The Museum of Contemporary Art's Artbar has become a firm fixture on Sydney's after-dark cultural calendar. For the uninitiated, Artbar combines art, music, design and performance for a huge adults-only art party on the last Friday of every month, curated by a different artist each time. This month, the event will be held a week early, and comes under the direction of artist and musician Tina Havelock.
Havelock is best known as a drummer in notable Australian post-punk 90s bands including The Mumps but, in recent years, has put her creativity into interdisciplinary works that employ sound, performance and video. For Artbar, Havelock has chosen to throw an all-night gig in the gallery. There'll be live music from Aussie rock bands Pinch Hitter, White Knuckle Fever, Frumpus and The Mumps, a dance performance from Melbourne's Chunky Move and, of course, a dance party on the MCA rooftop.
Of course, you can also wander around the current exhibition of works at the MCA for the 21st Biennale of Sydney.