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Have you seen our lovely, colourful 2014 programs yet? Check your local cafe this week to pick up the jam-packed, pocket-sized 2014 booklet. These were spotted at The Ken Done Gallery. Ken is one of the judges for our Australian Life exhibition and prize, so come down to Friday Night Live on September 19 at 5pm to see his pick of our 22 finalists! See all our finalists on our website > http://ow.ly/BmtsX
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Love your work +Art & About Sydney  - can't wait to hit the city and check out the latest offerings (and thanks for timing it with school holidays - bonus) :)
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We've shared a few juicy details about the 2014 program... head over to our website to find out about how milkbars, armchairs and trolleys will be popping up in Sydney later this year...
http://bit.ly/1lPPuD0  Image credit: Eamon Donnelly
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Want to win a prize valued at $10,000 for your photo? You've got less than 2 weeks left to enter our Sydney Life photo comp! Enter now: http://ow.ly/lYZzq

Photo by Alex Davies: Hubub. Justin Shoulder drifts through Hyde Park as Hubub during APEC protests Sydney. #artandabout  
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Our friends at +Kaldor Public Art Projects are looking for volunteers to help with Kaldor Public Art Project #27! '13 Rooms' will bring together 13 famous artists and more than 100 performers to present an innovative group exhibition of ‘living sculpture’ within 13 purpose-built rooms. With the huge task of manning Pier 2/3 for the duration of 13 Rooms ahead, they are searching once again for vollies to help out! http://ow.ly/hul2c
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This is a call out to artists, curators, cultural organisations and creative teams! City of Sydney is now inviting Expressions of Interest for Artistic Projects for Art & About Sydney 2013!

A range of multidisciplinary arts projects and installations up to a value of $80,000 will be considered. More info here: http://ow.ly/gIzLC
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Art & About Sydney: The Banner Gallery: In Colour

“Colour is life; for a world without colour appears to us as dead. Colours are primordial ideas…the children of light.”
 
Johannes Itten
 
Using bold colour blocks, Analiese Cairis’ stunning street banners are inspired by the work of Johannes Itten, a leading pioneer in contemporary colour theory, and author of the revolutionary The Art of Colour, published in 1961. Johannes wrote about the importance of colour in nature, art, science and technology, and adopted a series of basic shapes (the line, the plane, the circle and the spiral) as a means to begin the creative process. His work on colour explored many ideas, including the notion our brains are programmed to find colour equilibrium and recognise harmonies.
 
Artistic Advisor for The Banner Gallery is John Kaldor, Director, Kaldor Public Art Projects. Founded by art patron John Kaldor in 1969, Kaldor Public Art Projects has created ground-breaking works with international artists around Australia for more than 40 years. Michael Landy’s Acts of Kindness during Art & About 2011 was the 24th Kaldor Public Art Project, with selected past projects including Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Coast (1969), Jeff Koons’ Puppy (1995), Gregor Schneider’s 21 Beach Cells (2007), John Baldessari’s Your Name in Lights (2011), and Thomas Demand’s The Dailies (2012). John Kaldor studied under Johannes Itten.
 
“I worked, lived and loved colour for most of my life.
 
Colour is all around us, in the multitudes of greens of the bush, the delicate shades of flowers and the rich palette of artists through the centuries.
 
Colour transforms a black and white world into a wonderful dimension for us to enjoy.”
 
John Kaldor AM
 
‘Colour is not an easy matter’, Umberto Eco states at the beginning of his essay on culture and language. With hours spent searching for the exact blue of Monet’s sky, the dusty olive of Cezanne’s trees, that rich brown of a Caravaggio robe, the neutral grey in a Frank Stella, colour for me has never been easy, but always intriguing, shifting, personal, elusive.
 
Analiese Cairis is passionate about design and Sydney’s cultural community, and has worked with artists, curators, architects and cultural organisations for many years. As senior designer at the Art Gallery of NSW, she has been responsible for many memorable exhibition campaigns and major art publications. Having started her design training with the colour exercises and theories of Itten, Analiese revisited them many years later when working with arts patron John Kaldor, a student of the Bauhaus master himself.
 
