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Interview – Sandra Powell & Andrew King

CDH, a Melbourne street artist, recently sat down for a chat with reputable collectors, fans and all round wonderful philanthropists of Australian Street Art, Sandra Powell and Andrew King …

I never fully understood the expression ‘jaw dropping’ until I went to Sandra and Andrew’s house. Walking around corners, I found my mouth dropping open at the amazing art on display; Banksy, Shepard Fairey, and so many more street artists, nestled among Sidney Nolan and Brett Whiteley.  Andrew and Sandra tell me that they’re slowly selling their modernist Australian artworks to make way for more street art. There’s a subtle irony in that because there’s an obvious comparison to be made between this couple and John and Sunday Reed. Andrew and Sandra are more than just collectors; they are people who are trying to facilitate and grow street art in Melbourne.

They also recently organized and curated the recent show ‘Young & Free’ in San Francisco, featuring thirteen Australian street artists. They have a small flat at the back of their house that is set up as a guest space for visiting street artists. ELK, D*Face, Kid Zoom, Lister and Dlux have all stayed here and left their tag behind to mark their visit. At the end of the interview, Andrew and I sit around and just chat about art and life over a few beers, then later we talk at length about how to grow street art in Melbourne – he’s a genuinely nice guy who enjoys a few beers and loves talking about street art.

You only need to speak to them for a few minutes to be able to see their enthusiasm for street art coming straight through.

“We want to dedicate ourselves to this,” Sandra tells me later.

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Do you think that street art is the art movement of the day?

Andrew: It’s the first movement of the internet age – without a doubt it’s the biggest art movement, ever. There are more people involved in it than any other movement in art history, in the world. You can’t go to any city or town in the world where someone hasn’t made their mark on a wall.

Sandra: …well we went to a little town in New Zealand recently and that wasn’t the case.

Andrew: Yeah, but I fixed that up. [I had a good laugh at that]

What type of art are you interested in collecting?

Sandra: What we’re especially interested in is Melbourne art. Australian, yes, but especially Melbourne art.  We’re really interested in getting art from the 1990s onwards and just getting anything historic because so much has been lost. Andrew and I wish we had started collecting street art earlier when it was such an exciting time in Melbourne between 2000-2004. That whole stencil time when Melbourne street art really hit its straps. The artists say it wouldn’t have really made a difference, then, because they were doing it for themselves.

When they had empty shows, they were only for other artists and artists’ friends. They weren’t gallery shows, so the people who have got most of the early stuff are the artists themselves.

Can I put one thing to you? You’re clearly very close to Everfresh and you often describe Melbourne’s street art through the prism of their experiences. But there are so many other things that came before and have come since then like yarn bombing, guerilla gardening, video projection, installation art; these are all part of the same urban intervention movement. I don’t share your view that the best has already happened, I think it’s broader than that and there are many innovative and interesting things happening today.

Sandra: Sure – but my interest is in aerosol. I love looking at tags. I love anything that’s done with paint. So I think our interest is very much from a painterly point of view, not so much from the craft or sculpture. I love stuff on walls. I might start loving yarn bombing or something else, I think it’s really terrific but the smell of aerosol drives me crazy.

You both organized and curated the ‘Young & Free’ show in San Francisco. I know organizing artists is a lot like herding cats. I like to imagine the two of you as the mum and dad at a children’s birthday party where someone has spiked the red cordial. Are there any anecdotes you can share of artists running amok?

Andrew: One of the supposedly amusing ones was several of the artists went out one night and did some illegal stuff. We got a photo pretty early one morning of the escapades from the night before of some pretty good work on the wall of a church and they’d put Sandra’s mobile phone number below.

[All laughing]

Did it have ‘for a good time call…’ above it?

Sandra: No. It looked like I had done the work. It had my name and my phone number on it. Then it became a joke that they started calling us ‘Sandrew’, so then they started signing everything ‘Sandrew’. It was like organizing a children’s birthday party. That’s a good analogy. I don’t know that there had ever been so many Australian street artists in one place overseas. They were all staying in the same hotel. We very wisely stayed down the road.

