Video: Rise festival – New Zealand

Rise Festival was a multi day street art and graffiti festival held in Christchurch, New Zealand late last year. (See Beastman’s coverage here). The team released a neat little video narrated by George Shaw, the man behind Oi You and the festival itself. Rise saw some of the best artists in the world paint murals, install work, and create art to re-vitalise a city that was devastated by an earthquake. Such a great idea, and such a great outcome. Well done Rise and the artists that created positive and enriching work.

See below for the video and more photos. All photos by Luke Shirlaw.

Rise Festival
Inside the museum

Rise Festival
Inside the museum

Rise Festival
Inside the museum

Rise Festival
Inside the museum

Rise Festival

Rise Festival

Rise Festival

Rise Festival

Rise Festival

Rise Festival
Ian Strange

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.


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.

Photos: Askew ‘The Evolving Face’ at The Tate – Sydney

Last week we hosted Askew‘s sold out debut Australian solo exhibition, at The Tate Sydney. Thanks to everyone that came down and met the man himself, who is currently still in town for Wonderwalls and Hit the Bricks festivals.

The show boasted ten beautifully painted portrait pieces and a limited edition zine of 50, which Askew drew in for everyone that purchased. This collection of work is a massive step forward for the artist, having previously stuck to a strict colour scheme, these paintings saw him let loose and get experimental with more effects and colours.

To see the full set of photos, click below.




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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

Wonderwalls Wollongong 2013 - Mural Festival - The Hours

The Hours presents Skount (Spain)

Spanish artist Skount has officially made it to our shores today, and we will be hosting a number of projects throughout his stay. First off will be Project Ugly, which (weather permitting) will be happening tomorrow, and second will be his debut Australian solo show at The Tate. Stay tuned for updates. More info here.




Video: The Opening Hours at Carbon Festival 2013

Continuing on with our gradual coverage of Carbon Festival, we are happy to present a video of our time down in Melbourne. We interviewed some of the key speakers, got a few tags, did a few tags, checked out some parties and enjoyed everything else Melbourne had for us that weekend. Big thanks to Acclaim, Diamond Dozen and the whole Carbon team. Bring on next year!!!

Barry McGee