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posted 25/06/2019

Community Billboard 25 June – 2 July 2019

This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydney’s Plan for the future – Sydney 2030 – making our city more green, global and connected.

Drop-in meditation

Try out meditation for yourself

The essence of meditation is to simply let our minds be, natural and at ease. Many people try meditation once or twice and think they can’t do it because the flow of thoughts seems unstoppable. In fact, anyone can do it. Meditation isn’t about stopping or suppressing thoughts, but learning to watch the flow with compassion, spaciousness and without judgement.

Come along to our guided drop-in meditation sessions to try out meditation for yourself. These by donation sessions are open to everyone at all levels of experience.

Where: 158 Australia St, Newtown

When: Tuesdays, 6pm to 6.30pm
Today until Tuesday 3 December

Cost: Free

Sobrane: Where the Wild Birds Are

Art exhibition

Sobrane features a series of mixed media artworks in Where the Wild Birds Are as a response to her passion for wildlife, particularly fresh from her recent adventures in Tanzania. In this series, Sobrane continues her focus on birds and other wildlife as subject matters through her bold strokes that evokes an approach of pop art. Her exploration of the medium parallels the materials found in everyday life, including the frequent use of blended charcoal, spray paint, coffee and pastels. These are employed together to create a fusion of painting, drawing, spraying, lines and dots marking on canvas. Running throughout her work is a strong intent to break through the confines of societal expectations and everydayness.

Where: Thienny Lee Gallery
176 New South Head Road, Edgecliff

When: Tuesday 25 June to Friday 28 June 10-4, Saturday 29 June 11-4 and Tuesday 2 July 10-4

Cost: Free

Sydney Dogs & Cats Home & Hill's Pup-Up

Martin Place pup cuddles and pats

Sydney Dogs & Cats Home current and former shelter residents will give out cuddles trying to raise funds for the build of a new home in Kurnell.

There will also be an interactive display where you can donate money to buy a brick and help build the walls When
Thursday 27 June 2019 from 7am to 3pmof the new Sydney Dogs & Cats Home.

People who donate more than $20 will receive a Hill’s Science Diet product while supplies last.

Where: Martin Place
Martin Place, Sydney

When: Thursday 27 June from 7am to 3pm

Cost: Free

How Cities Work

Explore the city inside, outside and underground in this world premiere children's exhibition!

From the dizzy heights of skyscrapers to the underground sewers, this world premiere interactive children’s exhibition reveals the secret workings of Sydney.

Enter an immersive cityscape full of magical, tactile experiences to discover how the city works. Take a peek inside buildings, meander through the underground, and explore the streets to find out what’s going on above your head and under your feet.

This spectacular exhibition has been developed by Sydney Living Museums with illustrator and city fanatic James Gulliver Hancock, and adapted from the bestselling book How Cities Work from Lonely Planet Kids.

Where: Museum of Sydney
Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets , Sydneyely Planet Kids.

When: Every day, 10am to 5pm
Now until Sunday 21 July

Cost: Adult: $15.00
Child: $12.00
Concession: $12.00
Family: $38.00
Under 5s: Free
Sydney Living Museums members: Free

Caught Stealing: The Art of Misappropriation

An exhibition by contemporary Australian artists whose work mobilise theft as an artistic strategy

The National Art School presents Caught Stealing: The Art of Misappropriation. The exhibition turns the spotlight on a posse of Australian contemporary artists who engage in theft as a creative strategy, from Fiona Hall, Louise Paramor, Destiny Deacon, Hany Armanious, Soda_Jerk and The Avalanches to Joan Ross.

From the Dadaists redeploying everyday objects as art to the music sampling at the core of rap and hip hop, the act of plundering with artistic licence has a long history.

“Stealing things is a glorious occupation, particularly in the art world.” – Malcolm McLaren.

Caught Stealing looks at a distinctly Australian approach to creative larceny, celebrating artists whose work deals in reappropriation, re-evaluation and revelation.

“There are examples of copying and formal experimentation with found materials in art that go back thousands of years, but this exhibition celebrates the artists who deliberately get
caught in the act,” says exhibition curator and NAS lecturer Jaime Tsai. “Their strategy of theft is a recognised and acknowledged aspect of their work.”

Caught Stealing (the title itself stolen from the 1990 Jane’s Addiction song) also nods to the history of NAS, which occupies the site of the old Darlinghurst Gaol. From 1841 to 1914, the prison enforced harsh discipline and capital punishment. From 1922, the art school has nurtured creativity and social engagement.

The building where the exhibition hangs was first used to incarcerate male prisoners, including several notorious bushrangers, who were themselves hung.

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination … Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent.” – Jim Jarmusch.

Where: National Art School Gallery
Forbes Street, Darlinghurst

When: Mondays to Saturdays, 11am to 5pm
Now until Saturday 10 August

Cost: Free