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Imagine seeing a piece of Sydney life through children's eyes. How is it different from that seen by grown-ups?

As part of the Art and About Festival, an event about art in unusual places, Hyde Park houses an exhibition of large scale photographs that offer more insight into both visions during September and October every year.

2015 has brought a new edge to the quirky art festival: it is not a month long but a year long event with art displayed in various places around our city.

But the photography exhibition is on for just a bit over 3 weeks, from mid September to mid October.

Hover your mouse on any of the small images below to enlarge them and see the huge reproductions of works hanging along the entry to Hyde Park.

Australian Life Art and About 2015 - landscape

Australian Life Art and About 2015 landscape Art and About 2015 - dive Art and About - 2015 - cleaning the pool Art and About 2015 -people Art and About 2015 -stadium

Check out how children are mastering photographic skills and share with us their perception about life in Sydney.

2015 little sydney lives photography exhibition - eyes

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Since 2014 the photography competition is no longer about Sydney only.

It now encompasses the whole Australian way of living.

From the harsh, red desert to the beach and surf lifestyle, from sports and play to ceremonies - fun or sad, from clothing to food, from epic to bizarre, from being lonely to being part of a crowd, artists have captured beautiful moments in people's lives and great landscapes across the country.


Australian Life Art and About 2014 - surfboards

Australian Life Art and About 2014 - surfboards Art and About 2014 - portrait Art and About - 2014 - outback Art and About 2014 -hand Art and About 2014 -dolls

Art and About Events from Previous Years

2012 Sydney Life Photos

Every year photographers uncovered some cool, unusual and interesting aspects about life in this city and added their own perspective to capture beautiful or odd images.

The cool walkway covered by dense tree canopies was an excellent stage for the huge banners that exhibited the photographic prowess of artists who submited their impressions about our beautiful city.

Sydney Life Art and About 2012

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2011 Sydney Photography Expo

From an unusual day at Bondi to an empty street on the city fringe, to girls heading to New Year's celebrations, to a flying pig at Sydney's Royal Easter Show, to calm waters under a stormy sky in the Sydney Harbour, these are moments that may come our way but we need a good camera and an artist's lens to really appreciate their beauty.

Sydney Life Art and About

Sydney Life Art and About Walkway Fish Head by Dean Tirkot Sydney Life Art and About - Looking Back by Garry Trinh Sydney Life photos - Just Maybe They Do by Barry Slade Sydney Life photos - Sydney Harbour Storm by Janie News

And when that artist is younger than 11 years old, the images are even more beautiful and unexpected. Sydney photos captured by children were exhibited in Hyde Park's Sandringham Gardens.

Little Sydney Lives Photos

Sydney Life Art and About - Photos by very young artists - Hyde Park

Sydney Life photos- A homemade Australian lamington by Ava Jeffreys - aged 6 Sydney Life Photos - Sydney attractions by Isabella Ross - aged 11 Sydney Life photos - Giraffes chatting by Eloise Reddy - aged 10 Sydney Life photos - Beach by Gideon Pozniak - aged 4 Sydney Life photos - Playing the trumpet by Chloe Lee - aged 6

The experiences shared by the kids ranged from eating a homemade Australian lamington, dressing up their dolls as their favourite Sydney attractions, eavesdropping on giraffes' chat, playing in the sand at the beach, dreaming in a forest of concrete buildings or playing the trumpet.

The Sydney Life exhibition, which celebrated 10 years in 2011 is part of the Art and About festival, which displays captivating and ingenious works of art in unexpected spots in the City.

Here are some of the 2011 displays.

Banner Gallery

Walk the streets of the city and notice the colourful and varied banners. Try to read the content. It raises interesting questions.

The initial project asked people to fill in the blanks after two words: what if? Hundreds of residents filled the dots and sent their questions which are now printed on the banners. There are no answers but anyone can think about their own replies.

Acts of Kindness and Happy Talk House

Acts of kindness benefit both recipients and donors. And they can be source for art. That is exactly what British artist Mchael Landy thought about when he collected random stories about generous and humble deeds that happened around the streets of Sydney. He mapped them out on a huge artwork that lies right in the middle of Martin Place.

Sydney Life Art and About festival

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A pergola made of timber shipping pallets was raised in Sandringham Gardens, right next to the Sydney Life exhibition to help people connect with art and culture from our neighbouring Pacific Islands. Anyone can come and participate to the workshops and discussions with the artists that are using flowers, shells, bark cloth, plant stems, leaves, recycled materials to produce their artwork.

Here is just another reason why Sydney has been chosen as the world's top spot for entertainment by the International Festivals and Events Association in 2011. The place to be!



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