Thursday 1 January 1970, 10:00am-10:00am (Every day, until 31 Aug. 2019)

The Drill Hall, 1C New Beach Rd, Darling Point


Over seven days and four nights of live events, the Cosmopolitan exhibition program brings together artists, writers and collectives from Australia, Aotearoa, China, the USA and France, speaking to ‘the social’ in relationship to world-making, centres and peripheries.

Taking place at The Drill Hall in Darling Point, Sydney, a former site of Navy use and administration for much of the twentieth century, and overlooking Sydney's infamous harbour, Cosmopolitan includes artists who together address our changing relationship to the divisions and interconnections between contentious notions of the local and the global. Subcultural aesthetics and expressions of community pushed up against the logic of globalisation.

Destiny Deacon & Virginia Fraser (AUS) E. Jane (US) Hana Pera Aoake (NZ) Juliana Huxtable (US) manuel arturo abreu (US) Mimosa Echard (FR) No Sesso (US) Tianzhuo Chen and Andrew Thomas Huang (CH) + Spencer Lai (AUS) hippies use the side door to enter the bazaar (incl Alethea Everard (AUS), Ander Rennick (AUS), George Egerton-Warburton (AUS/USA), Hana Earles (AUS), Jessie Kiely (AUS/FR), Joe W. Speier (USA), Nik Lee (AUS), Samraing Chea (AUS) and Sorawit Songsataya (NZ).

At the entrance to the exhibition, under the thematic framework of Cosmopolitan, Spencer Lai invites artists from their artistic milieu to extrapolate on ideas of subcultural phenomena and their aesthetics. Hippies use the side door to enter the bazaar (2019) contextualises the work of these artists as an imagined cacophonous marketplace, or bazaar, calling upon the language of urban iconography as departure points to navigate expressions of malaise, ambivalence, community, idealism and utopia.

Opening night: Saturday 24th August 6 - 9pm, 6.30pm Welcome to Country

Publication launch: Sunday 25th August 6 - 9pm with readings

A night of music, film and performances EN.V (Melbourne) Sabine & Chloe, Sonboy & more: Friday 30th August 6 - 9pm

Curatorial walk through: Saturday 31st August 2pm

Saturday 24th August 6.00 - 9.00pm

Sunday 25th August - 2.00 - 9.00pm

Monday - Thursday - 1.00 - 6.00pm

Friday 30th August - 2.00 - 9.00pm

Saturday 31st August - 12.00 - 4.00pm

Your ticket will give you access to the 7 day exhibition and all of the events.
Second Release Full price - $40
Low income / Concession -$25
First Nations - Free
Publication pre-sale - $15

The Drill Hall has ramps in to the entrance and wide doorways. Assistance animals are welcome, and drinking water is available. Please get in touch if you would like to meet someone one-to-one in advance, or turn up early to our events for an easier entry.

The Drill, 1C New Beach Rd, Darling Point (Rushcutters Bay), Sydney The Drill Hall is a large two storey pale mustard painted corrugated iron building on the waterfront next to the Marina and yacht club at Rushcutters Bay. It is roughly opposite 42 New Beach Road. Buses from Circular Quay - Along Castlereagh Street: #324, 325, 326, 327 Train: Closest station is Edgecliff, a 10 minute walk. On-street parking available in surrounding streets.

Cosmopolitan acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which we live, work and learn. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded and pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging. Hire of The Drill Hall was supported through the the Woollahra City Community and Cultural Grants Program COSMOPOLITAN identity by Riley Hooker Ticket revenue goes directly back to artist fees, installation wages and the costs associated with the exhibition.

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Cost: Rafaela Pandolfini Visit website

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