Published by: Artspace | 6-Dec-2023
Artspace is thrilled to reopen its doors at Woolloomooloo’s iconic cultural hub, The Gunnery.
Venue: The Gunnery
Address: 43 - 51 Cowper Wharf Road Woolloomooloo NSW 2011 Sydney Australia
Date: 15th December - 16th December
Ticket: Free
Call: 02 9356 0555
Artspace is thrilled to reopen its doors at Woolloomooloo’s iconic cultural hub, The Gunnery on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th December, following the NSW Government’s transformation of the heritage building. Artspace’s grand reopening will see the public welcomed back with captivating artist performances and talks, live music and an exclusive first look at Wiradyuri and Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones’ inaugural exhibition, Jonathan Jones: untitled (transcriptions of country).

Artspace Executive Director Alexie Glass-Kantor said, “We are so excited to welcome all back into our home at The Gunnery, ushering in a new era of art, culture, and community. With a spectacular line- up of performances, engaging talks and live music, the reopening weekend will be a vibrant celebration, marking a significant milestone in the history of Artspace and The Gunnery.”

The reopening commences on Friday 5:30pm with a Welcome to Country with Uncle Chika Madden and official ceremony at the main entrance on Forbes Street Plaza. Activating the exterior building will be Dennis Golding’s artwork, Colouring Memory on the inaugural Banner Project; followed by the official opening of Jones’ exhibition, which explores colonial transport, trade and the acclimatisation of Indigenous plants, animals and objects along with the colonisation of local knowledge.

From 8:00pm there will be electrifying live performances by Wiradjuri and Gadigal singer- songwriter Akala Newman and a DJ set by Rosano Martinez.

Saturday’s celebrations commence at 11:00am with a talk from Jonathan Jones, on the cultural significance of Nicolas Baudin's voyage. Followed by a discussion with Jonathan Jones and collaborators from the Arts + Cultural Exchange Embroiderers Collective.

From 12:15pm until 4:00pm there will be a line-up of artist floor talks and performances, including a performance from Wiradyuri poet and artist Jazz Money, the official book launch of Jonathan Jones: untitled (transcriptions of country) and floor talk with Debra Philips on her work in the Ideas Platform, LOUPE.

To conclude the celebrations, there will be a panel discussion with Artspace artist alumni, followed by open studios with the 2024 One Year Studio Program artists.

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