Sydney Festival returns this summer with a stacked line-up of events including a hefty program at Carriageworks. Four major exhibitions including two by leading Australian artists Paul Yore and The Huxleys will take over the multi-arts organisation along with murals, live performances and industry-related talks.
Carriageworks, Sydney Festival
The program kicks off with Arrernte and Kalkadoon artist Thea Anamara Perkins’s work Stockwoman. Tracing ancestral stories across the country from Alice Springs to Redfern Stockwoman aims to reframe our imagining of the Australian landscape.
A major highlight is Paul Yore’s Word Made Flesh, a major immersive installation opening from January 5 until February 26. The colourful installation is composed of mixed media sculpture and found objects, collage and assemblage, paintings, video, and pulsating sound and light. The bright and kaleidoscopic work comes to Sydney following a successful premiere in Melbourne.
From January 5 – March 5, visitors can also explore Bloodlines by the collaborative duo The Huxleys. An ode to legendary queer artists who lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the exhibition will include large-scale photographic works, video art and an opening live art party on January 4. The community can also participate and contribute panels which will be sewn together into a quilt in this earnest tribute to LGBTQIA+artists.
And finally, the immersive live performance Polar Force by Speak Percussion will make its Sydney debut at Carriageworks. Polar Force will transport audiences to Antarctica as it explores the expansive beauty and complexity of the continent. The work features multi-channel sound design and live percussion and is placed within a custom-built white inflatable structure. Get a glimpse of the coldest place on Earth in this unique experience from January 6-8.
Stockwoman, Word Made Flesh and Bloodlines are free to visit with tickets for Polar Force costing between $35-$40. Get more details here.