Top Picks for Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial



From September 4 – October 13, locals are invited to experience free art across a range of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, video and performance art, which will also explore the theme of ‘resilience and community’.

While there is so much to see and do, below are three of North Shore Living’s ‘must dos’ for the event.


Official Opening
September 6

5.30pm – 8.30pm, Help Street Foyer, Ground Level, 10 Help Street, Chatswood

Willoughby Council’s curator will take you on a guided tour of some of the key exhibitions that make up this year’s Biennial.

Begin at the Help Street Foyer Exhibition Space where you will be led through ResiLENSE, a photography exhibition exploring the festival theme of ‘resilience and the community’ and featuring works by renowned artists Belinda Mason and Stuart Spence.

From there, you will journey to the Foyer Exhibition Space to experience Thomas C Chung’s …It was like seeing a fallen rainbow. This exhibition explores the loss and rediscovery of childlike wonder in adulthood.

You will then head over to The Concourse Performing Arts Centre where the group will be taken on a tour of The Tenacious Realm Public Art Walk. Curated by Willoughby Council, this outdoor exhibition showcases the works of local artists exploring resilience and the community.

Finally, you’ll wrap up the night at the Art Space on The Concourse where you can relax and enjoy the official opening with refreshments.


The Moon Bar
September 27

6pm – 10pm, The Concourse (Upper Terrace of the Outdoor Area), 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

Start the weekend off right by experiencing the best the Biennial has to offer in a party atmosphere with a drink in hand.

The Moon Bar will be an evening of video and performance art, with acts and film screenings by The Motel Sisters, WeiZen Ho, Hirofumi Uchino, Alan Schacher, Gideon Payten-Griffiths and Rachel Buch.

The program will also feature video artworks by Eye Shen, Tom Loveday, Golshan Shokouhi and Tamara Whyte.


Art Therapy & Chronic Pain
September 9 to November 4

10am – 12pm, Workshop Arts Centre & Ewart Gallery, 33 Laurel Street, Willoughby

Tapping into the theme of ‘resilience and the community’, these series of workshops show how art therapy can provoke mindfulness and distress tolerance through becoming a part of one’s self-care toolbox.

Those impacted by chronic pain are encouraged to share their experiences with other sufferers while shifting focus away from pain through artistic pursuits such as drawing, painting and sculpture.

No prior experience with the visual arts is needed, as artworks are created for the process and the sense of community connection, not the finished product.

Each workshop runs for two hours and will include a morning tea break and a light lunch. Some basic materials will be provided, but a list of materials needed for attendees to purchase will be advised prior to the first workshop.


Stephanie Aikins

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