FINALE

3.8.16 – 20.8.16

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Opening Friday 12th August, 2016

With live music by Dillon Frazier

Linda Brescia, Ellen Dahl, Eleanor McDonald,
Amelia Reid, Rosemary Reynolds, Ingrid van der Aa,
Tamsin Salehian, Alex Thorby, Vicki White, Fleur Wiber

A year on with NORTH. Finale celebrates the diverse, experimental and contemporary art shown at NORTH over the year. New and related art work presented here includes sound, sculpture, photography and painting.

We thank North Sydney Council and The Greens, and all of the exhibitors, artists, musicians, performers, visitors and all the others involved in having helped make NORTH such a well received contemporary space.


NORTH Acoustic Session VIII

Men With Day Jobs, Bill Hunt, Dr TAOS

6.30-9pm Thursday August 18, 2016

 

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Dr TAOS’ will be bringing his Medicine Show to NORTH Acoustic Sessions featuring Dr TAOS and some of Sydney’s premier artists bringing you the elixir of life – musical pills to cure your ills!

On Thursday 18th August we’re featuring the amazing Men With Day Jobs and wonderful Bill Hunt alongside the inimitable Dr TAOS.

The performers will play completely acoustically in the intimate setting of NORTH Contemporary Art Space.

Tickets available on the door
$10 – GA; $5 – Concession, students & artists

Drinks & nibbles by donation

Dr TAOS

www.drtaos.com

“I have to say that the new album “Dr TAOS” is brilliant. This album is a must get!” The Songsmith album review.

Fusing Celtic folk with British blues rock, matured in sunburnt Australian country oak barrels, Dr TAOS produces his own inimitable style of alternative folk rock blends and has just released his eponymous new album to great acclaim. Having toured the USA and Australia catch him in solo mode at NORTH before he heads to tour Europe later this year.

“Sounding great! Nice timeless tracks instantly warm and familiar. Evoking elements of colonial Australia, oak barrel ageing and fruity top notes, this is sweet home comings folk rock with a clear essence in the final product.” Dr TAOS album review – Collage, The Espy Melbourne.

(Dr) TAOS is taking Sydney by storm with his alt-folk blends. Catch him playing songs from his lovely debut album Darkness & Light … revel in the acoustic indie of a shining up and comer!” Drum Media.

Men With Day Jobs 

www.backpocketrecords.com/MenWithDayJobs.htm

“Great words, great tunes. Funny, poignant, political… ingenious.” John Huxley, Sydney Morning Herald 

“Left us wanting more. A beautifully crafted performance.” Graham Healy, DinkiDi Acoustic 

“Thoroughly entertaining… great songs, extremely competent playing, strong singing… kept the audience in stitches.” Wayne Richmond, Humph Hall 

A lively trio of veteran singer-songwriters combining fine and varied originals, zany covers, skilled and energetic live performance, funny stories and lots of crowd vibe.

They’ve delighted audiences at top Sydney venues, festivals, and worldwide on YouTube.

Bill Hunt

www.billhunt.com.au

Bill Hunt has set about making late blooming look like a good career move with his debut album Upwey recently being released to critical acclaim.

“I make much of Hunt’s vocal quality because it is what drew me to his music first up – doesn’t a music’s “sound” get you first every time? Across Upwey his voice moves from hurt, to declamatory, to bent-by-blues, once even to an almost Gospel frenzy… the almost seven minute ‘What you Choose’ has Hunt serenading the street-life in and around him, in an almost Van Morrison/James Joyce stream-of-consciousness linear rave. It captivates with pictures, some drawn by a child’s hand, some painted by a drunk Dylan, some harshly photographed by a journalist (all of which Hunt, the lyricist, is)”. Words About Music review

Bill Hunt has in the past half-dozen years made significant inroads in the Sydney singer-songwriter scene and now with the release of Upwey is gaining wider recognition with radio play both in Australia and overseas and festival dates to be announced in the coming months.

A video to accompany the release of the first single from Upwey, Sea of Love, is set for release later this month.


 

I LIKE IT BEST WHEN WE’RE TALKING ABOUT PAINTING

13.6.16 – 31.7.16

OPENING 6-8pm Wednesday, 13 July, 2016

 

Richard Kean, Stephanie Quirk,
Hayley Megan French & Carla Liesch

I like it best when we’re talking about Painting brings together artists Stephanie Quirk, Hayley Megan French, Richard Kean and Carla Liesch in an exhibition realised through discussion and a collaborative curatorial partnership.The exhibition is loosely based in expanded painting, treating painting as a departure point for conversation, rather than a given. 

