|Scott Lee adds a custom touch to his monthly Art Crawl invites!|
(image: Art Crawl Adventure)
Keep reading to find out what makes this local experience uniquely Sydney-ian and how much fun we had discovering our new home town....
We met Scott who runs Art Crawl Adventure just a short week before joining him on his March crawl. He possesses an unsurpassed passion for art, art exhibitions, art galleries and pretty much anything creative and well designed. His big dream - to take people on art and architectural crawls all over the world! Think; Barcelona, Madrid, New York, Paris...and just about anywhere else really beautiful. Scott is yet another architecturally trained individual who dreams of much more than designing toilet cubicles.
|Not for the fainthearted, this is a serious stomp through some of Sydney's more creative spaces...|
The "crawl" started off at the Centre for Contemporary Asian Art on Hay Street, a spot well known for exhibiting interesting and experimental art graduate works. Next, we hit the Breenspace gallery on Alberta Street. Here Colette fell in love with some of the funky patterns the artists displayed...but the price tag was definitely out of our range! For an example check this out:
|"Sliding Weave" by Nick Savvas|
The really cool part about being here was that below the gallery, located on the ground floor, is the "best" Japanese macaron cafe in Sydney. Yes, apparently Cafe Cre Asion makes the best Japanese macarons in town...and I must confirm, they are damn good!
|Cafe Cre Asion, best Japanese macarons in town!|
After a little energy boost at Cafe Cre Asion, we took a long hike over to the next gallery on Liverpool Street in Darlinghurst, the antique and lovely Robin Gibson Gallery.
|The stunning "Tumulus VIII" by Isreali artist Avital Sheffer|
Another long walk, as we passed the architecturally impressive Sydney Jewish Museum, and we found ourselves at the Charles Hewitt gallery on South Dowling Street in Darlinghurst. We were really lucky as we walked in while Corinne Loxton, one of the exhibiting artists, was giving a public talk about her work. She paints extremely expressive and emotive cloud scenes, here is a sample:
|"Cloudburst" by Corinne Loxton, part of her Breathing Space art exhibit|
|The gallery also exhibited this curious work by Auguste Blackman, named "Day Out", part of the artists The Beach collection which I liked very much|
All this 'crawling' made us ravenously hungry...and what better place to recharge than Youeni Provides (that's meant to be read as in "You and I Provides"), just down the road from the Charles Hewitt gallery in Darlinghurst. Picture this, there is Colette, Scott and myself...sitting around sipping their delicious espresso coffee and munching on the likes of: a braised pulled pork, chilli jam and rocket sandwich; a chicken, roasted walnut and peach salad; and a deliciously fresh cherry tomato and house-made basil pesto salad. YUMM-OH!!!
To top this off, their staff are lovely and really down to earth. If this sounds tempting, go on over and try their delicious lunches...later you can LURRRVE them on Facebook (no wonder they have 700+ followers already!).
Colette and I stopped off here, while Scott proceeded to the next and final gallery for the day, the Butler Goode Gallery on Glenmore Road in Paddington. Here is a beautiful sample of the exhibition they had on there:
|"Folia do Carnaval" by Christine Drummond, part of her Summer in Colour exhibit|
We thanked Scott profusely for the amazing day exploring the more creative and artistic side of our new home city, Sydney. We insisted on buying his lunch and wondered whether other people would be keen to go along with him...and even pay for the privilege...so why not let us know? If you think this is something cool to do, go on over and tell him on his Facebook page Art Crawl Adventure. And also leave your comments below.
This was just a taster, but this is precisely the kind of unique local experience we are looking to extend to the world through Arribaa. Can't wait - sign up now!