Art lovers in the inner west…this one is for you! Art Month is here!

From 1-31 March it is Sydney’s Contemporary Visual Arts Festival… Art Month 2011. The amount of exhibitions, artists and gallery talks, open studios and creative conversations that will be happening this month is mind blowing. If you are an artist, an art collector or just a lover of all things art related, the month of March is going to be non stop, jammed packed, fun filled frivolity. It is impossible to cover everything that is happening this month but I want to give you a taste of what is happening around the inner west.

The highlight is MOST (Marrickville Open Studio Trail) on Saturday 12 March between 10am-4pm. MOST is a tour of artists studios in Marrickville, Petersham, Newtown, St. Peters, Dulwich Hill, Stanmore and Camperdown. Participating studios include Tortuga Studios, May Street StudiosLennox Street Studios, Addison Road Centre and Index. Over 100 talented artists in 40 studios, galleries and art spaces are opening their doors for one day to showcase their work. Artist Run Initiatives (ARI’s) including ESP Gallery, MOD Projects and At The Vanishing Point are also opening for tours and gallery talks.

There are three very cool events organised for Saturday 12 March as part of MOST. The first is the MOST Artcyle Tour. Now if I wasn’t a complete scaredy cat when it comes to moving vehicles with 2 wheels I would have already signed up for this one. Unfortunately I am a complete unco and would be unable to remain upright on a bike, but if you are a bike lover and an art lover, this one is a definite MUST DO for you. The tour goes from 10am-4pm.

The second event is the Match Box Project Arts Walking Tour, which already sounds more appealling as it only involves walking. This tour starts at 2pm and finishes at 5pm and you are guided through Marrickville’s ARI’s by artist Leane and Naomi Shedlezki.

But the third event which has my name written all over it is the MOST Street Art Tour. It starts at Newtown RSL at either 11am or 1pm. Street artist Chris Tamm and Melinda Vassallo author of Street Art in the Inner West will guide you through the back lanes of Newtown and Enmore checking out some of Sydney’s best street art.

There are loads of fantastic events happening on Saturday 12 March and throughout the entire month of March. So do your artistic inner self a favour and check out these excellent maps and detailed lists of everything that is happening in the inner west for Art Month and MOST. There is sure to be something for everyone. Enjoy!!!! I know I will!

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