[Laughing]

Andrew: We had Ironlak as our sponsor for the ‘Young & Free’ show. They were really supportive and they gave us every piece of paint we could ever hope for – but one of the artists didn’t like the smell …

Sandra: …There was some confusion amongst the artists that played out in a huge email exchange.

Andrew: After this email exchange, we got an email from Ben Frost, saying he used Ironlak for aftershave. Then he said, ‘perhaps that’s why my wife left me.’

Sandra: It was just so funny – hysterical.

You collect a huge amount of street art, but you also advise and facilitate street artists. I don’t know if you’ve been asked this before but are you the John and Sunday Reed of our time?

Andrew: Hopefully there’s not a Sidney Nolan lurking in the background there somewhere! [laughs] 

[I had a good laugh at that too - Sidney Nolan had an open affair with Sunday Reed]

Sandra: When we first started collecting art, we were collecting from the Heide artists. So we’re very familiar with that story – but we never really understood the connection they had with the artists. So when we started collecting art it was from artists who had either died or have died since; for instance Joy Hester and Sidney Nolan. So the excitement now is, without a doubt, collecting the works of artists we know and have become friends with. That completely changes the whole idea of collecting in a way I hadn’t realized it would. It makes you look at people’s art differently.

Andrew: We can’t go back to Albert Tucker and say ‘what’s the story behind this work?’

Sandra: Buying works that we have actually watched them paint is just extraordinarily exciting and are things I wouldn’t give up in a million years. You just have a totally different connection to the art that you collect when you have a relationship with the artist. So when you’re saying ‘Are we the John and Sunday Reed?’ well maybe in 10 or 15 years time when we’ve been at it a lot longer – but one of the things that Andrew and I want to do at the moment is to support the artists. I don’t think there’s an artist I’ve met whose ideal isn’t to be able to live off painting – they all want to be able to.

Andrew: As an example, Rone contacted us and told us that Meggs was going over to LA, and asked would it be possible for us to organise an introduction with Justin [Giarla] at White Walls. So I said, yeah, sure; I wrote a letter of introduction and Meggs went up to San Francisco – and now he has a solo show at White Walls this year! Cool.

Sandra: To be in a position to make a few connections like that is really fantastic, and it’s really interesting for the artists to trust somebody. I don’t think there’s anyone we’ve met that doesn’t understand that we’re not in it for the money.

Andrew: When we first met them, they thought ‘who the hell are these people?’ There was a lot of suspicion. I heard that at first they thought I was an undercover cop or something – now we’ve got their confidence, we’re just friends, and it’s no big deal.

Sandra: I think they know that our hearts are in the right place. They just have to talk to us to see that we’re just so passionate about it. They have more to teach us, more than we have to teach them. Then sometimes there’s an opportunity to give a little bit of advice – it’s a relationship on a different level. It’s more like family.

That reminds me of the parental-children relationship we talked about before.

Sandra: Definitely. That’s it, and if they get out of line I’ll tell them off, don’t you worry [laughing]. I think I’m more a mother than Andrew is a father.

Andrew: Yeah, definitely. I love going out with the artists. I love going out with them at night – just for the thrill.

Sandra: We have a running joke – ‘Andrew you are not a street artist.’

Andrew: I do love putting up stickers – I just find it really exciting.

Sandra: I get really embarrassed by this. I say ‘Andrew you shouldn’t do it’. But the artists really love it. They love going out with him, and they just think it’s a real hoot. It’s a bit like putting your money where mouth is. He embarrasses his wife and his daughter sometimes.

[Andrew got his phone to show me stickers he’d put up. One is on the rear bumper of a US police car]

[Laughing] That’s one thing I really love about street art. Sometimes it’s really quite creative, but others it’s just the sheer ballsy-ness of it.

