Play-Test of Josh Harle latest work GAMESPACES

This Tuesday, 09th of July, don’t miss the opportunity to play-test a photo‐realistic recreation of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art as a playable video game, complete with galleries filled with artworks.

At 140 George Street, Shop 2.05 visitors to the studio can check out the time‐lapse documentation of the reconstruction process and play the final game on a 42” crisp cinema 3D screen from the comfort of couches.

From 1:00pm to 9:00pm.




Primitives Traces - Opening night

This Friday, 12th of July, join us at 123-125 George Street for the launch party of the University of Sydney Mid 2013 M.Arch Graduate Works. The projects span over two studios of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, and present explorations into the Alexandria Canal and The Fort Street Public School Loop sites. From 6:30pm to 10:00pm.


The Art of Ink by the artist Calli Sifonios

The Art of Ink, developed by Calli Sifonios, is a photo essay which delves into Sydney’s tattoo culture by investigating the ins and outs of a Sydney based tattoo studio. Emotions, motivation and the sentimental reasons behind each decision to commission a tattoo. Come along to 47 George Street to be captivated by Calli’s photography.

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For further information, visit Calli Sifonios’ website.

The Art of Ink | 47 George Street

The Currency Project by Denis Beaubois


The Currency Project (2011-12) is on show at the Renshaw Gallery in Brisbane. An interesting exhibition developed by one of our old participants, Denis Beaubois, whilst he was in residence at The Pop-up project.

The Currency project explores and uses theories from Capitalism as a tool to create art. The Division of Labour videos explore the idea of fulflling a role through circumstance.

The project

An advertisement was placed in the local employment classifieds for participants who would be willing to be recorded undertaking a simple task for the duration of seven hours (two sessions of 3.5 hrs). No information was offered about the context of the the work, its purpose or how it was going to be used. Participants were paid the minimum wage (as discussed with Fair Work Australia). They were asked to sign a release form upon completion of the days work and were subsequently informed about the project. The videos of five participants were selected to compile a 35hr video work that references the length of a working week. Task given to the participants was to maintain a smile for a period of a working day (7 hours).

For further information visit Denis Beaubois’ website.

a sneak peek at this week’s windows


Harrie Sengers at 85 George Street

Stencil artist Harrie Sengers returns, and extends his invitation to his studio gallery until the end of August. Harrie will continue his series of portraits ‘Legends of The Rocks’.

21 June – 21 August / 10:00pm to 05:00pm



The Match Box Projects - Leanne & Naomi Shedlezki at 79 George Street

You are invited on a journey of exchange, where you can become an active participant in their current project, People Make Places: Sydney My City, exploring notions of identity and sense of place.

1 July – 31 July / 10:00pm to 05:00pm


 Michael Hewson & Agatha Gothe-Snape at Shop 25, The Rocks Square

Michael Hewson, in the collaboration with Agatha Gothe-Snape, presents his new project at the MCA. Mike, like his previous projects, is developing huge, site-specific digital print installations. As ever, he’s captivating the eye with his plays on perspective and the sheer, audacious scale of his work.

Despite not be able to reveal more information about his new project, it promises to be as awe inspiring as his previous works. Keep track of progress, it will all be revealed soon! For futher information about the artist, visit Mike Hewson’s website.


1 July – 31 August / 10:00pm to 05:00pm


And Now, Everything Will Be Different. – String Theory at Shop 2.03, 140 George Street

A collaborative work by photographer Noel McLaughlin and sculptor Michael Donohue.

25 June – 14 July / 10:00am to 05:00pm

Mid Year Graduate Exibithion - Master of Architecture students

This July the Rocks Pop Up will host the exhibition of ‘mid-year graduate projects’ from the University of Sydney (DADP) Master of Architecture students.

One project (Programmatic Sculpture #2) will focus on a hypothetical Public School proposal, and the other one (Do Not Disturb) will address the potential redevelopment of the Alexandria Canal.

The committee is formed by Kevin Liu, Tom Drozdzewski, Justin Cawley, and Imogen Howe.




Think Outside the Box

The Shedlezki sisters, Leanne & Naomi, return to The Rocks Pop Up spaces (at 79 George Street) with their Match Box Project, a participatory art project across the world.

Their ‘audiences’ are invited on a journey of exchange, whereby they become active participants in various projects exploring notions of their own identity and sense of place.

The space will be used as a performance space, artist studio, exhibition space and as a Match Box delivery point for their ongoing project People Make Places: Sydney My City.



