It's been a crazy few weeks since we launched the Gallery Edition in early July!
Part 1 of the Gallery Edition was a huge success and it was great to see so many people attend Art Space Futures on 23 July as we asked the question; What is the future of art space in Sydney? Many idea bombs were added to the wall with a number of ideas making reference to activation and programming of art space.
So this got us thinking, should we actually deliver some of these ideas and add them to the existing installs? Why not!
Here's what we're bringing to life for the final 2 weeks of the Gallery Edition...
1. MAY, PATRICK FILETI (BUMPING IN 20-23 AUGUST)
One idea bomb in particular, 'film in the gallery' spoke to us as something we could deliver before the exhibition had concluded. Enter, 'May', an award winning short film by Patrick Fileti, a Sydney based Filmmaker who works across the fields of advertising, art and film. May will be screening during gallery hours Wednesday - Saturday 11am-5pm. See more at www.patrickfileti.com
In addition to the above programming, we're pumped to announce a new addition to the Exhibition.
4. BEAUTY AND THE GREY BEAST: SURPRISING TALES FROM PRISON, OFF THE RECORD PRODUCTIONS (BUMPING IN 13-16 AUGUST)
Last year we dropped #ideabombs at Young Henrys on how we can better connect in Sydney. A big theme from that night was actually pretty simple - it was about starting a conversation, sharing stories and listening without judgment or hidden agendas. Our alumni, Jordan Bryon, has done some amazing work on this, and most recently has been working with prisoners in Junee.
Jordan & the team at Off The Record Productions will bring us stories from the inside with Beauty and the Grey Beast: Surprising Tales from Prison. The install speaks about a broken system, "Something isn't right with our communities because prison populations are increasing, and something isn't right with corrections because more than half of those incarcerated are reoffending." says Jordan Bryon.
Beauty and the Grey Beast: Surprising Tales from Prison springs from interactions with inmates and correctional staff at Junee Correctional Centre. It takes a ‘triptych’ approach to building a conversation around prison and the potential of art and cultural activities as gateways to self-development.
It all started with two statistics;
1. Since 2012 the NSW prison population rose by 13 per cent, reaching a record high in March this year of 10,917.
2. 55% of those people have served time before.
The install incorporates a documentary film based at Junee Correctional Centre highlighting the importance of the Cultural Centre at the prison, an installation exploring the different perspectives on prison life using outtakes from the doco and a zine of art and writing made with the inmates. Featuring rarely captured moments of staff and inmates sharing their knowledge on prison Beauty And The Grey Beast allows you a glimpse inside. Additionally the installation asks you to provide your responses, hooking them to the wall of the cell. These will be taken back to the inmates so they can reply in their chosen art form.
This project is buoyed by the belief in the ability of people to change for the better however we understand there are necessary restrictions when we consider victims of crime. For this reason the video content of inmates is limited.
Start a conversation @beofftherecord or drop by HQ at www.offtherecordproductions.com.au
5. IDEA BOMBING KIDS, SYDNEY STORY FACTORY (19 AUGUST)
We're partnering with the Sydney Story Factory to deliver an exciting bambino version of Idea Bombing! Visit the Martian Embassy for more information.
6. IDEA BOMBING SYDNEY: DESIGN & THE CITY (22 AUGUST) BOOK TIX HERE
Join us as we collaborate with Idea Bombing Sydney as Part 2 of Idea Bombing Sydney: The Gallery Editionends in an Idea Bombing Event as part of Sydney Design asking ‘how can design improve our everyday lives?’
Our speakers include: