We’re right in the thick of Art Month, so there’s no better time than now to get yourself to a couple of special happenings. In no particular order, we’ve created a roundup to get a few different types of events ticked off your list.
Have you met the new Japan?
It has been five years since a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck Japan, causing the nation’s biggest tsunami in centuries. The disaster destroyed thousands of homes and sparked the explosion of a nuclear power plant in coastal Fukushima. In Japan’s popular consciousness, the triple catastrophe of earthquake, tsunami and plant explosion has become immortalised as 3.11. As part of The Japan Foundation’s After 3.11 program, landscape architecture researcher Marieluise Jonas will talk about rebuilding resilient futures and the complex socio-political and environmental issues of reconstruction in the aftermath of full-scale eradication of life, landscape and infrastructure.
When: 18 March, 6.30-7.30pm
Where: Japan Foundation Gallery. Level 4, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale
How much: Free, RSVP essential
What would an artistic exploration of economics look like? How can we understand the world of finance outside the brackets of the ASX, IPOs and other alienating acronyms? Daniel McKewen’s exhibition Strange Loops brings together the connections and disparities between the theories of financial systems and everyday experience.
When: 2-24 March
Where: firstdraft. 13-17 Riley St, Woolloomooloo
How much: Free
‘To cross an ocean / You must love the ocean / Before you love the far shore.’ This is what poet Suzanne Buffam writes about time and duration. Compiling three sound and video works, Tim Bruniges’ ambient exhibition DRONES will help you feel time, rather than chopping it into fractions that anticipate the end of something. Enjoy a rare feeling of being suspended in the moment.
When: 2 March-4 April
Where: Galerie pompom. 2/39 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale
How much: Free
Touch some pots
Join artist, writer and gardener Glenn Barkley in a conversation about ceramic art. Collectors invite you to feel up their pots, as they explain their love of ceramics. If this ignites a spark for you, try a class at kil-n-it in Glebe, a new space that is co-directed by your host.
When: 17 March, 6pm
Where: kil.n.it experimental ceramics studio. 184 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
How much: Free. No bookings required
Go on a SafARI
As you start filling up with all things Biennale of Sydney, don’t forget to leave some room for its unofficial cousin, SafARI, which specially showcases the work of emerging and unrepresented Australian artists. See what independent practitioners and Artist-Run Initiatives have in store at various venues around the Cross and online.
When: 11-26 March
Where: Throughout Kings Cross
How much: Free
Head to artmonthsydney.com.au for more info.