ARTIST TALKS: Saturday July 30, 2pm


NORTH Acoustic Session VII

 

6.30-9pm Thursday July 21, 2016

Dr TAOS’ will be bringing his Medicine Show to NORTH Acoustic Sessions featuring Dr TAOS and some of Sydney’s premier artists bringing you the elixir of life – musical pills to cure your ills!

$10 – GA; $5 – Concession, students & artists

Drinks & nibbles by donation

 

Dr TAOS

www.drtaos.com

(Dr) TAOS is taking Sydney by storm with his alt-folk blends. Catch him playing songs from his lovely debut album Darkness & Light … revel in the acoustic indie of a shining up and comer!” Drum Media.
Dr TAOS (previously known as TAOS), the king of alt-folk swamp rock, will be releasing his second album on Friday 29th July 2016 with his full band at Lazybones Lounge. Behind the scenes reports say this album is one to look out for! Having toured the USA and Australia catch him in solo mode at NORTH before he heads to tour Europe later this year.
 “The use of dynamics, harmonies and good song writing, as well as the mix, instrumentation and simple song presentation makes this a brilliant album.” Darkness & Light Review – The Songsmith.

 

James Englund        

http://www.crashsymphony.com.au/music-producers/james-englund/

James Englund is one of Australia’s top audio engineers, music producers and performing artists. He is a highly professional vocalist/singer and a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, bass, piano, saxophone and an array of other instruments. He writes well-crafted songs and performs them with honesty and emotion.

Having toured the USA and Australia make sure you catch him live at NORTH!

Sharlene Rainford

www.soundcloud.com/sharlene-rainford
https://www.reverbnation.com/sharlenerainford

Sharlene Rainford, has been gracing stages all over the globe, from New York to Portland USA and back to Sydney’s own Basement, Red Rattler and various music festivals. From showroom dummies to death row inmates, Sharlene draws on life experience, characters both real and imaginary and colourful lyrics to create songs which are thought-provoking and unique. In 2012 Sharlene released her first album “But the Blue, featuring the award winning favourite “Christmas in a Cage”.

“Sharlene Rainford is one of the most exciting songwriters going round town. She captivates the audience with her beautiful voice and her powerful stories about real people who have didactic tales to share and learn from. And she does it in a way that makes her worth listening to. You’ve got to listen to the haunting ‘Christmas in a Cage’ and the sobering ‘Scarlet Woman’!”  – Peter Scully, SSA


 

VAPID CUT

22.6.16 – 9.7.16

OPENING 6-8pm Wednesday, 22 June, 2016

 

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Tessa Rex & Patch Sinclair

In a world where Aaron Carter is bullied out of endorsing Donald Trump for president, where news is 6 steps to sexy hair, where ‘Gangham Style’ has 1 billion views on YouTube, comes multimedia installation VAPID CUT.

Showcasing drawings, paintings, video edits and cut-ups from tabloid magazines, from the late 80s til now, VAPID CUT presents a conflict between both light-hearted and dystopic readings of trash media. It applies web aesthetics to paper, timestamping technologies by committing icons and typesetting to the page – the Arial font of Google, the retweet button on Twitter – drawn by the artists through a camera obscura and under the imposition of projections. These works play on the cacophony of assumed knowledge that perhaps, we didn’t even know we had. It’s pop, it’s product and it’s politics. Injected with video installations exploring the horror vacui (fear of empty spaces) in the insipid culture of audio-visual overload, littered with frankenbites and video wipes.

Beneath it all runs the noise floor of the media, a mashed up soundscape where celebrity news, popular music and Kmart mixtapes compete. For a jejune reprive, a quiet booth with a slowly turning party light will be available accompanied by the infamous Opus No.1 Cisco hold music.

In 1976 Foucault said:

‘A day will come when, by means of similitude relayed indefinitely along the length of a series, the image itself, along with the name it bears, will lose its identity. Campbell, Campbell, Campbell.’

Have we reached this day?
VAPID CUT is the first two-person show by frequent collaborators Patch Sinclair and Tessa Rex.


