In collaboration with ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) London, Warm Ties is a very impressive first public solo exhibition for Australian artist Helen Johnson. The works blend historical and contemporary images to construct friction and reflection in the work. The relationship between Britain and Australia is referenced along with the changing nature of that relationship, from colonisation to now.  The legacy of white Australia is brutal, Johnson reveals the ‘imperialist brute’ with honesty and colourful detail.

The exhibition features six canvases in the Artspace studio and these works are immense: they are all over three metres in height and over two metres wide. Johnson’s paintings initially premiered in at the ICA in London, not far from the home of UK Parliament, the starting point from which Australia’s colonisation began, a fact that Johnson was very conscious of. The exhibition’s transition to Woolloomooloo is a natural and sensible fit, and viewing Johnson’s work is a great way to spend a  summer afternoon.

Warm Ties is on at the ArtSpace Gallery in Woolloomooloo in Cowper Bay Wharf Road until 20 Feb, for more information see:  

This Month in Sydney

16 Dec - 17 Feb
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With a spectacular 150 beds under the stars, Mov’in Bed is the biggest outdoor bed cinema in the world and surely the most comfortable one too. Blanket, pillows, glow side table. Recline and unwind this summer at the Entertainment Quarter in Sydney.

Get your snuggle buddy(ies) ready as Mov’in bed combines the best things in life: a movie night under the stars in a comfy bed, sipping on a glass of wine, munching on some popcorn with your love one(s). Yes, you can be up to three in one bed.

The MIB (Mov’in bed) Team literally spend months selecting the best movies. Get ready for the latest blockbusters with the amazing, A Star is born, Bad times at the El Royal, Venom, First man , Bohemian Rhapsody or enjoy movie classics such as Love actually or the Nightmare before Christmas and get the family out with the Incredibles 2, The Jungle Book. They don’t play the same movie twice, it’s an outdoor movie Festival!

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