Things to Do in Glebe
Part 2: Literary Events, Art Galleries, Workshops, Live Music, Comedy
Being the bohemian centre of Sydney that Glebe is, there are frequent book readings, book launchings, poetry recitals and other literary soirees going on...
Gleebooks have regular readings and author signings.
Review by Best of Sydney, Books on CitySearch:
"Seems they have everything among the 35,000 titles squeezed into two shopfront floors and, if they don't, they get it in fast. Catering at first to local academics, the shop is particularly impressive in literature, fine arts, history, philosophy, politics and social theory. A second shop at No 191 sells children's and second-hand books. One of Sydney's most active programs of literary events."
The Friend in Hand on the first Tuesday of every month features Word in Hand poetry readings.
The Glebe Library also hosts book launchings and readings on a regular basis.
Art Galleries in Glebe
Glebe Art Show
Where: Glebe Library, 240 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe 2037
When: 18-26 September 2010
Contact: Glebe Library Ph: 9660 8036
Now in its 13th year, the Glebe Art Show is held annually, traditionally in July. It aims to support and encourage both emerging and established artists living or working in the Glebe area, and to promote the work and services of the Glebe Library. In 2010, due to renovations to the library, the Glebe Art Show will be held in September, with dates as follows:
Friday 17 September Sunday 26 September 2010
11.00 am 5.00 pm Monday to Saturday
12.00 pm 4.00 pm Sunday (Benledi only)
Archetype Gallery Concept Space, at Well Connected Cafe
35 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037 ............. Ph: 0449 227 498
91 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037 ............. Ph: (02) 9552 2883
Shop 11, 131-145 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037 ............. Ph: (02) 9692 0030
Glass Artist's Gallery
68 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037 ............. Ph: (02) 9552 1552
Review by Sydney City Hub:
"Best Privately-Run Gallery: The Glass Artists' gallery in Glebe Point Road wins the prize for determination and sheer stubbornness for staying in business since its opening in 1982. Ignoring external advice during the Recession of the late '80's, its Director Maureen Cahill persisted in having the most comprehensive and diverse collection of contemporary glass in Australia. Go see what sells for tens of thousands overseas but a fraction of that here."
Go Font Ur Self*, Peer Gallery
153 Bridge Rd, Glebe NSW 2037 ............. Ph: (02) 9552 6333
Review by Time Out, Sydney:
"A font design alone can speak a thousand words, and this regular exhibition night shows urban, street and pop artists using them in creative and inventive ways. Regular shows are held at Peer Gallery."
Inner City Clayworkers Gallery Co-operative Ltd
Corner St Johns Road and Darghan Street, Glebe NSW 2037............ Ph: (02) 9692 9717
The Clayworkers Gallery is home to the annual Sydney Teapot Show
Queen Street Gallery
From Sydney.com: Hilik Mirankar’s sculptures made from timber and reclaimed materials, grace the verandahs of tiny workers cottages along Queen Street, in an ever-changing display.
Where: Along Queen Street, Glebe
70 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037 ............. Ph: (02) 9660 0899
Unfortunately, the "artist colony" of Blackwattle Studios, at the end of Glebe Point Road, is no longer, but read all about it here.
Grand Tour Gallery: Glebe 150 Locals Photo Exhibition
Where: Various locations around, Glebe
When: 24 October - 28 November 2009
See Glebe 150 Locals Photo Exhibition page on GlebeNet for more information on the 2009 exhibition.
Classes and Workshops
He Cooks - cooking classes for men
Glebe Campus, Sydney Secondary College, Glebe NSW 2037
113 Arundel St, Glebe NSW 2037 ............. Ph: (02) 9552 6771
238 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037 ............. Ph: (02) 9518 7895
Yuga Floral Design & Cafe
172 St Johns Road, Glebe NSW 2037 ............. Ph: (02) 9692 8604
Review by Kelsey Munro, The Sydney Morning Herald, November 2006:
"Yuga Floral Design & Cafe occupies a beautifully lit terrace in a pretty part of Glebe, with a front courtyard that's elevated above street level. Doubling as a florist and floral-design school, the cafe has generously spaced tables between bunches of fresh blooms, with floral art decorating the walls. There's a distinctly Japanese cast to the elegant and spacious cafe, courtesy of floral designer Setsuko Yanagisawa, who studied in Japan, Europe and Australia before establishing Yuga in 2002. She creates striking sculptural arrangements for weddings and gifts, as well as teaching courses in floral design and Japanese Ikebana techniques."
Live Music and Stand-Up Comedy
There are regular live music gigs at most of the pubs in Glebe, such as The Excelsior, The Roxbury and The AB.
The Glebe Library also hosts Jazz in the Library Park, free jazz concerts on certain weekends.
There is also live music at the Glebe Markets every Saturday.
And of course, each November there is:
The Glebe Music Festival
Where: Various locations in Glebe.
When: November 2009
Check out the official site for events, tickets and further information.
From the official Glebe Music Festival website:
"The Glebe Music Festival grew out of the many informal musical soirees held at the early 19th century building Margaretta Cottage since the late 1960s. The late Dr Vincent Sheppard built up a unique collection of keyboard instruments including an 18th century Dutch chamber organ, a 19th century Kapps grand piano, a Sperrhake harpsichord, a pedal piano and a clavichord. More recently a copy of a Rucker's Flemmish double harpsichord and an original Clementi piano have been added.
The underlying philosophy of the Glebe Music Festival is to bring together musicians at different stages of their careers in the intimate atmosphere of Margaretta Cottage. With large choirs this has expanded to the performance of major choral works at St Scholastica's Chapel in Glebe. Other venues have been used including Gleebooks and St John's Bishopthorpe. The repertoire is not limited to pure classical music and has included rhythm-and-blues and jazz.
Over the years Margaretta Cottage has seen the likes of Elizabeth Schwartzkof, Geoffrey Parsons, Christopher Hogwood, Fretwork and many other international artists. The 1999 Festival was in honour of the late Australian accompanist Geoffrey Parsons. The proceeds of the Festival went towards the Geoffrey Parsons Fellowship at the University of Sydney.
Comedy on the Rox takes place every Wednesday night at The Roxbury, with featured comedians and the Quest for the Best stand-up contest. Also at The Roxbury is improv Full Body Contact No Tennis on the first and third Tuesday of every month, as well as other events from time to time.
The Friend in Hand hosts the long running Mic in Hand, open mic stand-up comedy, on Thursday nights.
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