Continues all around Sydney until October 23rd, 2011.
It may not have been the warmest of evenings but that didn't stop hundreds of people turning up to the launch of Art & About in Martin Place. A free concert featuring FourPlay, Ben Walsh, Paul Mac, Women of Soul and Paris Wells kept people entertained while food and drink were readily available. All over the city programmes were distributed and the signage was insane. If you don't know that Art & About is here than you're really not paying attention. Or you live under a rock.
In its tenth year, Art & About runs for one month and essentially brings art to the streets of Sydney. Parks, laneways, shop fronts- nothing is safe from this onslaught of culture and creative expression. It was great to see so many people coming out in support of the arts in Sydney especially as this is during a time when the Metro section of the Sydney Morning Herald appears to have disappeared and the ABC have axed their art program, Art Nation. At a time when art appears to be dead in the water it was heartening to see such an overwhelming display of artistic expression.
Highlight was definitely Ben Walsh- his work on the drums is absolutely unbelievable. The next month should be interesting.