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George St, College St, Elizabeth St, Oxford St, William St, Kings Cross, Redfern St, and Glebe Point Rd, Sydney, Sydney, NSW, 2000

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Morning Sydney! Only two days left to get any Sydney Little Lives photos in the running to win! The competition is open to kids aged 3-11 years, and the top 20 photos will be exhibited in Hyde Park during Art & About 2014 http://ow.ly/xvHpZ . Image credit: Mia Frater Age 8, The Sydney Opera House Face.
Little Sydney Lives is a photographic competition giving children aged 3 to 11 years the opportunity to participate in Art & About Sydney 2014. Little …
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Have you entered our #australianlife Instagram competition yet? Together with Tourism Australia we're offering $5000 for the best image of a unique moments in Australian Life. Read more: http://bit.ly/1rA7AOn Photo credit: +Markolf Zimmer 
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Want $25K to turn Sydney’s sustainability data into public art for Art & About 2013? The City of Sydney and Carbon Arts are looking for artists for 'Sensing Sydney,' a collaborative data art project. Submissions close 20 May. http://ow.ly/kF3rP
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We're looking forward to the SNAKE SNAKE SNAKE 蛇 RẮN 뱀 exhibition, on as part of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival. Opens Tuesday 5 Feb at Lower Town Hall http://ow.ly/gSSIa 
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Every landscape hides countless untold stories. As night descends on Hyde Park South, the trees are illuminated as faces emerge from the leaves and branches. The effect is haunting.

This installation continues a series of ephemeral artworks which focus on elements of local history that have been edited or denied representation in public space. Defining what is important to record for historical purposes and immortalsed in public monuments has often been in the hands of those with selective motivations. EMERGENCE pays homage to Hyde Park’s history as a meeting point for civic unrest, protest, and direct action. Three individuals from diverse backgrounds, linked through their commitment to social change movements, are presented here as a collective monument to civic action.

“I have been involved in protest because it is a way to say you are not going to accept an unjust position. Especially when the majority opinion is against it such as the war in Iraq or marriage equality. When public opinion and the media are against you you need to protest and take a principled position such as with the inhumane treatment of refugees. I am not a passive consumer but an active participant in society. Don’t let the corrupt and greedy win.”
Colin Charlton

“Change is always rejected by those that are benefitting from the status quo. Consider the Coal Seam Gas gold rush that is upon us. Who stands to gain? If energy was the only issue, then we’d transition immediately to renewables, but a mining billionaire can’t sell the wind or the sun, can they? Right now, all around Australia, communities are protesting to demonstrate a different view. They are calling for different solutions because now is the time to reconsider our place in the natural systems that support our very existence.”
Jennifer Anne Curtis

“Not to speak out about injustice, when one can, is to condone it. In a world where poverty and suffering are rife, I have always believed that to look the other way and accept the status quo is to deny one’s humanity and capacity for action.”
Sylvia P Hale

EMERGENCE by artist Craig Walsh, is a collaboration between Art & About Sydney and the Australian Museum.

The Australian Museum is interested in representing the interface between nature and culture, and creating a dialogue about contemporary ideas within the Hyde Park / Australian Museum precinct.

Craig Walsh is a contemporary artist who works across artforms including theatre, architecture, public works and festivals. His work has been shown at major national and international exhibitions, and he has recently completed a two-year touring residency across Australia titled Digital Odyssey.
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ART & ABOUT SYDNEY 2012 launches tomorrow night with Friday Night Live. The night kicks off at the Martin Place Stage at 6pm.
Here's the set list:
6:00 – 6:30 Jingle Jangle
6:30 – 6:45 Official opening by the Lord Mayor of Sydney & announcement of Sydney Life and Little Sydney Lives prizes
6:45 – 7:30 Rufus
7:30 – 7:45 Jingle Jangle
7:45 – 8:30 Van She
8:30 – 8:45 Jingle Jangle
8:45 – 10:00 The Bamboos
Check the website for more info: http://bit.ly/S1bM5q
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Art & About is the City of Sydney’s annual celebration of public art with a month of art installations and exhibitions in public spaces.