Experience Art & Culture from Home
Self-isolation doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected. We want to help you get lost for a moment, engage with the community and experience some of the things that make NSW so special. Now’s the time to experience the state’s world-class cultural scene from the comfort of your own home.
Get inspired and engage your mind with an online exhibition, digital art tour or live streamed musical performance. Many of NSW’s top artistic institutions are taking current showings and talks online to give you your fix of art, culture and community.
Festivals and Exhibitions
In partnership with Google Arts and Culture, the Biennale of Sydney (which had to close on March 24) will transform into a digital experience. From April 6, daily online events linked to the seven themes of the exhibition can be found on the website and social channels. Every Tuesday, teachers, students and families will be able to access a range of learning material from NIRIN such as podcasts, interviews and tutorials.
Bring the best of the Sydney Festival into your home with a specially curated playlist on Spotify, featuring artists like Archie Roach, Gurrumul and Regurgitator. The best part is, artists are paid every time someone listens to their song so you’re supporting Australian music during a difficult time. Then on Thursday nights, join Sydney Festival performers the Dollar Bin Darlings for a live streamed Doomsday Disco party at 7.30pm.
The Other Art Fair is a place for art lovers to connect and buy directly from artists. Set to be held on March 19-22, it was postponed due to current restrictions but all participating artists can be viewed online. Have a browse and you might find something you like – buying a new piece for your home is a great way to support the fine arts industry and refresh your space while you’re spending time indoors.
The Newcastle Writers Festival has moved online with a free program called NWF Stories to You. More than 25 writers including Behrouz Boochani, Clare Bowditch, David Leser, Favel Parrett and Charlotte Wood participated in 17 sessions that are now available to watch on YouTube.
THEN at White Rabbit
This fantastic exhibition looks back at the first 10 years of the White Rabbit Gallery. If you missed it when it launched earlier in 2020, this is a great opportunity to catch up. The 360-degree virtual tour lets you walk around each room in the exhibition and see works from over 60 artists. Virtual tours of three other shows from 2018-2019 are also available on the website.
Head on Photo Festival
The photography festival will run as previously scheduled between May 1 and 17, but with all exhibitions, panels, artist talks and other events online. Check the website for updates.
Ocean Lovers Festival
The Ocean Lovers Festival was due to take place in Bondi mid-March but was cancelled due to the current conditions. Founder Anita Kolni wanted to ensure the festival’s new Litterarty competition, where schoolchildren made artworks from recycled materials, was seen by an audience. It’s now a virtual exhibition with all artworks online to view.
Galleries and Museums
Art Gallery of NSW – Together in Art
This new program from the AGNSW wants to encourage people to connect with art while in isolation. Working with artists, performers and educators, it will include pocket exhibitions, behind the scenes tours, art classes, tours of the collection and more. Why not make use of your time at home and learn how to draw a face with iconic Australian artists Ben Quilty?
It’s one of the most iconic buildings in the world. Where did Jorn Utzon’s inspiration come from? What did his early sketches look like? Go back to the beginning of the design process with these two fascinating exhibitions.
Shane Warne: Arcane Art at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame
Missing live sport? Reflect on the career of one of the greats – this exhibition looks back at the most glorious moments in his career and analyses his style of play.
Posts from the Past at Art Gallery of NSW
Look back on 19th century life in Australia in this photography exhibition. “Cartes” were mostly used as portraits and sent as invitations for social gatherings – an early edition of Facebook, if you will.
Your MCA at Museum of Contemporary Art
The new online experiences at the MCA will inspire, engage and spark your creativity. Take a virtual tour of the displays, watch artist talks and interviews, and go behind the scenes of the museum. There's plenty for kids too with digital workshops, learning resources and activities.
AM Inside Out – Australian Museum
Australia’s first museum has opened its virtual doors with a huge collection of exhibitions, tours, podcasts, educational resources and more now available. Explore ancient Egyptian artefacts in 3D, join an expedition to the top of Balls Head, read about the latest discoveries or join a Citizen Scientist program and do your part to help native frogs.
You can also take a virtual tour or explore online exhibitions from some of the state’s best galleries and museums including:
Music and Performances
From our House to yours at Sydney Opera House
A new digital program of weekly live recordings, dance and music performances, previously unreleased footage from festivals such as All About Women and Bingefest as well as podcasts, articles, videos and more. At 6pm Wednesday to Sunday, catch full-length performances from artists like Missy Higgins and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Watch classic performances from the Opera Australia archives on the new online streaming platform OA | TV. Enjoy an iconic performance from Dame Joan Sutherland in a 1988 production of The Merry Widow and the glamorous harbourside experience of Handa Opera’s La Traviata from 2012. There is also a series of chat show-style interviews and exclusive behind the scenes footage. New content will be released every week.
The Evolution of Swan Lake at The Australian Ballet Company
The most famous ballet in the world was first performed by The Australian Ballet Company in the 1960s and has since been performed a number of times, reflecting the vision of the current director and trends in fashion at the time. A must for lovers of dance.
Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Classical music is something that is likely to help us all at the moment – and who better to hear than the wonderful Sydney Symphony Orchestra? Watch their final season concert from 2019 at the Sydney Opera House - they played Mahler’s dark fairytale piece Das Klagende Lied.