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The five cutest things to do at Art Month Sydney


Art Month Sydney 2013 is nearly here, and once again we are offered an array of excitingly large exhibitions, talks, tours and workshops. But because one person's 'excitingly large' is someone else's 'intimidatingly huge', here’s a fun-size selection of some of the cutest things you can do at this year’s creative celebration:

1. Fall In Collaboration Love

Take someone you work and/or hold hands with to Two's Company: Creative Couples in Conversation about art, collaboration and inspiration.

Collaborative artists and co artistic directors of Art Month Sydney 2013 Penelope Benton and Alexandra Clapham are joined by internationally acclaimed chef Kylie Kwong and respected Sydney artist Nell, sisters and artistic collaborators Emma and Katie Price from renowned Sydney art collective The Kingpins, acclaimed artistic collaborators and partners Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro  and Ursula Sullivan and Joanna Strumpf of Sullivan & Strumpf Fine Art. Good times, guaranteed.

2) Go Shopping

If you've ever wondered about what art galleries keep behind the scenes, the Buy Art Tour: My First Time is an invitation to have a stickybeak at gallery stockrooms and talk to about any of your art buying ideas. The tour takes places on the Paddington-Darlinghurst circuit, covering Galley8, James Dorahy Project Space and MiCK Gallery.

Otherwise, check out some inspiring up-and-coming artists to keep your keen investors eye on in the Buy Art Tour: Next. The Firstdraft, Mils Gallery, Chalk Horse Gallery, MOP Projects, Galerie PomPom and The Commercial galleries are included in the tour.

3) Cut and paste IRL

Indulge both your regressive paste-eating self and the part of you that hungers for facts about Francis Bacon, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso in Drawing with Scissors: A collage masterclass for adults. This craft workshop crossed with seminar led by artist Oli Watts helps you get childish with your art-making in the tradition of Modernist greats. There is actually no reason to not participate.

4) Have an argument

Attend the For the Love of God: Is contemporary art as a joke? discussion with any kind of pretence that you are neutral on that question. Sure, you're unlikely to end up changing your mind, but the six artists, curators, critics, writers and performers who'll be speaking will give you a good chance to get riled up endorsing things/ calling them egregious. 

5) Watch a movie

Go next-level/art dork on outdoor cinema at d’Lux Media Arts Present DTV picnic under peppercorn trees with a selection of short, single channel works. 

Bonus:

6) Do a dance

If you do not think Dance with David will be fun, it is likely that you are beyond my help.  

Lead image via Art Month Sydney. 

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