Video: First Coat festival – Toowoomba

First Coat is a street art festival brought to by Toowoomba Regional Council and GraffitiSTOP, in partnership with Toowoomba Youth Service & Kontraband Studios.

In it’s first year, First Coat hosted some of australia’s best inlcuding Shida, Sofles, Fintan Magee and more, and also had Ewok MSK and Mr wany from the internatial Ironlak team come out and paint a handful of small to large scale walls. Check out the video shot by Luke Shirlaw below.

First Coat from 40/40 Creative on Vimeo.

Outside: Rone goes big in Melbourne

Being labelled as “Australia’s largest mural”, Rone recently finished this massive wall in the centre of Melbourne city recently, just days before leaving for London where he will open his next solo show at Stolenspace Gallery.

We tried to embed the video here in the post, but it wouldn’t work so visit the link below to watch the full story.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/video/watch/22230608/australias-largest-mural-unveiled/

Rone

Outside: Askew paints the Project Ugly billboard – Annandale

While he was in Sydney for Art Month, we were lucky to have Askew take part in our Boring Wall/The Hours x Look Print ‘Project Ugly’ series. A billboard space generously donated by Look Print for artists to express and paint without boundaries or brief.

Despite the weather, Askew painted this beautiful portrait in his trademark style, and Paste Studios were there to capture all the action. The guys filmed this neat little process video and timelapse. Check it out below.

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.