CUT N POLISH: Artist Car Boot Sale | 2023 Artist Announcement 21 Mar 2023

The second iteration of the one-day event returns this May featuring artists from across Sydney selling their work directly to the public

CUT N POLISH and Carriageworks today announced the names of over 140 artists and collectives from the Greater Sydney region who will participate in the second annual CUT N POLISH: Artist Car Boot Sale on Sunday 7 May 2023. Following the huge success of the inaugural event in 2022, CUT N POLISH returns to Carriageworks’ Blacksmith’s Workshop for a high-energy, one-day car boot sale featuring artists selling their works direct to the public in a dynamic, market-style setting.

From rising stars to award-winning practitioners, CUT N POLISH provides visitors and collectors the opportunity to meet artists, support their practices and purchase works in a ‘cash and carry’ model with all proceeds going directly to artists. Visitors can expect artworks across varying mediums – from ceramics and painting to clothing and jewellery – available at all price points.

Free to participate, the line-up of artists and collectives were selected by project founders, and leading contemporary artists, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Jonny Niesche and Brendan Van Hek, alongside Carriageworks Assistant Curator, Stephanie Berlangieri, and First Nations Program Assistant, Katherine Stone.

The CUT N POLISH project founders said: “We are thrilled to bring back CUT N POLISH to Carriageworks following the incredible success of last year’s Artist Car Boot Sale which saw amazing sales for our community. Established by artists for artists, the event is a wonderful opportunity to meet and hear directly from local practitioners and learn more about the making of their work in an inclusive and casual environment.”

Acting Carriageworks CEO Jonty Claypole said: “CUT N POLISH is a fantastic event and we’re proud to welcome it back to Carriageworks. It provides a unique platform to directly support the practices of our local artist community, being free to participate and 100% of the profits going back to the artists. CUT N POLISH is an opportunity to take art out of the usual gallery context and create a space where artists and the general public can come together.”

Audiences can look forward to some of the following highlights:

  • Zanny Begg is a video installation artist who explores questions of feminism, migration, and ecological and intergenerational responsibility. Begg will be selling a new range of bomber jackets featuring her own designs, produced using local and sustainable suppliers.
  • Shahroud Ghahani is a visual artist who investigates representations of the female body and themes of beauty, the grotesque, and identity within Eastern and Western traditions. She will present works inspired by the Iranian Women’s Rights Movement, including new collages on mirror and other supports.
  • Gathered is a collaboration between emerging women artists Anna Seymour, Charli Rose Gerry and Claire Paul. The collective explores ways of relating to the natural world, using walking and foraging practices to embrace a deep observation of ecologies. Gathered will sell photographs and works on handmade paper crafted from invasive plant species, recycled artworks, native flora and fungi.
  • Painter Lara Merrett and photographer Hugh Stewart will join forces to produce studio portraits of visitors during the event, to raise money for South Coast NSW communities affected by the 2020 bushfires.
  • Leeanne Hunter is a Wiradjuri artist who creates a range of arts and crafts products under the moniker Wiradjuri Aura. She is a longstanding member of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative, founded in Redfern in 1987. Hunter will have a selection of jewellery, original paintings, ceramics and serving boards on offer.  
  • Artists Kien Situ and Mason Kimber use casting in their individual artistic practices. Together they will sell a series of plaster fragments that register memories of identity and place in relation to the built environment.
  • Our Neon Foe is a studio complex and artist-run initiative presenting curated monthly exhibitions since 2017. Resident artists Priscilla Bourne, Kate Brown, Kit Bylett, Raquel Caballero, Adrian De Giorgio, Sophie Kitson and Owen Lewis work in mediums ranging from painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, digital media, performance and noise, foregrounded at their stall.
  • Sione Falemaka is a Niuean artist-weaver with Samoan and Tongan heritage. Falemaka learned Polynesian weaving techniques as a child from his grandmother and will present a variety of objects including basketry and mixed media garlands for wall or body adornment.
  • Studio A is a Sydney based arts company that provides professional development to artists with intellectual disability, providing working studio space equipped with specialist materials and support-staff. Studio A will sell a selection of drawings, paintings, hand-stitched textile works, weavings and merchandise.
  • Barbara Campbell and Helen Grace are working together as Campbell and Grace Unlimited. Campbell will be selling Letterpress prints, typewritten works, ‘DymoLabel’ haiku, and postcards from her annual portrait series. Grace, a 2023 resident of Carriageworks Clothing Store, will be selling her rare artist book IPO (2009), personalised digital prints made during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, and vintage photographic prints of activist work from the 1970s and 1980s.

