Carriageworks have unveiled a dynamic program for 2018 spanning contemporary art, dance, performance, music, screen, food and ideas. In 2018 the Artistic Program will support 690 artists and will present 70 projects, including 10 world premieres, 17 international works and 17 new Australian commissions.


Highlights include three large-scale, site-specific exhibitions by international contemporary artists Katharina Grosse, Ryoji Ikeda and Nick Cave, as well as three world premiere works by Carriageworks Resident Companies: Sydney Chamber Opera, Marrugeku and Force Majeure, and the presentation of leading cultural events including the 21st Biennale of Sydney, the 2018 Sydney Writers’ Festival and Sydney Contemporary 2018.

In 2018 Carriageworks will continue to be home to eight artists in supported studios in the Clothing Store in partnership with UrbanGrowth NSW. From January Carriageworks will introduce 10 new food events, including masterclasses, live cooking demonstrations and continue The Night Market series presenting Australia’s very best chef’s and producers.

2018 opens with a large-scale, site-specific installation and commission by Carriageworks of renowned German artist Katharina Grosse. Presented from 5 January until 8 April as part of Sydney Festival, Grosse’s immersive installation will take a month to create as the artist fills Carriageworks, with eight thousand metres of material woven and suspended from the building’s unique industrial architecture.

From 3 – 28 July, Carriageworks will unveil a major work by leading Japanese contemporary artist Ryoji Ikeda. Marking the artist’s third major installation at Carriageworks, Ikeda will present micro macro – a large scale, immersive sound and light work that sits at the intersection of art and quantum physics.

Rounding out the major contemporary art projects for 2018, Carriageworks will present acclaimed American visual artist Nick Cave when he returns to Carriageworks in November to present UNTIL. UNTIL is comprised of thousands of found objects and millions of beads, giving visitors the feeling that they have stepped inside one of Nick Cave’s iconic sound-suits.

On 2-3 February, Carriageworks together with Resident Company Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP) present THE BACKSTORIES, a solo performance from Moya Dodd, the most powerful Australian in World Football. Throughout 2018, CAAP will also present four Long House events, a combination of talks, masterclasses, workshops and performances from artists with a shared interest in exploring Asian Australian themes through contemporary performance.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrates their 40th Anniversary at Carriageworks from 24 – 25 February, with BLACK NULLA CABARET as part of Koori Gras presented by Resident company, Moogahlin Performing Arts; SISSY BALL a one night only choreographed Vogue-ing ball with a nod to New York’s underground Ballroom scene; and a series of thought-provoking talks and forums exploring QUEER THINKING.

The 21st Biennale of Sydney returns to Carriageworks, presented from 16 March until 11 June, with a program curated by Mami Kataoka including artists Haegue Yang, Semiconductor, Trinh Thi Nguyen, George Tjungurrayi and Chen Shaoxiong with works chosen to offer a panoramic view of how opposing interpretations can come together in a state of equilibrium.

Carriageworks Resident Company – Sydney Chamber Opera will present the world premiere of a new chamber opera that unfolds as a “slow-motion panic attack” based on a real-life phenomenon of the weeks following the September 11 terrorist attacks. Presented from 28 March until 7 April, THE HOWLING GIRLS is a collaboration between composer Damien Ricketson, director Adena Jacobs and renowned soprano Jane Sheldon.

The Sydney Writer’s Festival will be presented at Carriageworks for the first time from 30 April until 6 May as the literary event makes Carriageworks home for the coming two years. The 2018 Festival will bring together writers from across Australia and around the world.


Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia returns to Carriageworks May 14 – 19 for the sixth consecutive year, bringing with it innovative designer brands and emerging talent, exclusive runway shows and industry style sessions.

From 29 June to 5 August, Carriageworks and Resident film production company, Felix Media, will present a major new commission: a moving image work for the New Normal, Carriageworks’ National Disability Strategy, by Amy Amos Gebhardt and Dan Daw which examines the language of connection between spaces and the place of humanity in the natural world.


To celebrate NAIDOC week, on 5 July, Carriageworks and Koori Radio will present KLUB KOORI. The program will bring together leading Indigenous musicians presented alongside emerging talent.


A co-commission from Carriageworks and Centre Cultural Tjibaou in Nouméa, New Caledonia, LE DERNIER APPEL (THE LAST CALL) is a multi-lingual, trans Indigenous dance theatre work directed by Serge Aimé Coulibaly for Marrugeku. The work will be performed from 15 – 18 August.


Building on the success of previous editions, Australasia’s international art fair Sydney Contemporary will return to Carriageworks for its fourth edition on 13-16 September featuring leading Australian and international exhibitors complemented by a curated program of talks, performances and events.

Curated by Hetti Perkins and Jonathan Jones, the BLACK ARTS MARKET returns on 6 – 7 October to present the strength and diversity of south-east Australian Indigenous arts practice.


Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks will present the fifth edition of NEW BREED, commissioning Australia’s most innovative choreographers to create new work with members of the Sydney Dance Company. New Breed will be presented from 29 November until 8 December and is made possible by The Balnaves Foundation.

Throughout the year the Carriageworks Farmers Markets, with creative direction from acclaimed chef Mike McEnearney will continue to present the very best seasonal and artisan produce and, in 2018, will introduce a program of cooking masterclasses and events in collaboration with Australian and international guest chefs in partnership with Smeg Australia. Carriageworks’ popular, seasonal Night Markets will be presented throughout 2018 and a special food series will be hosted together with renowned Copenhagen-based restaurant Noma’s initiative MAD will be presented in April and July. Sydney MAD Mondays will bring together voices from across the food industry for discussions on the role the food industry plays in caring for our environment.

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