Art & About Sydney kicks off for another year

Sydney's annual celebration of art in unusual places has kicked off for another year. I joined hundreds of people in Martin Place on Friday night to launch the 13th Art & About Sydney with a giant 'quarter acre block party'.

Martin Place was transformed and people young and old enjoyed free table tennis, live music and performance, food trucks and a traditional backyard barbecue.

Little Sydney Lives winner Bruno Dorabialski

Little Sydney Lives winner Bruno Dorabialski

I was proud to announce the winners of this year's Little Sydney Lives and Australian Life photo competitions, including Bruno Dorabialski (pictured), whose photo Icarus won the 8 -11 years category.

The theme of this year's festival is 'endangered' and many of the projects and artworks pay homage to elements of our everyday lives that are in some way under threat or being lost:

  • The Banner Gallery - Milk Bar: the much-loved milk bar of days gone by is back, with images of this fading icon by photographer Eamon Donnelly emblazoned on our city banners.
  • Us: An outdoor photographic studio set up at the QVB invites strangers to come together for old school style group photos. Created by James Dive and The Glue Society, each participant will receive a copy of the photo at the end of the session.
  • The Walking Neighbourhood: Kids will turn the tables and take adults on a 90-minute tour of city streets, providing a rare glimpse into their world.
  • Bodies in Urban Spaces: Under the direction of Austrian artist Willi Dorner, 20 human bodies will cram themselves into doorways, alcoves and any gap they can find in the CBD. Dressed in brightly coloured clothes, passers-by will spot them in all sorts of nooks and crannies.
  • Armchair Apocalypse: Jumping off the stage and into homes, Armchair Apocalypse presents three brand new 'lounge room theatre' shows, written and performed by some of Sydney's most exciting young writers.

And most importantly, your progressive Council is endangered after the passage of the Shooters Bill in Parliament last week.

I encourage you to take the time to discover some of these artworks in our parks, squares and public places. Art & About is on until 12 October - see the full program at artandabout.com.au

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