5 things to do at Art Month 2016 - Art Collector

Art Month launch, installation view, 2015.

Art Month Sydney officially kicks off this week for the month of March and with such a vast program of events, exhibitions, talks and tours across the city, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all that art. Art Collector presents some of the highlights from this year’s program that you should put in your diary.

The immensely popular Art At Night is back this year, offering after dark access to the city's best art precincts. Staged throughout the month, check out the gallery openings across East Sydney (Thursday 3 March), Paddington & Woollahra (Thursday 10 March) and Chippendale & Redfern (Wednesday 16 March) before kicking back at the official Cake Wines art bar to enjoy drinks, music, art and performance.

Don’t miss Green Eyed Monster Eating its Own Tail, an exhibition curated by Art Month’s artistic director Barry Keldoulis at The Paramount Building and Golden Age Cinema & Bar in Surry Hills. “A key starting point for the exhibition is the general suspicion of the wider public in … the idea promoted by the media that the art world is elitist,” says Keldoulis of his approach. A stellar line up of artists includes Tracey Moffatt, Tom Polo, Christine Dean, Grant Stevens, Elvis Richardson, John Citizen (aka Gordon Bennett) and PJ Hickman.

Hear Sydney's creative minds explore those pressing questions about art through Art Month’s extensive talks program. Collector highlights include Starting a Collection 101 on 5 March at ALASKA Projects in Elizabeth Bay, exploring the ins and outs of how to approach buying art, and Can you collect Performance Art?, where panellists John Kaldor, Emma Price and Jeff Khan look into how performance can be commissioned, re-imagined and re performed, and if it can in fact be collectable. Arts journalist Michaela Boland will moderate the panel.

Get up close and personal with some of the most impressive private art collections in Australia at The Collectors’ Space. 2016 sees the show staged an unoccupied inner city house on Australia Street in Camperdown and will exhibit works from the collections of Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Courtney Gibson, Danny Goldberg, and Jasper Knight.

Curated Bus Tours go further afield to unearth bustling arts hubs on the outskirts of Sydney’s suburbs. Hop aboard to Parramatta on the 5 March to visit the Information & Cultural Exchange and Parramatta Artists Studios. Head to Penrith on the 12 March for a tour led by artist Gary Carsley. Or ride out to Campbelltown & Casula on the on 20 March for a tour led by artist Rosie Deacon, stopping first at Campbelltown Arts Centre and then Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre to view The 64th Blake Prize exhibition.

Camilla Wagstaff

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