Arts and Crafts



The Blak Markets is a great chance to buy art and products directly from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who made them in the knowledge that the profit goes back to Indigenous communities.

Blak Markets will be held at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence [Facebook] on Sunday 11th of March and will also feature an exhibition and panel discussion  ‘At the Heart of Sport‘. Continue reading BLAK MARKETS IS ON AGAIN SUNDAY



Aboriginal Arts and Craft at Bare Island, La Perouse on Sunday February 4

Always popular, BLAK MARKETS will be held at Bare Island, La Perouse,  Sunday February 4, 2018.

THE BLAK MARKETS is a great chance to buy art and products directly from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who made them in the knowledge that the profit goes back to Indigenous communities.

Featuring  Aboriginal arts, craft, performances and foods from local stallholders, the day will begin with a welcome to country followed by live music, dance performances, and workshops.

9:30 - Gates Open
10:00 Welcome and Smoking Ceremony
10:00 - Weaving workshop all day
10:30- Traditional Dance
11:00 - Whale ceremony with Tucky Cooley - Booking Required
11:30- Singing performance by Rebecca Hatch
12:00 - Traditional Dance
1:00 - Singing Performance by Rebecca Hatch
2:00 - Healing Ceremony with Tucky Cooley - Booking Required
3:00 - Blak Markets Closed

Rediscover Sydney’s beautiful La Perouse with a day of free family entertainment, live music, cultural tours at  BLAK MARKETS and watch the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay arrive.

Bare Island information here.


Images by Ben Apfelbaum

For 13 years ART AND ABOUT has been a unique month long art fest for all Sydneysiders.  Now we can enjoy exciting outdoor work in odd places all year round.

City of Sydney will be supporting art in any corner of Sydney, at any time, including major projects, intimate exchanges, and thought-provoking exhibitions in unusual spaces throughout the city.

Images by Ben Apfelbaum

Our photographer, Ben Apfelbaum’s eye was taken by the recent installation on Observatory Hill.  For THE LAST RESORT  the rotunda was transformed by celebrated French-Albanian artist Anri Sala with a wonderful installation of sculpture and sound for the 33rd Kaldor Public Art Project.

Custom-built drums to give the listener a rhythmic, live response to a contemporary interpretation of a Mozart concerto. Set against the sights and sounds of the harbor below, the musical dialogue animates the relationship between sound, place, time and history.

To shape the intricate recorded soundscape for THE LAST RESORT, Sala has re-imagined Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, a masterpiece of the European Enlightenment. Mozart’s score is upended, as if it were a message in a bottle carried from Europe across the ocean to Australia, affected by wind and waves.

Anri Sala’s works of film, sculpture and installation create poetic analogies that reflect on life and culture from different frames of experience. Past works have traversed European contexts, from his hometown, Tirana, Albania, to Germany and France where he has spent much of his adult life. His artworks often creatively pair image with sound, and explore the choreographic potential of musical instruments and their performers.

Images by Ben Apfelbaum

The project is presented by Kaldor Public Art Projects, a non-profit organisation that has created groundbreaking art projects in public spaces since 1969. It was co-commissioned with partners Esther Schipper (Berlin) and Marian Goodman Gallery (New York and Paris).

Next in ART AND ABOUT is Nick Cave: HEARD·SYD . An exuberant, surreal and explosive live performance on November 10th and 12th.

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Aboriginal art, crafts, bush foods and entertainment will fill Sydney’s spectacular harbour headland park as the iconic Blak Markets return to Barangaroo Reserve.

The open-air market will feature more than 20 stalls selling unique handmade items, accessories, jewellery, art, photography and bush tucker by Aboriginal makers and food producers from around NSW, plus paintings from South Australia’s highly awarded APY Art Centre Collective.

Soak up family-friendly entertainment with live music by singer-songwriter Rebecca Hatch, dance workshops with the Ngaran Ngaran traditional dancers, hunter-gather performances by Larry Brandy Storytellers and a bush tucker cooking demonstration with celebrity chef, The Black Olive (Mark Olive). Continue reading BLAK MARKETS @ BARANGAROO RESERVE


Following on from our successful Frocktails event in February, UsefulBox is inviting sewists and crafters to their newest event, FROCKS, TALES AND TEA in conjunction with Sydney Craft Week.

