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Backwoods Gallery Launches Annual Fundraiser

Backwoods Gallery is an independently run commercial gallery that began as an Artist Run Initiative in 2010. From humble beginnings as a platform for its artist owners to exhibit artwork of their own, Backwoods has grown to become world recognised, working with the likes of MONA and The Japan Foundation.

As a small commercial gallery, they do not receive funding from government arts grants, nor do they have the support from another commercial business. In most cases galleries rely on one or the other for funding due to the volatile nature of the industry.

Backwoods’ unique situation means the gallery relies on sales from exhibitions to rent the space, run projects, workshops, produce exhibitions, pay wages and more. The reality of hands-on collaboration with their artists and community has helped them forge strong and long-lasting relationships all the artists with whom they work, all of which they consider to be good friends, as well as their community of friends and collectors.

Backwoods Gallery only exhibits artists they really believe in, have relationships with, and who are a part of their community, such as Minna Leunig, Shohei Otomo, Reka, Twoone, Roa, Fintan Magee, Georgia Hill and more. They are dedicated to working, developing and growing with the artists they represent to ensure long-lasting, professional relationships.

Due to rising overheads, the gallery requires significant financial assistance to run smoothly. To meet these ongoing challenges they have planned an annual fundraiser which aims to take the pressure off day-to-day operations to allow them to continue to produce great exhibitions.

The online fundraiser auction will feature significant artworks from artists they’ve worked with closely over the past 9 years. The artworks will be hung in a special weekend exhibition at the gallery, with all funds raised going to help pay overheads for the space.

The exhibition will run from the 24th to the 26th May, and will be a silently auctioned online, open to all collectors and guests both locally and internationally.

Backwoods Gallery first annual fundraiser auction
Opening Night: Friday May 24th from 6-10pm.

Auction begins: Friday May 24th, 6pm AEST
Auction Closes: Sunday May 26th, 6pm AEST

Auction open Friday 24th, 6pm AEST – Sunday 26th, 6pm AEST

Happy bidding!

ROA – ‘HIC SVNT DRACONES’

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Melbourne is in the midst of Roa fever right now, with his show ‘HIC SVNT DRACONES’ currently on show through Backwoods Gallery. If you haven’t seen it you must, and if you can’t, check out the video walk through below and the images that follow.

Then, check out Damo’s exclusive with the man himself, below!

You travel the world through art. What brings you back to Melbourne and Backwoods Gallery?

I exhibited in Backwoods with the ‘Carrion’ show in 2012. Part of the gallery was a ‘living’ installation of road kill (animals) decomposing during the length of the exhibit. It was also then that I started the good relations with the Healesville Sanctuary, which made the Backwoods show for me a very special and good experience. When Backwoods invited me for this new exhibition, it felt naturally good to be back in Melbourne, to make a less smelly show!

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‘HIC SVNT DRACONES’ – ROA

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For European explorers across the Fifteenth to Eighteenth centuries, Australia was a fantastic, geographically remote, ‘island’ continent. Australia represented a wunderkammer filled with curious animals, plants & cultures waiting to be ‘discovered’.

Early cartographers decorated maps of ‘Terra Australis’ with illustrations of extraordinary animals inspired by their encounters on the ‘island’. Transformed by the rare glimpses experienced by their illustrators, Australia’s native animals assumed a supernatural demeanour. However, these fantastical illustrations paled in comparison to those reserved for the unexplored sections of maps titled ‘Hic Svnt Dracones’, where the cartographers illustrations would cross into the realm of pure fantasy as they imagined what lay across the great, yet unexplored, horizons.

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The Crystal Ship – WIP Shots

Work in progress from The Crystal Ship festival in Ostend, Belgium – check out their insta and follow our man from FifthWallTV for the latest updates from some of our favourites such as CYRCLE, Faith47, PixelPancho, Ella & Pitr, Fintan Magee, Roa, Zio Ziegler and more…

1010 at The Crystal Ship picture by Kristien Janssoone (2)

1010 at The Crystal Ship picture by Bjørn Van Poucke (3)

Elian at The Crystal Ship picture by Elian

Elian at The Crystal Ship picture by Egmond Dobbelaere (2)

Fintan Magee at The Crystal Ship picture by Bjørn Van Poucke (8)

Fintan Magee at The Crystal Ship picture by Egmond Dobbelaere (3)

Pictures by Kristien Janssoone, Egmond Dobbelaere, Bjørn Van Poucke and Elian.

www.thecrystalship.org

The Crystal Ship – Belgium

The Crystal Ship is headed for land!

