Sydney's contemporary art scene

The best of Sydney and its contemporary art scene. Sydney's contemporary art scene
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Sydney's contemporary art scene

The best of Sydney and its contemporary art scene.

By Ben Stephens, Josh Ives and O.K. Glynn, QT Hotels and Resorts

Contemporary art by its own admission, is so 'right now'. When Sydneysiders need a light dusting of contemporary culture, there seems to be an ever-growing scene, offering just that. From the Museum of Contemporary art to the Sydney Festival and independent galleries, here are just a few places to get that dose of culture.

Primavera at 25

Back in 1992 Dr Edward and Mrs Cynthia Jackson, along with their family, began an annual exhibition in memory of their daughter Belinda, a talented jeweller who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 29.

Establishing an exhibition for artists 35 years old and under, their aim was to commemorate their daughter through celebrating young artists in the early days of their artistic pursuits, giving them a platform with which to experiment and challenge the boundless innovation of creative and artistic expansion.

The Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates the best of the exhibitions 25 years showcasing alumni in Primavera at 25. As a launching space for so many well-known artists today, Primavera has cemented itself as a cornerstone of the contemporary art scene.


Sydney Festival

It’s hard to really pinpoint what makes Sydney, Sydney. There are so many facets to this great city, it’s like a giant bee-hive constantly buzzing, every little section of the city housing any number of weird and wonderful people and adventures.

To celebrate the diversity that is Sydney, and to really just throw in some even cooler adventures and photo ops, Sydney Festival will be running for its 41st year. Based on the highest quality art and boldest ideas, Sydney Festival is set to ignite the Summer with a cultural celebration of what it is to be a Sydney-sider. The program runs from January 7 – 29 and is something for everyone, from gigantic ball pits, to urban dance and circus.


Lights on Later

The Museum of Contemporary Art is always a good place to get lost in, and now with it's Lights on Later program, you have more time after hours to visit the latest exhibitions to the free activities that are curated by those in the know. In 2017 MCA will be open on Wednesdays until 9pm, giving you that extra bit of time to get amongst exhibitions like Primavera at 25 and the current headlining exhibition of Tatsuo Miyajima

After you're are done with getting your fix, the Cherry Blossom bar on the ground floor will fix you drink to match your mood.


White Rabbit Gallery

Opened in 2009 to showcase the weirdest conjurings of the human mind, owner Judith Neilson found herself inspired by shocking art she found during a trip to Beijing way back in 2001. Thrilled by the ‘creative energy and technical quality of the works’ she witnessed, she became determined to share these thought-provoking concepts with people around the world.

Currently, The White Rabbit Gallery are showing Vile Bodies, which speaks volumes to the exhibition. An eclectic mix of visual ideas stand to challenge social norms and humanitarian issues, showcasing pure shock-factor art which will stop you dead in your tracks.


The National: New Australia

The National: New Australian Art is going to be the counterpart festival of art in the Biennale off years. Commencing in 2017, the event will create an arty hallway from Carriageworks in Redfern, then weaving into The Domain at AGNSW and then making tracks to the water at Circular Quay in the MCA.

This is huge news to the national art scene as it will stand tall to be the largest celebration of all good Australian art, from the fresh faced to the established.

Initially, The National will run over six years, hoping to commission some new and innovative works while exhibiting them for either free or low cost in a bid to showcase the works to new audiences.

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