8 most Instagram-worthy art exhibitions at Sydney Festival 2020
An ancient Zen koan runs along the lines of: ‘if you went to experience some art but didn’t capture it for the ‘gram, were you ever even really there?’
Thanks to these eight immersive and insightful art installations – mostly free and all featuring as part Sydney Festival 2020 – you can both soak up some culture and collect some easy captures for the adoring public.
A giant, brightly coloured, inflated labyrinth of winding paths and soaring domes in Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park, suffused by the glow of the sun and awash in intense, neon-bright natural light. Don’t tell me you’re not itching to get the first post inside this colourful cavern of tunnels and soaring domes (hot tip – skip the queues by purchasing a ticket to a timed session).
Tumbalong Park At Darling Harbour
Free General Admission
Ticketed Sessions Available
Tickets and more info
250 flags will fly across Barangaroo Reserve, designed by a cross-section of Australians and making emblematic our concepts of country, national identity and belonging; playing with the idea of how Western tradition dictates that, “somehow you’ll feel more ownership over a place if you raise a flag over it,” as Festival Director Wesley Enoch puts it. If you’re one of the lucky participants who had their flag design selected to fly over Barangaroo, don’t miss heading down to get a photo of it in action (you’ll also receive your actual physical flag after the project ends).
Rebecca Baumann: Radiant Flux
Imagine the entirety of Carriageworks’ cavernous spaces covered in the reflective, prismatic colour of dichroic film – a dynamic material that shifts colour when viewed from different angles and transmits the opposite chromatic spectrum to what it reflects. Now stop imagining it, because that’s exactly what you’ll be able to see at Carriageworks between January and June – a kaleidoscopic world of colour and light that changes with the weather conditions, so no two visits will be the same. It’s part of a four-piece set of exhibitions at Carriageworks during Sydney Festival – see below for the other four.
8 January–14 June
Daniel Boyd: VIDEO WORKS
Sydney-based Kudjala/Gangalu artist Daniel Boyd’s three video works sprawl across the walls of a Carriageworks gallery with an infinite cosmos of dynamic compositions and prismatic colour, set to a score by Canyons. Sit in the middle and get lost in the 360-projections.
8 January–1 March
Reko Rennie: Remember Me
Melbourne-based Kamilaroi artist Reko Rennie pays tribute to his come-up in street art with an enormous neon sign placed out the front of Carriageworks on Wilson St, proclaiming “REMEMBER ME”: an unmissable exhortation to remember the true history of Australia’s colonisation and pay tribute to the strength and resilience of our First Nations, the true sovereigns and custodians of this country.
January 2020–January 2021
Kate Mitchell: All Auras Touch
A photo exhibition of 1023 images capturing the auras, or energy fields, around one representative from each of Australia’s officially recognised occupations, reminding us that – in an era where empathy is all but lacking in public discourse – we are all energetic beings made up of the same matter.
8 January–1 March
This one will take a bit of a trek to get to, but it’s worth it. Dotting the Sydney foreshore are oft-forgotten former military installations and bunkers, built by Europeans to protect the land from invasion. Recognising the exquisite irony, First Nations artists including Blak Douglas, Karla Dickens and Jason Wing have taken over the bunkers for a series of poignant, darkly humorous, site-specific art installations created to inspire deep reflection and offer new perspectives on Sydney Harbour.
Georges Head, Mosman
She Conjured the Clouds
Acclaimed artist Justene Williams takes over Campbelltown Arts Centre with a psychedelically colourful, playful and immersive sculptural art exhibition and a highly-accessible theatre performance designed to delight everyone from adults to little kids (also hot tip: the performance stars Emma the Yellow Wiggle!).
Campbelltown Arts Centre
Tickets and more info