Event: Carbon 2014 second announcement – Melbourne

CARBON announced the second addition of speakers to its line-up, officially welcoming Richard Kern (Photographer/Videographer), PrettyPuke (Photographer), Hardy Blechman (maharishi clothing, DPM: Disruptive Pattern Material) and Levi Ramsey (Ironlak) to the event. They join a stable of international cultural influencers that includes Patrick Martinez, Stephen Malbon, Mark McNairy, Brent Rollins, Paul Devro, and Mike O’Meally for the festival’s forums held at RMIT’s Storey Hall.

Find out more and buy tickets here.

‘Carbon Festival’2 day creative festival
Opening: 29-30 March 2014
RMIT Story Hall, Melbourne

Carbon Festival Melbourne

Carbon Festival Melbourne

Event: Semi Permanent 2014 lineup announcement

Semi Permanent has just announced the first release of speakers for their 2014 conference and it’s a amazing/eclectic mix of super-human creatives including Tony Hawk, Mr Brainwash, Corbin Harris, Tara McPherson and many more. Check out their website here for the full list and stay tuned for the second release of speakers.

Semi Permanent

Event: Carbon 2014 – Melbourne

We love this time of year. It’s the time of year when everything kicks off, everyone’s happy because of the weather, AND all the big art and design events get announced. One such event that we’re always excited to hear about is Carbon. A yearly event down in Melbourne put on by Acclaim and a host of other creative sponsors, which has in the past featured the likes of Barry McGee, Futura, Henry Chalfant, Shawn Stussy, Dabs & Myla and many many more of the world’s top creatives.

The lineup for 2014 has just been announced including graffiti-turned-contemporary artist Patrick Martinez; menswear giant Mark McNairy (Billionaire Boys Club, A Bathing Ape, Heather Grey Wall, adidas Originals); Complex Media Art Director Brent Rollins; Mad Decent Creative Director and A&R Paul Devro; FRANK151 Editor Stephen Malbon and seminal skate photographer Mike O’ Meally.

Last year was amazing (see our video recap here), so expect an even bigger event for 2014. Stay tuned to their website and facebook for the rest of the lineup announcements.

Carbon

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 Recap: Wonderwalls Wollongong 2013

Wonderwalls Wollongong happened a few weeks back and ever since we’ve been battling with the rain to get video and photos of all of the walls. The weather was beautiful the first two days, then the clouds rolled in and opened up onto some of the most hard working street and graffiti artists around the world. Needless to say, a little rain didn’t stop anyone and Wollongong was once again blessed with some new murals.

Stay tuned for a full photo recap including finished walls and more.

Once again, thanks to Verb Synicate and Ironlak AND a massive thanks to David Child for the video.

Fundraiser: SAVE THE PHILIPPINES Sydney

We get very excited when young Australians get together and help raise funds for needed causes. The people effected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are in dire need of support, so why not contribute by purchasing artworks by some of the countries most notable names.

Amongst other products, there are artworks by Del Kathryn Barton, Daniel Boyd, Numskull, Hazzy Bee, Brent Smith, Vanishing Elephant and more. Get amongst it and start bidding. There are only a few days left!

Click here to see the full list of items.

STP Sydney

STP Sydney

STP Sydney

STP Sydney

STP Sydney

Event: Wonderwalls Wollongong 2013 – A three day art festival

We are excited to finally announce the details for Wonderwalls Wollongong 2013. Our yearly mural arts festival in Wollongong, presented by The Hours, Verb Syndicate and Ironlak.

With huge thanks to our supporters we have managed to pull together some of the best street and graffiti artists from both Australia and overseas.

The festival will run from November 8 -10, including an art exhibition, artists talks and multiple large-scale murals being painted in the Wollongong CBD from featured artists SMUG (Glasgow), ASKEW (Auckland), ADNATE (Melbourne) WONDERLUST (Melbourne) VANS THE OMEGA (Adelaide), PHIBS (Sydney), SHIDA (Melbourne) FINTAN MAGEE (Brisbane), TWOONE (Melbourne), BEASTMAN (Sydney), NUMSKULL (Sydney), ROACH (Sydney), SCOTT MARSH (Sydney), THOMAS JACKSON (Sydney) PUDL (Sydney), BAFCAT (Wollongong), JAE COPP (Sunshine Coast), IDIOT (Wollongong), SYKE (Wollongong) and TRAIT (Wollongong).

Joining us this year will also be select members of the Ironlak Family, featuring LINZ (Sydney), SOFLES (Brisbane), REALS (Brisbane), SIRUM (Melbourne) and TREAS (Brisbane).

The artists on the Wonderwalls roster will converge on the city for this series of free public events. In Wonderwalls Wollongong’s second year they want to improve on gains made last year to present the city as a viable option for creative endeavours and projects, a place where artists can afford to live at lower cost without sacrificing culture. Increased cultural infrastructure will see the small city as an artistic tour de force in years to come.
Get down to The Gong for Wonderwalls, and the unveiling of their hidden artistic identity. What you see might surprise you.

For more information, mural map and a full program, visit wonderwallsfestival.com

Wonderwalls Wollongong 2013 - Mural Festival - The Hours

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 – above-second.com
Ironlak – ironlak.com

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

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

Continue reading

Photos: Adnate, Jodee Knowles, Numskull and Rone “Open” group show at Darling Quarter – Sydney

As part of the Project 5 events, around the corner from the live painting area is OPEN. An open air public exhibition of cubed work by Adnate, Jodee Knowles, Numskull and Rone.

“In a first for Project Five since its inception in 2009, Volume Five will also feature a month long free public art exhibition in aMBUSH Gallery and Darling Quarter’s popup exhibition space OPEN, located in the precinct’s Civic Connector. The exhibition, which opens on 20 September and continues until 20 October, will feature sixteen original large-scale artworks created by the Project Five feature artists.”

Click below for more photos…

“OPEN” by Adnate, Jodee Knowles, Numskull and Rone
Opening: 20 Sept – 20 Oct. Open 24 Hours a day.
Darling Quarter, Sydney

Open | Project 5 Volume 5

Open | Project 5 Volume 5

Open | Project 5 Volume 5

Continue reading

Photos: Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 2013

We managed to poke our head around the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair last weekend to see some of Sydney and Australia’s biggest names in the gallery scene show their best work. Needless to say it was busy, so we didn’t manage to snap photos of EVERYTHING, but here’s a little taster of what we saw and enjoyed.

Click below for more photos.

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair - The Opening Hours

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair - The Opening Hours

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair - The Opening Hours

Continue reading