From tomorrow the 11th February 2016, Sydney’s latest must-visit tasting bar is serving something more precious than vintage French bubbles: our natural water supply.

H2O: Water Bar is a introspective, glassy glistening installation by Janet Laurence giving you the opportunity to sample a variety of water sourced from diverse regions of Australia.

Styled like an apothecary or laboratory, H2O: Water Bar is set within the heritage industrial space of the Paddington Reservoir Gardens’ inner chamber, made open to the public for this installation.

Australia’s identity is deeply bound to our relationship with water, from the waterholes used as weapons during the colonial era, to the long droughts that affect our regional communities, and the environmental threats to the future of Australia’s ground water. Through your exposure to the different Australian waters, H2O: Water Bar my help you to better understand the complexity and frailty of this crucial resource.

In company with the Water Bar is a series of diverse talks, discussions and performances to give you an insight about Water:

Saturday 13 February – Poetry performance & discussion: The Language of Water

Sunday 14 February – Artists Discussion: Representing Water

Thursday 18 February – Discussion: Bubbling Up

Saturday 20 February – Discussion: A City Formed Around Water

Sunday 21 February – Debate: The Greatest Asset we have is Coal / Water

Thursday 25 February – Discussion: The Future of Water

Saturday 27 February – Two Talks: The Aboriginal Cultural Value of Water & Politics of Water

Sunday 28 February – Music Performance: Waterloops

The Family Program presented by Sydney Water runs each Saturday from 3pm – 5pm. Spaces are limited, booking essential.

The installation is created by Janet Laurence, a Sydney artist whose international practice examines our physical, cultural and conflicting relationship to the natural world. Janet is the Australian representative for the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference exhibition.

So come along to the contemporary new watering hole that’s got all of Sydney talking – join in the conservation conversation!


WHAT: H2O Water Bar

WHEN: Thursdays and Weekends, 5pm to 9pm, Saturday 13 February to Sunday 28 February 2016

COST: Free
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