 


The Elephant in the Room

1.6.16 – 18.6.16

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Tamsin Salehian

The ‘Elephant in the Room’ is a three week exhibition of drawings and sculptures which will be created over the course of the show, changing, growing and unfolding each day. Exploring subjects of life, death, and the urban world, a raft of works will fill NORTH Contemporary Art Space during the first three weeks of June. All of these watched over by a large elephant that will appear during the show, because, there is always ‘an elephant in the room’.

Tamsin Salehian is a sydney based artist with an interest of the poetic meaning of materials. She has a background in both art and science which combine to inform her art making process. She has exhibited in Los Angeles, Melbourne and Sydney and has shown at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi.

NORTH Acoustic Session VI

 

6.30-9pm Thursday June 16, 2016

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Dr TAOS’ will be bringing his Medicine Show to NORTH Acoustic Sessions featuring Dr TAOS and some of Sydney’s premier artists bringing you the elixir of life – musical pills to cure your ills!

On Thursday 16th June we’re featuring the amazing David Mark and wonderful Mihka Chee alongside Dr TAOS. The performers will play completely acoustically in the intimate setting of NORTH Contemporary Art Space.

Tickets available on the door
$10 – General Admission
$5 – Concession, students & artists

Drinks & nibbles by donation

Dr TAOS

www.drtaos.com

(Dr) TAOS is taking Sydney by storm with his alt-folk blends. Catch him playing songs from his lovely debut album Darkness & Light … revel in the acoustic indie of a shining up and comer!” Drum Media.

Dr TAOS (previously known as TAOS), the king of alt-folk swamp rock, has got the masters back for his second album due for release in July 2016. Behind the scenes reports say this album is one to look out for!

 “The use of dynamics, harmonies and good song writing, as well as the mix, instrumentation and simple song presentation makes this a brilliant album.” Darkness & Light Review – The Songsmith.

David Mark  

www.facebook.com/david.m.felgar

The David Mark songlist has a rhythm and pulse that is simple, straightforward and uniquely his own. A distinctive baritone helps to colour and shade each song to form a clear mental image of events. Whether touching on the provocative or expressing an emotion, he presents upbeat, guitar inspired, jazz pop songs with body and soul.

Listen to David Mark – 21st century stories in song.

Mihka Chee

www.mihkachee.bandcamp.com

Mihka Chee is a guitarist, singer, and violinist from New Zealand. Playing in bands and writing since the age of 13 and never quite growing out of the angry punk girl phase, Mihka creates honest and emotive songs with influences including Amy Winehouse, Sublime, No Doubt and Incubus.

 

Cardinal Directions

11.5.16 – 28.5.16

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Anna Maria O’Keeffe, Sean O’Keeffe, Ellen Dahl, Karl O’Keeffe

Opening 11 May, 6-8pm

North, South, East and West have a long history in many cultures as the four primary reference points for direction. Culturally these points have also been employed to mark subjective cultural and political differences between regions, but with globalization rapid forward push and current mass migration, we are seeing these historical denominations constantly shifting. The East/West political power landscape is moving towards increasingly competitive and complex financial and political relationships, while the North/South divide is at the front and back of our current socio-political discourse. The complexity of climate governance has re-focused the attention on the fundamental nature of Earth as a large sphere where the cardinal directions ultimately have limited bearing as we will eventually return to where we started.

The four artists in Cardinal Direction uses these points as a springboard to explore different ideas around topography, the cultural and political and geographical identity.

 

THE ‘F’ SHOW

20.4.16-7.5.16

Ingrid van der Aa, Roohi S. Ahmed, Linda Brescia, Alexandra Byrne, Felicity Castagna, Fiona Davies, Catherine O’Donnell, Bonita Ely, Merran Esson, Emma Fielden, Amanat Grewal, Tazeen Qayyum, Tania Rollond, Li Wenmin, Linda Wilken

Curated by Abdullah M.I. Syed

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Artist Talks Saturday 7 May, 2 pm

Opening night performance by Linda Brescia – 7pm.

The ‘F’ Show brings together a selection of female artists who have worked with and inspired the artist, designer and curator Abdullah M.I. Syed over the last decade. Showcasing works by emerging and established, local and international artists, the exhibition investigates a small cross section of contemporary female artists working today and provides a collective platform to reflect the value and legitimacy of such artists in Australia and beyond. The participating artists firmly challenge the status-quo of a capitalist art market which is often driven by male dominated power structures and has a vested interest in maintaining twentieth-century hierarchies. The artists’ strength and desire to bring change is the fuel for this exhibition

 

 

NORTH ACOUSTIC SESSIONS V

28.4.16

6.30-9pm

 
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Ella Carstein, Fleur Wiber, Dr Taos

Tickets: $10 ($5 for concession card holders, students & artists)
Drinks & nibbles by donation

Emotional Landscape

Sofie Dieu

30.3.16 – 16.4.16

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Opening 30 March, 6-8pm

 Artist Talk 2pm Saturday April 9, 2016

With Emotional Landscape, Sofie Dieu explores our connections to our surroundings. Landscapes are not only something external to us, that we can model according to our own wish. Instead landscapes influence us as human beings. More than a “thing” outside our home, landscapes live within us.