The full list of artists and collectives participating in CUT N POLISH: Lisa Andrew; Balgarra Designs (Joanne Cassady); Lionel Bawden; Zanny Begg; Kieran Butler; Elia Bosshard, Mimi Kind & Eliza Savage; Sarinah Caecilia & Matt Paterson; Campbell and Grace Unlimited (Barbara Campbell & Helen Grace); Cloudship Press (Susie Nelson & Tessa Zettel); Vita Cochran; Lillian Colgan, Blake Lawrence, Jesse Rye & Leen Rieth; Creeps (Paula do Prado, Ali Noble, Remi Siciliano & Brigitta Summers); Ashisha Cunningham & Josee Vesely-Manning; DARLINGS (Corey Black, Ella Burke, Samu Carvajal, Joshua Heath, Alexandra Jonscher, Dean Qiulin Li, Annabelle McEwen, Wolfgang Saker, Gregory Uzelac & Lyla Dushas); Mitchel Davis; Rox De Luca; Kelly Dolly; Chris Dolman & Paul Williams; Sione Falemaka; Gathered (Charli Rose Gerry, Claire Paul & Anna Seymour); Get Kinetic (Szymon Dorabialski, Jesse Hogan, Audrey Newton, Nadia Odlum & Monica Rani Rudhar); Shahroud Ghahani; Emma Maye Gibson AKA Betty Grumble; Gilbert Grace; Nani Graddon, Mark Merrikin & Lucy Whitelaw; Sylvia Griffin & Sue Pedley; Melissa Jean Harvey; Higher Ground Studios (Chanelle Collier, Anthony Hodgkinson, Amber Hearn, Orson Heidrich, Thomas Thorby-Lister, Neil Tomkins, Jamie Preisz & Joe Wilson); Morgan Hogg & Roisin Spencer; Mungo Howard & Taylor Steel; Locust Jones & Vicky Browne; Claudia Kent; Jerelen Projects (Jeremy Kirwan-Ward & Helen Smith); Tom Langlands; Jessica Leffley; Belem Lett; Little Yellow Studio Collective (Nico Bauer, Cassia Glynn Bray, Carina Capone, Clare Mueller, Thomas Sandberg & Tom Sinclair); Holly Macdonald; Anna Mould, Hugh Black & Sean Crowley; Lara Merrett & Hugh Stewart; Sanné Mestrom; Millie Mitchell; More Than Reproduction; Jennifer Oh; Jana Ortanez, Sophie Rhodes, Annabel Scanlen & Annie Areum Shin; Sara Oscar & Maya Stocks; Our Neon Foe (Priscilla Bourne, Kate Brown, Kit Bylett, Raquel Caballero, Adrian De Giorgio, Sophie Kitson & Owen Lewis); PALMS (Connie Anthes, Dylan Batty, Julia Bavyka, Kate Scardifield, Zan Wimberley & Louise Zhang); Rebecca Shanahan; Shirlow St Studios (William Cooke, Fernando do Campo, Emma Fielden, Stevie Fieldsend, Victoria Hempstead, Emily Parsons-Lord, Philjames & Shan Turner-Carroll); Kien Situ & Mason Kimber; Slow Cooked (Leila Khazma & Sibylla “Billie” Robertson); Studio A; Studio ARTES; Tactical Space Lab; Tiles Lewisham (Chris Burton, Andriana Carney, Troy Donaghy, Marcus Dyer-Harrison & Olga Svyatova); Mark Trewhella; Jenny Tubby; Wiradjuri Aura (Leeanne Hunter); Wood N Clay (Andy Snelgar & Hanna Deer).

While exploring the art on offer, visitors and collectors can enjoy pop-ups by Atomic, StrangeLove and Orlando, and indulge in an impressive food line-up featuring AP Bakery, Broomfields and Kepos Street Kitchen with more to be announced.

CUT N POLISH: Artist Car Boot Sale will take place on Sunday 7 May 2023 from 11am until 4pm at Carriageworks’ Blacksmiths’ Workshop.


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