Video: Sofles graffiti mapped wall for White Night – Melbourne

On Saturday the 21st of February, Sofles – Graffiti Mapped premiered at Melbourne’s largest cultural festival, White Night Melbourne. Attended by over 500,000 people and running from 7pm – 7am, the festival takes over Melbourne’s CBD for a one night only artistic extravaganza.

Many months in the making, Sofles – Graffiti Mapped is an innovative step forward for the world of graffiti and technology. Sofles – Graffiti Mapped explores the intrinsic connection between graffiti, street art and technology through a combination of 3D video mapping, traditional street art and graffiti techniques and motion design.

Video Shot/Cut: Selina Miles.
Photo credit : Selina Miles
Mural by Sofles
Motion Design by Grant Osborne
Soundtrack by Opiuo
Creative Director – Shaun Hossack

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Photos: Wonderwalls Port Adelaide 2015

Firstly, we’d like to thank Joel Moore for directing the biggest Wonderwalls Festival to date, and of course the City of Port Adelaide & Renewal SA for inviting us to bring Wonderwalls to their city, Ironlak, Verb Syndicate and all of our other sponsors, supporters and volunteers. We’d like to also thank the people of Port Adelaide for allowing us into their city to paint both small and (VERY) large murals, which will hopefully stay forever.

Wonderwalls Port Adelaide saw artists from all parts of the world, all over Australia and locally from around the Adelaide region, converge on the Port to decorate and reinvigorate it’s walls. It was an amazing week which hosted an exhibition, an artist panel discussion and of course a series of murals throughout Port Adelaide. Two of which are amongst the biggest murals in the whole country (painted by Etam Cru and Askew One/Elliot Francis Stewart).

Stay tuned for the video recap, however in the meantime click below for the full set of photos. You can also find a great photo recap by photographer Luke Shirlaw, here.

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Photos : Daek William 2014 complete.

West Australian artist Daek William sent us a selection of treats that wrapped up his 2014 year, included a kooky video of his travels over a year, a selection of new artworks that encompasses the love for a fine pair of footwear and some of the larger scale works we are use to seeing by the beach town based artist.

 

 

 

Wonderwalls Port Adelaide 2015

We are so excited to be presenting the next instalment of WONDERWALLS in 2015! This time, we’re hosting a heap of great local and international artists in Port Adelaide, alongside Renewal SA, together with City of Port Adelaide Enfield and Ironlak.

For more info, please see below or visit the website wonderwallsfestival.com

Wonderwalls Port Adelaide 2015

International street artists Sainer and Bezt of Etam Cru (Poland), Askew One and Elliot Francis Stewart (NZ) will headline a stellar line-up of local, national and international artists who will transform Port Adelaide into a giant, interactive canvas as part of the Wonderwalls festival in January.

Presented by Renewal SA and The Hours, together with City of Port Adelaide Enfield and Ironlak, Wonderwalls the free three day street art festival will run from January 23rd-25th with large scale murals, artist talks and entertainment.

The festival kicks off on Friday night with an official launch party at the recently upgraded Flour Shed at Hart’s Mill. The free event includes live mural painting, guest DJ’s and food trucks and provides an opportunity for festival-goers to meet the artists and purchase exhibition works.

On Saturday, budding photographers can bring their cameras and join one of the two free Canon photo tours to learn professional tips on how to capture the creation of the large scale murals amongst Port Adelaide’s festival atmosphere, followed by a laneway street party on Saturday night which will feature food and drink offerings from local traders Mayfair Bakery and Red Lime Shack.

Artist talks, an art exhibition in the Flour Shed and a walking tour with Verb Syndicate, are presented across the weekend as the large scale works take shape.

All events are free to attend.

For artist biographies and more visit: www.wonderwallsfestival.com

Don’t forget to check in @ourportadl and share your festival photos with us using the official hashtag #wonderwalls.

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FRIDAY 23 JANUARY

EXHIBITION PUBLIC OPENING:

Live mural paining and guest DJ’s
Food and drink trucks
Art exhibition with work available for purchase
Meet the artists

WHERE: Flour Shed, Hart’s Mill Mundy Street
When: 6pm – 10pm
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SATURDAY 24 JANUARY

Murals in progress all day.

