September 7-10, 2017
The term “third place” was coined by Ray Oldenburg, an American urban sociologist, most prominently known for his elaborations on the importance of informal gathering places for a functioning civil society, democracy, and civic engagement.
In short, where we meet our social needs through creative interaction with others.
The “first place” is home where we place to role of son, daughter, mum, dad, etc. The “second place” is work where the role is whatever position one represents.
The “third place,” according to Oldenburg, denotes territory that is inexpensive, easy to get to, welcoming, offers food and drink and people to chance to meet new people and feel companionship.
Carriageworks, the multi-arts precinct in Redfern, Sydney, is a “third place.”
A general industrial precinct converted into multi-venue arts centre in its heart that has evolved to become an epicenter of Sydney’s art scene.
With much of the décor of the Railways of New South Wales workshops intact--think concrete, exposed brick, industrial light fixtures, steel appliances, weathered wood--the repurposed iron and brick charm radiates distinct nineteenth century flair.
Committed to the reflection of social and cultural diversity and artist-led in nature, its resident organisations produce diverse multidisciplinary programs and collaborations in its capacious halls, corridors and spaces with local and international artists.
A location that could not be more ideal for Sydney Contemporary’s Opening Night which opened the floodgates for Australasia’s premier international art fair with the country’s largest and most diverse gathering of local and international galleries.
Dedicated to injecting new blood and vitalizing Sydney’s art scene, the third edition presents over 90 galleries from across the Pacific Rim alongside an ambitious 5-day program that includes curated projects, installations and panel discussions.
Works spanning a diverse range of mediums, from established through to emerging artists will be showcased in museum-quality booths across seven large-scale exhibition spaces at Carriageworks, complemented by a robust curated program of talks, performances and events.
Sydney Contemporary provides collectors, industry professionals and the art loving public access to cutting-edge art from some of the world’s most respected artists and galleries as well as the opportunity to discover new, emerging talent- not at all the artsy fartsy elitist affair other art events limit themselves to but an inclusive, immersive and expansive experience.
The Fair is also home to pop-up restaurants by Sydney’s much-loved dining institutions making it an all-encompassing art and dine experience, e.g. Billie Kwong and Kitchen by Mike as well as a Glenfiddich whisky bar and a Petaluma wine bar.
The official opening night party offered ample opportunity to peruse the offerings of the galleries whose presentations have grown commensurate with the size of the now yearly event. The focus of the exhibits were on new bodies of work, making the affair live up to its name: A truly contemporary display of the status quo which over the five days will expand outside the confines of Carriageworks to culminate in a city-wide, week-long celebration of the arts including events, talks, tours, artist takeovers and parties staged around the city, e.g. Talk Contemporary, a program of talks and panel discussions that features some of the city's most engaging artists, media personalities, collectors and creatives; Installation Contemporary, a series of large-scale and site specific artworks created by 15 Australian and international artists that will be installed across the Carriageworks precinct; Performance Contemporary, a number of dance and choreographic works that performed on at Opening Night celebrations and across the duration of the Fair; and Night Caps, a series of free late-night parties hosted by artists that will transform The Old Clare Hotel into a glitter-filled, karaoke-soundtracked wonderland – a "VIP party for everyone". A site-specific, immersive 'play-scape' created by the Japanese-Australian sculpture and installation artist Hiromi Tango has also been commissioned as part of the Fair's Kid Contemporary program.
The Future Contemporary section, of young galleries, this year all in one space, Bay 20, should not be missed. Paper Contemporary is a must for first-timers, as you can get an appreciation for how an age-old medium can be, and is being constantly reinvented by inventive artists.
Sydney Contemporary takes place from September 7-10 at Carriageworks and participating venues around the city.
Find more details under: http://www.sydneycontemporary.com.au
Photos from Sydney Contemporary website.
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