Inter-Discourse: The Architecture of the Senses

March 2-19

Gloria Florez, Ingrid van der Aa,  Christine Simpson, Tamsin Salehian

Opening 6-8 pm March 2

 www.interdiscourseart.wordpress.com

Come and be intrigued by a labyrinthine journey into the senses. For the Spectrum Festival in March, North Contemporary Art Space is transformed into a maze of intimate interconnections inviting the audience to investigate touch, scent, sound, sight and taste.

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Perception of Place

10.2.16 – 27.2.16

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Interactive Installation by Alex Thorby

Closing Event: Saturday 27th February 3 – 5pm
with music by Dillon Frazier,drinks and nibbles in the ‘Family picture gallery”

Perception of Space’. We attach meaning to particular places and spaces by having an immediate sensory experience, coupled with memories and experiences from the past. This installation will challenge the notion of what the space “is”.
Set up as a lounge room, the public will be invited to sit, chat, have a “cuppa” and inhabit the space.
Volunteers are sought to sit and have a portrait painted which will be hung, creating a picture gallery of “family members” that will be presented at the closing event.
If you would like to be involved in this art event as a sitter
please contact Alex on 0435371549 or email probiscus0@gmail.com

NORTH ACOUSTIC SESSIONS IV

18.2.16

6pm

featuring Justine Wahlin

Justine Wahlin

Tickets: $10 ($5 for concession card holders, students & artists)
Drinks & nibbles by donation

Justine will play solo and completely acoustic renditions of some of her most loved songs at North Acoustic

“..almost like a young peggy lee doing lonely cowgirl songs. Such a clean and effortless voice.. like listening to an old record but live…”zvonko jovicic

Justine Wahlin plays songs that are drawn from the world with an insightful look into the human heart, songs that take you on a ride from alternative folk with intricate and haunting soundscapes to foot stomping country and in parts, references the old world charm of 60’s torch songs.

Facebook url: https://web.facebook.com/events/1079602698758117/

Vestige

Opening 6-8pm Wednesday January 20

20.1.16 – 6.2.16Artwork by Lorna MacRitchie

Bronwyn Brady, Lorna MacRitchie, Rosemary Reynolds, Armelle Swan

 

‘Vestige’ refers to the trace and absence, where the remnant or imprint of a former presence commands attention through representations of connection, shelter, bodily substances and narratives. ‘Vestige’ engages the observer through textural and tactile media by alluding to the very nature and materiality of human experience. Our flesh, our bodies, our homes, our clothing – is that our trace and our presence? ‘Vestige’ considers experience, identity and personhood, questioning the way in which we are made and connect to others.
‘Vestige’ is an exhibitions by the four artists Bronwyn Brady, Lorna MacRitchie, Rosemary Reynorld and Armelle Swan, encompassing drawing, painting, installation, sculpture, assemblage and textiles.

(Image: Lorna MacRitchie, I never really leave us, 2015, mixed media on blankets, with organza and ceramic objects, dimensions variable)

Public Program

Saturday 23 January 11 – 1

Art Workshop by Rosemary Reynolds

Saturday 23 January 2pm

Artist Talks

 Bronwyn Brady, Rosemary Reynolds & Armelle Swan

Thursday 28 January 6-8pm

NORTH Acoustic Sessions III with live music

reading by Lorna MacRitchie

NORTH ACOUSTIC SESSIONS: POETRY NIGHT

28.1.16

6pm

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Come along and enjoy the first NORTH Acoustic Session of the year with performance poetry by local Sydney performers!

There will also be a chance to get up and perform your own poem or chosen piece of writing in our open mic section!

Feature Performers:
Gareth Hipwell
Lorna MacRitchie
Special Guest TBA

Poetry open mic session

Tickets: $10 (discounts for concession card holders, students & artists)
Drinks & nibbles by donation

“Vestige” – an exhibtion featuring work by Bronwyn Brady, Lorna MacRitchie, Rosemary Reynolds and Armelle Swan – will be up so you will be able to view this on the evening as well.

