The Opening Hours 2013 year in review

2013 was a big year for us, and an even bigger one for Australian art. Alot happened both inside Australia and by Australian artists overseas, something that has slowly but surely put Australia on the map for low brow, street art and graffiti art on the world stage.

We would like to thank every single person that has visited the website over the course of the year. We sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed the content we’ve been publishing and endeavor to continue updating as much as possible. Amongst the many Hours projects we create, we strive to get as much unique coverage out to you as possible, so you guys are inspired and informed. To finish off the year, below is a list of the various projects we’ve either covered, curated, or our contributors have posted.

The Opening Hours

– We started the year by releasing a rare limited t-shirt with local graffiti writers Roach TGS and Retro KGB
– Sydney street art photographer @nemans came on board as a frequent photo contributor, keeping us up to date with what’s happening outside. See her posts here.
– The first installment of The Hours Tower Mural Project was painted by Beastman, Jae Copp and Marty Routledge on the Gold Coast. See photos here.
Carbon festival happened again down in Melbourne, which saw talents like Barry McGee, Shawn Stussy, Dabs & Myla and many more speak, exhibit and paint throughout the week. We traveled down to interview some of the key speakers and create a short video.
– Throughout the year Australia welcomed a handful of visitors including Vhils, Ian Strange, June Inoe, Insa, Roa and more.
– Project Ugly hosted Thomas Jackson, Will Cooke, Skount, Bennett, Bafcat and more…
– After a long time in the making, we finally released Issue 9 of Kingbrown Magazine which we curated for the KB guys including artists we’ve worked with, met with, or were just plain hyped on. The issue featured Unga, Ed Templeton, Trent Whitehead, Dabs & Myla, Vans the Omega, Nychos, Ozzie Wright, Huskmitnavn, Shida, Drypnz, Ghostpatrol, Roach, Numskull and Jordan Walkzak.
– Throughout the year we curated solo exhibitions for Skount, Joel Birch, Askew, Beastman & Phibs, and Shida.
– The Sydney Contemporary Art Fair opened at Carriageworks and witnessed the largest crowd of art enthusiasts the city has ever seen. See our coverage here and more info here.
– In September we traveled over to Hong Kong and in cooperation with Above Second Gallery and the generous support of Ironlak, hosted some of the countries most notable street and graffiti artists in the city for an exhibition and art tour called Neon Golden. Check out the photos and video here.
– After the success of Wonderwalls 2012, together with Verb Syndicate and Ironlak, we brought back Wonderwalls for 2013 which saw some of the world’s most recognized street and graffiti artists travel to Wollongong and paint over 10 small to large scale murals. More info here and the recap video here.
– It seemed like 2013 was the year of mural festivals, as we saw the opening of Hit the Bricks in Newcastle and Rise in Christchurch (see our coverage here).
– A late, but very welcome addition to the Sydney art scene was the new RVCA gallery in Paddington. Curated by Mild Manners, the new gallery opened with a great group show including Mark Alsweiler, Dmote, Kelsey Brookes and many more, AND promises to be a great venue for future exhibitions. See photos from the opening here.
– Last but not least, the most memorable moment of 2013 for us would have to be the release of ‘Limitless‘. A short film made by Selina Miles featuring Sofles, Quench, Treas and Fintan Magee. Currently standing at over 7 million hits, if you haven’t seen this yet, go do so right now.

Thanks again to our supporters, contributors, friends and all of the artists that made 2013 memorable.

Video & Photos: Neon Golden tour Hong Kong

In September 2013, Australian based creative group The Hours curated an exhibition at Above Second Gallery in Hong Kong’s Central and Western District. Titled ‘Neon Golden’, the exhibition featured new works on paper by a collective of world class contemporary, street and graffiti artists who all share a rich history of friendship and collaboration. A lot of the artists involved also travelled from all corners of the world to be in Hong Kong for the exhibition, and to paint as many walls as possible. This is what went down….

Featuring – Fintan Magee, Shida, Rone, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Beastman, Yok, Sheryo, Numskull, Vans The Omega, Roach, Phibs, Twoone, Jumbo and Thomas Jackson.

A huge thank you to:
Above Second Gallery –
Ironlak –

Video shot and edited by Michael Danischewski for The Opening Hours.

Click below for a heap of photos from the trip.

The Opening Hours - Hong Kong - Neon Golden

The Opening Hours - Hong Kong - Neon Golden

The Opening Hours - Hong Kong - Neon Golden

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Opening: Kyle Hughes-Odgers “Repetitive Sequences” at Walls Gallery – Amsterdam




“Kyle Hughes-Odgers could be called an independent artist, street artist, illustrator or installation artist. But the artist himself does not like this parochialism. Counts for him that he can tell his stories in any medium. Hughes-Odgers combines abstract and figurative elements in his work. He has a passion for folklore, texture and authenticity, which is clearly reflected in his work. Life and death are recurring themes, as well as a fascination with repetitive pattern and mark making and the use of small tragicomic figures”

For the exhibition catalogue and price list – email here

NYC – Paint Paint Sleep

I recently spent a month in New York City and managed to paint some rooftops, street walls and also a few public mural projects for the City Reliquary Museum in Williamsburg, Crest Fest and The Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn. I ate heaps of food now I’m fat. More pics after the jump. more pics on my instagram here

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Fuck You / I Am — The Future Just Happened

Following the successful first event Don’t Grow Old It’s A Trap, the Fuck You / I Am project is hosting a second exhibition entitled The Future Just Happened.

The exhibition will explore the confronting subculture of DIY tattoos through the eyes of Sydney-based fringe society photographer Sam Stephenson.

People who attend the exhibition will have the opportunity to win a tattoo from a specially created flash sheet by William P. Brown (Shanghai Charlies).

The Future Just Happened Photographic Exhibition
November 23 – 25th, 2012
kind of — gallery 80 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

The Fuck You I Am project is brought to you by, a state-of-the-art online life-style experience, launching in Australia on the 19th November 2012.

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Special Reserve by Will Lynes — Opening November 8th, 6pm.

Lynes’s work is reminiscent of an era and trade long past. Influenced by old original
hand painted signs, he uses modern slang, gold gilding and ageing techniques to
re-create traditional signage of yester year. With references to fictional businesses
and colloquialisms inspired from days gone by. Lynes’s work will invoke a sense of
history in the gallery.
Lynes uses glass and found objects as his mediums as well as create an installation
to be remembered. He has been working with glass for the last 2 years, and painting
signage on boards and found objects for the last 4 years.

“ …. it was seeing all the old bars and shops with their original signage.
Places in the middle of nowhere, all run down and dilapidated… still having
half a gold leaf or neon sign on the window that looked like it had been there
for a hundred years. You get a weird sense that there was a story or history
behind it. They just had amazing character to them so I started trying to
replicate that feeling.
It’s cool to do a brand new gilt or hand painted sign on a window, but
there’s something nicer to me about a sign that looks like it can tell a story…
good or bad.”

*A limited edition Special Reserve tee-shirt by Will Lynes, kind of — and Design Tshirts Store graniph will be released at the opening night.

Special Reserve opens to the public November 8th, 6pm and runs till November 18th.

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Trnava poster Triennial 2012

2 posters from kind of — have been selected to be included in the Trnava poster Triennial 2012 (TPT 2012over at Trnava, Slovakia.

November 9, 2012 – February 3, 2013
Synagogue – Centre for Contemporary Art,

mixed messages — numskull

100 bedrooms — ellen disaster, who is currently travelling in the nyc shooting more bedrooms…

poster designs by wing lau