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Brisbane Street Art Festival 2018

31 March - 15 April

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The popular Brisbane Street Art Festival (BSAF) 2018 is back from 31 March to 15 April 2018 to transform walls into canvases and redefine the way people engage with public art.

This annual street art festival returns for its third year. More than 50 Australian and international artists will create 50 large scale murals in the city. This is double the number of murals created last year.

The areas which will be transformed in Brisbane include:

  • Fish Lane
  • a Telstra Exchange Building
  • Ric’s Bar
  • Brisbane Powerhouse
  • South Brisbane, Spring Hill, Fortitude Valley, Paddington, Annerley and Brisbane’s CBD

This years’ street artists:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Indonesian artist Tuyuloveme

Festival Director Lincoln Savage said, “The program is bigger and better and signals Brisbane’s creative potential, we encourage all locals and visitors to come out during BSAF to see new artworks created before their eyes,”

“This year seven international artists are joining us for the festival, including six who have chosen to paint their first Australian work in Brisbane, which speaks volumes about our ability to attract great artists and the recognition the international community has for our burgeoning street art culture.”

Indigenous artists

Festival organisers have been working closely with Alethea Beetson, director of Digi Youth Arts,  to ensure the program supports and nurtures Indigenous artists and the murals reflect stories of
their people. Mexican artist Said Dokins will paint a large mural on the Telstra Exchange building in Spring Hill, lending his style of street calligraphy to a piece focusing on keeping Indigenous languages alive.

Brisbane art duo Land Writers, known individually as Warraba Weatherall and Daniel Jones, will also make their mark on the city. The pair will transform the laneway at 181 George Street with what will be a moving piece.

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. This piece is part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games’ statewide free arts and cultural program.

Within These Walls

Within These Walls is a major one-month long exhibition featuring works of all shapes and sizes from 50 local and international artists at Brisbane Powerhouse, opening on Thursday 12 April. Cezary Stulgis and Australian street art legend Benjamin Reeve will paint a new mural on the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Supporting Street Artists

BSAF also provides an important platform for emerging artists. This year BCC has provided four city-owned public walls as canvasses, two of which will be painted by artists involved in the BCC
Youth Art development program, which links emerging talent with industry veterans.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Brisbane City Council was proud to support the Brisbane Street Art Festival, which added to Brisbane’s reputation as a great place to live, work and relax.
“Public art contributes to a vibrant Brisbane and brings our city’s infrastructure alive, while providing new opportunities for our city’s talented emerging artists,” Cr Quirk said.
“Brisbane is a great hub for the creative arts and Council has a proud track record of nurturing and enabling artists through public art initiatives such as our Outdoor Gallery program, the student gallery in King George Square carpark, Brisbane Canvas, the City Artworks Project and the painting of traffic signal boxes through our Artforce program.”

BSAF Launch

The festival will launch 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.  While live music will be provided by The Gametes, FeelsClub, Desmond Cheese and YELLOWCATREDCAT.

About Brisbane Street Art Festival 2018

When: Saturday 31 March to Sunday 15 April 2018
Where: various locations in Brisbane, Queensland
Cost: Free

For more information head to the Brisbane Street Art Festival website.

Full lineup of Brisbane Street Art Festival 2018 artists:

ASIO, Adam Stockdale, Ashley Peel, Bao Ho, Basix, Benjamin Reeve, Brienné Amiria Aspinall, Brightsiders, Cezary Stulgis, Cloakwork, Crush City Crew, David Houghton, David Sargent, Diz
Brown, Drapl & Treazy, Drdrule, Dylan Mooney, EJ Zyla, Emmanuel Moore, Fuzeillear, Gris One, Gus Eagleton, Imogene Peach. Julia Townsend. Kenji Chai, Kiana Larkins, Land Writers,
Leah Falcocchio, Lisa Kelly, Mandy Schone-Salter, Meks, Mike Shankster, Said Dokins, Sam Bradley, Sindy Sinn, Sophia Mary Mac, Rosie Woods, Sarge, Shani Finch, Shida, Sirmano,
Sofles, SNARL, Tori-Jay Mordey, Tuyuloveme and Xandolino.


31 March
15 April
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