Andrew: That’s part of street art. Even if it’s a simple tag, if it’s really dangerous to get to (physical danger or the danger of getting caught) that just adds to it. Anyone can go down a back lane when there’s no one around. That’s simple. This was another good one. [checking his phone] I was with Meggs.

Sandra: No, I was with Meggs. It was the three of us in London. A cop car drove past and you went chasing after the cop car (to sticker it). Meggs couldn’t believe it. So he and I took off. That was pretty funny.

You obviously collected a lot of Australian tonalism and modernism. With a view to your art collection history, how do you think street art will fit into broader Australian art history?

Andrew: I think it’s here to stay – a lot of people think it’s a passing fad. It’s not like impressionism or Dadaism or cubism or something. It’s here to stay, and it’s just going to evolve. In Australian art history I don’t know when they’ll say it first started, but it’s going to stay.

Sandra: I think it started in the 80s with train painting, but there’s still a heap of people who paint trains. I find that part of it really fascinating too. There is no doubt in my mind that the movement will have to be taken seriously in the history of art. It is evolving. We were talking about that before; has Banksy peaked? It does just keep on changing and evolving. Lately I’ve seen more tags. It turns into an abstract piece of art.

Andrew: If we achieve our aim of setting up a street art museum, that will help bring it to the fore. The Space Invader show at the NGA last year, that has given a lot of cred to the movement too. Also having the Everfresh boys in the Atrium (studio space in Fed Square) gave the movement a lot of credibility.  We’ve been told that more people went to the Atrium exhibition space that month than went to the Vienna exhibition in the international part of the NGV – what does that say?

Sandra: I also recognize that there must be many people in the movement who hate people like us – people who are supposedly trying to gentrify the movement, but that’s really cool too. I must admit, we’ve met quite a few rough nuts.

I think your enthusiasm for street art cuts through a lot of that. People who haven’t met you might feel that way, but I think once people meet you they see a more sympathetic side.

Sandra: I think that’s what happens. We have met a few guys who were not aggressive but were very nonchalant. They were like ‘who are you and why are you interested, and why do I care?’ But then, within a few days, they’re emailing me photos of what they’ve done.

Andrew: Some of the really hardcore artists, you could just see how stand off-ish they were. When you’ve got this dichotomy with the council; on the one hand they’re encouraging street art and using it for tourism. On the other hand you’ve got the Lord Mayor calling the artists peanut brains and graffiti vandals – I just don’t get it. A lot of people in the movement can’t speak up for the movement. I think it helps to have someone who knows the way of the world better than some of the artists do – hopefully that doesn’t sound too arrogant.

Sandra: We also know how to run a business. In bits like that we can help the artists because a lot of them are trying to run their businesses – we can help with things like that.

Who else have you met that stands out in your mind?

Andrew: Well Saber, what a guy he is! He’s done the biggest piece of street art in the world. We’ve been to his studio. One time he was being chased by the cops, he jumps over a fence (not very successfully) and impales himself on this iron spike. He’s got a piece of the fence and framed it. Luckily it stopped just next to his stomach lining. So he’s stuck on the fence and has to push up with the cops still following him – and he got away. He is as hard core as you can get.

Sandra: After the MOCA opening in LA (in April) we had a dinner at our hotel and we invited Swoon and her family. She didn’t get back to us and I assumed she had gone back to New York. I had booked a really nice table, so we asked Saber and his partner to join us instead. He’d just said yes and then we got a text from Swoon, saying ‘I’m sorry, I’d lost my phone, we’d love to come.’ So I thought uh-oh we’ve got Swoon and Saber. They are at completely opposite ends of the spectrum. Saber is a gang guy. He’s got these holes in his ears. They’re like plugs but they’re not plugs that can heal, they’re punched holes in his ear lobes. He told me it’s a gang rite thing. They’ve got some bit of iron – they bash out the center part of your ear and you’ve got to eat it.

… No way. That’s made up.

