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ART+MEL

Melbournians are invited to experience ART+MEL, an immersive two day art event without the white walls on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November 2014. ART+MEL will take local art out of the galleries and onto the streets, with two interactive ‘hot spots’ in the heart of the CBD. ART+MEL is designed to bring art into the everyday, encouraging people to experience art through unique creations. An unexpected bedroom setting and floating gallery at Federation Square will display the original work of over 100 Melbourne artists, with live art courtesy of local illustrator Justine McAllister and a pop-up installation by prominent street artists Kaitlin Beckett and Matthew Dunn, and watch as they add another layer of vibrance to one of Melbourne’s infamous laneways.

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Kid Acne – The Birth of Hip Hop

Kid Acne has been busy blessing walls (and mics) with his latest mural, THE BIRTH OF HIP-HOP.

Commissioned by THE FESTIVAL OF THE MIND in Sheffield, it’s got a distinctive nativity feel. Here’s some more shots of his work:

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Ahh, Summertime in Sheffield.

www.kidacne.com

Urban Nation Present: Cheryl Dunn’s Everybody Street

URBAN NATION, Mobile Kino and Urban Spree present the documentary ‘Everybody Street’ by Cheryl Dunn. Parallel to the film on street art photography, they are showing a selection of works by Martha Cooper, who also plays a prominent role in the documentary.

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About 1300 of her works, curated by URBAN NATION, will be shown in screen installations. Both the artist and the film director will be present. Stay tuned for the After Show Party too!

www.urban-nation.net

Rockin’ Out with 23rd Key

Melbourne based artist 23rd Key has just submitted two mind-blowing stencils into Australia’s ‘Archibald Prize‘.  She took time to chat with Damo about how this all came about.

DW:  Thanks for taking the time to chat.  Can you tell us a bit about yourself, what led you to becoming a stencil artist?

23rd Key: No worries. I actually kind of fell into it- I made my first stencil when I was in high school. Being from Melbourne, stencil art was still emerging at the time, my brother knew some of the basics and taught them to me. I happened to really take to the medium though, I found the process of cutting/making stencils really cathartic and have been doing it ever since- I enjoy doing it now more than I ever have. I got to a stage where I’d made so many artworks that I decided I needed to do something with them – being an artist was never something I thought I’d be, ‘when I grew up’.

DW:  Often there can be a story behind a name.  Is that the case with you?

23rd Key: I struggle a lot when it comes to names, even when I used to play roller derby, I found coming up with a name harder than learning how to skate. The first show I was ever in I went under the pseudonym ‘Keys’, it was basically just because it sounds like my real last name and was my nickname for a long time. Twenty-three has been my favourite number since I can remember and is actually the date of my birth, so I kind of just put the two together. It’s a pretty poor story I guess, hopefully the work I make makes up for it.

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Urban Nation Project M/4 – Photo Round-Up

The Urban Nation guys have just dropped this killer video round up of the latest installment of Project M, part 4, curated by ThinkSpace’s Andrew Hosner.

Our man Henrik Haven has been documenting all the new window installations at Europe’s awesome upcoming urban art museum, Urban Nation by Curiot, Nosego, Alexis Dias, Andrew Schoultz, Word To Mother, C215, Low Bros, Glenn Barr, Joao Ruas, Fernando Chamarelli.

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VNA 26 Bristol & London Launch – Photo Round-Up

Big ups to everyone that came down to our Bristol and London launches, apologies to those of you who couldn’t make the UK launches, hopefully we’ll be bringing a launch to somewhere near you in the not too distant future…

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Massive thanks to all of our partners and friends that made this happen, special thanks to Aaron and the Sixpoint crew, Alex and Ian at Laz, and Cheba and the Weapon Of Choice boys for being most excellent hosts.

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www.weaponofchoicegallery.co.uk

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