Events: POP UP BAR | Handpicked Wines Art Bar | Sydney Contemporary Arts Festival

Events: POP UP BAR | Handpicked Wines Art Bar | Sydney Contemporary Arts Festival


Handpicked is popping up at Sydney Contemporary Art Festival in collaboration with Karen Black.

Handpicked Wines and Karen Black bring you the official Sydney Contemporary Art Bar - an experiential 'art meets wine' art installation and bar.

Located in Bay 17, expect an immersive space where you can relax and socialise amongst Black's work, while enjoying a range of carefully curated Australian wines. Artist talks and winemaker classes will complement a menu of curated Handpicked Wines and cheese. This is one space where drinking and sitting on the art is strongly encouraged.

Meet the Maker: Art and Wine talks daily from 3pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Handpicked winemaker Jonathon Mattick and Karen Black.

How do I get tickets?


For a limited time, purchase 3 bottles of wine online to receive 2 free tickets to Sydney Contemporary (valued at $50). To get your tickets, shop online and browse our range of award-winning Australian wines. The offer ends September 12th.


Sydney Contemporary Art Festival is on from 13 - 16 September 2018. Buy your tickets here and get 20% off the Opening Night and Adult Day tickets.

Find out more here.

Who is Karen Black?


 "There is a sense of theatricality to the way in which my work often plays with the line between figuration and abstraction. For The Handpicked Wine Bar I’m exploring this relationship at a larger scale in an immersive environment in which the viewer is invited to play a part within an enveloping painterly abstraction; I play The Abstract and you become The Figure – that is your role. It’s given me an opportunity to reveal my process and I encourage you to get comfortable and engage with the work. 

Black is represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney & Singapore and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne."

Karen Black’s paintings and ceramics explore loaded social and individual narratives that blend the historical with the mythical, traversing the complex interchange between the personal and the political.

Black's recognisable oil on marine ply paintings hover somewhere between figuration and abstraction. Swathes of vivid colour surround obscured figures veiled in drips and splashes of paint. Black was the recipient of an Artspace Studio Residency in Sydney (2017) and a finalist in the 2018 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. Her work can be found in the collections of National Gallery of Victoria, Monash University Museum of Art, Griffith University Art Museum, Australian War Memorial, QUT Art Museum, Artbank and Salsali Muesum, Dubai.

Black is represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney & Singapore and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.

Sydney Contemporary Opening Hours

Thursday 13 September, 12 noon - 5pm
Thursday 13 September, 5pm - 9pm * Opening Night *
Friday 14 September, 12 noon – 8pm
Saturday 15 September, 11am - 6pm
Sunday 16 September, 11am - 6pm

Handpicked Wines is the official wine partner of Sydney Contemporary at Carriageworks. 




September 13th - 16th


245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
NSW 2015
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