Sandra: No, no, no. It’s true. He had to eat it in front of people. This guy is really hard core – and Swoon is just so gorgeous. So, I rang her up and explained that I hadn’t heard back so I’d asked someone else to dinner. I said you’re welcome to come but I don’t know that you’ll get on with the person we’ve asked. She said ‘Oh, who have you asked?’ I told her it was Saber.

She replied, ‘Oh my god I love Saber. He’s my favourite person in the world.’ – we had such a cool night!

You can also check out last years Art Nation segment on Sandra Powell and Andrew king, as well as a great write up in The Age, for more info – and there are also a bunch of great images of their beautiful home here. We’d also like to thank Sandra and Andrew for their time for this great interview, we enjoyed it immensely!

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Snapshots – Heesco & Conrad Bizjak @ Ladro – Prahran

As part of the ongoing street art community project we’ve been sponsoring around Melbourne and Stonnington, ReVurt, we arranged for Heesco and Conrad Bizjak to paint Greville Court laneway next door to Ladro on Greville st.

It was a pretty windy day and it threatened to rain a few times, but the boys got through most of it with some awesome images of tree frogs and a pair of Mongolian Shaman. The crew at Ladro kept us all fed during the day with some amazing wood fired pizza and also kept the liquids up, so it was a pretty cool afternoon and Conrad and Heesco did some amazing work.

There’s still a little more to paint, so check back for updates – but here’s a few snapshots from the day …

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Check out our facebook page for heaps more shots and, if you’re in Prahran, head down to Greville St and Ladro to check it all out!

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Best Of The Blogs – Invurts Guide to Cool Art Blogs #2

Around this time last year, we did our first snapshot of some of the cool sites that we read on a frequent basis that deal with Australian and New Zealand art and other creative endeavours. Every day our editor, Facter, reads through a mountain of blogs and websites, looking for cool events, exhibitions and artists to speak to – it takes a lot of time and effort, mostly because there are so many great sites out there that follow Oz & NZ art – but its completely worth it!

Last year our roundup included such sites as Dont Sleep Magazine, Nothing To Nobody, Melbourne Art & Culture Critic, Everfresh, Nice Produce, Kompound, Just Another Agency, ArtistsWA, This Life, Design Federation, the sadly missed We Make Stuff Good and the ever inspirational weAREtheIMAGEmakers.

Again, this is not a top of the top, nor an indication that if its not in this list then its not the best! There are just way too many sites out there for that we read through, and each one of them offers something different. Instead, this is just a small collection of some of the sites we’ve come across in the last year or so that have piqued our interest, and we thought we’d share them with you..

So, a huge thankyou to all the blogs from our list last year, and to all of our recent favourites listed here. Without all of your amazing efforts in documenting all of this cool shit, our day to day reading here at Invurt would be all the poorer …

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Six Years Later Magazine – launching this year, Six Years Later is a fantastic print magazine, but their blog is also pretty damn cool. You should take a look at both, they’re equally worth the read.

Land Of Sunshine – well, you know him either from here with his monthly Top 10s, or from his awesome blog, Land Of Sunshine – in terms of coverage of Melbourne street art, Dean Sunshine is the man. With a wide range of collections, events and snaps from visiting artists, this is one of our definite go to blogs to check out whats been going up on the street.

T-Squat – These guys go from strength to strength. Editor and resident photographer James Watkins has a great eye for the eclectic, and though they cover everything from music to sports and everything in between, they also do great coverage on both established and emerging artists from around the globe. It’s a one stop feast.

Curvy – We love girls, and we love girls doing art, and we love girls writing about girls doing art … okay, you get the drift! Curvy celebrates all that is feminine and creative, and their blog is absolutely fantastic. With a great crew of bloggers behind the keyboard, and with plenty of inspiriting work pumping through the site, we head to Curvy on a regular basis.

Artygraffarti – new kid on the block, Arygraffarti, is really starting to get up there. With regular, frequent posts from his wandering around both Melbourne and other cities (when he gets there) this is a mint little low brow look at new stuff thats appearing. He also has a bit of event info on there of stuff happening around Melbourne, and its well worth adding to your reader feed.

