Sydney Contemporary at Barangaroo


From 28 August to 22 September, Sydney Contemporary presents a series of installations, cutting-edge performance art and an artist-in-residence program at The Streets that will appeal to art lovers and those curious about contemporary art. It’s a month designed to celebrate contemporary art, discover new and emerging talent, and keep you entertained during your lunch break.

When: ​28 August - 22 September (with performances during lunchtimes on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday)
Cost: Free


Joan Ross 
Wulugul Walk

In this residency, Joan will be referencing Sydney’s indigenous history and its interaction with the colonial past, by creating a 21st Century midden that will grow in the space, much like the middens of the past grew along the shorelines of Sydney. Just as these middens were re-appropriated by white settlers, to construct the buildings that became the City of Sydney, Joan will be inviting visitors to create their own midden bags that can be taken away.


Jason Phu
flags of lesser saints and the demons they carry, Exchange Square, 2017.

Jason Phu won the Sulman Prize and received a Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship in 2015 which has allowed him to base his practise between Beijing, Chiang Mai and Australia. In 2017, he was a finalist in the Ramsay Art Prize, NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, received the West Space commission for the entire gallery and is an Underbelly Arts Festival artist.

Lara Merrett
This is not a love song (c), Mercantile Walk, 2017.

Lara Merrett interrogates the relationship between painting and its surrounding architecture with this new site-specific work. Three-dimensional painting is a new departure for ​Lara practice, and here, she utilises the humble drop sheet (or painter’s cloth), as material from which to create an immersive environment of colour. For this work, Lara uses a variety of applications of paint — spraying, brushing and pouring — to create a vibrant palette from which to experiment and play.


These performances are scheduled during lunchtimes from Wednesday to Friday throughout The Streets of Barangaroo.

Caroline Garcia 
Caroline works across live performance and video through a hybridised aesthetic of cross-cultural dance, ritual practice, new media, and the sampling of popular culture and colonial imagery.

Justene Williams Choir
Justene Williams has been a practising artist for over 20 years, and is well-known for her large scale live works, video performances, installations and sculptures. For Sydney Contemporary, Justene will perform A Sonorous Body, new live performance work developed in collaboration with a local Sydney choir for Sydney Contemporary and Barangaroo.

Rosie Deacon

Rosie Deacon is a Sydney-based artist working in sculpture and installation. She aims to playfully encourage viewers to step outside their daily reality into a space of play.  Her work invites the audience to participate by hopping into the pouch an oversized kangaroo souvenir, and have their photo taken, to become the performers.

Eugene Choi
Eugene Choi is a performance-based artist whose practice has evolved around the physicality of constructing internal and external structures. Choi completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours at Sydney College of the Arts in 2015.

Amrita Hepi
Amrita Hepi is a dancer and choreographer working in performance, video and installation.  A Bundjulung and Ngapuhi woman, Amrita trained at the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) dance college, New South Wales, Australia and Alvin Ailey American Dance School, New York.  Amrita will perform two different works: Po Atarau (Now is the hour) - What crisis? and An Occupation. Both works reflecting her practice in probing intersecting ideas of authenticity, culture, tradition, and a ‘decolonial imagination’ - and questioning where this now resides within a contemporary framework.