The City of Ryde is bringing to life one of my favourite things - art. In many forms, this festival will showcase painting, sculpture, ceramics, new media art and much more from creative artists living in the area.
Througout May and June, there are lots of art exhibitions, free workshops, and open artists' studios as well as music and performances to entertain, markets, and of course, food.
Here are some highlights.
DrawFest & Open Day @ Sydney Gallery School – 16 May
Grand Scale Drawing - participate in a collaborative drawing event of huge proportions when the school opens their doors to the community for one day. The Painting Studio will come alive with colour and the result will be a large mural-sized landscape. This drawfest is suitable for all ages and experience levels. On from 10am-4pm.
The Sydney Gallery School and its studios are located at Meadowbank TAFE, See Street, Meadowbank. The best thing - all of this and more is free.
Art Trail – 24 May
From 10am-5pm, local artists, galleries and art businesses, from Macquarie Park to Eastwood and Huntleys Point, will show you some cool displays and places to make art as well as explaining what happens inside a studio.
Unusual venues include historic Willandra House for a food art exhibition, Gladesville Pottery Studios at Gladesville Hospital for ceramics and drawing, Top Ryde Shopping Centre (ground floor) for cartoon drawing, and Eden Gardens for a sculpture walk.
You will also have the chance to buy art at affordable prices.
Contemporary Gallipoli 2015 - an exhibition that reflects on the Allied Gallipoli Campaign in Turkey showing interpretations and perspectives of an intercultural group. It marked the recent ANZAC centenary and will be on display until 10 June at Macquarie University Art Gallery (10am-5pm).
Bedlam Bay Card Project - based on a theme around the building and landscape of the historic Gladesville Hospital, this exhibition is on at a different hospital, that of Macquarie Hospital at North Ryde in the InsideOut Gallery. This unique space provides for developing and experienced artists who have experienced mental health issues. You can visit Mondays to Wednesdays from 10am-2pm.
A full program of events and activities can be picked up from the information counter at Top Ryde Shopping Centre, Ryde Council chambers or any City of Ryde library. Alternatively, visit the website and download the program.