Chasing Ghosts – these guys have been off on a sojourn around the globe for a while, but they’ve now settled back in Melbourne and have begun documenting and putting up great photosets on their bog as well as on flickr. With great attention to detail and a wonderful eye for not only the artwork, but its positioning and surrounding environment, these guys have it down.

Acclaim Mag – after a major site redesign sometime last year or so, Acclaims online presence and quality of content matches its print version. With everything street, urban, music and fashion related, if you’re into your all round street lifestyle, this is where you should be checking regularly – a great aussie based mag that we love!

Strutten – we adore this collective! Having only launched earlier this year, Strutten already have a loyal following, and we go to them for art and design related news up in Queensland. They have a great bunch of people posting, who are all collective artists themselves, and they also delve into the cafe and music culture. They love the city of Brisbane, and they’re great champions of what’s going on there. <3

The Opening Hours – The Opening Hours has their finger on the pulse up in Sydney, and more besides – both the photos and coverage of events is superb – this is our kinda blog!!

Disassociated – John Lampard does an amazing job at tracking events across the country, across all genres of art, with the Australian Art Show List. There’s also some great blogs posts on there outside of the event stuff, following film and other creative industry stuff – its very much worth a read.

Street Arse – of course, lots of love for the crews over in NZ, and Street Arse is our favourite. Shows, news and bits and pieces galore from the New Zealand street art scene.

Wellington Wall Street – and, still on the NZ tip, representing Wellington street art, heaps of great pics of work springing up in the city.

Stupidkrap – though a little quiet lately on the news front, Stupidkrap is a great site full of awesome content. Not only that, but their online store has a huge range of artwork and prints from all across Australia.

Dangerfork – speaking of prints and all things inked, another newcomer, Dankgerfork, has been carving a niche for itself down here in Melbourne. We can see these guys going a long way, and their recent popup store in Collingwood is a great testament to the quality of their work. Check back here often for all kinds of limited edition works from a bunch of wicked artists.

Project4000 – Have spent some time growing up in the Far North, we love anything coming out of Queensland, and Project 4000, along with Strutten, is our lifeline to what’s going on up there in Brisvegas. They follow a lot of streetwear orientated news, but their art and event coverage is also pretty cool and they have a bit on Brisbane street art here and there.

Philthosophy – this site maintains a running list of all the art happens in Melbourne, listed out per date. Theres a lot there, and she covers as much of it as possible in the lists – its a handy reference if you want to check out the creative life in the ‘burn!

Knock Knock Magazine – a relative newcomer, this magazine is already busting out with its first issue and looks set for a really bright future. We love it already!

Ironlak – well, this one is a no-brainer, really – just follow their blog, alright?

Special Mentions – International Blogs We Love

We do read a hell of a lot of international blogs as well, and though we don’t cover international stuff, well, we don’t need to – there are so many great places that do that already. These are just some of our favourites …

We hope you enjoy all of these blogs and websites as much as we do, and, if they have a facebook page, show them your support by liking them and following their efforts!!

We’ll be doing this roundup on a quarterly basis now, so if you have any sites you’d like us to check out that you think we’d love, just let us know.

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Invurt Rough Guide – Outpost Project

Earlier this year, we heard about an ambitious project to transform Sydneys Harbours Cockatoo Island into a mecca of street art. When we first heard it, it seemed a long way away, and we weren’t sure exactly what it entailed. Over time, we started learning more, and getting an idea as to what it would encompass – and it was bigger, bolder, and more jam packed with awesome than we ever imagined. The Outpost project will be a showcase of Australian street art, and international street art, that outweighs anything that has previously been seen in Australasia.

Over the next five weeks, we’ll be focusing on the Outpost Project for our editorial content – we’ll still have our regular blogs, but we’ll also be running a string of content as we document whats going on up at the island. We’ve also been working with the wonderful ArtSeries Hotels to help coordinate several forums and artist showcases as well, and there will be all kinds of posts around those. The entire team here has been gearing up for this for the last few months – its here, and we’re totally amped!

