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Don’t Go To This Show is the final work of 2017 from the Leftovers Collective and they are giving young people and children the creative foundation to be free and to express themselves.

Creator, Curly Fries said, “In the exhibition I’m asking, is there a safe place for children to play with swear words and taboo? Swear words originate in the right side of the brain and are linked to strong emotions and the right hemisphere is the seat for creativity, so when young people, or children have these creative impulses that society deem are not okay, are we actually stopping at a very early age their creative impulse?”

Showcasing eight artworks based around the idea of liberty, freedom and language, there will be a display of arts from performative to sculptural, all with the aim to provoke thought amongst the audience.

“I’d love the audiences to be a little bit arrested by the honesty of the arts, I’d love them to understand or maybe get a glimpse of what I’m questioning and for them to make up their own reactions and to feel safe to express how they truly feel. We don’t give any answers, we leave it up to the audience to decide.”

The decision to name the exhibition Don’t Go To This Show was to “warn people at the onset don’t go to this show because it’s such a hot topic of young people and swearing and explicit language. But it’s also about those words ‘don’t go to this show’ and how the English language is regimented by rules.”

“The irony is, swear words can take on all grammatical forms, so a swear word can be a noun, it can be an adjective, it can be an adverb, it can be a proper noun, it can be a verb, it can have all these different combinations depending on how you express the word, so there’s so much creativity possible and so part of the name was that if you want to go to the show, you have to actively break through those words.”

Nov 25-26. Yellow Umbrella, 61 Victoria Road, Potts Point. FREE. Info:

By Jade Morellini