Manly Arts Festival celebrates local creativity

Flaunting a program filled to the brim, the Manly Arts Festival brings a plethora of events to the northern coastal suburbs of Sydney in celebration of local creativity. Supporting local galleries and artists, the festival launches with a party at Manly Art Gallery & Museum (MAG&M) on Friday 7 September from 6-8pm, in conjunction with the gallery’s official opening of ‘Octennial’. The feature exhibition showcases early and recent works of Reg Mombassa and Peter O’Doherty, displaying Mombassa’s ‘iconic allegorical landscapes’ and O’Doherty’s studies of ‘deceptively mundane domestic and suburban Australian scenes.’

Peter O’Doherty, Somewhere to live, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 152 x 152cm

Manly Arts Festival’s program presents over 20 exhibitions, open studios, performances, activities, installations and art markets dotted throughout various arts hubs along the Northern Beaches at varying overlapping times between September and the end of October. Notable events include;

Members of the Warringbah Printmakers Studio will be commercially exhibiting a wide variety of original artwork at their studio in WPS Pop-Up Art Exhibition and Sale at their studio in Manly Vale on 15 and 16 September.

Ten acrobats guide an exploration into how our bodies, our connections and our aspirations give meaning to both our personal and collective humanity in ‘Humans’ @ Glen Street. Performing each night from 4 to 9 September at Glen Street Theatre in Belrose.

Michelle Perrett presents ‘Porcelain Flowers’, an exhibition of hand-made ceramic flowers as part of the Ermaboo Artist Residency. Detailed and imbued with subtle humility, the sculptures engage with the economic, ornamental and healing symbolism of local flora while also making reference to environmental concerns and cultural relationships with the environment. Exhibiting from 8 to 16 September at Eramboo Artist Environment.

‘Red Dirt to Golden Sands’ – Landscape Recollection: Sung Hee Ann presents recent paintings by the Headland Park Artists Precinct artist whose works convey the iconic Australian landscape through a Korean lens. Exhibiting at ArtSmart Gallery in Seaforth from 7 to 23 September.

Immortalising the everyday, faces from the Northern Beaches are captured by local artists in the suitably titled exhibition, ‘Faces’, working in a variety of mediums from painting, photography and sculpture. With opening night on Saturday 8 September, the exhibition runs until 28 September at Diversarty Studio and Gallery in Cromer.

The festival boasts an extensive music and workshop program with events suitable for everyone from children and youth, to parents and seniors, running in conjunction with these visual art events.