So, this is your rough guide to the event – from here will be links to articles on each event, interviews, live blogging, photos and all the rest. Use this as your feed, or just keep reading as you normally would to keep on track – all the Outpost content will be tagged so you can always just check the tag feed … Outpost will be a ground breaking event in the Australian street art legacy – we can’t wait, because its going to be mad – so read on, bookmark this article, and keep checking back here for new content links.

This is only a guide, and we’ll keep it as up to date as possible, so if in doubt, please refer to the Outpost Project website.

Invurts Rough Guide To The Outpost Project

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Exhibition – Mo’ Munny, Mo’ Problems – Brisbane

As a mad fan of urban vinyl and designer toys, there is nothing better than seeing a custom toy show (even if I can’t make it, I can’t wait to see the pics!) – and when you see one that has the backing of Kid Robot, there really isn’t much else to say! With Red Bull curating the event, and with a whole slew of amazing names both local and international, we’re hoping that they decide to expand this show out to the other states, pronto!

"We would like to extend a very warm welcome to you and your crew to attend the first ever Mo’Munny, Mo’ Problems event. Showcasing 35 of the best visual artists from Brisbane and around the world, this inaugural event will surely become a highlight event of the Kidrobot phenomenon currently sweeping the globe.

A team of quality lifestyle brands in Brisbane have come together to produce this event, which aims to put an international spotlight on the acclaimed Brisbane design community. Red Bull Curates has enlisted the help of Laced, Laruche Bar & Supperclub, Ironlak & Media Playground and the result is sure to create a stir amongst industry and media alike.

Mo’ Munny, Mo’ Problems is a Kidrobot Munny Design Show for which 18 inch, 7 inch and 4 inch Munnys have been sent around the world to be designed for sale during and directly after the event."

Get there this Thursday, and get yourself a one of a kind customised toys! Here’s a hint – they look awesome on a window sill …

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Who: Dave White (UK), Frank Kozik (USA Kid Robot toy artist), Mega (France/Indonesia), Claudio Kirac, Sofles, Kalin Thompson, Benjamin Reeve, Keiron McMaster, Sonny & Biddy (WeBuyYourKids), Glen Manders (Bad Teeth Comics), Sam McKenzie (SamSamSamSam), KatieKate (Winner of Vinyl Countdown 1&2), Shane Johnson & Sean Condon (Media Playground), Loz (Seventh Circle Tattoo), Swamp Fiend (John C), Josh Thorsen (Kid9), Shaun Campbell (Squidtank), Joel Cameron aka. (DARKOYO), Jesse Bernard Paul Olsen, Julian Tognini (Tognini’s), Ben Johnston (Joseph Marks), Britta Gud and more!!
What: Mo’ Munny Mo’ Problems custom toy show
Where: Laruche, Bakery Lane, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
When: Show opens Thursday 27th October 7pm til late

Check out Kid Robot, which we love, and the facebook event page for more info!

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Exhibition – Sleep Deprived – SDM #1 – Melbourne

 
SDM Crew (Jumble, Dscreet, Trim, Dvate, Dabs, Askem, Ethics, Urge, Iree, Wei2, Rcor, Aeon, Rase, Myla, Sup, Surge, Ninja, Mercy, Tizer and Shucks) are one of Melbourne’s leading graff and street art crews since the 1990’s, with members set up locally and internationally as well as being (just like us) another wicked promoter and informer of Melbourne’s bigger than ever art scene!

Not just recent winners of the best production category for the Australian/New Zealand region of Ironlak Comp 2010, SDM Crew members have also had great success showing their work in numerous solo outings, and they are now putting on part one of their crew show "Sleep Deprived" for us this Sunday in Collingwood.

Can’t wait to see #1 and already anticipating #2 of this elite crews group exhibition.

