The Verge Gallery is an arena for students of the University of Sydney to showcase their artworks - an arena that the public is more than welcome to enjoy. The art scene of the university is flourishing with vibrancy, and a diversity in both mediums and ideas. There are several showcases at this quaint and contemporary venue throughout the year that make for a pleasant daytime, and in some cases, evening, viewing.
Freia Kirkaldy's lomography piece entitled 'Bodies in Transit'
Last Monday evening I attended the opening night of an event called 'In Transit' hosted by the Verge Gallery. This incorporated the art and photographic pieces that students created in conformity with the theme. The works on display (which we enjoyed with accompanying glasses of wine) represented transport, movement, change, and other interpretations of the phrase 'In Transit'.
Series of pieces revolving around the theme 'In Transit'
Other themes from the past that guided the artworks include that of 'Being' at the Art Collection Officers Annual Exhibition 2013. In this case the artworks became the inquiry into what it means to exist. These past events are indicative of how you are sure to be treated to various new and intriguing ideas upon visiting Verge.
An array of mediums is also to be expected. At the 'In Transit' event I attended I saw photographs, sculptures, drawings, paintings, and even a piece that made use of bees wax. There are sometimes also more interactive forms of artworks such as performance. Another Verge Gallery event taking place earlier this year was the 'Beyond a Thousand Words' experimental slide night that combined mediums - student pictures, music, narration, performance art and theatre.
Freia Kirkaldy's black and white photography piece entitled 'Through the Night' - also featured in the 'In Transit' showcase
In addition to student artworks, the Verge Gallery occasionally hosts external works. Such an event in the past, and a particularly intriguing one at that, was the ISEA 2013 (the International Symposium of Electronic Art). During this, Verge was temporarily home to Ian Haig's 'Night of the Living Hippy'. One of three distinct pieces of the event, this was an electronic artwork in the form of a reanimated corpse. Be sure to keep an eye out for future events like this. Verge tends to be host to some quite obscure yet fascinating ideas.
While the 'In Transit' exhibition closed on the 4th of October, there will be multiple events in future that will be similarly full of talent free for you to witness. A starter on this list is the Verge Awards 2013 event on the 10th of October. In addition to fine art you will be treated to live jazz and readings. Keep your eyes peeled for more upcoming events on the Facebook page. Drinks and catering are often provided at exhibits - particularly on one-off events and events celebrating the launch of a new exhibit.