Monday, September 28, 2009


Inner West Diva

Rare screening of French cult classic film "Diva." One night only!

Date: Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Time: 18:30 - 22:00
Location: Alpha House Gallery
228 Union St
Newtown, Australia

Don your red leather jacket, hop on your moped and make your way to the screening of Diva, the 1981 cult classic French film by the director of Betty Blue, Jean-Jacques Beineix.

Entry includes alcohol, chai tea and nibblies. All money raised goes to Sydney City Arts, who help Sydney artists with their projects with auspicing and support so please bring your friends along.

Door opens at 6.30pm, screening begins at 7.15pm.

Diva; two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and a philosopher twist their way through this intricate and stylish 80's thriller.

Pop quiz and prizes after the movie. BYO beanbag or cushion

Saturday, September 12, 2009


As a celebration and affirmation of the diverse community that is Kings Cross, knitters and crocheters, young and old, experienced and beginners, are invited to participate in ‘I Heart Kings Cross’. The unique project is part of Sydney’s biggest annual public arts festival, Art & About, which offers three weeks of free, fun and engaging artworks and events from 1-25 October. In its 8th year, the City of Sydney produced festival brings innovative and stimulating art by established and emerging artists to enhance Sydney streetscapes.

‘I Heart Kings Cross’ will be run by the catalytic and creative forces of Michelle McCosker and Alasdair Nicol, under the guise of Reef Knot – a local artist collective with a manifesto to increase engagement of the arts by non-traditional audiences. Often using found and recycled materials installed in the public domain, Reef Knot will work with the community and local artists to create 'I Heart Kings Cross', a collaborative knitted installation along the main strip of the colourful suburb.

Kings Cross has worn many hats over its lifetime. From its colonial beginnings through it days as Australia’s music hall and theatre capital, bohemian magnet, writers’ mecca and artists’ muse, ‘the Cross’ has always attracted intriguing characters with equally vibrant dialogue. Aptly using yarn (a long continuous length of interlocked fibres) as both a metaphor and essential knitting material, ‘I Heart Kings Cross’ will recreate the close-knit and binding social fabric that is the Kings Cross community.

The public are invited to knitting circles, which will run in conjunction with Kings Cross Organic Market, to be held every Saturday, commencing now and running until the end of September, 10am-4pm in Fitzroy Gardens. All materials will be supplied, however participants are encouraged to bring their own recycled wool. In case of wet weather, workshops will be held at Kings Cross Recreation Centre (the Rex Centre), 58a Macleay Street (entrance next to Maggie’s café and restaurant). At the completion of the series of knitting circles, the knitted pieces will be installed on various trees, poles and landmarks.


by Lachlan Philpott
Directed by Amy Hardingham
Performed by atyp’s Young Artists’ Program

Breath in deep. Can ya smell it?
Smell of bus seats. Vinyl and sweat.
Nothing nowhere beats that.
See the yellow bus? That’s where we was born.

Bustown. A place of junked buses, forgotten sideshow prizes and people waiting for The Driver. The people of Bustown live, laugh and lose teeth under the watchful eye of the Punkbirds. It’s paradise for most, but Axel and Cressida keep wondering about the otherness. We all have to fly the coop someday...

WHEN 7:30pm: 25 Sep - 26 Sep; 30 Sep - 3 Oct
5pm: 27 Sep; 4 Oct
10:30am: 22 Sep - 24 Sep; 29 Sep - 1 Oct

This production is suitable for ages 12 years and over.

Photography by Alex Vaughan

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Are you sitting on a short script?

Quick, check under your bottom. It's there? Good. The Film and Television Office's current funding round for the Emerging Filmmakers Fund closes this Monday 7 September. So get your application in.

Interestingly and perhaps at a loss, the FTO have funded only short drama's for the last 4 rounds. The last films that were funded that were not short dramas were the documentary Projecting the Body and experimental film The Mirage in 2007.

What: Emerging Filmmakers Fund
Deadline: 7 September 2009

Image from Change Given, a short drama funded in round 23

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

YooHoo! It's BooHoo

Are you interested in watching some local short films and hanging out at a gorgeous venue with yummy tapas? This Monday night at Madame Fling Flong's, BooHoo Films present Heat 1 of their current competition cycle.

It's a great way to chat with other filmmakers and have a look at what others are producing. And if you have a film, enter. It's free, with the potential to win $600.00 worth of cash and prizes.

