Brisbane Street Arts Festival
Street artists from near and afar will gather in Brisbane from 31 March to 15 April to transform walls into canvases and redefine the way people engage with public art during Brisbane Street Art Festival 2018.
Brisbane’s annual street art festival returns for its third year with its biggest program yet. More than 50 Australian and international artists will create 50 large scale murals in South Brisbane, Spring Hill, Fortitude Valley, Paddington, Annerley and Brisbane’s CBD - double the number of murals created in 2017.
Notable works will transform Fish Lane, a Telstra Exchange Building, Ric’s Bar and Brisbane Powerhouse thanks to spaces provided by partners ARIA Property Group, Brisbane City Council (BCC), Brisbane Powerhouse, Ric’s and Telstra.
For BSAF 2018, festival organisers have curated street art masters from Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, England, Colombia and Mexico to join leading Australian artists such as Sofles, Gus Eagleton, Fuzeillear, Emmanuel Moore, The Brightsiders, Sindy Sinn, Shida and Sirmano, many who hail from Brisbane.
Colombian artist Gris One will join Hong Kong’s self-taught street art queen Bao Ho, Mexican calligraphy specialist Said Dokins, Malaysian artists Kenji Chai and Cloakwork, London geometric guru Rosie Wood and Indonesian artist Tuyuloveme to paint their first ever works in Australia.
Led by Indigenous artists Dylan Mooney, Tori-Jay Mordey and Kiana Larkins, nine artists will gather to create temporary artworks on the QPAC Cultural Forecourt as part of Festival 2018, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games’ statewide free arts and cultural program. The artists will work together to create works that celebrate Brisbane and pave the way for a shared vision of the future.
The festival will kick off bang on Sunday 1 April with a free launch party at Ric’s in Fortitude Valley. Brisbane veterans Drapl and Treazy will paint a mural in the bar’s backyard area and live music will be provided by The Gametes, FeelsClub, Desmond Cheese and YELLOWCATREDCAT. The launch will also see the resurrection of Scribble Slam, a live art battle between two artists, Bao Ho and Sunshine Coast artist EJ Zyla. Each artist will create a work focused on a theme that is revealed on the night, with one artist to be crowned the winner. Scribble Scram will be a monthly event at Ric’s with a rotating lineup of artists.