Harrie Sengers

Stencil artist Harrie Sengers is back to The Rocks Pop Up space, at 85 George Street, and extends his invitation to his studio gallery until the end of August.

Harrie will continue his series of portraits 'Legends of The Rocks', made of recycled City of Sydney advertising banners featuring his characterful custom stencils.



String Theory presents And Now, Everything Will Be Different

Opening today at 140 George Street, Shop 2.03.

A collaborative work by photographer Noel McLaughlin and sculptor Michael Donohue.



Today the new media artist Josh Harle will join The Rocks Pop Up community!

Over this week he will be holding an open studio at 140 George Street - Shop 2.05 to showcase the creation of his latest work 'Gamespaces: MCA', a photo-realistic recreation of the MCA as a playable video game.

Visitors will be able to check out the time-lapse documentation of the reconstruction process, and play the game in its current state.

The final work will be exhibited this Friday (28th of June) at the MCA, as part of this June’s Artbar event 'Unreal!'.

Following the exhibition, the work will be on display and available to be played at The Rocks Pop Up space until the 9th of July.



RIZZERIA workshops

The collective of self publishers and print makers THE RIZZERIA will bring their Open Print Sessions to The Rocks this July. 



Prolific zine-maker / writer Vanessa Berry and stencil printing collective The Rizzeria will run a 2-day masterclass, on July 27 and July 28 from 12pm to 4pm, at The Rizzeria’s new pop-up space in The Rocks.

The workshops are suitable for both beginners and experienced zine makers, visitors can produce their own unique printed projects using a variety of tools and techniques (including The Rizzeria’s spot-coloured stencil press, Gocco, typewriters, collage, bookbinding and rubber stamps). You’ll discover zine-making tips and tricks, learn how to distribute your own zine and how to get involved in the zine community. All materials will be provided.


Rizzeria  - Shop 5/80 George Street.

May 24 - June 20 | 11am - 6pm

Presenters: Vanessa Berry, Jo Ellis


Mike Hewson in Sydney

After his last exhibition “Martin Allen Antiques” in Melbourne, Mike Hewson is planning to surprise Sydney with a new installation.

Details cannot be revealed yet, but it promises to be seriously unique!

Here is some of his previous installation work:

Deconstruction - The Crossing, Christchurch:image

Unwin’s Install - The Rocks, Sydney: VIDEO

UPCOMING EVENT at the Small Business Ideas Exchange Center

The panel discussion "Making Social Media Work for Business" is the latest event in the She Inspires Social Media Seminar Series. Participants will learn from successful business owners, such as Catriona Pollard, Mat Beeche, Meredith Collins and Suzy Jacobs, how they are making Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest & Instagram work.

The event will take place at the pop-up She Inspires Small Business Exchange Centre, located on Level 2, 40 Gloucester Street, The Rocks.

Early bird, Friday 28th June

Event, Wednesday 10th July from 5:30pm-8:30pm.

For further information, check out its upcoming events and book your tickets.



After one week of outstanding interactive media works displayed by international artists, we’re glad to announce that the following artists will stay at our pop-up spaces a bit longer:

Theta Lab | George Khut and James Brown | Shop 2.05, 140 George Street, until the 20th of June


Temple of Din | Lucas Abela | Shop 25 Rocks Square and Shop 2.06, 140 George Street, until the 19th of July


Unhomely | Kate Richards, Ross Gibson and Aaron Seymour | Reynolds Cottage, 28 Harrington Street, until the end of June.


Electronic Art at the Rocks Pop-Up

ISEA, the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art, seven of the following outstanding interactive media works by international artists will feature in our pop-up spaces from June 7 - 18.

Arrivals | Marco De Mutiis | 85 George Street

Theta Lab | George Khut and James Brown | Shop 2.05, 140 George Street

It’s a Jungle In Here | Isobel Knowles, Van Sowerwine and Matthew Gingold | Shop 2.03, 140 George Street

Temple of Din | Lucas Abela | Shop 25 Rocks Square and Shop 2.06, 140 George Street

Please Smile | Hye Syeon Nam |Shop 2.03, 140 George Street

Unhomely | Kate Richards, Ross Gibson and Aaron Seymour | Reynolds Cottage, 28 Harrington Street

A Walk Through Deep Time | Trudy Lane and Halsey Burgund | Sunday 9th & Monday 10th June | Shop 2.03, 140 George Street

See ISEA2013’s official website for more information on these works.

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