Long-running, LIVE, public art incubator, Project Five, is returning for Volume 8 – promising edgy artists, an outdoor studio, a month-long exhibition, school holidays urban art workshops, and an art-auction, for art-curious audiences including kids, at Darling Quarter, Sydney.
From late September (Friday 30), four of Australia’s hottest urban artists will bring their studios outdoors thanks to aMBUSH Gallery, Darling Quarter and City of Sydney’s Art & About for a LIVE weekend workshop (Friday 30 September – Sunday 02 October).
Join criminal lawyer turned urban art-maker Kaff-eine (Melbourne), prolific monochromatic illustrator Georgia Hill (Sydney), psychedelic multi-media artist Brett Chan (Bondi based New Zealand ex-pat), and street graffiti artist Mik Shida (Brisbane), as they create land-mark works of art.
Project Five’s opening night party is open to all (6-9pm, Friday, 30 September), with a live DJ set to get the party started. The creative process unfolds over the weekend, concluding on Sunday with 4 new and unique artworks created.
Collectors have the chance to bring home their very own piece of art-history, at the Project Five art auction event (Thursday 27 October 6-8pm), where these works will be for sale. Proceeds from the auction support a year-long youth traineeship in the arts.
Project Five’s OPEN exhibition will also run throughout the month of October, featuring other trail-blazing new works created by the Project Five artists. OPEN is an outdoor exhibition, located in the Darling Quarter Civic Connector as part of Art & About.
Brett Chan (@brettchanyes)
Brett Chan is a multimedia visual artist, musician and filmmaker, known for his ‘future primitive’ style and bold line work, which form tessellating sacred geometry. Originally from New Zealand, Chan moved to Bondi over 10 years ago. His psychedelic statements of symmetry can be seen on walls and chanced upon in unexpected places. His viewers are invited to remember a moment and space, and to tap into an inner tribal truth, reminding us of who we once were, and our possible futures.
Georgia Hill (@georgiahillbth)
Georgia Hill is a prolific illustrator specialising in hand-drawn type artworks that combine bold, monochromatic textures and lettering within experimental compositions. Hailing from Newcastle, Hill lived and worked in Berlin before returning to Sydney, where she is an artist in demand, creating large-scale murals across Australia. Her work has developed from bold typographic pieces into graphic illustration and paintings full of contrast, movement and detail.
Kaff-eine’s signature illustrative freehand style, delicate line work, and quiet melancholic characters have been showcased in many public and private works in Australia, Germany, France, USA and the Philippines. Leaving her Criminal Law degree behind, Kaff-eine’s art projects are concerned primarily with social impact. Her work Heartcore interpreted stories from vulnerable children, resulting in a series of 20 murals across public walls in Melbourne. She has recently returned from a community project creating portraits of the residents of Manila’s biggest slum communities – Baseco, and Barangay 105 – for an installation of 30 large art tarpaulins, entitled Happyland.
Mik Shida (@mik_shida)
Mik Shida (b. 1990) is a Polish/Australian artist, specialising in large-scale murals, painting, sculpture, video work and installation. His dynamic murals, monumental in scale, spread across the east coast and internationally.
The inherent desire for order over chaos – for categories and labels – is rife in the art world and, as a result, street art is often condensed into subgenres. Shida’s art is testament to the fact that you cannot and should not categorise street art – his vibrant, fractal-based work is part of an ever-evolving mythos that flows continuously across manifold mediums.
Deities emerge from fathomless depths in a climax of luminous colour, as Shida summons the spirits of a parallel dimension. He weaves an epic visual mythology through his art, as the towering incarnations that he paints across city walls envelop onlookers. The exact nature of Shida’s work is hard to define, yet his imagery is unwaveringly distinct, poetic and evocative. His anamorphic creatures, like nature itself, are tempestuous and unpredictable, evoking feelings of vulnerability, sexuality and perhaps even utopia.