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Sydney's Anna Schwartz Gallery has brought the work of eight emerging London artists to the backstreets of Darlington, and it's well worth checking out.
The gallery is tucked away behind the famed Eveleigh Markets, which reliably fills with stalls and shoppers every Saturday morning. Although they're British, don't expect any Damien Hirst or Tracey Emin to be on show; instead this is more about young artists taking their first steps on the world stage. And the results are impressive.
The Anna Schwartz is a large white cube housed in the 19th century CarriageWorks building, where they used to build and maintain Sydney's rail carriages (hence the name), and the gallery gives a nice modern contrast to its heritage-listed home.
The standard at the exhibition, titled As The World Turns: New Art From London, is very good. Some highlights include Charles Avery's Untitled (Significante), a bronze bust of a woman with a bright blue pyramid sitting atop her head like a hat. Odd? Yes. Amusing? Definitely.
Avery's series of pencil and ink drawings – Untitled (Study no.1-5) – show his versatility and his fondness for the everyday meets the surreal (a man on a bike with a urinal for a saddle, for instance).
Heather & Ivan Morison's "The Opposite of All Those Things"
Then there's Heather and Ivan Morison's The Opposite of All Those Things, which, suspended form the roof by wires, hovers over the exhibition like a big, black satellite. Made from fabric and carbon fibre, it looks like a sort of space-age kite; a cluster of geometric shapes bundled together.
It's not a huge exhibition, but that's no bad thing. Go on a Saturday and while you're at the markets, drop in for a quick dose of culture with your coffee. Oh, and it's free. Perfect if you've blown all your cash on tasty treats.