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Who: SDM Crew – Jumble, Dscreet, Trim, Dvate, Dabs, Askem, Ethics, Urge, Iree, Wei2, Rcor, Aeon, Rase, Myla, Sup, Surge, Ninja, Mercy, Tizer and Shucks
What: Sleep Deprived – Group Show
Where: 145 Johnston St, Collingwood
When: Open Sunday 16th Wednesday, 19th and Thursday 27th October 2-6pm. Show runs til 31st October 2011 (by appointment)

Check out the Facebook Event page and the SDM crew website for more info on this and SDM activity!

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Festival & Submissions – Taste-y Street Art Fest – Cairns

Since 2000 Tastey has been a major operator in Cairns and Australia providing sweet street duds and entrainment to the masses.
Now in the Spring of 2011, again comes the annual event, which has been running for the last nine years, Taste-y Street Art Fest!

“Everyone is invited to come down and check out the largest street art production in FNQ, a 3 day event…with local and nationally acclaimed artists, hip hop, alleyway coffee and culinary delights. On the Saturday , Cafffiend will host the final afternoon of painting, with live hip hop, MC’s and more!

Tastey is excited to announce Cairns City Council and Arc Disability Services are also sponsoring this years event. This will give the amazing opportunity to 12 lucky young up and coming local artists to spray their way into fame, painting alongside PHIBS, Pudl the IronLak team and the finest of Far North Queenslands Street Artists!

If you are a talented FNQ street artist -we want your art on the wall! If your an up-and-coming street artist and would like to participate in workshops with Australia’s best, you will need to register at Tastey by October 7th.”

Take advantage of the fresh weather and fresh work being done. Enjoy the music, the people and the fun! Get on down and get down!

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Who: PHIBS, Pudl, IronLak and others
What: Tastey Street Art Festival
Where: Tastey 3/78 and Caffiend 5/78 Grafton Street Cairns QLD
When: Festival runs from Thursday 13th -15th October. Submissions to be in by 7th October 2011

Check out the Facebook Event page for more info.

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Thursday Transmissions – Six + 25 Years

 

A quick one this week, with some of the favourites we’ve seen around the traps, so without further ado, this weeks transmissions …

Six Years Later magazine have a great video interview with Vexta. Awesome artist, awesome mag, awesome video.

SIX YEARS LATER: Vexta Interview from Rachel Goldsworthy on Vimeo.

If you havent seen this gorgeous piece of work already, here it is! A beautiful Labyrinth (25 years old!) inspired piece. A very cool Ironlak production with some amazing artists.

Sirum did a great video showcasing Ironlaks new markers – and another fine production from Carl Allison! Check the pics of the final piece here on Ironlak.

Another gorgeous video of Suki and her rain girl, from Dave MSA.

Suki and the rain girl from Dave MSA on Vimeo.

Over in Dunedin, NZ, Create and Skate was an amazing skateable art installation. Very, very cool.

Create and Skate Dunedin from firstfloor on Vimeo.

ASIIK City is a creative project bridging the urban communities within Melbourne and Jogjakarta, Indonesia – this video profiles LoveHateLove, a street artist, puppeteer and Hip Hop Mc. Rad.

ASIIK City artist profile: LoveHateLove from ILP on Vimeo.

This one has been doing the rounds this week as well, Lister in San Fran for Young & Free! rockin.

A great little video from the fun that was the Mi Casa Su Casa show at No Vacancy!

Mi Casa Su Casa Launch from Andrew Chew on Vimeo.

If you didn’t make it to the opening to Things To Come at Metro last night, you really should – amazing, amazing work. Heres the video preview of some of the artists in the show.

Looking forward to all the goodness that will come in the next week, what with Semi Permanent on this weekend and all!

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Saturday Snapshost – Safe, Standard and Sirum

Heaps of cool stuff posted up everywhere this week, hard to know where to start, but we’ll just put it out as it comes … hope you are enjoying your Saturday morning off work (and for those who are working, commiserations!)