CANON PHOTO TOURS
WHEN: 9am – 11.30am OR 3pm – 5.30pm
WHERE: Leaving from 27 North Parade. Book your free spot through the visitor info centre on 8405 6560.

EXHIBITION
WHERE: Flour Shed, Hart’s Mill Mundy Street
WHEN: 10AM – 5PM

ARTIST TALKS
Panel discussion with selected artists, led by Verb Syndicate
WHERE: Flour Shed, Hart’s Mill Mundy Street
WHEN: 3pm

LANEWAY STREET PARTY
Food and drink available for purchase from Red Lime Shack and Mayfair Bakery.
WHERE: Rear lane off Robe Street
WHEN: 5pm – 9pm
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SUNDAY 25 JANUARY

Murals in progress all day.

EXHIBITION
WHERE: Flour Shed, Hart’s Mill Mundy Street
WHEN: 10am – 5pm

WILD AT HART MARKETS
WHERE: Mundy Street
WHEN: 9am – 5pm

ARTIST WALKING TOUR
Take a free tour of the festival sites with Verb Syndicate
WHERE: Leaving from Flour Shed, Hart’s Mill, Mundy Street
WHEN: 11am

TRYP Hotel: Brisbane

Tucked away in Brisbane’s inner creative pocket, sits TRYP Hotel on Constance Street, Fortitude Valley – also known as Australia’s first ever, 65 room, boutique ‘Street Art Hotel’.

 

The building itself posses an interesting past. Presumably around 150 years ago, the space was once a clubhouse for the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, the Brisbane chapter of an international and mysterious secret society. An antique plaque from this time was discovered in the development stages of TRYP and is now displayed in the reception area of the hotel. Post clubhouse history, the building was a central backpackers hotel which then became abandoned due to reasons not currently known. It was through this time of abandonment that the space became an inner city hub for local and international artists.

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AFTER: An open landscape rooftop bar, ‘UP on Constance’

Previous features of the abandoned backpackers included level upon level of tags, art and scrawlings constantly changing with each visit. A huge staircase leading up to the highest point of the building also boasted rooftop views and a small shelter tower where one could, (surprisingly enough) get free WiFi by connecting wirelessly to nearby business’s access points. Not the ideal holiday destination for most, but it was in this wasteland state that the space truly flourished.

TRYP’s vision and consideration to stay true to the building’s past street style was a respectful and admirable decision by their developers. As old walls got touched up and painted over, new murals appeared to stay from some of Australia’s most prominent street artists, Rone, Numskull, Fintan Magee and Beastman.

“Their vibrant artworks serve as a foundation for the hotel’s distinctive concept, resonating through every aspect of the business, from the eats to the beats, the boys’ effervescent and evocative creations set the tone for Brisbane’s most audacious inner-city haunt.”

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Hidden in the stairwell and storage rooms, a few of the buildings original pieces still stand and are now embedded into the iconic history of the TRYP Hotel.

Benjamin Reeve’s original character found on the entry level floor of the abandoned backpackers is now an amicable feature of TRYP hotel thanks to Rone who incorporated the aged work into his commission piece.

This security camera stencil and female character can be found in TRYP’s food storage room, a place you will likely need to seek assistance to find, but is still a preserved artwork.

This Fintan Magee piece painted in the abandoned backpackers many years ago also still remains, though it’s now living inside the confines of a Chur Burger/TRYP storage cupboard.

If you’re yet to check out TRYP hotel, we recommend you do. Looking back at the building’s history and forward with TRYP’s developments arises thoughts of appreciation, acceptance and celebration for graffiti and street art in contemporary society. Trust us, it’s worth the ‘trip’.

Image Credits: TRYP Hotel Brisbane, Abandoned Brisbane, Sarah Hazlehurst

Wonderwalls nominated in the 2014 FBI SMAC Awards

Verb Syndicate and The Hours are super excited to announce Wonderwalls 2013 has been nominated in the ‘Remix the City’ category of FBi Radio’s SMAC Awards!

Such a great selection of events and creatives to be amongst.

Take a look and get voting!
http://fbismacawards.com/nominees/remix-the-city/

(Photo by Chris Phillips / Mural by Askew One)

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New Fintan Magee Mural in St Leonards

kind of — recently re-opened in St Leonards as a part of a new creative precinct headed up by Brand X and facilitated by development company Auswin TWT.