Where: Madame Fling Flong, Level 1, 169 King St, Newtown, Sydney
When: Monday, 31 August, 7pm
How Much: 5 clams

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Crochet Coral at the Powerhouse

As part of Science Week, In Stitches present a crochet coral reef at the Powerhouse Museum. Wonder over the intricacies of the crocheted coral hyperbolic reef. You can also learn to crochet a piece of reef and add it to the installation.

In Stitches is a collaboration between artists Michaela Davies, Charlotte Haywood and Claire Conroy.

Where: The Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo, Sydney.
When: 21st -30th of August
How much: $10

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Sunday 12th of July to 18th of July
Steven Berkoff's Decadence is a brilliantly entertaining satire of the English class system. With merciless style and wit, Berkoff tells the stories of upper class Steve and Helen (who live a life of carefree indulgence) and working class Les and Sybil (desperately trapped by their working class values).

By popular demand, this rarely performed Berkoff classic hits Sydney's independent arts hub the Tap Gallery for one week only.

After a massive audience response last December, the cast and crew have re-united for a hit and run revival season in July, with further dates touring a-la-carte later in the year.

Salme Geransar as Helen
Rowan McDonald as Steve
Peter Morris as Les
Dani Crane as Sybil

Produced & directed by Alexandra Juchau

Proudly supported by Inner City Arts
278 Palmer Street

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Come and see our Artwork!

Merryn and Jake have an Artwork in this exhibition, love to see you there!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Balkan & Gypsy Music this Sunday Night

This Sunday night dance the winter away to one of the best live Balkan and Gypsy bands in Australia, Nadya and 101 Candles. If anyone has seen this band live they will know what I am talking about!

Featuring a swag of great musicians, including Edouard Bronson from Monsieur Camembert, Anatoli Torjinski on cello, and for their first time together, the amazing Bobby Singh on tabla. This will be a night of truly gorgeous Balkan and Gypsy music, performed with incredible passion, charisma and style – so don’t miss it!

Where: This Sunday night 14th June, doors open 7pm, show starts at 8ish…
How Much: The admission cost by donation (to the performers and the space) is $30, concession is $20, & $15 for kids under 16.
Location: Email for address details and booking confirmation. Strictly limited capacity so pre-booking is strongly recommended!
Booking Details: To RSVP, just email, with how many people will be attending and under what name. And don’t forget to BYO your own drinks and food! Credit card facilities are available.

Do you have the heART to donate?

Alpha House Art Gallery is looking for art and craft donations for a fundraising auction on Saturday the 20th June. Proceeds will go towards art supplies for an art program for children in Cusco, Peru. The program is being taught by Lee from Alpha House.

There will also be lots of local art for sale, food and drinks, not to mention the lovely company of the Alpha House people and other local artists, so come along.

WHEN: Saturday 20th June 5pm-7pm
WHERE: Alpha House Art Gallery (Behind the Union Hotel Cr of King St and Knight Street, Newtown)- look for the Glint Gallery sign!
WHAT: food and bevies/ art auction fundraising/ giggles
WHAT TO BRING: bevies, a gold coin for the door, a piece of art or craft to donate for auction (can include a scarf you knitted- you don't have to be an artist to donate something made with love!) and some dosh to bag yourself an amazing locally made artwork!

CONTACT: Lee 0414 995 899

Monday, June 1, 2009

Milk Crate Theatre

Free Theatre performance "WHEN THE KNIGHT TURNS DARK"

Presented by MILK CRATE THEATRE: 7- 8.30pm Wednesday 10 June,

YWCA - Y Conference Centre, Level 4, 5 - 11 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney.

"When the Knight Turns Dark", is a tale of domestic violence, children and independence. This is a free production, and everyone is welcome. Information:

Milk Crate Theatre creates challenging and inspiring theatre with the homeless and disadvantaged community that explores with heart, honesty and integrity how we relate to each other and the world we live in. Milk Crate Theatre believes in the power of creativity to enhance the way we live our lives, to build our connection to one another.

A night at Milk Crate Theatre is one you never forget. The audience is colourful, chaotic, dysfunctional, extremely outspoken and the performances are some of the most moving, warm hearted and often hilarious nights of theatre one can experience. Everyone is a potential performer, all opinions are heard, issues are thrashed out live on stage and finally everyone celebrates together with food. Top this off with an extensive program of workshop/rehearsals where participants can improvise, dream, create and tell their stories, you have Milk Crate Theatre - Australia’s only theatre company solely dedicated to the homeless and disadvantaged community.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

City Seeks Artists

Want to shape Sydney's streetscape? The City of Sydney is looking for creative teams to transform Sydney laneways. To apply you'll need to get your proposal in by 2pm Wednesday. You will also need to be a team with at least three disciplines.

