UTS students to utilise pop-up gallery to transform forgotten Darlinghurst laneway

On Tuesday 8 November, new light will be shed on a small laneway behind Darlinghurst's Oxford Street, in a one night-only event hosted by the University of Technology, Sydney Design students. 

Closing the street to traffic, Open House will seek to uncover hidden elements of the cultural precinct, with a series of interactive installations exploring the historical and contemporary identity of the area. 

UTS School of Design lecturer and Open House organiser, Mark Titmarsh said "The event utilises the richness of the street and its surroundings as a cultural building block, to show how design in relation to art, architecture and town planning can transform a dormant lane into a cultural living quarter." 

The multi-sensory installation, Word on the Street, will map the dark history of crime in the area, bringing the stories of victims and criminals out of the shadows and into the public space. 

Creators of the installation Frame of Mind, have been busy interviewing locals in the area, gaining insight into Darlinghurst's characters. Their work aims to capture the colourful 1950s bohemia of the area, offering a stage to relive the vibrancy and allow participants to engage with different identities through dress. 

Another project, Planted aims not only to meet the demand for flora in Darlinghurst and the inner city area, but also to advocate the advantages of being surrounded by a natural habitat. 

Students hope the event will cause an exciting social disruption and encourage the community to consider Urban Sydney and its diverse village communities. 

Visitors will enjoy an evening of entertainment, with take-home mementos to inspire new ways of living in the metropolitan environment. 

Open House 2011 will take place at lower Foley St (between Crown and Burton), Darlinghurst, Sydney on Tuesday 8 November from 6-9pm. More information can be found on the event page on Facebook