SEE & BUY ART IN UNEXPECTED PLACES

In a world of increasing uncertainty, art offers a valuable platform for both artists and audiences to practice new ways of thinking and acting upon our changing circumstances, challenging the way people interact and engage with their environment.

I Came To See… aims to reconnect the public with the cultural sector by bringing the independent art gallery experience to various outdoor locations within the Sydney CBD. Each location will showcase original, contemporary artwork by emerging Australian artists in a safe and accessible environment, highlighting the importance of arts and culture in the city. Artworks will be on display and available to purchase at any time of the day/night for the duration of each exhibition.

Supported by City of Sydney and Transport for NSW, the exhibitions acknowledge the significant role art and creativity has played during a time of unprecedented upheaval. It is an opportunity to support the artistic community, as well as the recovery of our city. Visitors are encouraged to re-engage with the CBD, reconnect with the community, and re-evaluate what’s important.
 

 

PART 01 //

01–07 MAY

MARTIN PLACE

COVID-19 health information: The health and safety of everyone at our exhibition is our greatest priority. We are continuing to closely monitor NSW Health guidelines and advice. Patrons and visitors who have recently attended any of the NSW COVID-19 case locations, or other interstate case locations listed by NSW Health, must not visit the exhibition as per NSW Health advice.

 

ARTISTS

Amelia Skelton // Andriana Carney // Caoife Power // Caroline Gasteen // Charles Levi // Claire de Carteret // Ebony Hickey // Emma Rani // Florentina Pergoleto // Helen Shelley // Lauren O'Connor // Liam Taylor // Steph Tsimbourlas // Stuart Bailey // Zane Edwards

 

CURATOR'S STATEMENT

I came 4 joy

This is a collection of artists that I admire, that inspire me to create, that bring me joy.

Their idiosyncratic work delves deep into our shared human existence. They all tell their own story... their own narrative... share their own experiences... but they seemingly delve deep into our psyche. Well maybe it's just my psyche. Or maybe I just like art with faces on it... either way, they stare back at me, eyes or not, with emotion, love, even grief. They teach us who we are.

While some works have underlying sinister energies, or tell a not so ideal story... they all encapsulate what it means to be alive. They accept that by agreeing to be a human bean, you also sign up for all the shitty stuff. They accept that a down, a ditch, a hurdle, doesn't define you. They accept that it all makes you stronger. The past was the past. The now is the now. Tomorrow is a day, but by no means the most important.

They live. They breathe. They empower.

I came 4 joy was a joy for me to think about and put together. I hope it can be for you too.

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Jackson Farley

Jackson Farley is a multidisciplinary artist living and working on Gadigal land. With a particular focus on masculinity in the contemporary he explores phallocentric histories, ‘genius art’ and the divine. Using irony, afforded by combining seemingly ‘pure’ and ‘impure’ imagery and text, Jackson channels the subliminal and parodies the way in which we see ourselves and our world. 

 

He is also sometimes a curator! Jackson's focus for his curatorial endeavours is to collage artists he finds that have a synergy with his own work to create a megamix of idiosyncratic forms, bold colours and sometimes lol, sometimes not so lol, stories and narratives. With the same lens that Jackson approaches his own practice and perspective, he curates works that debase notions of the yucky everyday that in turn bring a lil bit of happiness and learning into his world. And hopefully into yours too!

PART 02 //

08–18 MAY

CUSTOMS HOUSE SQUARE

COVID-19 health information: The health and safety of everyone at our exhibition is our greatest priority. We are continuing to closely monitor NSW Health guidelines and advice. Patrons and visitors who have recently attended any of the NSW COVID-19 case locations, or other interstate case locations listed by NSW Health, must not visit the exhibition as per NSW Health advice.

 

ARTISTS

Bryan Foong // Ella Noah Bancroft // Flin Sharp // Francesca Zak // James P. Simon // Lorilee Yang // Lucy Zaroyko // Mark Mailler // Mashara Wachjudy // Mia Middleton // Neil Beedie // Victoria Stolz // Viola Nazario // Yiorgo Yiannopoulos

 

CURATOR'S STATEMENT

the seasons depend upon each one of us to come into being

This exhibition presents contributions by artists who pay careful attention to the materials they work with, furthermore to the sites they work within. Their work draws attention to the very large and very small contents of a place, the intimacy of these things, and as such the forces that run through their situation. It is hoped that these perspectives animate the forces lying dormant at this site, evoking its evolution throughout the cycle of a day, a week, across generations. Visitors are encouraged to centre such things as what lies at the edge of vision, to pay attention to the long history of place, the changing quality of light, geography, the built environment, and their entanglement within these. Our understanding of a place reflects the distances through which we experience it.

 

The exhibition hopes to evoke such a quietness in those that pass through it, as a means to extend our understanding of intimacy beyond romantic partnership, close friends and family. At a time when we have experienced an unnatural distance from each another, it is pertinent to ask what is natural. There are entire territories of human experience yet to be set in motion by such an understanding of intimacy, that might bring surprising and significant meaning to our lives.

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Sebastian Henry-Jones

Sebastian Henry-Jones is an emerging curator led by an interest in writing, DIY thinking and the potential of the exhibition format to cultivate strategies of collectivity, social responsibility and tenderness that poetically communicate across cultural and social difference.

 

He looks to embody these ideals in his work by centring the needs, ideas and requirements of those that he works with, and so his practice is informed by striving for a personal ethics with sincerity, generosity, honest communication and learning at its core.

PART 03 //

19-30 MAY

BARANGAROO

COVID-19 health information: The health and safety of everyone at our exhibition is our greatest priority. We are continuing to closely monitor NSW Health guidelines and advice. Patrons and visitors who have recently attended any of the NSW COVID-19 case locations, or other interstate case locations listed by NSW Health, must not visit the exhibition as per NSW Health advice.

 

ARTISTS

Aimee Gardyne // Brett Anthony Moore // Chelsea Fuentes // Daniel Bodey // Eloise Morton // Finnegan McGrath // Joanna Gambotto // Lili Montefiore // Maya Barnstone // Mez Truskett // Mungo Howard // Nic Fern // Omar Raf Diallo // Zoe Toakley

 

CURATOR'S STATEMENT

What lies ahead

Presented by the National Art School, this exhibition showcases works by current students and graduates of Australia’s leading independent fine art school.

These works are vibrant, multilayered and use a variety of different techniques and mediums. Many of the artists experiment with form and process by improvising with materials and using alternative methods to create compositions that speak to contemporary, everyday audiences. Collectively these works provide a glimpse into the diverse range of artistic talent nurtured and facilitated by the school.

This outdoor exhibition highlights the importance of arts and culture in our lives, by offering a contemporary perspective on how we might interact with and consume art. It provides artists a platform to access new audiences, as well as a unique opportunity for the general public to gain insight into the thoughts and processes of a vibrant cohort of artists working right here and now.

We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation as the traditional custodians of this place we now call Sydney.

Proudly funded by the

NSW Government in association with

City of Sydney

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