KIMISIS OPERA. March 25 – 28

Girls at the Tin Sheds: Duplicated
GIRLS AT THE TIN SHEDS: DUPLICATED – sister show to GIRLS AT THE TIN SHEDS at University Art Gallery
Curated by Louise Mayhew
February 26 – March 21.

Girls at the Tin Sheds posters (3)Throughout the 1970s and 80s the Tin Sheds was a cultural epicentre. Open access screen-printing facilities drew students, artists and activists through its doors. They left with posters advertising marches, dances, films, community concerns and political outrage.
Two exhibitions (one at Sydney University Art Gallery and another at Verge Gallery) highlight the extraordinary number and breadth of posters created by women at the Sheds, as part of the 40th anniversary of International Women’s Year (1975). Girls at the Tin Sheds: duplicated, draws from the Sydney University Art Gallery collection, exploring the possibilities and the limitations of the archive. With works by Pam Debenham, Jan Fieldsend, Judy Lodwick, Marie McMahon, Toni Robertson and Earthworks Poster Collective, Lucifoil and Tin Sheds Posters.

When: Saturday 7 March 2015, 2–6pm
Where: University Art Gallery and the Philosophy Room, The Quadrangle and Verge Gallery, City Road
Cost: Free, RSVP essential to or phone (02) 9351 6883 or register here
12–4pm: Exhibition viewing, University Art Gallery and Verge Gallery
2–4pm: Symposium, Philosophy Room, The Quadrangle with presentations by artists from the exhibition and Ann Stephen, Senior Curator, University Art Gallery.
4–6pm: Exhibition and catalogue launch by Anne Summers, journalist, author and editor of the free digital magazine Anne Summers Reports at Verge Gallery, City Road, site of the former Tin Sheds

Panel discussion, 5pm – 7pm, Verge Gallery, Thurs 12 March
Screenprinting collectives of the 1970s and 80s used the poster to address local politics. Posters plastered in city streets and hung on lounge room walls warned against the horrors of a nuclear future, championed community causes and advertised an array of politically, intellectually and creativity engaged events. This panel asks, what is the contemporary equivalent of the poster? How are local artists addressing contemporary issues and working with the community? Is social media our new “working art”?
Panellists include Simon Hunt, aka Pauline Pantsdown, Helen War and others.

Participatory afternoon tea, 2pm-4pm, Verge Gallery, Saturday 21 March
Verge gallery welcomes feminist artists and writers, of all ages, to meet each other for an afternoon of cake and conversation. Chat with feminist artists who were active in the 70’s in a move against cultural amnesia. We hope to foster active remembering, tenacity, knowledge and support. Please bring something to share; afternoon tea, memories, ideas.

Image Details:
Top left to right:
Angela Gee, Dance: Tin Sheds. Stray Dags, Electric Fanz, 1980
Pam Debenham, No nukes/No tests, 1984
Jan Mackay, Who dunnit?, 1977
Leonie Lane, Festival del Sol, 1981
Sheona White, Electric Fanz. Women Behind Bars present a benefit… dance! Violet & Bruce Roberts campaign, 1980

Bottom left to right:
Pam Debenham, Pop in Focus, 1985
Jan Fieldsend, Music Theatre, 1987
Jean Clarkson, After school what then? You tell us about education, 1984
Lenore Filson, The University of Sydney: This is the building site for Art Workshop, 1984
Pam Debenham, Frame-up – who bombed the Hilton?, 1984


Wednesday March 25 – Saturday March 28
Performance Times: 6:30pm, 7:15pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm every night

A hit at Tasmania’s MONA FOMA Festival in 2010, Kimisis is a gallery-style installation work written and directed by Greek-Australian composer, Constantine Koukias. Kimisis commemorates the ‘falling asleep’ or the death and assumption of Mary, Mother of Christ, to Heaven.

Influenced by traditions of the Greek Orthodox Church, Koukias translates this religious occasion into a secular and highly contemporary experience: Byzantine and Christian Arabic music clash with electronic sounds and the soprano, singing in Ecclesiastical Greek, performs on a Pilates Trapeze machine.

The ritualistic elements, visual design and dramatic staging, combine to make this a universally moving and deeply immersive performance.

Creating highly memorable music theatre and opera, IHOS productions blend voice, dance and sound with installation, art and digital technology. Kimisis exemplifies the brilliant originality for which IHOS is internationally renowned.

Soprano: Irene Sarrinikolaou
Trombone: TBC