Art After Hours – Wednesday lates at the Art Gallery of NSW

Photo by Ryan Santamaria

Photo by Ryan Santamaria

If you’re anything like me and always on the hunt for fun things to do on weeknights that don’t involve drinking in noisy pubs alongside sweaty suits – you’ll love “Art After Hours” at the Art Gallery of NSW on Wednesday nights.

Art After Hours is one of my favourite things about working in the city. It’s a nice stroll through Hyde Park after work and a lovely chilled way to spend an evening. The gallery is open until 10pm every Wednesday and you can wander around the collections free of charge, which include a bunch of Aussie and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, photography and contemporary art, as well as current exhibitions “Loud!”, Brett Whiteley sculptures & ceramics, “Go East” and “Colourwheel”. PLUS you can now check out the Art Gallery’s stunning new acquisition “Jazz” by Matisse (until 25 October 2015), and loads more.

Then grab a drink and catch live music from the resident musicians which change each month. In past months we’ve seen the multi-talented musician Miriam Lieberman’s beautiful tunes from her new album – she accompanies her powerful vocals with the kora (21-stringed African harp) and acoustic guitar. Also the band Jazz Nouveau consisting of Sandro Bueno from Brazil on percussion, Joseph Calderazzo on guitar and jazz soul singer Evelyn Duprai on vocals.

This month of June/July is all about art, protest and change. The Wednesday evening sessions have included a guided tour by the assistant curator of the current “See you at the barricades” exhibition and an interesting interview of renowned artist Ben Quilty on the role of politics in his art. Upcoming sessions include a talk by Professor Shane Houston on “How has historical protest informed the present?” (1 July 2015) and by the former Justice of the High Court Michael Kirby on “How do the great speeches resonate in art today?” (8 July 2015).