Wear one of their gorgeous Me Mades (if you sew) and join in a Q&A with Jennifer Irwin, the costumer designer for Bangarra Dance Theatre and Opera Australia, who will tell us about her career and her process for making costumes. Afterwards, it will be time to meet other sewists and crafters, plus Jennifer, over an afternoon tea.

Australian costume designer Jennifer Irwin’s career spans 36 years designing for drama, opera, dance & ballet as well as the largest spectacular events ever staged in Australia.
Jennifer was nominated for Best Costume Design 2016 AACTA Awards for her work on SPEAR the feature film.

Jenny designed the costumes for Dirty Dancing, the musical, still playing to packed audiences worldwide after 16 years. Dirty Dancing broke all pre box office records for any show ever staged on London’s West End.

Costume commissions in Australian include 36 ballets SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY, 26 years repertoire for BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE, multiple works for SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY, THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET, MELBOURNE THEATRE COMPANY, BELVOIR, ROYAL NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE, WEST AUSTRALIAN BALLET, QUEENSLAND BALLET & OPERA AUSTRALIA. Jennifer designed costumes for the AWAKENING segment of the SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES, co-designed all the costumes for the SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES Closing Ceremony & the official ceremony commemorating the FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA 2001.

The details
Date: 14th October 2017
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Boronia Tea Rooms, 624 Military Road, Mosman
Ticket price: $80, includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, our guest speaker and afternoon tea. Purchase from


Where is the venue?
Boronia Tea Rooms is located at 624 Military Road, Mosman.
Bus stop is right outside the door – routes include M30, 143, 183. Taxis will be easy to find on Military Road. Parking is at Bridgepoint shopping centre, via Brady Street, Mosman.

What does the ticket prize include?
You will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine upon arrival, will hear from the amazing Jennifer Irwin and be treated to a scrumptious afternoon tea. PLUS the chance to win some great prizes, meet so many new friends and build your sewing community.

How many people will be there?
There will be at least 50-60  people and it will be a wonderful afternoon! Don’t be afraid to come by yourself, we are all very friendly and the aim of the night is to meet other sewists!

Is there a hashtag for this event?
Please use #sydneyfrockstalesandtea for all your pics on Instagram.

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Featured Image- Jennifer Irwin’s design for ‘Snugglepot’.


MINING PYRITE is a NEW exhibition to be displayed for FREE at Newington Armory Gallery at Sydney Olympic Park, from 10 am-4 pm every weekend from Saturday 17 June – Sunday 20 August 2017 (inclusive).

Curated by Cassandra Hard-Lawrie and Nick Vickers, MINING PYRITE will feature the works of 20 international and local contemporary artists, each of whom have drawn inspiration from Sydney Olympic Park and used its facilities to create their artworks. The diverse exhibition spans a broad range of expressive media forms including installation, sculpture, photography, multimedia, video, painting and more.

Gaining its title from the mineral ‘pyrite’, or ‘Fools Gold’, this exhibition explores the parallel narrative of failure and success that can be drawn from any ‘artist’s’ story.

Curator Nick Vickers draws comparison between the development of Sydney Olympic Park and that of the artist’s journey-“The constant testing and exploration of the boundaries of what does and doesn’t work is the stock and trade of creativity,” explained Vickers.

During the past 12 years, Sydney Olympic Park Authority has supported more than 170 artists’ journeys of exploration by providing its artists-in-residence program. The program allows artists to take inspiration on-site of the historic, heritage-listed Newington Armory precinct, via its unique studio spaces available for rent to artists. Continue reading MINING PYRITE – FREE ART EXHIBITION @ SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK


The Sydney Fair (25-28 May 2017) at the Royal Hall of Industries Moore Park will be the largest International quality event for 10 years.

Over 50 of Australia’s outstanding dealers will be exhibiting (and selling) Furniture, Decorative Arts, Jewellery, Art, Prints and Posters, Books, Vintage Fashion and Couture and Luxury Vintage goods from all eras, Antique through to Contemporary Art.

The Event includes a Couture Exhibition showcasing Evening Dresses from 1920’s to 1990’s from Chanel, Dior and many designers from the Hollywood era, runway parades of vintage couture, film of the Paris catwalk parades from the 1950’s and much more.

