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The shortest Sydney Ceramics shopping list

On a recent quick trip to Sydney I tried to see and meet as many fellow "clayaholics".

By chance I managed to be in Sydney during the week of most of the post secondary exhibitions were on, so that both my spare days and evenings were clay-full.

The recommended first stop in Sydney is the Kerrie Lowe Gallery, 49–51 King Street, in Newtown.  Two reasons for this, first they exhibit in their "shop" a who's who of ceramics, with a very broad range of aesthetics.  Secondly, as Kerrie and Elizabeth also sell clay supplies, fellow artists tend to promote their exhibitions via them.  So they always know what's on around Sydney.

An alternative would be the Mansfield Gallery / Mansfield Ceramics, at L1, 99 Crown Street Darlinghurst.  Here they are a gallery, publish 3 international ceramic journals as well as organise the Clay Gulgong festival.

The highlight was the Northern Beaches TAFE  ceramics exhibition at the Brookvale, Opening on the evening of Wednesday 29 …

CAVE, TO PR ART?

Street Art is now trendy "hot", as every city races to decorate walls in their area.

But painting on walls has been around before this, remember graffiti?  That anti social behaviour of the disenfranchised and alienated young?  Even before this all happened, look to Greece and Roman times, such as the colourful murals  at Pompeii.  Way before there were even walls, people painted in caves nearly 35,000 years ago.

Much more recently I was employed by a high school to assist their talented art students design and paint a pictureon a local bus stop shelter.  It was funded by a local government as a way to hide and discourage the ugly graffiti that kept popping up there.   Perhaps it was also a way to stop the same students tagging the bus stop?  By altering their visual aesthetic, the new images were more acceptable to the general adult public. 

So street art was legal, taught in WA schools and sponsored by government, while graffiti art was illegal.

Not surprising over time street…