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ARTSPACE VISUAL ARTS CENTER – WOOLLOOMOOLOO IN SYDNEY (PHOTOS)

December 17, 2014

ARTSPACE  VISUAL ARTS CENTER  –  WOOLLOOMOO IN SYDNEY

Artspace Visual Arts Center is a leading international residency-based contemporary art center, housed in the historic Gunnery Building in Woolloomooloo fronting Sydney Harbour.

“Artspace is committed to the development of new ideas and practices in contemporary art and culture. Artspace prioritises the ideas and practices of artists and fosters the development of challenging new installation-based work, including projects in video, performance, sound, interactive and other forms of developing technologies. Through public program, education and publication activities, Artspace explores critical contexts for contemporary art and encourages examination of the diverse social, political and visual processes that shape Australian culture within both regional and global frameworks.

—I recently saw the work of Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran at Artspace

“Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran addresses gender norms head on with his ceramic sculptures that are at times elaborate and minimal in their examination of blush-worthy concepts. Through simplifying misogynistic ideologies and critiquing phallocentrism, Sri-Lankan born Nithiyendran jump-starts critical engagement on the part of his audience. His impressive list of prizes includes the 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship grant – set to see him expand his residencies abroad and undertake research of religious sites of worship and architecture across Europe.”

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

JASON WING “is a Sydney-based artist who strongly identifies with his Chinese and Aboriginal heritage. Wing began as a street artist and has since expanded his practice to incorporate photomedia, installation and painting. Influenced by his bi-cultural upbringing, Wing explores the ongoing challenges that impact his wider community.”

 JASON WING, Sublime, 2014, fibreglass and polyurethane

JASON WING, Sublime, 2014, fibreglass and polyurethaneARTSPACE  VISUAL ARTS CENTER  –  WOOLLOOMOO IN SYDNEY

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ARTSPACE  VISUAL ARTS CENTER  –  WOOLLOOMOO IN SYDNEY (THE GUNNERY)

The Gunnery building itself has an interesting history.

“The Gunnery was originally erected as a bulk store for the Sydney Morning Herald during the early years of the twentieth century. During WWII the property was resumed and later acquired by the Commonwealth Government for defence purposes. The building was commissioned by the Royal Australian Navy as HMAS Mindari and used as a gunnery instructional centre between 1945-8. A dome was set up in the roof (based on principles similar to a modern day simulator) for the purpose of trainees practising their gunnery skills. The building later became a naval film laboratory and cinema. In 1975 it was provisionally designated for use as a community centre under an agreement for the redevelopment of Woolloomooloo between the Commonwealth and NSW Government and Sydney City Council. The building was transferred to the Housing Commission of NSW in December 1984 and leased to groups of artists. In 1991 the NSW Government proposed that the building become a centre for the visual arts. The building was leased to the Ministry for the Arts and underwent refurbishment in 1992. Currently the building is occupied by a range of Arts and Cultural organisations including M&GNSW, NAVA, ArtsLaw Australia and the Biennale of Sydney and provides artists’ studios on the second floor.”

ARTSPACE  VISUAL ARTS CENTER  -  WOOLLOOMOO IN SYDNEY (THE GUNNERY)

ARTSPACE VISUAL ARTS CENTER – WOOLLOOMOO IN SYDNEY (THE GUNNERY)

ARTSPACE  VISUAL ARTS CENTER  -  WOOLLOOMOO IN SYDNEY (THE GUNNERY)

ARTSPACE VISUAL ARTS CENTER – WOOLLOOMOO IN SYDNEY (THE GUNNERY)

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HARRY’S CAFE DE WHEELS (ACROSS THE STREET FROM ARTSPACE)

Harry’s Cafe de Wheels is an iconic pie cart located in Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on Cowper Wharf Road, near the Finger Wharf and Fleet Base East of Garden Island Navy Base, opposite the Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel.

They are best known for their dish “Tiger Pie”, a type of Australian meat pie named after the original founder of Harry’s.

History

Harry “Tiger” Edwards opened the original caravan cafe, named simply Harry’s, near the gates of the Woolloomooloo Naval Yard in 1938. He served with the AIF in World War II, during which time the cafe was not operational. The cart re-opened upon his return from the war in 1945.

The name Cafe de Wheels came about because of the requirement from the city council that mobile food caravans had to move a minimum of 12 inches (30 cm) each day. The cart has been moved to various locations on Cowper Wharf road over the last 70 years, mostly due to re-development work in the Woolloomooloo Bay area. Local legend tells that the name was temporarily changed to Cafe de Axle at one point when the wheels were stolen. It was referred to as Harry the Axle’s for most of the sixties throughout the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.

As the years passed, ‘Harry’s Cafe de Wheels’ gained new fame as a tourist attraction. A visit to the caravan became a ‘must’ for visiting celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Robert Mitchum and Marlene Dietrich. In 1974, Colonel Sanders stopped at Harry’s and enjoyed the food so much that he ate three ‘pies and peas’ while leaning on his walking stick in front of the caravan. A picture of Sanders taken during the visit still hangs in the caravan

today.

Harry’s specialises today in the same basic food that was popular back in the 1940s, such as pies and mushy peas. During the 1970s Harry’s introduced hot dogs, mostly to appease the American sailors.

HARRY'S CAFE DE WHEELS

HARRY’S CAFE DE WHEELS

HARRY'S CAFE DE WHEELS

HARRY’S CAFE DE WHEELS

HARRY'S CAFE DE WHEELS

HARRY’S CAFE DE WHEELS

PHOTOS:

LEONARD EPSTEIN

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