Introduction - Bayside Arts Festival

Introduction - Bayside Arts Festival

Bayside Arts Festival 2019

2019 Arts Festival

Major Sponsor: Sydney Airport

In partnership with: Cooks River Alliance, Westfield Eastgardens, Shopfront, Exodus Youth Worx, That Art Place, Rockdale Opera Company, Baker Street Studios

Scroll down to see the exciting and fun activities and workshops happening during the Festival!

Sculptures @ Bayside Exhibition

Sculptures @ Bayside Exhibition
Saturday 6 April - Tuesday 30 April
Cook Park, Kyeemagh Foreshore

2019 Sculptures @ Bayside Exhibition map
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Some of the winners from Sculptures @ Bayside 2018

Sculptures @ Bayside Acquisition Prize 2018: The Crab by Joy Heylen Sydney Airport Sculpture Award (Judge’s Choice) 2018: By Christopher Diaz

START - Festival Launch

Saturday 6 April (11am - 3pm)
Cook Park, Kyeemagh Foreshore

Awaken your inner artist! Lots of free art and craft activities. There will also be an Aussie Night Markets special food event in the same location featuring 30+ food stalls and activities for kids (11am - 9pm).

School Holiday Program

Art Attack (ages 5-12)
Monday 15 April - Friday 26 April
Bayside Libraries

Free arts and crafts events. Full program and bookings at

Shopfront Senior Ensemble Show (ages 12+)
Thursday 11 April - Sunday 14 April (Thurs-Sat: 7pm, Sun: 5pm)
88 Carlton Parade, Carlton

Young people and emerging artists share the stage in a fast paced, evocative new work made by Shopfront’s 2019 Senior Ensemble. Tickets and info at

That Art Place - Kid's Workshop (ages 6+)
Tuesday 16 April (10am - 12pm)
425 Forest Road, Bexley

Each student will be encouraged to experiment and develop new skills in a fun, nurturing and relaxed environment. No experience necessary, snacks and materials provided. Free event, bookings essential at

Earth Day Eco-Fair (open all ages)
Tuesday 23 April (12pm - 2pm)
Cook Park, Kyeemagh

Get creative at our recycled art and sculpture workshop, hear from local environmental groups and see this year’s Sculptures @ Bayside exhibition. Free event - no bookings necessary.

Aboriginal Art Workshops with Aunty Deanna (ages 5-12)
Wednesday 24 April (Eastgardens Library 10:30am - 12pm, Rockdale Library 2pm - 3:30pm)

Local Elder and Artist Aunty Deanna Schreiber will introduce participants to the amazing techniques and symbols used in Aboriginal art and guide students to create an artwork that reflects their own story. All materials supplied. Free event, bookings essential at

Youth Week

Youth Week Event (all ages)
Tuesday 16 April - Thursday 18 April (11am - 2pm)
Westfield Eastgardens

Youth Services, pop up library, stalls, performances, activities, arts and crafts, local youth groups and organisations.

GRaB Arts Cultural Forum

GRaB Forum #8 - Creative Spaces
Saturday 4 May (4pm - 7pm)
That Art Place, 425 Forest Road, Bexley
Creative Spaces will explore how artists find or create spaces to work and exhibit. Speakers include leaders in the field and local art workers who can share their experience, initiatives and knowledge.

Guest speakers include;

James Winter, Director of Brand X |
Brand X is a not for profit arts organisation run by Artists for Artists that makes space for the performing, recording and visual art communities to practice their craft. We are driven by the belief that Artists, when given appropriate space to develop their craft, inspire a renewed sense of belonging, harmony and pride of place for the entire community.

Andronika Christodoulo, Artist and owner of That Art Place
Andronika will talk about her process in setting up her business, how it runs, how it’s going and her aspirations for the future.

The GRaB (Georges River & Bayside) Arts and Culture Network is a joint initiative of Bayside and Georges River Councils - together we are connecting artists, sharing information and resources and promoting the diversity of arts and cultural activities in the local area. Free event, register online at

Visual Arts Prize Exhibition

Visual Arts Prize Exhibition
Saturday 6 April - Sunday 28 April (Mon-Fri: 10am - 6pm, Sat: 10am-1pm, Sun: Closed)
George Hanna Memorial Museum & Gallery, Mascot Library

CamerART Exhibition

CamerART Exhibition
Wednesday 1 May - Sunday 26 May (Mon-Fri: 10am - 6pm, Sat: 10am-1pm, Sun: Closed)
George Hanna Memorial Museum & Gallery, Mascot Library


Reflections of Opera in Cinema
Saturday 13 April (2pm and 7pm)
Rockdale Town Hall

Our ever popular cabaret features young up and coming singers, together with the Rockdale Opera Company Ensemble in a program of highlights from Opera, Operetta and the works of Gilbert and Sullivan as featured in film. Tickets and info at

Pretty Fly for a Dead Guy: A Shopfront Member Production (ages 15+)
Thursday 2 May - Sunday 5 May (Thurs-Sat: 7pm, Sun: 5pm)
88 Carlton Parade, Carlton

Pretty Fly explores what could happen if sexism turned out to be a full on medical disease, basically turning people into zombies. Tickets and info at

Author Talk

Sandy Macken - Paramedic: One Woman’s 20 years on the Frontline
Wednesday 10 April (Rockdale Library 6pm)
Thursday 11 April (Eastgardens Library 6pm)

Join us for an evening of powerful and heart-wrenching real stories from Sandy Macken as she opens up on her journey through self-discovery and healing after 20 years being at the front line as an emergency First Responder. Free entry, bookings essential at


Sip and Paint Nights (Adults only)
That Art Place, 425 Forest Road, Bexley
Tuesday 9 April (7pm - 9pm)
Wednesday 1 May (7pm - 9pm)

A professional artist will guide you step by step into painting on canvas, no experience necessary. Bring your favourite bottle of wine, we provide everything else for a fun and creative session. Free event, bookings essential at

Learn to Make Silver Jewellery (all ages)
Exodus Youth Worx, 2/440 West Botany Street, Rockdale
Thursday 11 April (5:30pm - 8:30pm)
Thursday 18 April (5:30pm - 8:30pm)
Thursday 25 April (5:30pm - 8:30pm)

Rockdale Library
Sunday 21 April (1pm - 4pm)

Do you have a craft project that you never get around to finishing? Join our Crafternoon craft group at Rockdale Library. No matter what your passion, all are welcome. Free event, bookings essential at

Art Therapy Workshop (all ages)
Exodus Youth Worx, 2/440 West Botany Street, Rockdale
Thursday 2 May (5:30pm - 8:30pm)

Get a chance to explore your ideas, learn new skills, make new friends and work on your own, self-directed art or craft project! Materials provided. Free event, bookings essential by emailing

Need to contact us?

Call 1300 581 299 (weekdays 8:30am-4pm and Saturday 9am-1pm) or email