Emma O’NeillAs festival director, Emma wears the pants in 2021. It’s the 30 year old’s debut year in the role and perhaps the most important one ever in Art Month Sydney’s 10 years running — a challenge to which she has risen with poise and prowess. But who is she? “I began with a love of words and art and was lucky enough to combine both passions,” she shares. With a professional bio that reads ‘writer, editor and marketing consultant’, Emma didn’t exactly set out for an arts career. Beginning in publishing, it was a stint at Christie’s, assisting at Bazaar Art Jakarta, in 2015 that incited her passion to make art more accessible to all, setting her on the path to her esteemed position today. Between then and now, most notably, Emma has been a writer and editorial assistant for Art Asia Pacific Magazine in Hong Kong, held a two-year tenure as editor for Art Collector magazine and, starting in 2018, established herself as the marketing and communications manager for Art Month Sydney. “Moving from the magazine to behind the festival was a chance to bear witness to the power of public programming,” she tells us. “I get a real thrill from creating opportunities for people to connect with contemporary art and artists.” Here’s what else she shared...
What differentiates Art Month Sydney 2021 from previous years?Events this year are slower and more intimate, paying respect to social distancing and leaning into the reduced pace and less hectic social lives we’ve all adopted because of COVID-19. There are greater opportunities for people to interact and connect with the art, artists and galleries involved. There’s also a lot of excitement from galleries and the community… and that’s really gratifying to experience. With a dynamic new group of artists and curators lending their expertise and more reasons than ever to support the arts, we are proud to be bringing the festival into the new decade and celebrating the city’s vibrant art scene at this pivotal moment.
What has been your aspiration in curating the program?Art Month is all about inspiring people to take the next step in their journey as a lover/collector of art, whatever that is. With this in mind, I programmed to highlight the richness of contemporary art not only in inner Sydney, but the greater Sydney area. I wanted it to be a celebration of diversity and to show people to pockets of Sydney’s art scene that they may not have seen — and then use the program to curate their own journey.
Top 5 Art Month Sydney 2021 events to see/doSullivan+Strumpf x Sydney Dance Company performance exhibition 3pm-4pm Saturday 6 March Sullivan+Strumpf Edible Adventure: Forage to feast 6.30pm Wednesday 24 March Galerie pompom $150 Art at Night walking tours Varied hours over the course of 4-28 March Here, there and everywhere Clay Date: A collaborative ephemeral clay sculpture workshop 1pm-4.30pm Sunday 14 March Gallery Lane Cove $30 Collector’s Space: You Never Forget Your First 10am-3pm Thursdays through Sundays between 4-28 March 17b Oxford Street, Paddington
Gina MobayedAt 36 years old, Gina is the youngest regional gallery director to have been appointed in Australia, which is kind of a big deal. In fact, the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery director is so revered amongst her peers that, as festival director, Emma O’Neill appointed her as curator of the Collector’s Space for Art Month Sydney 2021 — Gina’s rendition of this perennial festival highlight, You Never Forget Your First, has garnered much anticipation.
What has been your aspiration in curating the Collector’s Space?Sydney has a few well-known collectors and they have been prominent for a while, so they tend to be the ones that get talked about a lot. Coming from a regional perspective, I’ve wanted to introduce Sydney to collectors from outside of the city and its mainstream arts scene and to start new conversations about collecting.
Gina Mobayed [presents] an exhibition which offers a unique and rare insight into some of Sydney’s most interesting and adventurous private art collections” — Rhianna Walcott, Artereal Gallery
Favourite 3 pieces from the exhibitionLee Godie Egyptian Girls, date unknown Mixed media on canvas 42 x 54.5cm Collection of Evan Hughes Timothy Cook Kulama 2007 natural ochres on paper 88 x 69cm Collection of Michelle Newton Gemma Smith Adaptable (Pink/Yellow) 2006 Acrylic on aircraft plywood 65cm x 50cm Collection of Jasper Knight and Isabell Toland
Rhianna WalcottRhianna has been coveting a curatorial career since she was just 15. Evidently it’s paid off. Now in her early 30s, this year she celebrates ten years at Artereal Gallery, where she is currently associate director. Through Artereal — a stalwart participating gallery — Rhianna has been involved in Art Month Sydney since its inauguration. In more recent years, her involvement has stepped up a notch, since taking a seat as an official board member for the festival.
What’s on at Artereal Gallery for Art Month Sydney 2021?We’re excited to present a solo exhibition of new works by renowned video artist Hayden Fowler. Titled 'Captive Born’, the exhibition presents a new body of work that continues the artist's exploration of the myriad ways industrialised humanity and the natural world connect, particularly in this epoch of irreversible human environmental impact. We’re also hosting a program of specially curated events on Saturday 20 March from 10am-12pm. The day will feature an installation by Patrizia Biondi and readings from poet Eunice Adada, followed by a panel talking in which writer and cultural commentator Neha Kale is joined by Saha Jones, Lisa Paulsen and exhibiting artist Patrizia Biondi for a discussion on the importance of ethical art collecting in a climate crisis.
