Sydney Art Week Reveals Epic Inaugural Program

Toast Sydney's latest art initiative with a cocktail by an Archibald Prize winner.
Tom Clift
Published on July 30, 2015

The team behind Sydney Contemporary art fair will serve up seven days worth of parties, pop-ups, performances and public events, as part of their newly announced Sydney Art Week program. Running alongside the main Sydney Contemporary program at Carriageworks this September, the week-long festival within a festival will go down at various locations around the inner-city, with the aim of bringing art into the public domain.

Headlining the new initiative is the Art and Dine program, wherein leading Sydney restaurants including The Apollo, Longrain, Otto and Riley St Garage will offer customers specially made, art-inspired dishes. So too will a number of Sydney bars including the QT Hotel bar be serving a bespoke 'Pink Frost' cocktail designed by 2014 Archibald Prize winner Fiona Lowry (in collaboration with a mixologist.)

Other standouts in the Sydney Art Week program include a series of late night talks, films and moving image works hosted by leading Australian artists such as Tracey Moffat at QT's secret cinema, a one off culture and craft showcase presented by Redfern Night Markets, and a specially curated performance art trail that takes participants on a journey through many of Sydney's leading art hotspots.

The main Sydney Contemporary Program, meanwhile, begins on Thursday September 10 with an opening night party featuring live performances from the likes of harpist Jake Meadows, soul-singer Sarsha Simone, DJ Jessica Lovelle and music collective The Alaska Orchestra. There will also be after parties held every night at venues around Redfern, including The Dock, Arcadia, 107 Projects and The Bearded Tit.

Sydney Art Week runs from September 7-13 at various locations around Sydney, while Sydney Contemporary takes place from September 10-13 at Carriageworks in Redfern. For more information visit

Published on July 30, 2015 by Tom Clift
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