Eight teams will be selected and their concepts will be on display as part of Art and About which runs from October to January.

Visit Laneways by George for more details.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Masquerade Malarkey

30 May is Masquerade Malarkey, a fundraiser for Spunk magazine. It's on at the Red Rattler Theatre. It's a masked affair so get creative and don a mask with your own personal flair.

Masquerade Malarkey
6 Faversham St Marrickville
30 May 8.30pm to 1.30am
$15 waged, $10 concession

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Art by Bike

On Sunday the 31st of May we are meeting near Central Station to ride up to Brett Whiteley's old studio. Sydney artist Gilbert Grace will lead the expedition. Bring your bicycle and meet us at the Square of the Americas, (adjacent to the Devonshire St tunnel) on Chalmers St at Central Station. We meet at 10.15am. You can register on FB if you want here:

Sydney's best kept secret

The Brett Whiteley Studio was the workplace and home of Australian artist, Brett Whiteley (1939‑92).

The artist bought the former warehouse in 1985 and converted it into a studio and exhibition space. He lived there from 1988 to 1992, the year he died in Thirroul.

The visitor is offered the unique opportunity to experience the atmosphere of the space - the studio with his unfinished paintings, art equipment and collections of reference books, and the graffiti wall covered with quotes and images.

The living area has memorabilia such as photographs, objects, postcards, furniture, his music collection and sketchbooks. The gallery has changing exhibitions of the artist's works: paintings, drawings, sculpture and graphics borrowed from the Whiteley Estate, Art Gallery of New South Wales and private collections.

There is a small gallery shop with postcards, posters and other merchandise for sale. There is no café at the Studio, however visitors are welcome to return on the day after refreshing at the numerous cafés and restaurants close by.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Need to build your screen time?

Q & A are looking for 30 second to 1 minute videos, Mashups, to play at the end of each program. Videos should be a satirical take or comment on national politics.

To create a Mashup visit the Q & A website. You can download a range of clips from the site to edit. You can also have a look at some of the Mashups that have been broadcast in previous shows.

Once your video is ready, upload or send it to Q & A. Easy!

Q & A

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


"A conceptual photographic appraisal of the worker's perception of self within their occupational environment..." or "Just Bloody Good Pictures" by Alex Weltlinger

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Balibo talk at AFTRS this Friday

ABC journalist Tony Maniaty talks about his consulting role for the movie Balibo, currently in production at this week's Friday on My Mind at AFTRS.

The Balibo Five were five Australian journalists that were slain by Indonesian military as they moved into East Timor in 1975. Many people will recall the forced annexure of East Timor by Indonesia which was ashamedly, sanctioned by our own government. One third of the East Timor population were wiped out by the Indonesian military, who were supplied with military aid by our government. This is guaranteed to be an interesting talk.

Balibo is directed by Robert Connelly (Three Dollars) and stars Anthony LaPaglia.

AFTRS Theatre, 5pm
130 Bent St
The Entertainment Quarter
Moore Park NSW 2021

Monday, April 20, 2009

Film Grants up for Grabs - Deadline May 1

Metro Screen are running a film competition and are offering prizes in equipment loans and facilities to a total of $7500. To enter, you need to submit a three minute film on DVD that has been made no earlier than 1 May 2008. And your film must contain the Metroscreen Signature Item. Just kidding. Films can be about anything and they don't require a signature item. Judges will pick a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Entry deadline: Fri, May 01, 2009
Length: Three minutes max including titles and credits
Entry fee: Free for Metro Screen members, $15 for non-members.
Submission: DVD only, plus completed and signed entry form.
Screening June 02, 7pm at Metro Screen Studio 1, Paddington Town Hall.

Metro Screen Production funds totaling $7,500 worth of equipment and facilities.
Magazine subscriptions to Film Ink.
12mth subscriptions to Screen Hub.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Green Lantern Casts a Green Light on NSW

Wonderful news for all you film people watching the days creep towards the mid year mark. The Green Lantern is going to be shot in Sydney. NSW and Victoria were competing for this Hollywood runaway production and it was announced this morning by NSW Premiere Nathan Rees that NSW won the project.

This is great news for Sydney film freelancers because it's been very quiet of late. (did someone mention downturn?) Preproduction is set to start in July and production in November, with production expected to run for about nine months. Rees announced today the Green Lantern will provide around 500 jobs during its course.

The Green Lantern is based on the superhero comic of the same name. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) has been slated to direct, and the rumour is Chris Pine from the new Star Trek film will play the lead.

