1. Learn how to become a collector
While it's easy to decide what you love and what you hate, starting a serious art collection can be daunting, especially if you're buying with investment in mind. In this event, Art Month 2016 Artistic Director and legendary gallerist Barry Keldoulis, Sebastian Goldspink, Director of ALASKA Projects and Courtney Gibson, art collector and Chief Executive at Screen NSW share some insight into the fine art of collecting fine art. Take your notebook.
March 5, 11:30-12:30pm, ALASKA Projects. Book here
2. Sneak a peek inside an artist's studio
Meet some of the Inner West's most promising artists when 53 studios, galleries and artist-run initiatives open up their creative spaces to the public this weekend. You can sign up to one of the many walking tours going on this weekend, Culture Scouts do a fabulous tour that includes a look at the area's food, beer, coffee and art; for those on two wheels, sign up to Marrickville Open Studio Trail (MOST)'s ARTcycle tour; or, check out the MOST website, download the map and do it your own way.
March 5 -6, 11am-5pm, Sydney's Inner West, MOST
3. Celebrate Artereal gallery's 10th Birthday
I love this gallery's cross section of artists - from the colourful works of innovative and experimental artists spanning sculpture, performance, painting and photography. As this is a group exhibition, it's a fantastic opportunity for those new to collecting to get to know some of the gallery's most exciting artists. And there truly is something for everyone.
Artereal Gallery, X/I 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition, Until April 2, artereal.com.au
4. Watch some performance art
Performance art is an acquired taste, which is exactly why EVERYONE should sign up to experience an in-depth session of it at least once in their life. And I'm not talking about the kind that you see down at Circular Quay. Art That Moves is an evening of entertainment encompassing all the elements of good performance art: dance, poertry, film, puppetry, the human body and one that involved food.
Art That Moves, Workshop Arts Centre and Ewart Gallery,workshoparts.org.au
5. Feel the heat at Martin Parr's exhibition of coastal photographs
Summer may be over, but this exhibition is still going on down at Bondi Pavillion. Featuring a selection of funny, quirky and gorgeous photographs by British artist Martin Parr, Life's a Beach looks at the absurdities of beach culture around the world. It's also very cute. In addition to this, a talk is being held on March 12 at the gallery which looks at how the sun, sea and sand has influenced artists like We Are Handsome's co-founders Katinka and Jeremy Somers, photographer Simone Rosenbauer, documentary photographer Marco Bok, Nikon's 2015 surf photographer of the year, Ray Collins and travel photographer Michaela Skovanova.
Life's a Beach, Australian Centre for Photography at Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Bondi Pavilion Cultural Centre, acp.org.au