Street artist Kaff-eine and her cheeseagle team created an onsite art installation as much-needed shelter with two notorious dumpsite slum communities in Manila, Philippines. The global premiere of their ‘Happyland’ documentary and exhibition will be held at the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival in Melbourne, May 2017 Kaff-eine and her international team reunited with two notorious and impoverished dumpsite communities of Baseco and Happyland, Manila, creating and installing a collection of ‘art tarpaulins’ that featured Kaff-eine’s portraits of 10 community personalities. The resulting open-air exhibition celebrated the communities, while also providing them with much-needed resources for shelter.
Sydney is set to see a street art project that will see large scale murals appear on unused walls, recognising local people with inspiring stories to tell.
Four of Australia’s most celebrated street artists Stormie Mills, E.L.K, Adnate, and Kaff-eine will bring to life portraits of Nathan Hindmarsh, Father Dave Smith, Jenny Munro and Katherine Hudson.
Each of these local identities were chosen as they have left a positive mark on their community, and changed things for the better.
The artists have begun painting on walls in Sydney’s CBD, Parramatta, Haymarket and Bondi Junction.
Melbourne artist Kaff-eine and her cheeseagle team are creating an onsite art installation as much-needed shelter with two slum communities in Manila, Philippines. A crowdfunding campaign to support the Happyland project launches with a group exhibition of leading street artists on 1 April.
Kaff-eine, whose artwork is found on the street, in private homes and in galleries, is reuniting with the Baseco and Happyland dumpsite communities and working with an international team to create ‘art tarpaulins’, which feature portraits of community personalities, and which will be used as much-needed shelter.
‘The collaborators who worked with me for my last project, Phoenix, made it clear that suitable housing is really important to them. I have so much admiration for the colourful, proud and resilient personalities in the communities; why not combine both?’, says Kaff-eine.
After the success of Wall to Wall in 2015, the event is back!! On 18 to 20 of March, the idyllic town of Benalla will once again come to life with the sounds of scissor lifts and the smell of paint as the annual Wall to Wall Festival once again transforms the face of the Victorian regional town.
Featuring an all star line up of seven male and seven female street artists, another 14 amazing murals will be created, bringing the total number of murals to 28, making Benalla a must see destinations for art enthusiasts from all over the world.
Kaff-eine is one of Australia’s premiere female street and contemporary artists. She paints her distinctive characters on walls around the globe, immersing herself in local communities and sharing their stories on their walls. While painting street murals in Manila shantytowns in 2013, Kaff-eine learned that some of Manila’s most impoverished slum communities lived on Manila’s garbage dumps, scavenging wood to burn for charcoal, picking through the toxic garbage, selling recyclables or creating recycled products from waste.
She was struck by the creativity, resilience, positivity and skill of these communities, who created beautiful objects and valuable resources in the most challenging conditions; she wanted to work with them, to share their strengths, stories and humanity with audiences far from the Manila slums.
‘Kalabaw’ is the special prelude to two extraordinary collaborative projects Kaff-eine will soon undertake with Manila’s garbage-picking and charcoal-making communities. For ‘Kalabaw’, Kaff-eine has created a collection of powerful portraits combining her signature street-based style with intricate realism, her human and kalabaw characters radiating the same resilience, tenderness and dignity that they do in reality.
All proceeds from the ‘Kalabaw’ exhibition will support Kaff-eine’s two subsequent collaborative projects with the communities who live from Manila’s garbage.
Opening this week at ‘fortyfivedownstairs’, Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
Following the success of ‘Land of Sunshine’ published in 2012 comes the next book titled ‘STREET ART NOW’. An updated snapshot of the Melbourne street art and graffiti scene over the last two years is once again, all shot by Dean Sunshine on his travels across Melbourne and beyond.
‘STREET ART NOW’ is a larger, hardback book with 206 pages highlighting over 100 local artists and international artists who have painted in Australia.
All sales from ‘STREET ART NOW’ will be put towards any future editions, furthering Dean’s wish to provide ongoing documentation of Melbourne street art online and via printed media.
Alongside Semi-Permanent, Just Another Agency are dropping their fourth annual group show, featuring work from their superb selection of artists. The full line-up is still under wraps, but on the agencies books are the likes of Kaff-Eine, Apeseven, Bec Winnel, Bridge Stehli and NZ boy, Drypnz, so expect big things…
The exhibition runs from the 24-27th October at:
361 Little Lonsdale St