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Pop-Up art reinvigorates Sydney's The Rocks
Artists' studios popping up around The Rocks have created boutique markets
Sometimes it seems tourists who come to Sydney experience a different city to us locals.
We can be so far apart it feels like they don't visit our
However, all that has changed with an Arts NSW movement called Pop-Up Project, which has brought the tourist hub of The Rocks and arty locals together.
The anticipated short stay has now been extended and the project is set to continue until at least the end of the year.
Fun vibe at The Rocks
For those involved with Pop-Up, it means continued exposure. The Rocks' residents enjoy the fun vibe Australia's oldest district deserves. And for the rest of us, it's a reason to meander around this forgotten corner of our city.
Artists, sculptors, fashion designers, jewelry makers, writers, foodies and a tailor have spent the past six months turning their spaces into an engaging platform to showcase their talents.
For some, like designer Wendy Murray, involvement in the project has meant taking their business to a new level.
Tailor Mark Marrone, who’s become a bit of a local
celebrity over the past six months, says it’s the community vibe that’s given
him the most pleasure.
“It’s created a spirit around here, and a sense of experience. It’s not just about the buying and selling, but about the engagement," Mark says.
The resoundingly positive effect has been the art appreciation of residents and tourists who usually wouldn't have had the opportunity, or even the desire, to check out artworks.
The Pop-Up Project spaces are open for visits from
Wednesday to Friday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.,
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. You can also request a free guided tour by appointment requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos by Alex Reznick.