The needle and the damage done – Sydney

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The Needle and the Damage Done


With albums from John Laws, Torvill & Dean, Bernard King, some misguided AFL footy players, Christians, racists and Christian racists, there’s some really bad music out there. DJ & comic Fiona Scott-Norman goes on a romp through the top ten most mesmerisingly bad albums ever recorded.

Could be great, could be like every wedding disco I’ve ever been to. 

The Studio at the Opera House
05 December – 08 December 2007 

Sydney Water – water saving kit


Visit the site below for a water saving kit from Sydney water. Ever drop counts!

Sydney Water is offering a free Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Water Saving Kit to every household in Sydney, Illawarra and the Blue Mountains. Save up to $50 a year on your water and energy bills by completing the online registration to receive your Free DIY Water Saving Kit.

It’s as easy as one, two, three…

Step One
Register by completing the online registration. Sydney Water will then send your free kit.

Step Two
When you receive the kit please complete the accompanying application form and return it to us in the reply paid envelope provided.

Step Three
Follow the easy instructions and install:

  • Aerators, which are small devices that fit into your bathroom and kitchen taps.
  • Flow regulators, which are small devices that fit into your showerhead.(The kit is not suitable for houses with gravity fed or older instantaneous hot water systems. If in doubt, contact your hot water supplier).

    Paddington Galleries (Sydney)

    This weekend I’ll be doing the rounds in Paddington to see what’s new within the proliferation of galleries in the area. Those highlighted in yellow have some interesting contemporary work on at the moment. The list includes:

    Wagner Art Gallery

    39 Gurner St Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9360 6069

    Freeland Gallery

    120 Glenmore Rd Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9360 2541

    Andrew Crawford

    76 Glenmore Rd Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9358 3973

    ArtCube Pty Ltd

    180 Jersey Rd Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9327 2811

    Australian Centre For Photography

    257 Oxford St Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9332 1455

    Australian Galleries Pty Ltd

    15 Roylston St Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9360 5177

    Australian Galleries Works on Paper

    24 Glenmore Rd Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9380 8744

    Barry Stern Galleries Pty Ltd

    19 Glenmore Rd Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9331 4676

    Blender Gallery

    16 Elizabeth St Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9380 7080

    Brian Moore Gallery Pty Ltd

    294 Glenmore Rd Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9380 7100

    Christopher Day Gallery

    Cnr Elizabeth & Windsor Street Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9326 1952

    Egan Gallery

    3a Glenmore Rd Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9361 0066

    Gallery of Fools

    3 Elizabeth St Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9360 7806

    Harris Courtin Gallery

    26 Glenmore Rd Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9368 7950

    Kudos Gallery

    6 Napier St Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9326 0034



    Maree Mizon Galleries

    76 Glenmore Rd Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9358 5050



    Mary Place Gallery

    12 Mary Pl Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9332 1875



    Oxley9 Roslyn Gallery

    Soudan Lane (Off Hampden St) Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9331 1919



    Paddington Contemporary

    241 Glenmore Rd Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9331 1195



    Painters & Collectors

    37 Macdonald St Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9360 1872



    Sherman Galleries

    1 Hargrave St Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9360 5566

    Sherman Galleries

    16-18 Goodhope St Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9331 1112


    Stills Gallery

    36 Gosbell St Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9331 7775



    Windsor Art Gallery

    118b Windsor St Paddington NSW 2021
    ph: (02) 9328 6013

    Sydney Stencil Festival

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    The Sydney Stencil Festival has been and gone. As a keen follower of street art here in Sydney and also in Melbourne and London I had high hopes for simple, yet striking work. I was disappointed.  

    The ‘live spraying’ was amateur at best and the works for auction were overpriced and far from inspiring. There were a few good pieces on show but all had been sold.  The guy running it, JP, needs a run for his money. This event can be bigger, better, more accessible and provide creative work we’d actually want to hang.  

    Am I being to tough on them? No, and if you visited I suspect you’ll agree. I’ll post pictures from the day and you can make your own mind up.



    What song do you want played at your funeral?


    I have often pondered this very question and pretty high up my list would be Theme from Cassanova by The Divine Comedy which is poignant and beautiful adn would be shortly followed by Staying Alive courtesy of the beardy Gibb trio.

    Daniel Mudie Cunningham has also been asking this most personal of questions to artists and artworkers throughout 2007. Over 150 people answered it in all manner of ways that ranged from the profound to the playful. Some of the songs selected deliberately tug at the heartstrings, while others make you want to drop everything and dance.  

    The idea for Funeral Songs is based in personal experience. Weeks before the artist’s brother unexpectedly died in 2000, he’d mentioned what song should be played at his funeral. Amid the grief, the song choice was forgotten. Now recalled several years on, the song features in Cunningham’s curated readymade archive of music you can live or die to. One to check out.MOP GALLERY – 13th – 17th DECEMBER 2007

    New wave of Sydney artists

    A few weekends ago I went to the SCA Degree Show. The standard was extremely high and rivalled many of the better galleries in the city. The sculpture section proved most interesting and the glasswork was immaculate. Coming soon is the National Art School Gallery event. 

    Their Degree Show 07 will showcase the work of the 100 students who anticipate graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2008 from the disciplines of ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. It will be held in Forbes Street, Darlinghurst from the 1st – 11th December. Worth a view but it will have to work hard to beat the SCA. 3D Glasses essential.

    Designer’s market

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    Young Blood: Designers Market is apparently a “showcase Australia’s best and brightest designers”. Could be brilliant, could be like drunk shopping in Ikea.