 

Hieske Weijers

North Acoustic Sessions

Christmas Edition

Hiske Weijers | Andy Wenmen | Fleur Wiber

6 – 8 pm Tuesday December 22

Andy Wenmen

Join us for a night of live acoustic music at North Contemporary Art Space, 53 Ridge St, North Sydney. The Gallery will provide an intimate and artistic setting to host some of Sydney’s most talented emerging singer-songwriters. 

Entry $10

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You will also be able to check out the current exhibition “CELEBRATION” and pick up a last minute christmas gift.

 

Celebration Show

Opening Party 6-8pm November 27, 2015

26.11.15 – 19.12.15

celebration show, all work under $500

All work under $500

To celebrate the end of the year NORTH is having a show to support artists and to make artwork accessible for buyers.

Original artwork under $500/$300/$100

Come and enjoy work by many great artists.

Download pdf invite here.

On Common Ground: Site Fragments

5.11.15 – 21.11.15

Detail from Vanishing Point: Swan Hopper Legacies by Julie Montgarrett, Vic McEwan, Clytie Smith

Detail from Vanishing Point: Swan Hopper Legacies by Julie Montgarrett, Vic McEwan, Clytie Smith

Vic McEwan, George Main, Julie Montgarrett, Clytie Smith,  Sarah McEwan, Derek Motion, Amelia Reid, James Farley, Nicole Barakat, Eco-dyeing Circle, Tamsin Salehian, Bec Dean, Natalie Power

On Common Ground: Site Fragments is an exhibition of documentation and original works from a site specific, contemporary art project held in the small town of Narrandera, NSW by the artist led organisation The Cad Factory. Choosing the Murrumbidgee River as a site of contention, On Common Ground placed itself in a charged environment; ecologically, historically and politically, opening up a space for discussion and reflection, aiming to engender new conversations about the past, present and future use of land in and around Narrandera. Objects and images shown here include sound work, documentation photography, eco-dyed textile, text based installation and large sculptural textile works. 

Common Ground: Site Fragments features artists from Far Northern NSW, Western NSW, Canberra and Sydney.

North Acoustic Sessions presented by Newtown Underground

6 – 8 pm Thursday October 29

Join us for a night of live acoustic music at North Contemporary Art Space, 53 Ridge St, North Sydney. The Gallery will provide an intimate and artistic setting to host some of Sydney’s most talented emerging singer-songwriters.

You will also be able to check out the current exhibition “NORTH-WEST”.
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North – West

14.10.15 – 31.10.15

North_west

Curated by Billy Gruner

Ian Millis, Nick Strike, Mark Titmarsh, Keith Rowe, Billy Gruner, Sarah Keighery, Georgie Pollard , Alex Wisser, Tom Loveday, Fiona Davies, Andrew Leslie, Susie Idiens, Will Cooke, Miriam Williamson, Brad Allen-Waters, Kyle Jenkins, Dan Kojta, Vicky Brown, Caroline Wilde, Oliver Watts, Margaret Roberts, Jacqueline Spedding, Hayley West, Tobias Richardson, Locust Jones, Ann Graham, Fleur MacDonald, Claire Healy, Eleanor McDonald, Ingrid van der  Aa, Sean Codiero, Kayo Yokohama, Roger Foley Fogg, Luba Bosch, Talulah Vane, Zeb Olsen

An exchange between independent projects North located in North Sydney and Modern Art Projects the Blue Mountains. This show is representative of the arrival of a new model in Australian art, a crossover approach that reflects the growing interest in artist run but community supported programs that can feature local artists while placing them with other national and international groupings. This grounded network approach has many benefits and brings to the fore the many talents found in local communities while attracting local audiences to new art, artists, and curatorial processes. NORTH – WEST features a group of artists from Sydney but mostly from the suburban outer western reaches of Sydney.

New territories

open until Oct 10

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23.9.15 – 10.10.15

Eleanor McDonald Tamsin Salehian Alex Thorby Ingrid van der Aa

Get Your Paint On

9.9.15 – 19.9.15

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Images of Panels after Day one of Painting Support NORTH and join in painting the plywood panels.

BYOP (bring your own paint), some paint supplied but if you have your preferred stash please bring and paint.

Wed-Sat this week!