Sydney : Newtown graffiti

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Newtown is probably our favourite Sydney suburb, it’s got a great vibe and it’s almost a bit Londony. I know I made that word up, but it’s as close as Sydney gets to having that kind of London vibe, it’s full of students and a bit alternative. It’s pretty trendy; lots of coffee shops, bars, beards and most pertinent to this post – Graffiti.

Sydney has an excellent graffiti scene, there’s so many areas where people can paint, and the inner west is flooded with great art; Newtown is no different.

I know graffiti is a controversial subject, and people are never go to agree on whether or not it’s art, or vandalism or whether it should be legalised but it’s here to stay and pretty well represented in Sydney.

 

 

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Sydney : May Lane Graffiti

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I’ve always been pretty keen on graffiti, it’s generally a controversial subject, what is art? what is vandalism? what helps to regenerate an area? There’s loads of questions and no right answers, it’s just one of those things that people will always disagree about.

May Lane, like Newtown and Bondi is a Spraypaint mecca. 

 

 

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We Are Here: Sydney city art projects.

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One of my favourite things about Sydney is it’s vibrant arts scene. There’s loads of galleries, a great graffiti movement and a progressive program for public art provided by Cityart.

‘We Are Here’ is mixed media installation art, based on Foley street, Darlinghurst off Oxford street.

The curator states

The WE ARE HERE mural transforms Foley Street into a time-travelling, rambunctious romp through the complex history of the local area. Taking its cue from the hundreds of celebratory and solemn parades that have travelled up Oxford Street, the work turns the façade into a topographical map to create the WE ARE HERE parade route.

Deeply connected to the location this parade is filled with a motley crew of heroes, villains, musicians, bohemians and gangsters. Imbued with the ghosts of those who’ve come before; the prancers and preeners; bakers; brewers and street workers. This is a celebration of the folk who’ve made Darlinghurst their home or the source of their bread and butter.  

The work  – collaboratively executed by artists Sarah Howell, Dylan Demarchi, byrd, The Dirt & Gui Andrade  – revives lost fragments of the area’s history and brings it firmly to the present. Using paint, collage, mixed media, photography and stencil, the mixed and contrasting mediums employed by the artists play with the inherent polarities of the Darlinghurst and Oxford Street narrative. 

The often dark and gruesome history is melded with times of celebration. The work rejoices in the swinging pendulum of its fortunes, from cultural backwater to creative epicentre, from slum to designer living, a place of protest to a place of celebration, from the six o’clock swill to sophisticated cocktail culture, criminal to respectable, addict-ridden to health-driven. This is an area that has seen and been it all.

Check it out for your daily dose of colour and art!

Whats your view on street-art? Can it be productive artwork, or is always vandalism? All opinions respected.

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Sydney : Carriageworks

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Sydney has a fantastic arts scene with loads of great galleries and art projects. We’ve been working our way around a few, and wandered down to Eveleigh to check out Carriageworks.

The site is a converted railway workshop complex built in 1880 and employed thousands of people in Sydney during its peak. It has since been decommissioned and the area has that fantastic inner city urban wasteland feel to it. As we wandered down from Redfern train station we couldn’t help but to notice the similarities between the terrace housing and converted factory buildings to London streets. The grey skies and wet weather only helped to reinforce the comparison

 

The Carriageworks site is awesome; both literally, and in a modern sense. It has retained so much of the industrial and mechanical history, with battered old wooden doors, vast open spaces and high ceilings whilst also beautifully modern. I’m a sucker for regeneration, and here the old and the new are happily co-existing.

‘Waste not’

We actually went to see Song Dong’s exhibition ‘Waste Not’ a conceptual exhibition of over 10’000 domestic items left by his mother. It’s a hoarders treasure chest and an organisers wet dream. It seems a little bizarre to catalogue a dead womans possessions and neatly arrange them for people in another country to look at. We like many others had a curious muse at cardboard boxes and far too many bowls for one person and then wandered next door to Eveleigh Markets for a coffee and some breakfast.

 

Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh. 

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