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Bringing contemporary art into the public domain, Sydney's Art & About festival returns for its eleventh year


Above: Janet Echelman’s Tsunami 1.26 in George Street, from Art & About Sydney 2011

The eleventh annual Art & About Sydney festival returns to the harbour city this spring, running from 21 September until 21 October 2012.

The festival takes art away from the confines of the gallery, bringing art into the public domain. Sydney’s streets, parks, laneways and squares will be transformed as part of the festival, with work from local and international artists, curators and cultural institutions on show.

This year’s festival is themed ‘in colour’, investigating the ways in which we process colour and the different effects colour can have on us – as individuals, and as a city.

The 2012 program includes Friday Night Live, the free opening night for the festival, taking place at Martin Place. The evening includes free guided tours in one of Sydney’s vintage buses, visiting all the installations and late-night gallery openings.

Also on the program is I Wish You Hadn’t Asked, an installation by Sydney artist James Dive and The Glue Society. On show at Hyde Park Barracks until 5 October, the installation invites visitors into a house that rains on the inside. A large-screen video installation at The Hotel Australia will create Sydney’s own version of Montmartre, while a program of guerrilla-style gigs will offer residents live lunchtime gigs from a selection of Australian bands – with details revealed each week during the festival.

City Spaces, Sydney’s sixth annual laneway art program, will also launch with the festival. Four of the city’s laneways and public spaces along George Street will be transformed by groups of curators, artists, architects and urban designers.

The festival will culminate in the closing party, a free street party on George Street on Saturday 20 October. Moveable Feast will bring together music, film and culinary treats from the city’s food trucks to create a memorable end to this contemporary art festival.



September 21, 2012
October 21, 2012


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