BooHoo Films Monday Night

This is a great filmie night at a beautiful venue, Madame Fling Flong's. BooHoo Films screen a selection of short films made by local filmmakers which will compete for a position in the Final in June. It's a fun night, with give aways and performances. So if you are a filmmaker or just love film check it out.

Also, if you have a film you would like to enter, you can contact BooHoo films by visiting their website

Madame Fling Flong’s

Level 1, 169 King Street
NEWTOWN (Above Soni’s Newtown)
Doors Open: 7.00pm
Entry: $5.00

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Habseligkeiten is a German word which is usually used in its plural form. It refers to the paltry belongings of an almost penniless person. "Habseligkeiten" was chosen as the most beautiful German word in October 2004 in a competition initiated by the Goethe Insitute. The nomination points out that the word combines two completely opposite areas of life: worldly belongings ("hab" from "haben", "to have") and the eternal search for happiness ("Seligkeit", a state of bliss or of being blessed). It argues that this tension causes the observer to feel sympathy towards the owner of such belongings.

Opening night drinks on Wednesday, 15th April, from 6pm – 8pm

Exhibition Dates 15th – 29th April, 2009

@ Horus & Deloris, Contemporary Art Space

Level 2, 102 Pyrmont Street,
New South Wales, 2009

Telephone/Facsimile +61 2 9660 6071

Caroline Wales
Gallery Director


Mobile 0411 431 924

Friday on my Mind

This Friday at AFTRS VFX Supervisor Dave Morely, Art Director Kurtis Richmond, and concept artist Grant Freckelton talk about approaches to visual effects in film. I went to Jan Chapman's talk two weeks ago and some people were turned away because it was too full. I had to sit on the steps. So get there a few minutes early. These talks are popular.

AFTRS Theatre at 5pm
130 Bent St
The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Tree houses in Hyde Park

The City of Sydney has approved the use of Hyde Park and Martin Place for a major month-long exhibition of cutting edge sustainable tree houses.

Treelife is organised by the Sydney-based culture and design web portal "The Cool Hunter"

The Cool Hunter is inviting some of the worlds leading architects, designers and artists to showcase the latest in eco-design principles and construction.

A board of curators will work to select the participating architects, designers and artists, both established stars and rising talent from across the globe as well as the event’s home city.

Up to 100 custom-designed temporary tree houses, made from recycled and sustainable materials will be built free-standing rather than "attached" to trees, so they do not negatively impact on the environment.

"Treelife will be a brand new free event, launched here in Sydney before going to London and New York," said Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.

"This event will showcase innovative and creative sustainable architecture, and illustrate that green can co-exist with urban city life."

Council has also provided up to $130,000 value-in-kind support for the event.

Treelife is planned for early 2010.

Media Contacts:

City of Sydney: Leanne Lincoln 9265 9910 or

Cool Hunter: Laura Demasi 8086 1869 or

Saturday, April 11, 2009

TAP Gallery Seeking Art

The TAP Gallery in Darlinghurst is seeking art for its new online store. Artists will be able to showcase and sell their art via the TAP Gallery's website. The TAP Gallery website receives over 1000 visitors a week.

The TAP Gallery is an artist-run cooperative which has been running for 19 years.

Image Cat in the Moon by Lesley Dimmick, courtesy of TAP Gallery

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Grant Opportunity For Artists. Deadline Next Wednesday. Eek!

Is your Easter weekend looking a little empty? Not sure what you’re doing after June? How about using those spare hours applying for an artist grant? The Australia Council is offering grants of up to $30,000 for artists to initiate residencies with non-arts business and industries. Deadline is next Wednesday 15 April. Residencies start 1 July.

Web Address:

Photo by Jake Lloyd Jones

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We'll be bringing you lots of news on fringe arts happening around the city of Sydney. Film, exhibitions, artist profiles, theatre and more. So keep checking in to see what's happening around the place. Toasty!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Inner City Arts is a Sydney non-profit body which assists art practitioners both in accessing grants from funding bodies and in developing these projects with artists so that they become self-sufficient.
Past projects we have assisted:
Pics in the Park, annual film festival held in King's Cross
Woolloomooloo 16mm Film Society, monthly 16mm film screenings
• Ball Game, theatre production
• SLOT, art exhibition
Portraits in the Park, art exhibition
• Decadence, theatre production
Matchbox Projects, exhibition and Artist Run Initiative tours
Dogs in Redfern, film screening
Sydney Body Art Ride, Body painted charity bicycle ride