Contemporary Chinese art is an increasingly important force in the global art scene. Along with people from all over the world, Australians are embracing the phenomenon but until Vermilion Art opens its doors in Walsh Bay, no other commercial gallery in Sydney is primarily focused on contemporary Chinese art.

Turning the tide from October 29, new WBAC member, Vermilion Art, will open its Hickson Road gallery to exhibit and trade artworks to Australian and Chinese collectors while representing a range of artistic talent.

The Transfield Art Collection is one of the major private collections of contemporary art in Australia, not necessarily in value - although it does contain pieces of significance - but more because it illustrates the journey of Transfield’s founder, Franco Belgiorno-Nettis, that is continued today by his sons Luca and Guido.

From the outset Franco Belgiorno-Nettis' vision for the arts in Australia was ahead of its time. After founding Transfield in 1956 he initiated the Transfield Art Prize in 1961, in its day the most expensive acquisitive contemporary art prize in Australia.

This month our ‘out of area’ profile is inspired by Sydney’s best-known and loved community events: Newtown Neighbourhood Centre’s Newtown Festival.

Standing the test of time the one-day event – this year on Sunday November 8, is running for the 37th time.

The Festival’s playful 2015 theme, ‘Newtopia’ is a celebration of what it means to ‘be’ Newtown and showcases the best local and national music, arts, entertainment, food and education.

In this months’ member profile we get up close and personal with Sydney Theatre Company’s Director of Technical and Production, Jono Perry. 

Having only joined the STC in June, Jono says he’s proud of the many accomplishments made during this time but in particular the group’s technical and production departments successfully delivering; a sold out season of The Present, a theatrical marvel in Arms and the Man as well as another successful tour of The Wharf Revue –  at the Wharf this month for its fifteenth season.

The most anticipated annual event for Chamber members and friends – the Walsh Bay Arts Table is back by popular demand this year on Tuesday November 10.

Established six years ago, the Arts Table is a proud initiative of Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce and this year’s hosts, Gondwana Choirs.

Along with special live performances from our talented hosts, hundreds of people are expected to descend into Walsh Bay to enjoy an alfresco five-course degustation menu against the harbourside backdrop of Walsh Bay.

To celebrate opening its doors to the public on August 4, stylish new restaurant and bar, Walsh Bay Kitchen- located inside the Roslyn Packer Theatre, invite all WBAC members and friends to an exclusive evening of food and wine on Tuesday, September 22.

Guests on the night will be treated to an exclusive taste test of the establishment’s modern Australian menu designed by executive chef Ashley Hughes and head chef Kay Huangprepared while sampling selected wines off an extensive list.

Launching as part of Good Food Month Pier One Sydney Harbour and the Gantry Bar and Restaurant will transform the Pier on Hickson Road into a festival of local eateries, regional produce stations, live entertainment, educational classes and ‘pop ups’ of famed wine regions.t5

The biannual Delicious Destinations Festival is described by event organisers as a “love affair for uniting delicious destinations with people who love deliciousness”.

This month we profile WBAC new member and iconic five-star hotel nestled in the historic Rocks district - The Langham, Sydney.

A favourite amongst international guests, The Langham’s luxe European inspired décor and sophisticated, laid back vibe is also increasingly popular with the local business community and residents.

Along with a well-established day spa, tennis courts and impressive indoor pool facilities the hotel, sporting dramatic harbour views, is increasingly a go-to venue for impromptu business meetings and post work drinks.

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs recreate Gershwin’s 1931 Pulitzer Prize winning musical, Of Thee I Sing, in two Opera House performances on September 26 and 27 while Sydney Dance Company teams up with renowned songstress Katie Noonan and AC02 in Triptych from September 25.

Of Thee I Sing features four talented singer-actors, a choir of 400 and an orchestra playing Gershwin’s original orchestrations in collaboration with Sydney's most prolific music theatre company, Squabbalogic.

This month we gain ‘out of area’ inspiration thanks to the Chippendale Creative Precinct’s innovative and successful BEAMS Arts Festival. 

The multi-disciplinary cultural Festival returns this year to illuminate Balfour and Little Queen Streets and surrounding laneways in Chippendale for one night only on Saturday 19 September.

This year an expanded event and program line up showcases creative works across a wide spectrum of the arts including; live music curated by Pandora Internet radio, spoken word, art and light installations, video and interactive displays as well as an Origami-making workshop.

Glebe Chamber of Commerce triumphed at the recent Sydney City Business Awards and as a result feature as our out of area story for August.

Competing against two other shortlisted chambers, including Walsh Bay, Glebe successfully took out the Local Chamber of the Year award for its contribution to the business community of central Sydney.

The win is also due to the Chamber’s dedication to sustainability, revitalisation of the local precinct and helping its members access business opportunities throughout Sydney and NSW. 

In a coup for the WBAC our Chair of more than six years, Brigid Kennedy, has taken out the award for Business Leader of the Year at the recent Sydney City Business Awards.

Brigid owns and runs two highly successful hospitality businesses - one in Walsh Bay and the other in the NSW Southern Highlands. Along with being a passionate arts and business advocate for Walsh Bay and a renowned “Paddock to Plate” chef, she volunteers to three committees and chambers – heading up the WBAC as chair.