The Royal Hall of Industries is situated at 1 Driver Avenue Moore Park Sydney N.S.W.

Opening night is Thursday 25th May 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm, followed by Friday 26th and Saturday 27th May between 11.00am to 6.00pm and Sunday 28th May 11.00am to 5.00pm

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door:-
$30 Opening night
$15 everyday of the fair
$10 Concession (not opening night)

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Mother Ocean is wise, beautiful and powerful. We depend on her for our survival. That is why underwater filmmaker, James Sherwood, is teaming up with his mother Jackie Sherwood to showcase his ocean photos and her artworks.

Mother Ocean Art Exhibition 1-12 February 2017
Wednesday- Sundays

Warringah Art Space, 105 Abbott Road, North Curl Curl

Opening – Thursday 2nd February 7-9pm
Artist’s demo – Friday 3 & 10 February 2-5pm
Film fundraiser for ‘The Map to Paradise’ – Saturday 4 February

1-12 February 2017 Wednesday- Sundays 10am-5pm

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Featured image – Fish ForThe Fight (1993) by Catherine Truman.

‘Catherine Truman is medium agnostic. Although she is enduringly fond of intricately carving English lime wood, her oeuvre extends into contemporary jewellery, objects, performance, choreography, public sculpture, installation, photography & moving image. She is a holistic maker – acutely aware of her process, while continually evolving her inquiry. Truman’s curiosity takes her & her makings into the anatomically unfamiliar – probing thresholds of human ‘being’.’

Melinda Rackham 2015.

Treat yourself – grab this stunning book , beautifully brought to us by Wakefield Press . This publication is a visual feast, drawing on Rackham’s generous conversations with Truman and her extensive research into her archives, photographs, process documentation, journals, hard-drives and drawings. The book has been illustrated with ravishing, enticing images, predominantly by Grant Hancock. ( This book should receive awards for the photos alone, and Rackham’s insightful writing is thoughtful, clear and concise).

This publication made me want to book a plane trip to Adelaide  straight away and run to the Gray Street Workshop.

Catherine Truman is an established contemporary jeweller and object-maker whose works blur the disciplines of art and science. She is co-founder and current partner of the Gray Street Workshop – an internationally renowned artist-run workshop established in 1985 in Adelaide, South Australia, where she currently works and lives. Continue reading CATHERINE TRUMAN: TOUCHING DISTANCE


Rubi Cassidy, Ella Krestensen, Iris Toren, JB Vincent and Haejin Yoo

THE SPACE gallery is proud to present this last show of the year prior to relocating.

LATINO COLOUR REPUBLIC – VIBE is a celebration of artworks created with vibrant colours to honour life, love, dance, flowers, music, death, colours and much more.

With exotic birds on canvas paper using acrylic from Rubi Cassidy, Abstract art from Ella Krestensen, dancers, flower and more using watercolour from Iris Toren, Mama Cubana and Papa Cubano, Julia and Ernest will be welcoming you and making sure you are having a good time… all created by J.B. Vincent using coloured pencil, and of course beautiful drawings and abstract paintings from Haejin Yoo with her flowers and Quartz series and Acid Ram SkullContinue reading LATINO – COLOUR REPUBLIC VIBE @ THE SPACE GALLERY HUNTER STREET SYDNEY


On Saturday 9th July NAIDOC’s Blak Markets popped up at Barangaroo Reserve for one day only, transforming Nawi Cove into a lively marketplace showcasing Australia’s rich indigenous culture and also featured free music and traditional Aboriginal dance performers.

More than twenty store holders sold indigenous arts, crafts, skin care products and bush foods. These included Cheryl Davidson (gift card, painting), Claire Bates (traditional handmade Aboriginal jewellery and woven baskets), Glenn Timbery (boomerangs), Torres Strait Islander Ilan Treasurez with hand painted shell work and Tangentyere artists from Alice Springs.

Outdoor cooking demonstrations were held with renowned indigenous chefs, Clayton Donovan, Fred’s Bush Tucker and Black Olive who encouraged visitors to try bushfoods and learn about traditional indigenous cooking methods.

There were also weaving and shell workshops and Aboriginal cultural tours with Barangaroo’s Visitor Service Guides which were free for the day only.