It's January, we are in Sydney and there is a festival, aptly named Sydney Festival 2015
. Sydney is quite the festival city. From the 8th to 26th January, 2015, around 100 events will be pumping around the city. First stop, Higher Ground
, who's bright coloured stripes and many stairs and platforms reminded me the love child of M. C. Escher
and rainbow paddlepops
. The sun was beating down hard and the volunteers were nursing the shadows and holding umbrellas whenever possible. Brave volunteer souls.
Saying hello with our shadows
Before today I had never heard of Bill Culbert
, nor of his fascination with lights. My husband is a budding photographer, and what better subject to shoot than lights. Not as easy as it sounds, and definitely a good way to learn all the functions of our camera. It turns out, finding the gallery was part of the fun. The National Art School Gallery
was amidst some construction and the signs were alluring yet not particularly helpful. After some quick map reading and a few paces into the school we found it. There was another couple who seemed just as baffled as we were, so it was a success that we made it to the gallery. I was particularly fond of the sprawl of fluorescent lights and scattered bottles on the second floor.
Our third stop was Carriageworks
, however I took the opportunity to hijack my husband's spontaneous plans with a sponatneous detour of my own. White Rabit Gallery
, a contemporary Chinese art collection in an alley in Chippendale. The space itself is designed specifically as a gallery and extends three levels high. The exit is through the gift shop, which I like because it's a mix of kitschy and cute. If you make it through the gift shop, you'll find the tea shop nestled under the decorative bird cages. Can I say, I love this place, there is something about it which I adore. We missed the 3:30pm cut off for dumplings, slightly dismayed until I saw the beautifully presented dips trio - I really loved the thin crispy bread - and chased it down with the Lychee Iced Tea - perfect for Summer. Those dips were devoured, as quick as you can without crumbling such delicate bread crackers.