Wonderwalls Wollongong 2016

Back for its 5th instalment, Wonderwalls Festival is returning to Wollongong from the 25th-27th of November, to paint the town from end to end.

With over 20 walls set to be blanketed with art by Local, National and International Street and Graffiti Artists, some much needed colour will spill out to the West end of Wollongong.

Live murals will be painted by artists…

45RPM, BEASTMAN, CHERIE BUTTONS, CHRIS BANKS, CLAIRE FOXTON, DAVID CRAGG, E.L.K, JARUS, ENES, FRANK AND MIMI, GARY, GEORGE ROSE, GEORGIA HILL, JESS COCHRANE, JESSEE LEE JOHNS, JOHN KAYE, JYIRO, KRIMSONE, MAID, MARSH, MAYO, MIKEY FREEDOM, PHIBS, SAGE, SCOTT NAGY, SID TAPIA, SIMON THOMAS, SION GRIFF, SIRUM, STEVE CROSS, VANS THE OMEGA

Coinciding with the festival will be the Wonderwalls Exhibition and Artist Q&A – Australia’s first ever exhibition curated by 1XRUN from Detroit, USA. Showcasing works by Wonderwalls Alumni and acclaimed artists…

ASKEW, BEASTMAN, BEZT, DABS MYLA, DVATE, ELLIOT FRANCIS STEWART, FINTAN MAGEE, JARUS, KYLE HUGHES ODGERS, MEGGS, RONE, SAINER, SCOTT MARSH, SHERYO, SHIDA, VANS THE OMEGA, YOK + more to be announced

See below for an overview of this year’s key events; and the full program and map of locations will be released closer to the date at – http://wonderwallsfestival.com/

KEY EVENTS…

WONDERWALLS WOLLONGONG FESTIVAL
Date: Friday 25th, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th November
Time: Each day from 10am
Location: Throughout Wollongong city, see map for individual locations (released closer to the date) – http://wonderwallsfestival.com/

Featuring Artists…
45RPM, BEASTMAN, CHERIE BUTTONS, CHRIS BANKS, CLAIRE FOXTON, DAVID CRAGG, E.L.K, JARUS, ENES, FRANK AND MIMI, GARY, GEORGE ROSE, GEORGIA HILL, JESS COCHRANE, JESSEE LEE JOHNS, JOHN KAYE, JYIRO, KRIMSONE, MAID, MARSH, MAYO, MIKEY FREEDOM, PHIBS, SAGE, SCOTT NAGY, SID TAPIA, SIMON THOMAS, SION GRIFF, SIRUM, STEVE CROSS, VANS THE OMEGA

ROOFTOP PARTY/LAUNCH – Open to public, live art from Ironlak, DJ’s & bar
Date: Friday 25th November
Time: 6:30PM – Late
Location: Rooftop of Wollongong Central. Access via Keira Street (opposite Guzman and Gomez)

WONDERWALLS EXHIBITION, CURATED BY 1XRUN + ARTIST Q&A
Date: Saturday 26th November
Time: 7-9PM
Location: Moving Mountains Gallery, 7 Globe Lane, Wollongong

Featuring Artists…
ASKEW, BEASTMAN, BEZT, DABS MYLA, DVATE, ELLIOT FRANCIS STEWART, FINTAN MAGEE, JARUS, KYLE HUGHES ODGERS, MEGGS, RONE, SAINER, SCOTT MARSH, SHERYO, SHIDA, VANS THE OMEGA, YOK + more to be announced

Wonderwalls Wollongong

Wonderwalls Wollongong

Wonderwalls Wollongong

Wonderwalls Wollongong

Opening: Project 5 featuring Fintan Magee, Vans the Omega, Ape7 and Gemma O’Brien – Sydney

We are excited to hear that Project 5 is back once again in Sydney this September….

What started as an experimental foray into public art that sought to lift the veil on the elusive practice of graffiti has since exploded into an award-winning staple of Sydney’s annual cultural calendar. This year, we will see international artists Vans the Omega, Apeseven, Fintan Magee and Gemma O’Brien transform Darling Quarter’s Village Green into an open-air art studio that challenges the permeable borders of urban contemporary art.

For more info and specific event times, visit the website.

‘Project 5’ featuring Vans the Omega, Apeseven, Fintan Magee and Gemma O’Brien
Where: The Darling Quarter, Sydney
Opening: Friday 18th September
Project 5 Ambush Gallery Sydney

Project 5 Ambush Gallery Sydney

Project 5 Ambush Gallery Sydney

Project 5 Ambush Gallery Sydney

Project 5 Ambush Gallery Sydney

Opening: ‘Until Next Time…” final show at The Tate Gallery – Sydney

We were deeply saddened by the news of The Tate Gallery’s closing…

It’s been a gallery close to our hearts, and a space that in it’s time, has hosted an incredible mix of both world renown artists, and young emerging artists. All without rent or commission. Something which is so unique in the art world.

We’re excited to be helping The Tate Gallery team with one last show. So we’ve gathered as many available artists on short notice as possible to curate one last group show.

