 17, 2pm-10pm

Event/Exhibition: Akala and Artists in Conversation

How can hip hop music drive social change? BAFTA and MOBO award-winning UK hip hop artist and writer Akala will be joining a panel of local hip hop artists, students and activists to discuss the evolution of socially conscious hip hop music, and how it influences a new generation of artists and activists.

The event, presented by PS Music Group and Sydney Ideas, will feature the themes of remembering, race, rhythm and resistance, as well as a discussion of the Black Lives Matter campaign in the UK and US.

Hosted by Koori Radio’s Frank and Renee, the evening will include special performances by Akala and surprise guests in a freestyle cypher hosted by Izzy from Emcee-duo Izzy n The Profit.


  • Kween G Kibone, Emcee and performer, radio producer and presenter and youth activist
  • Evelyn Araluen Corr, PhD Candidate, the University of Sydney, working in Indigenous literature and activism. She lives on Dharug country with ancestral ties to the Bundjalung nation.
  • Jonathon Potskin, PhD Candidate, the University of Sydney, researching Indigenous youth and rap music in Canada and Australia
  • Kaiya Aboagye, PhD Candidate, the University of Sydney, researching Race, identity and Aboriginal Australian connections to Africa
  • Emelda Davis, Australian South Sea Islanders NSW State Alliance
  • Professor Juanita Sherwood, Academic Director of the National Centre for Cultural Competence at the University of Sydney

Friday, December 9, 7.30-9pm | Seymour Centre, Cnr of Cleveland St and City Rd, Chippendale

For more information and tickets, go to Sydney Ideas website.

Music: Field Day Sydney 2017

Music festival Field Day is coming on 2017 new year’s day, and it’s bringing some of the best musicians in the scene.

With headliners such as Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper, Alison Wonderland, and Tkay Maidza, Field Day promises a high quality mix of house, hip-hop, indie, and electronica in the sunny outdoor area of the Domain.

For more information, head to Field Day website.

January 1 | The Domain, Sydney

Event/Exhibition: Adobe Creative Jam Sydney

Adobe Creative Jam is hitting Sydney this December at Pyrmont, Sydney.

In collaboration with The Design Kids Sydney and General Assembly, Adobe Creative Jam event offers “two-part creative experience”, which includes presentations by renowned creative workers and Adobe Creative Cloud tournament for design duos.

Speakers for the night are Matt Jackson of The Affectors, Ian Haigh of Ketchup, Zoe Green of Co-Partnership, Anthony Dever of Industry 5000, and Brad Steven and Chris Laws of Born & Raised.

For more information and RSVP, head to Creative Jam Sydney website.

December 6, 6-9pm | WeWork Pyrmont, 100 Harris Street, Pyrmont