Get Fit and Cultured On Cockatoo Island

Having spent years working in galleries and covering cultural happenings throughout the UK, the one thing I know is that art is scary as hell!

Fit 3For many, museums and art galleries are gothic, intimidating places. They’re clean – almost to the point of obsession. You can’t touch anything and the fear of voicing your opinion and hearing someone behind you scoff at the idea that you just see a field of poppies, is enough to deter even the most inquisitive of people.

Having recognised this, the art community has worked tirelessly the world over to make art accessible to the people once more. The VIVID festival, for instance, celebrates the art of light and is an awe inspiring series of installations all over the city that celebrate artistic freedom of expression and lights the path for artists of future generations.

Following the ideal of bringing art to the people (or people to the art), the Biennale  Boot Camp fuses together two seemingly opposing crafts – fitness and art – creating a new and heart pounding (literally) way top experience 2

Taking place on Cockatoo Island, the program is led by a Sydney-based artist and personal trainer. It tours a range of works on Cockatoo Island that focus on energy production and are activated by the human body – making them work for the art that they see. Throughout, participants will receive insights into the works as they perform a set of exercises at each.

The weekly boot camp is free and ends this Sunday from 8.45-11am. Attendees must meet at Wharf 5, Circular Quay and purchase their own Harbour City Ferries ticket to Cockatoo Island (Adult return $12, Concession return $6). Moderate levels of fitness are required.

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