Love contemporary art? March is Art Month in Sydney. With exhibitions, workshops and tours. Wine and food too, of course – there’s something for everyone.
It’s a smorgasbord of contemporary art in Sydney during March. Indigenous, installation, street art – you’ll find it all and more.
Compelling – sometimes; confronting – occasionally; conventional – hardly ever.
What is Contemporary Art?
Let’s say it’s art made by a living artist. Or art made recently if the artist is no longer alive. It can be serious, ironic, straight or camp, taken from technology or popular culture, or some mix of these and more. It can be in any style, from street art to abstract digital work.
Installations, video, sculpture, food, music and dance can all be modern contemporary art. It all boils down to not much more than that the artist has re-thought traditional art practices and ways of perceiving the world.
That’s our definition out of the way. Whew!
Art Month Sydney
Free exhibitions – that goes without saying. All the public galleries participate, as do all the larger private ones.
Extended viewing times into the evening.
Precinct Nights provide a moving focus. Different areas take turns to combine evening viewings with special food, music and other Art Month events in their local area.
Talks by artists, curators, critics and more. Lots of thought provoking issues to explore.
Tours are a big part of art month. Combining art and food, art and music, art and anything. Looking at graffiti art, digital art, art in the burbs, it’s different each year.
Experiences are important and get bigger and better each year.
Times, places and other details at the official Art Month website
What’s on for Kids
You’ll find events for children all around Sydney during Art Month Sydney.
Many artists studios and galleries offer workshops and interactive activities for children. Book ahead if you can. Children’s art trails, colouring competitions and many other active ‘joining in’ events are scheduled each year.
Public galleries also have family-focused activities. Most of their Art Month workshops are free but require advance booking. Some require parental supervision during the activity.
Art, Food and Wine
March also sees the annual NSW Food and Wine festival and there are often combined events.
Explore the Sydney Cellar Door festival in Hyde Park early in the month. Both large and small winemakers participate, including many of our smaller boutique wineries.
Hyde Park adjoins Sydney’s central shopping district. It’s a short walk from the Town Hall or right on top of Museum station.
Go here for more on the wine and food festival.
Held in even numbered years (2018, 2020, 2022 etc) the Biennale of Sydney kicks off during Art Month. It goes well beyond March and provides an international stimulus and counterpoint. Click here for more information on the Biennale.
Especially for visitors to Australia, the purchase of a piece of Aboriginal art may be on the list of things to do. If that’s you, then have a look at this guide which will help you avoid the worst traps so that you can feel comfortable about your Aboriginal artwork.