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This great new festival is about to set sail in Ostend, Belgium, with a whole bunch of awesome artists across the city, stay tuned for more info from us and FifthWallTV

The Crystal Ship is a contemporary art festival with a focus on art in public space which launch last week, on the 28th March with artists painting until the 10th April 2016 in the city of Ostend. An all star line up of 25 international and national artists are descending on the city to create large scale murals and installations which will form an artistic trail across Ostend. Artists taking part in this first edition of the Crystal Ship Festival include:

1010 (DE) – AGOSTINO IACURCI (IT) – CYRCLE (US) – DISORDERLINE (B) – ELIAN (AR) – ELLA & PITR (FR) – EVERSIEMPRE (AR) – FAITH47 (SA) – FINTAN MAGEE (AU) – GUIDO VAN HELTEN (AU) – HERR SEELE (B) – JAUNE (B) – JAZ (AR) – LOCATELLI (B) – MISTER FIKSIT (B) – NOIR (B) – NUART PRESENTS BIANCOSHOCK (IT) & ISAAC CORDAL (ES) – PIXELPANCHO (IT) – POL COSMO (B) – ROBERT MONTGOMERY (UK) – ROA (B) – SIEGFRIED VYNCK (B) – SMATES (B) – ZIO ZIEGLER (US)

Check out the website for more and check the VNA and FifthWallTV Instagram for updates…

www.thecrystalship.org

UNEXPECTED – Arkansas Murals

This was totally UNEXPECTED – huge mural event in Fort Smith, Arkansas, curated by JUSTKIDS, with murals from Vhils, D*Face, Maser, Ana Maria, Bicicleta Sem Freio, Roa and Askew.

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ARTURb: imprisonment is a beautiful way to free art on the streets.

This summer we chose Lagos for our holiday destination. We were looking for beautiful, quiet beaches,  nice hot stretches in the sun, cool places for drinks before dinner, and, yes, a little bit of buzz.  No more expectations.  The truth is we had much more than that: we ended up being struck by what we found on the city walls. 

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As you start to wander the alleys you literally bump into pieces from international artists such as ROA, BEZT, SAINER, ARYZ, SEPE, ONUR or BORONDO, to mention some, in addition to works from well known Portuguese ones as MÁRIO BELÉM, MAISMENOS, ADDFUEL, amongst others. It wouldn’t be as dazzling if we were in Berlin or Buenos Aires; the thing is it takes place in Lagos, a tiny spot on the Portuguese map, a small picturesque village. How the hell is this happening here?

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“Street Art, Book Art” – Ingrid Beazley

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Street Art and the Baroque have not always been the closest of partners, be it due to their wildly different demographics, styles or time periods, however teacher turned curator Ingrid Beazley has aimed to change that in a three year long project which began when she collaborated with Stik, an artist who requires no introduction, and asked him to create his own reinterpretations of the old masters’ pieces. Three years and sixteen further collaborating artists down the line, today Beazley is the figurehead of a project that even she states is “more successful than I ever imagined.” Continue Reading →

ROA paints new mural in Sardinia

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VNA 12 cover artist ROA recently painted another of his striking animal murals in Sardinia.

The Belgian artist visited the mediterranean island to paint the mural as part of the Murartista Street Art festival, taking place in the small town of Sadali. His piece fittingly depicts the Sardinian wild boar tied by a rope to the skull of another boar, a commentary on the nature of life and death.

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ROA joined artists Yama, Peeta and duo CAKTUS & MARIA for this year’s Murartista event, curated by LOOK-OUT, a new cultural association based in Sardinia.

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The festival aims to develop innovative initiatives for artistic exchange in Sardinia, inviting leading international street artists to work in a collaborative, small community environment to explore new processes and concepts in public spaces.

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Check out some shots of when ROA painted the VNA 12 cover piece in 2012 here.