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

18 Oct - 4 Nov
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Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, returning to the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk from 18 October – 4 November.

The iconic exhibition will see the coastline transformed into a two kilometre long sculpture park over three weeks featuring 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.

Aqualand proudly returns for its third year as Principal Sponsor, along with the prestigious Aqualand Sculpture Award, which has increased to AUD70,000 in 2018 and will be awarded to an exhibiting artist whose sculpture will be gifted for permanent public enjoyment in Sydney.

In 2017, Aqualand’s sponsorship was renewed for an additional five years and is the most significant in the exhibition’s history, continuing to support the growth of the iconic Bondi exhibition.

As one of Sydney’s most beloved and photographed events, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi attracts over 500,000 visitors over the course of 18 days and signals the beginning of summer in Sydney.