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South Sydney lights up the night with the newest outdoor art festival

Written by City Reporter

Un[contained] expands and challenges the ideas of what ‘art’ is, breaking it free of a traditional gallery space, and letting it take over the streets.

By situating a series of shipping containers in the centre of Kogarah, the community are encouraged to explore in and around these pop-up artworks.

Bringing together large-scale installations with small discoverable artworks, our community will uncover incidental art experiences, and immersive activities involving performance, sound, light, and colour. Transitioning from day to night and stimulating the senses, Un[contained] will be an accessible event, inviting people from all walks of life across all abilities to take part in a celebration of our City’s creativity.


Join in the fun

Belgrave Street, Kogarah & Kogarah Town Square, NSW, 2217  

  • Friday 4 June, 4.30pm – 10.30pm
  • Saturday 5 June, 2.00pm – 10.30pm
  • Sunday 6 June, 2.00pm – 10.30pm

View the full program of artists and activities taking place at Un[contained]. 


Kit Webster // Bliss Cavanagh // ANL Designs // Betty Grumble // Keila Terencio // Emma Davidson // Lily May Potger & Sophia Van Gent // Karri McPherson // Georgia Draws A House // Happy Decay // Benjamin Knock // Keith Stanley // Tyler Payne // Carla O’Brien // Merindah Funnell

Food & Entertainment:

Knafeh Bakery

The Bearded Bakers are a team of creative minds, possessing an infectious energy and a creative flair that ensures everyone who encounters them walks away in awe of what they have witnessed, and with a smile that lasts for long after the encounter is over. The desired outcome is always to create a fresh, original and memorable experience.

Gelato Messina

Enjoy some delicious sweet treats from Messina as part of Un[contained]. With every flavour made using a unique recipe from Messina, you’re guaranteed to walk away with a smile on your face!

Archie Rose Distilling Co.

Enjoy a refreshing beverage when you visit Un[contained] at our Archie Rose Distillery Garden! Founded in 2014 and located in Sydney, Australia – just a few kilometres south of the city – Archie Rose Distilling Co. is Australia’s most highly awarded distillery. With conviction, we strive to re-define Australia’s rich tradition in distilling by producing a diverse range of whiskies, gins, vodkas and rums, as well as one-off collaborations, limited releases and spirits experiences.

Pinot and Picasso 


Pinot and Picasso is coming to Un[contained]! Let your inner-Picasso run wild and book in for a fun and memorable experience creating your own Picasso!Book now – session times below.
Cost: $42.50 per ticket.

Saturday 5 June, 2.00pm – 2.45pm: Midsummer night’s dream
Saturday 5 June, 3.15pm – 4.00pm: Northern Lights
Saturday 5 June, 4.30pm – 5.15pm: King Protea

Sunday 6 June, 2.00pm – 2.45pm: Midsummer night’s dream
Sunday 6 June, 3.15pm – 4.00pm: Northern Lights
Sunday 6 June, 4.30pm – 5.15pm: King Protea

Norma’s Burger Bar

With a mouth-watering array of burgers, snacks and loaded fries, the team at Norma’s Burger Bar will be sure to leave you satisfied!

Un[contained] Quiet Hour:

Art lovers and festival goers with additional needs, including autism, will have their designated Quiet Hour on Sunday 6 June 1:00pm-2:00pm, so they can explore the epic performances and mesmerising art installation in their own comfort.
Take a calmer journey with less sound, softer lighting and smaller crowd.

Please contact Georges River Council on 9330 6400 for any enquiries regarding accessibility at Un[contained].

Public transport:

Georges River Council encourages the use of public transport when travelling to the Un[contained] festival.

By train: Catch a train on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra line to Kogarah Station. Exit via Railway Parade, turn right and take a short 3 minute walk to Belgrave Street to take part in the festivities.
By bus: There are several bus routes with stops in Kogarah including 422,455,947 and 958.

Front door decorating competition

Take part in Georges River Council’s first front door decorating competition! Decorate your front door with a colourful creation and bring art and imagination to our streets. For your chance to win one of four $100 gift vouchers, simply snap a photo of your decorated front door, upload it to Instagram and include the following with your photo:

  • @grcouncil
  • @hurstvillemuseumgallery
  • #artoutfrongrc
  • #uncontainedgrc
  • and let us know which category you’re entering

Prizes will be awarded in the categories of best design concept, best use of recycled materials, most colourful design and best buisness entry. The competition will run from Midday, Friday 4 June to Midday Monday 21 June, with winners selected based on the number of likes their submission receives. View the full Terms and Conditions prior to entering.


Georges River Council would like to acknowledge and thank our Principal Sponsor, Colin Daley Quinn Solicitors and our Event Sponsors St George Private Hospital and St George Bank.

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