Thursday, March 19, 2020



The internationally renowned artist launches exhibition at MCM House, an open conversation with Biennale Artistic Director Brook Andrew and live light installation.

Shantell Martin and Absolut Art launched in Australia this February 2020 with a pop-up exhibition at MCM House, a live light performance at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar and a talk in conversation with Martin and interdisciplinary Australian artist Brook Andrew during the week of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

London-born, New York-based artist Shantell Martin is an LGBTQ+ activist, who explores identity, intersectionality, and play in her signature black and white drawings that she often stages as performances for a live audience. Collaboration is key to her practice, which has included partnerships with the New York City Ballet, Kendrick Lamar, and Kelly Wearstler.

The partnership continues Absolut’s 39-year history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community and involves global programming during LGBTQ+ events in Australia, Sweden, and the United States, with an accompanying print collection on

“It’s a wonderful honour to celebrate PRIDE in Sydney this year! Now more than ever, especially as a queer, woman of colour, and artist, I feel a deep responsibility to use my craft and my voice to connect, celebrate and honour my community.

Globally, I also feel that PRIDE has become something much greater than we could have ever imagined it would have, not even 20 years ago. It gives me hope that the conversation will continue and we will continue to rise, together.” says Shantell Martin.

“I’ve known Shantell for almost 10 years and have always been a huge admirer of her work. Both her practice and drawings explore important themes of intersectionality, identity, and technology, making her one of today’s most important artists and cultural facilitators. Absolut Art is thrilled to be sharing Shantell’s work in Sydney, celebrating not only LGBTQ+ artists and people of colour, but everyone invested in a more inclusive future.” says Michelle Grey, Absolut Art Creative Director.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

The New Kids On The Block- D.O.C

D.O.C, Melbourne’s iconic Italian pizza eateries, opens its first Sydney restaurant in the heart of the inner-city food bowl, Surry Hills.

D.O.C is located on the ground floor of Surry Hill’s newest commercial building, 78 Campbell St.

“After 3 years of looking for a site, we are delighted to open D.O.C Surry Hills. Our restaurants in Melbourne have a wonderful local following and are well known for authentic Italian pizzas and an atmosphere of bringing people together. We are excited to share our unique take on Italian classics with Sydney-siders.” says Michael Costanzo, co-founder of D.O.C Group.

“To ensure D.O.C translates to Sydney, we have relocated our long-standing Lygon Street Carlton restaurant manager Andrea Colosimo along with our Melbourne based pizzaiolo to run Sydney.”

D.O.C is real Italian eating that focuses on age-old simplicity, pizza like Italians eat; crispy and springy pizza bases, simple combinations that don’t overload the crust. Classics that have fed Melbourne make their way here like the Pizza San Daniele (San Azano tomato, DOP buffalo mozzarella and San Daniele Prosciutto) and the Pizza ai Porchini (wild mushrooms, truffle oil, mozzarella & pecorino). There will also be a revolving list of specials with 2 new toppings coming along every week in rotation. Pizza will also be available for pickup only takeaway.

In addition to signature pizzas, the menu features strong antipasto offering with D.O.C’s fresh buffalo mozzarella, flown in directly from Italy for the D.O.C Group alongside some local cheeses. The impressive antipasti offering sits alongside their signature lasagne as a pasta option in both classic veal/pork style and a vegetarian offering with gluten free pasta.

The wine features local and Italian wines, including Rinaldo Di Stasio wine, plus the signature D.O.C’s prosecco made by three-generation-old winery Cester Camillo in Treviso, Italy. A tight selection of natural wines by the glass and bottle will also be welcomed on to the opening drinks list.


Studio Ström Design

Studio Ström under the direction of Founder, Steffi Ström is a bi-continental design studio based between Melbourne and Berlin, working with clients and projects globally. With a strong focus on interior architecture, specially hospitality design and furniture.

In working with DOC group for a number of years now, they know the brand inside out. DOC Surry hills is the expression of DOC and its growth as one of the best Italian eateries. The design reflects the quality of food using natural stones with a more raw and honest approach using steel and brass. The aesthetic is relaxed and atmospheric which is reflected in the warm tones of timber. With attention to details in all the joinery and the choice if materials this venue feels like the evolution of DOC. The commissioned artwork by Kate Florence has become a tradition in all DOC restaurants, with its abstract art it suits the forward thinking restaurant group.


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