Celebrate the launch of Sydney Contemporary at one of the most anticipated events on the cultural calendar, the official Opening Night. Be a part of the art world and experience avant-garde performances and music at this one off event.

Tickets: $50 in advance ($60 on the door). Tickets are strictly limited.


DATE: Thursday 13 September, 6PM – 6.30PM
LOCATION: Entrance foyer, Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks

This new commission by Emily Parsons-Lord explored the elemental connections between earth and the air in this pyrotechnic performance. Fireworks are coloured by minerals; copper burns blue, strontium is red, and calcium is orange. These ores are derived from the land and in a brief volatile moment, become air.

Sydney Dance Company & Mel O’Callaghan – Breath Repertoire

DATE: Thursday 13 September, 7PM – 7.20PM
LOCATION: Bay 23 entrance, Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks

Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year 2018 dancers collaborated with Paris-based Australian Visual Artist Mel O’Callaghan on a ritualistic public performance. The dancers shared the space with members of the public as they went through a breathing ritual using potent Altered State of Consciousness technique characterised by a rapid and deep breathing protocol accompanied by a musical score that guided the performers.

Lauren Brincat – Brava, Bravi, Brave

DATE: Thursday 13 September, 7.15PM – 7.30PM
LOCATION: Entrance Foyer, Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks

Taking its title from the rarely used female conjugations of ‘Bravo’, this new performance by Lauren Brincat was a site-specific response to the architecture of the art fair via a rhythmic duet between two drummers. Responding to a score set by the artist, the percussionists explored their instruments sonically, performatively and sculpturally to create an experience that tangles with the very nature of ‘liveness’.

Jaala (solo)

DATE: Thursday 13 September, 7.40PM – 8.10PM
LOCATION: Track 12, Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks

Jaala (solo), whose debut album ‘Hard Hold’ got AMP’s ‘Album of the Year’ and Triple J’s Feature Album, rocked Track 12 on Opening Night.


DATE: Thursday 13 September, 8.30PM – 9PM
LOCATION: Track 12, Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks

Mazy is the brainchild of Ben Tierny (Lead Vocals) Tim Grimes (Keys & Percussion) and Sam Clayton (Bass) who themselves are no stranger to the Sydney music scene. Collectively the group have written with, or played alongside the likes of New Navy, I know Leopard, Gaspar Sans and Winter People. After their debut single ‘Heliar’, Mazy were signed to Sydney tastemaker label Sweat It Out Music, who have nurtured and grown some of Australia’s most successful recording artists including Rufus, What So Not and Winston Surfshirt. Stylistically Mazy draw on a wide array of influences and weave in and out of the delicately organic to the powerfully electronic. The multi-instrumentalists have focused as much on their live performance as they have their song writing. With a well-oiled live show.

Concrete Playground After Party

DATE: Thursday 13 September, 9PM – midnight
LOCATION: The Royal Hotel, 370 Abercrombie St, Darlington

Concrete Playground presented our Opening Night after party with artists Honey Long and Prue Stent (represented by ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne). The festivities continued with DJs, performances and installations taking over local favourite The Royal Hotel, Darlington.