Carriageworks Unveil 2016 Artistic Program

11 November 2015 | 12:33 pm | Staff Writer

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Sydney multi-arts precinct Carriageworks in Eveleigh have unveiled their Artistic Program for 2016.

The program, which includes a number of Sydney Festival shows, features a diverse line-up of events, spanning visual art, dance, film, theatre, music and literature.

Visual artist Nick Cave's Heard, his first major project in Australia, has already been called a highlight of the program, as is a retrospective of the work of photographer Katthy Cavalerie, Loved. As part of the 20th Biennale of Sydney, The Embassy Of Disappearance at Carriageworks will showcase international and Australian artists, focusing on themes of memory and endings. Other visual artists featured in the Carriageworks 2016 season include sculptor Ross Manning; Nardi Simpson, Kaleena Briggs, Lucy Simpson and Felix Cross with Spirit Of Things; Ghana's El Anatsui with his first exhibition in Australia; Francesco Clemente, with his six tent large-scale installation, Encampment; Mathieu Briand, presenting sound installation The Spiral; and Hossein Valamensh, who offers Sydneysiders a four-screen video projection work.

In the music stakes, K-POP marks the beginning Chinese New Year, bringing K-Pop bands Boyfriend and JJCC to Sydney for the first time. Christian Fennesz returns to Australia for the first time in ten years at the end of February. SWANS' Michael Gira plays a rare solo show in early March. A classical program rounds out the Carriageworks season. Klub Koori will take place in early July for NAIDOC Week, as presented by KOORI Radio.

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The dance program features the second Keir Choreographic Award, an award for new choreographic work in early May, NAISDA Dance College's 40 Years: Circle Of Cultures, as well as the continuation of Sydney Dance Company's New Breed program and Carriageworks National Arts And Disability Strategy New Normal with works Simple Infinity and Off The Record. On the film side, combining with music and live performance, Colony by S Shakthidharan explores Western Sydney, while video work Tragedie by Oliver Dubois is set to awe in early September.

Sydney Chamber Opera present a new adaptation of Dostoyevsky's Notes From The Underground, while Indigenous women share their stories in Winyanboga Yurringa. The world premiere of Luke Mullins and Lachlan Philpott's Lake Disappointment is set to be a highlight of the theatre/performance side of things.

A partnership with Sydney Writers Festival has been announced, with in-conversation events planned for early March with Simone Winchester and Andrew O'Hagan. As part of Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras queer artist showcase Day For Night returns, with performances from a range of artists set to music from leading electronic musicians. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week returns in mid-May, followed by design showcase Semi Permanent at the end of the month. The first Black Arts Market will show off the talents of South-Eastern Aboriginal Australians, while Rootstock at the end of November brings artisan food and wine back to the precinct.

For more information, head to Carriageworks' website.