For a few more months, the history of the Rocks starts in Newcastle. Renew Newcastle (a now-DIY project that grew under the auspices of Not-Quite-Art-fronter Marcus Westbury) took empty shopfronts and buildings in Newcastle and filled them with interesting art and strange shopping. Parramatta Council got into the idea with Pop-Up Parramatta, and now the idea settled near the CBD into a few choice shacks in the Rocks. The Rocks Pop Up Project has been going for a bit already, but a few months in you'll find it has a few new ideas in season for your delectation.
A lot of the current action centres around the Red Room Company, who have set up what really is an underground den of poetry under 77 George Street in the form of its Club House. An installation by their new artist in residence will be in situ: The Forensic Heart is about loss and drawn from poems by Emily Bitto and Emily Simpson. Artist Donna Page will be hauting the space weekends. Gaffa's Pop-Up, meanwhile, is restaging Tim Andrew's blood-soaked Big Deal, along with his Horseradish-like Thousand Yard Stare.
Image by Tim Andrew.