For two days during March, Marrickville’s artists will open their doors and showcase their work, practice, and philosophy for the ‘Marrickville Open Studio Trail’ (MOST), as part of Art Month Sydney.
Marrickville local government area is the centre of Sydney’s independent arts scene. A large number of artists, studios, commercial art galleries, artist-run initiatives, theatres and festivals call the area home amongst the abundance of converted industrial spaces.
‘MOST’ – an official Art Month Sydney event – is an opportunity to engage with this thriving scene, view art in progress, and purchase art at studio prices.
Jane Polkinghorne and Sarah Newall established Marrickville Garage (stop number 25 on the trail) to provide a free alternative space for new experimental artwork. Sarah says during ‘MOST’, the space will feature an exhibition by Francesca Mataraga.
Francesca is a Sydney based artist whose playful works utilise the architectural space. For us, she is installing a labyrinth of canvases on the floor.
Salmagundi Studios in Arncliffe houses over 20 artists from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, including painting, sculpture, multimedia, prop making, photography and object art.
‘MOST’ includes Newtown Street Art tours and Art-cycle bike tours. There are walking tours of Newtown, St Peters, and Marrickville’s ARIs, and a hop-on-hop-off bus.
Josephine Bennett, Manager of Culture and Recreation at the council, says the event is a chance for all Marrickville’s residents to access its arts and culture; “creativity is a vital part of wellbeing. It’s a great measurement of not only an individual’s health and happiness, but also the general community”, she said.
For a full list of the program and participating studios and art spaces, visit Art Almananc’s website News Page.
11am-4pm, 9 to 10 March, 2013