Safehouse Studio Opening @ Dangerfork

We got down a bit late, but the Safehouse Studio Opening show was complete win – we can’t wait to see what these guys come up with next! Saw these over at Dangerfork

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Check out all the pics on the Dangerfork website, and theres some over at Dean Sunshines site too.

Twist & Amaze @ The Opening Hours

That purveyor of cool, and one of our favourite blogs, The Opening Hours, posted up some great pics of the new Twist and Amaze pieces in Sydney – totally dope.

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Sirum @ Prahran & Swan Hill

We were leaving our studios the other day and were stoked to see a new piece by Sirum adorning the recently opened Smith, on High street in Prahran. Absolutely fkn gorgeous.

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Check more pics here.

Sirum also recently hit the country recently, and did a bunch of workshops and a revitalisation of the Swan Hill George Lay Park – heaps of awesome photos from this, and some really great work.

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Two sets of pics of both the workshops and the George Lay Park wall were posted up – here, and here. Also check out the Komplex Graphix website for info if you need any walls painted for your business.

Phibs @ The Standard

LoFis space transformed into The Standard, and they posted up a bunch of pics of Phibs doing some work, as well as their opening night.

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Head to the LoFi website to see all the pics from the opening night!


Phibs @ The Opening Hours

The Opening Hours also posted up a heap of photos from Phibs latest show “Journey” – like them, we absolutely love the installation – looks like it was a great show!

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Check out all the pics from the show over at The Opening Hours

 

Young & Free @ Ironlak @ Everfresh @ 941Geary

Probably the biggest slew of photos to come out this week were those from over in San Francisco, where a huge contingent of Australian street artists converged for the Young & Free exhibition. It was an important show, and one of the biggest Oz contingent ever to hit an overseas location, and was an amazing showcase of some great artists from across the Australian street art scene. …

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Everfresh threw a whooooleeee bunch of images and such up on their Tumblr (they unfortunately had a couple of issues with images in the past week, all seems to be fixed now though). Some absolutely mad work in it.

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You can see all of the images over at Everfresh’s Tumblr site.

Lastly, the gallery where Young & Free was held, 941Geary, have been following the artists since they arrived, and have not only put up several posts of the installation process, but also a bunch of images from the street.

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Part 1 of the install, and Part 2 of the install are at 941Geary.com.

 

That pretty much caps off this weeks roundup of pics from across the blogosphere, enjoy the rest of your weekend, and, if you have anything you’d like for us to cover in this section, just send us through the deets!

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Thursday Transmissions – Dub, Design & Dumb

Ah September, you busy month you. Luckily, there have been another round of great vids published across the web this week to give us all a bit of visual respite on this not-quite-the-weekend-yet-day, so sit back in your chair, and enjoy …

We loved this one from Kinyobi design – the ending especially!

Another spot of lols from Lush, this time spruiking the label, Read It & Weep that launched recently.

LUSH IS ICE T from Read It & Weep on Vimeo.

We saw a whole bunch of stuff on the BBQ Burners from Ironlak a few weeks ago, but as far as we know this is a new video from Cameron Parr of the event – checkit.

BBQ Burners from Cameron Parr on Vimeo.

Sirum has been getting up to all kinds of stuff lately, in this video he teams up with Singapore’s Mimer for a paint-up – nice!

MIMER X SIRUM from Sort Shoots on Vimeo.

I mean, really … its just a website, dudes, and its news thats over eight years old – pretty on the ball there, hey?

Great little process video featuring Salmonella Dub of some of the work that went into the Ill Logic live art event the other week in Fitzroy.

Last but certainly not least, and because we are huge, huge fans of Nawls, this video showcases the ground breaking interactive comic on just released on the iPad – massively awesome.

Nawlz Interactive Comic for Ipad from NAWLZ on Vimeo.

That’s it for this weeks Transmissions, it’s been a great week for it! We’ll catch you next week for more, and, in the meantime, if you have any videos you’d like to submit for the column, just contact us!

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