Top 3 Art Month Sydney 2021 events to see/doCollector’s Space: You Never Forget Your First 10am-3pm Thursdays through Sundays between 4-28 March 17b Oxford Street, Paddington Parramatta Artist Studios x Paramount House Hotel 7am-4pm Monday through Sunday between 4-28 March Paramount House Hotel, Surry Hills Virtual Forest Bath walk 7pm-8pm Friday 5 March I.C.E. Parramatta
Art Month Sydney plays an integral role in celebrating the extraordinary individuals and organisations that shape the city of Sydney’s art ecosystem and this year just might be its best yet. It comes at the perfect time to tempt Sydney-siders back into galleries, encouraging the wider community to reconnect with the city’s creative industries — consider us there! Art Month Sydney artmonthsydney.com.au We think you might also like to read The Secret Lives (And Private Collections) Of Art Addictsabc
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“The CNR Virginia home is all about the marriage of heritage and contemporary and, as such, the layout has volumes of contrast throughout,” says Studio Prineas’ principal, Eva-Marie Prineas, of the resulting family home. Demarcated by a sunken floor level and distinctively contemporary vernacular, the rear addition is intentionally designed to exist in juxtaposition with the original federation house while not disturbing the heritage façade in any way. The new addition is an ‘L’ shape internal plan that encompasses the kitchen, living and dining, and also interlocks with the swimming pool area. Though distinct in materiality, the playful volumes of the rear extension are reminiscent of those of the original structure in form. These lofty spaces subtly reference the grand scale of the Federation-era rooms in the original home.
The rear addition is intentionally designed to exist in juxtaposition with the original federation house while not disturbing the heritage façade in any way.
Borrowed scenery becomes the backyard of CNR Virginia, thanks to the property’s fortuitous position, which backs onto a golf course with lush surrounds. Studio Prineas replaced the rear solid fence with a metal palisade, allowing the garden to assume the grounds and bushlands beyond its fence line.
Borrowed scenery becomes the backyard of CNR Virginia, thanks to the property’s fortuitous position, which backs onto a golf course with lush surrounds.
“This sense of expanding horizons was also employed in our design of the swimming pool,” says Eva-Marie. “With the Sydney climate being well-suited to generous use of glazing, and the home’s location playing an integral role in the overall design, we used fixed glazing to the house as pool fencing on two sides. In doing so, we were able to create a completely uninterrupted and expansive view of the outdoors.” Finding a seamless unison between old and new is a common architectural challenge. In CNR Virginia, Studio Prineas has masterfully achieved such a result through an expressed acknowledgement and profound respect for the existing federation house and the way in which the many differences between ‘then’ and ‘now’ are embraced and conserved through design.
The integration of the backyard, pool and outdoor dining with the indoor kitchen and living spaces has become the source of year-round enjoyment for the young family.
A thoughtful selection of sustainable materials substantiates the studio’s conservational approach to design. “We always choose locally made materials and furnishings when we can,” says Eva-Marie. In the case of CNR Virginia, recycled bricks were sourced from a nearby brickyard in Alexandria, Sydney, and the deck is made of Blackbutt, an Australian hardwood. Having resided in their federation house turned contemporary family home for just over a year now, Studio Prineas’ clients are decidedly pleased with how the project has turned out. “They’ve shared their appreciation for how the rear addition is concealed from the street, saying that guests are often surprised when they walk through the doors,” says Eva-Marie. More importantly, from a lifestyle perspective, word is the integration of the backyard, pool and outdoor dining with the indoor kitchen and living spaces has become the source of year-round enjoyment. Studio Prineas studioprineas.com.au Photography by Chris Warnes Dissections Recycled brick for new external walls Cedar weatherboards with clear deck oil finish for new external walls 30 x 30 cedar battens with clear deck oil finish Blackbutt decking with clear deck oil finish Bizazza mosaic Black Vetricolour 20 Dulux Domino for existing external walls Dulux Vivid White for interior walls Better Tiles Ceramic Mosaic tile 23 x 23mm White Paperock Black kitchen joinery Platinum honed grey marble kitchen benchtop Astrawalker bathroom tapware in matte black Rogerseller Strap Series bathroom accessories in matte black Inlite Delta deep stair adjustable downlight in white Inlite Delta HELI 1 LED WW wall light in white Cult Louis Poulsen AJ50 wall light in black Jardan Nook sofas Koskela Quadrant sofa, Brolga Armchairs, and Ames Vibrant Living Rug Project 82 and Mark Tuckey coffee tables We think you might also like House Lincoln by THOSE Architectsabc
The lofty spaces of the addition subtly reference the grand scale of the rooms in the original federation house.