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Poetry at Brett Whiteley Studio

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Published November 29th 2010
Are you looking for an experience beyond expectation when you visit an art gallery?

At the Brett Whiteley studio Poets Union poetry readings with open mikes are held monthly to provide a unique cultural experience.

Stephen Edgar, one of the featured speakers, poems have been characterised as meditations in which a visual surface is probed and questioned: an investigation of the labyrinth just behind creation's serene surface.

To experience how it feels to share your work in the spotlight, an open mike opportunity is held after the featured poet for veteran and aspiring poets to read one of their works, a poem or prose, to the audience.

The Brett Whiteley Studio was the workplace, home and exhibition space of one of Australia's most prolific, gifted and well known artists Brett Whiteley (1939-1992).

Visitors will experience the atmosphere of the studio space with the unfinished paintings, art equipment, reference books, an inspiring wall covered with quotes and images, exhibited paintings, drawings, sculpture and graphics.

The studio is managed by the Art Gallery of NSW as a tribute to the life of Brett Whiteley which features changing exhibits of Whiteley's and other artist's work that explore similar themes.

The Endlessnessism exhibition explores the dynamic influences, themes and ideas contained in one of Whiteley's best known artwoks - Alchemy. An 18-panelled self-portrait that explores a self discovery of the artist focusing on sex, death and rebirth themes.

The studio is also home to the annual Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship exhibition and award.

Access to the studio is free due to sponsorship from JPMorgan.

Images of Brett Whiteley's work and studio:
Picture 1: Brett Whiteley studio entrance with sculptures.
Picture 2: Whiteley's 'Almost Once' sculpture.
Picture 3: Alchemy.
Picture 4: Poets Union Poetry Readings.
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Why? For a unique art and performance experience
When: The fourth Sunday of the month, 2:00 - 3:30pm
Where: 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills (off Devonshire Street, via Esther Street and Esther Lane)
Cost: Free
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