‘Until Next Time…’ group show
Where: The Tate Gallery, Glebe
Opening Hours: Wednesday 4th March, 6pm onwards

Until Next Time

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.

Wonderwalls Port Adelaide

Wonderwalls Port Adelaide

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Opening: The Hours presents ‘Stockroom’ – a group show

We are proud to announce ‘Stockroom’. A group show featuring some of Australia’s finest young artists

Over the years, The Hours (Beastman, Marty Routledge & Numskull) have produced a number of widely acclaimed art events & exhibitions around Australia and have worked with some of the most recognised young artists in a variety of different genres.

To celebrate these ties, The Hours presents ‘Stockroom’. A large group show featuring a host of artists that have either worked with us before, are working with us now, or are someone we’d like to work with in the future. A mix of connections between the artist and us, as purveyors of modern art, we believe this to be a perfect insight into “if we were to own a stockroom, this is who it would be filled with”.

Featuring:
MARK ALSWEILER, TOM FERSON, RONE, TWOONE, DANIEL O’TOOLE, SKOUNT, SCOTT MARSH, JUMBO, CHRIS LOUTFY, BAFCAT, JOEL BIRCH, BRIDGE STEHLI, BEASTMAN, EDWARD WOODLEY, SHIDA, MR PENFOLD, BENNETT, WILL COOKE, THE YOK, BEN FROST, RETRO, THOMAS JACKSON, KYLE MONTGOMERY, JAE COPP, FINTAN MAGEE, PHIBS, MADELEINE PFULL, NUMSKULL, AEDEN LEE, VANS THE OMEGA, ROACH, MAX BERRY, SHERYO, SID TAPIA, DAVID CRAGG, SOFLES & TAKIE

EMAIL bob@theopeninghours.com.au for press info
EMAIL sales@thehours.com.au for a catalogue

“Stockroom” group show
Opening: Wednesday 4th June
The Tate Gallery – Sydney

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Opening: Vans The Omega ‘Into The Light’

In collaboration with East Editions and Karton Group, we are stoked to present ‘Into The Light’, a solo exhibition by Vans The Omega. Featuring a range of unique hand made and painted furniture and homewares, installations, new mixed media paintings and limited edition prints, ‘Into The Light’ is sure to be an amazing body of artwork by the Adelaide based artist, a display of various skills, techniques, mediums, styles and formats.

The Tate Gallery, 345 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe (Sydney)

Opening this Wednesday 21st May 2014 from 6-9pm. The exhibition continues for 3 days only until Saturday 24th May. The gallery will be open daily 12-4pm.

To request an exhibition catalogue before the opening please email info@easteditions.com

Vans the Omega

Vans the Omega
Vans the Omega
Vans the Omega
Vans the Omega
Vans the Omega
Vans the Omega
Vans the Omega
Vans the Omega

Feature: East Editions

East Editions is a new project/business by Hours family member Brad Eastman (Beastman) and his wife Kelly. Their concept and vision is to work with established and emerging artists from Australia and around the world to produce unique, limited edition artist designed products for your spaces. Blurring the line between art and homewares, they launched just last month with a range of editions including a series of hand crafted and painted coffee tables by Vans The Omega, hand screen printed quilt cover sets by Kyle Hughes-Odgers and some hand screen printed cushion covers by Webuyyourkids. The coffee tables sold out in just 3 days, and their quilt cover sets aren’t far off!

We got a heads up on what to expect from East Editions this year, and you can look forward to some amazing hand made editions by Numskull, Marty Routledge, Luke Taaffe, Jae Copp and more. So head over to their website – easteditions.com – and have a look around for more information, and be sure to follow them on Instagram (@easteditions) and Facebook to visually follow the editions being created and know when they are available.



















View more images, information and buy online at easteditions.com

The Opening Hours will be also be supporting and featuring content by East Editions in the future.

Photos: Christchurch, New Zealand

I was recently in Christchurch NZ for a couple of weeks for the Rise Festival and really wanted to share all these photos of my experience there. Big thanks to George and Shannon at Oi You! for inviting me over there, and to all the artists and people I met and hung out with while over there including Askew, Vans The Omega, Sofles, Ghostie, Eno, BMD, Kid Zoom, Daek, Rone, Paulie, Wongi, Berst, Luke Shirlaw, Selina Miles and many more. Christchurch is a destroyed city bursting with enthusiasm and new beginnings, I was really stoked to be over there contributing to the city with my work alongside some other super talented artists. Here is a whole bunch of photos I took which will give you all an understanding of whats happening over there. Stay tuned for a separate post of images from the actual Rise exhibition.


Rone


Askew


Beastman & Vans The Omega


BMD


Sofles


Lister


Misery


Vans The Omega


Berst TMD


Ghostie


Jacob Yikes


Drypnz


Elliot Francis Stewart


Askew


Lister

Stay tuned for some images of the Rise exhibition now showing at Canterbury Museum in Christchurch… and happy holidays everyone!

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.
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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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