Rizzeria pop-up space launch party

Celebrate the Rizzeria’s new home in The Rocks!

Come swing a bat at the Riso shaped pinata, check out the live art, make a pom pom and generally have an excellent time!

Wednesday 24th July from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Join us!


P.S.: Don’t forget to book for the zine masterclass.


Catch the Shedlezki sisters today from 12:30pm to 7:00pm at 79 George Street for a close look at the Matchbox Projects. You can also find them at the space over the weekend. Their People Make Places, Sydney Project will run until the end of July.
For more information of the project and meeting times, visit their blog at http://www.matchboxprojects.com/blog.php

Catch the Shedlezki sisters today from 12:30pm to 7:00pm at 79 George Street for a close look at the Matchbox Projects. You can also find them at the space over the weekend. Their People Make Places, Sydney Project will run until the end of July.

For more information of the project and meeting times, visit their blog at http://www.matchboxprojects.com/blog.php

What’s coming next? - Graphic Embassy

From August, the Graphic Embassy collective will be joining us at The Rocks Pop-up. They will be holding workshops, exhibitions, installations and much more across multiple venues. We’ll keep you posted on the details when we have them. 

This young, dynamic design collaborative is poised for a take over of the precinct’s Pop-Ups. All in the name of championing emerging talents and showcasing the future rock stars of Australia’s creative industry.

Participants in this project include:



He Made She Made Concept Gallery promotes the work of Australian creatives within the realm of art and design. A collective of emerging creatives who challenge the borders between art and design.



Korolos is a multidisciplinary designer based in Darlinghurst, Sydney. Having focused many of his specialities in creative direction, graphic design and strategic branding, Korolos has recently worked on a range of projects that have gained him recognition.

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What’s next? - ATYP

ATYP - Australian Theatre for Young People "…has been bridging the divide between young people and professional theatre practice since 1963. Australia’s oldest and largest youth theatre company, we are driven to create work that impacts the way young people engage with theatre nationally."


The collective ATYP will be visiting us in August in some of our Pop-Up venues.

Quay to the City is a contemporary performance event which invites the audience to take an unexpected journey through one of Sydney’s oldest and most fascinating suburb - The Rocks. The walking-tour will wind its way round the suburb stopping  at five locations where short performances will take place.


Interesting right? Don’t lose track of them. More details will be revealed soon.

Meanwhile, discover more about ATYP at http://www.atyp.com.au/

The Rocks Aroma Festival Workshops

This year The Rocks Aroma Festival workshops and special events will take place at The Rocks Pop Up venues. The impressive array of activities will be available in the week leading up to the main event (Sunday 21 of July).



WORKSHOPS at 140 George Street, Shop 2.05 (from 17 July to 21 July):


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Slow Reveal

Michael Hewson’s new project supported by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority at the MCA, in collaboration with Agatha Gothe-Snape is taking shape on the facade of the MCA this week.




Join prolific zine-maker / writer Vanessa Berry and stencil printing collective The Rizzeria for this 2-day masterclass (Saturday 27 July to Sunday 28 July) at 80-84 George St (Metcalfe Arcade), Shop 5. Suitable for both beginners and experienced zine makers, you will produce your own unique printed project using a variety of tools and techniques (including The Rizzeria’s spot-coloured stencil press, Gocco, typewriters, collage, bookbinding and rubber stamps). You’ll learn zine-making tips and tricks, how to distribute your zine and how to get involved in the zine community. All materials are provided and you’ll create, layout and print your zine over the two workshop sessions.

From 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

Bookings here!

This week social media seminar at SBIEC

This Wednesday, 10th of July, the latest social media seminar ‘How to Make Social Media Work for Business’ will take place at the Small Business Ideas Exchange Center (Level 2, 40 Gloucester St). The panel features Catriona Pollard from CP Communications, Mat Beeche from Shoe String magazine, Meredit Collins from Video. Social. Marketing, and Suzy Jacobs from She Business will be the seminar MC.

From 5:30pm to 8:30pm.


Also this month, Catriona Pollard from CP Communications, will return with  'Learn How To Skyrocket Your Brand And Get Free Publicity - PR Workshop’ on Tuesday, 16th of July, at SBIEC from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

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.



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