The biggest annual event for art lovers is upon us again. There’s no better time than Art Month to discover an emerging artist, become a burgeoning collector and have a glass of wine in an inner city alley (Art at Night are optimal spots).

To make sure you spend less time searching the program and more time in front of artworks, we’ve selected a few free events to get you started.

  1. You can’t put that there!

Public art can be a polarising topic, attracting a whole range of opinions. Join a discussion about the meaning of public art and the different models of commissioning it.

If you’re feeling inspired to get closer to our collection, join one of three City Art tours – a selection from the City’s Sculpture Walk, Macquarie Street to Circular Quay (featuring Hyde Park’s Archibald Fountain and the ‘Little Pig’ outside Sydney Hospital) and Chinatown to Circular Quay (including controversial works as well as locals’ favourite birdcages, ‘Forgotten Songs’).

  1. Be a flâneur

The work of artist and writer Vanessa Berry explores hidden, lost and forgotten places in our city and suburbs. Do some ‘meandering with intent’ and feel through your urban environment in a new way. Or, join photographer Garry Trinh whose work captures the unexpected and often funny moments of daily life. Noel McKenna also takes you on a journey from his home in the east to the city.

  1. Women in uniform

Find fascinating images and footage of Australian women from half a century ago, when the two world wars opened up work for women outside of domestic duties. Visit this significant point in women’s liberation, contrasted against contemporary local ladies in uniform, photographed by Paola Talbert. This is a free International Women’s Day event.

  1. For the love of painting

Among digital, multimedia and non-traditional works, classic painting endures. Leading painters Daniel Boyd, Mitch Cairns, Tom Polo and Anne Ryan discuss what keeps bringing them back.

  1. Senior Warakurna artists of Western Australia

Warakurna is a remote community situated on the Great Central Road in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia, near the Northern Territory border. This diverse exhibition celebrates works by the senior artists of the Warakurna community.

Art Month is on 6 to 29 March 2015.

artmonthsydney.com.au

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