We helped arrange a new mural by Fintan Magee to be unveiled at the TWT Creative Precinct block party opening Thursday November 27th. We’ll be opening a new exhibition that night along side a range of different creative adventures. The night goes as follows:

To mark the official opening of the TWT Creative Precinct, the local and wider community is invited to the ‘TWT Creative Precinct Block Party’ on November 27 from 5:30pm-8:30pm – an event which will bring the once sleepy streets and laneways of St Leonards to life. 

Following the official mural unveiling at 6.15pm, the eight creative businesses within the precinct will open their doors to the public, inviting them into the creative process of the artists who now reside in St Leonards. The event will feature entertainment, food, dancing and artistic activities for the community to come along and enjoy. 

Activities taking place at the TWT Creative Precinct ‘Block Party’ on November 27 include: 

‘No lights, No Lycra’: Brand X rehearsal space, 60 Atchison Street
‘Black and White’: works by contemporary artists, Platform72, 62 Atchison Street
Live performances and karaoke: Bsidesound, 58 Atchison Street
‘Tubula Rose’ photography exhibition: The Photography Factory, 60 Atchison Street
Textile demonstrations and live music: Cre8tiv Studios, 27 Atchison Street
‘Small is beautiful’: exhibition, ME art space, 25 Atchison Street
‘On the easel’: an exhibition of visual artists of the TWT Creative Precinct, T1 Café
‘The Streets Are Talking’: new works by Alan Streets, kind of – gallery, 58 Atchison Street
Bicycle workshop, Cicli Spirito, 62 Atchison Street (rear entrance in Atchison Lane) 

The streets of St Leonards will also come alive with live music from Lolo the Gypsy Caravan and performances by local creative businesses, Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy and The Jazz Workshop Australia. Local restaurant, The Moody Chef will be providing delicious catering on the night. 

It’s going to be great night and everyone is invited.
Just RSVP here:  https://rsvp-blockparty.eventbrite.com.au/

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Outside: The Pillars Project – Brisbane

In the fierce lead up to the ‘cultural celebrations’ of the G20, Brisbane city has seen a number of creative transformations. One we hope can withstand the test of ‘world leader time’ is The Pillars Project.

Thanks to Queensland Rail, Brisbane City Council, the accredited artists and the approaching arrival of some important political visitors, the massive underpass area of South Brisbane railway line is now site to an ‘outdoor art gallery’. This amazing series of enormous pillar murals each stands over seven metres tall.

The Pillars Project encompasses the work of a number of local street and graffiti artists including Gus Eagleton, Guido Van Helton, Gimiks Born, Fintan Magee and Mik Shida.

Though it is questionable why our vastly multicultural, multifaceted and multidisciplinary city council has rejected, covered up and even criminalized such creative projects in the past, any change moving towards artistic appreciation is a success to be acknowledged and commended. It almost feels as though the pillars are a long awaited award for Brisbane’s creative community. Street art you can appreciate without worrying it will be buffed out before your next visit. Hell, it’s been a long time coming. Brisbane’s finally catching up.

Interestingly, Fintan Magee has replicated the original mural that was removed by Brisbane City Council at the Cultural Center earlier this year. Causing quite a controversy at the time, the mural was removed because the buff squad claimed it to be ‘graffiti’ even after Magee had written approval to paint the mural. Created to commemorate the Brisbane floods, the mural has now been revived and is at least five times its original size. An ironic and intelligent move from Magee.

The pillars are located at the corner or Merivale and Montague road, just down from the Gallery of Modern Art in South Brisbane.

Event: GC Paint Pit

The team at 40/40 Creative and their aerosol allies have banned together to present Gold Coast Paint Pit, a live painting, urban renewal event powered by V8 Superfest.

Over four days Alex Lehours, John Kaye and Lachlan Hansen will transform four boring walls into contemporary pieces of art across a number of prevalent Gold Coast locations.

Friday 17th – 69 Nerang Street, Southport
Saturday 18th – BSKT Cafe, Nobby’s Beach
Sunday 19th and Monday 20th – Waxy’s Irish Pub Surfers, Paradise (Major Event)
Wednesday 22nd – Guardian Pharmacy, Chirn Park

Session times and additional information here.