March is Art Month

March is Art Month and dozens of galleries are already throwing open their doors and hosting over 200 exhibitions and events to encourage people to explore Sydney's art scene.

The City of Sydney is a partner of Art Month again this year. With dozens of galleries in our local area I hope you take the opportunity to visit a part of Sydney you haven't explored before.

On Thursday and Friday nights throughout Art Month you can enjoy exceptional art, share a drink with friends and listen to some great music at one of six Precinct Parties.

Parents with babies and young children can join one of three Art Crawls - gentle, stroller-friendly tours of Rozelle (6 March), Paddington (12 March) and Waterloo (20 March).

If you'd like to jump on your bike and explore even further you can join Art Cycle - a bike tour that takes you through one of Sydney's art precincts. There are four Art Cycle tours: Marrickville (9 & 10 March), CBD/Redfern/Chippendale (16 March) and Paddington/Woollahra/Kings Cross (23 March).

20 emerging artists will have the opportunity to 'speed date' 20 gallerists and get invaluable feedback on their work, advice about the next stage of their careers and the opportunity to have their first solo show at one of Sydney's most prestigious galleries.

There are also talks by artists and curators; explanations on how to buy aboriginal art or how to start your own collection; a behind the scenes peek at White Rabbit Gallery and much more.

On Friday 22 March we will unveil our latest piece of public art, WE ARE HERE, in Foley St, Darlinghurst, as part of Art Month.

A collective of renowned street artists, photographers and illustrators have come together to create the 15-metre-high, 75-metre-long mural which will incorporate the façade's brickwork, roller doors, ducts, pipes, bars and grilles.

Each of the four artists featured in WE ARE HERE will complete a different section of the artwork, exploring a particular event or moment in time - such as 'before settlement', 'federation' and 'Mardi Gras'. These sections will be woven together by a common colour palette, featuring bold reds, purples and blues, and the use of repeating motifs including sign language.

Join me for the unveiling of WE ARE HERE and stay to explore nearby galleries and enjoy our pup-up Art Bar.

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