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2019 Australian Body Art Festival: Other Worlds - FREE for Spectators

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Mortal canvases magically evolve
2019 Australian Body Art Festival, Other Worlds, free to spectators, Cooroy, Apex Park, body painting art event, temporary art, brush and sponge, airbrush, special effects, face painting, wearable art, photography, human canvases, Opening Night Function ticketed event, prizes, spectacular event
2019's theme is 'Other Worlds' | Image: Australian Body Art Festival FB


The spectacularly lavish 2019 Australian Body Art Festival, is once again about to hit our Sunshine Coast shores, by returning to the picturesque little hinterland town of Cooroy - same town, but new venue at Apex Park.

The Australian Body Art Festival is Australia's top-tier body painting art event and with a different theme every year, attracts artists and spectators from across Australia and abroad. The theme for 2019 is 'Other Worlds', which will surely lend itself to an inspirational array of interpretations from artists. All you need is . imagination and creativity and a body to paint, of course.

2019 Australian Body Art Festival, Other Worlds, free to spectators, Cooroy, Apex Park, body painting art event, temporary art, brush and sponge, airbrush, special effects, face painting, wearable art, photography, human canvases, Opening Night Function ticketed event, prizes, spectacular event
Imagination and creativity - Image: Australian Body Art Festival FB


The Australian Body Art Festival is a vibrant 'festival of colour' event, focusing on competitions in full body painting - temporary art, not tattooing - with competitors exhibiting their works in various mediums, including brush and sponge, airbrush, special effects and face painting. The Australian Body Art Festival also showcases competitions and exhibitions in wearable art and photography.

2019 Australian Body Art Festival, Other Worlds, free to spectators, Cooroy, Apex Park, body painting art event, temporary art, brush and sponge, airbrush, special effects, face painting, wearable art, photography, human canvases, Opening Night Function ticketed event, prizes, spectacular event
Human canvases magically evolving - Image: author


Spectators to the Australian Body Art Festival have the opportunity to watch on in awe as extraordinarily talented artists magically evolve their human canvases from the 'every day' into magnificent, gloriously colourful 'other worldliness' creations. It's magical and it's creative - bodies of art that are visions to behold!

2019 Australian Body Art Festival, Other Worlds, free to spectators, Cooroy, Apex Park, body painting art event, temporary art, brush and sponge, airbrush, special effects, face painting, wearable art, photography, human canvases, Opening Night Function ticketed event, prizes, spectacular event
Special Effects brilliance by artist Kelli MacAlpine - Image: www.australianbodyart.com.au


2019 will be our third year of attending the Australian Body Art Festival and with the entertaining programme on offer, my expectations are at an all-time high - I am excited to see how this spectacular festival has progressed to cap all previous years. The Australian Body Art Festival is FREE for spectators to attend on Saturday 6 April and Sunday 7 April.

2019 Australian Body Art Festival, Other Worlds, free to spectators, Cooroy, Apex Park, body painting art event, temporary art, brush and sponge, airbrush, special effects, face painting, wearable art, photography, human canvases, Opening Night Function ticketed event, prizes, spectacular event
Two fabulous days of colourful entertainment - Image: www.australianbodyart.com.au


The Opening Night function is a ticketed event of the Australian Body Art Festival and is to be held in the Grand Marquee in Apex Park on Friday night, the 5 April from 5.00pm. The aim of the Opening Night function is to host artists, models, sponsors, volunteers and anybody else who loves being involved with the spectacular Australian Body Art Festival. Opening Night will feature entertainment, roving performers, lucky door prize, face painting, locally sourced products on three grazing tables and a cash bar. The dress code for Opening Night is: party clothing or fancy dress to the 2019 theme 'Other Worlds'.

2019 Australian Body Art Festival, Other Worlds, free to spectators, Cooroy, Apex Park, body painting art event, temporary art, brush and sponge, airbrush, special effects, face painting, wearable art, photography, human canvases, Opening Night Function ticketed event, prizes, spectacular event
Tickets are still available to the Opening Night at Australian Body Art Festival - Image: www.australianbodyart.com.au


Make sure you don't miss out on the fabulous Opening Night function as it kicks off this year's spectacular Australian Body Art Festival. Book your $25 entry to the Opening Night function for the Australian Body Art Festival here, via trybooking.com

There are some fantastic prizes for the imaginative creatives that enter the Australian Body Art Festival.

✵Brush & Sponge Competition
1st Prize | Trophy and $500 prize value
2nd Prize | Trophy and $250 prize value
People's Choice | Trophy prize

✵Airbrush Competition
1st Prize | Trophy and $500 prize value
2nd Prize | Trophy and $250 prize value
People's Choice | Trophy prize

2019 Australian Body Art Festival, Other Worlds, free to spectators, Cooroy, Apex Park, body painting art event, temporary art, brush and sponge, airbrush, special effects, face painting, wearable art, photography, human canvases, Opening Night Function ticketed event, prizes, spectacular event
Image: Australian Body Art Festival FB


✵Special Effects Competition
1st Prize | Trophy and $500 prize value
2nd Prize | Trophy and $250 prize value
People's Choice | Trophy prize

✵Face Painting Competition
1st Prize | Trophy and $300 prize value
2nd Prize | Trophy and $100 prize value
People's Choice | Trophy prize

✵Wearable Art Competition
1st Prize | Trophy and $500 prize value
2nd Prize | Trophy and $250 prize value
People's Choice | Trophy prize

2019 Australian Body Art Festival, Other Worlds, free to spectators, Cooroy, Apex Park, body painting art event, temporary art, brush and sponge, airbrush, special effects, face painting, wearable art, photography, human canvases, Opening Night Function ticketed event, prizes, spectacular event
2018 models in full colourful regalia - Image: Australian Body Art Festival FB


✵Best Model
Saturday | $100 prize value
Sunday | $100 prize value

✵Photography Competition
Photo Print | Trophy and $500 prize value
Digital Art | Trophy and $500 prize value
People's Choice | Prize

All prizes to be confirmed - may be a sponsored prize, cash or combination of both.

2019 Australian Body Art Festival, Other Worlds, free to spectators, Cooroy, Apex Park, body painting art event, temporary art, brush and sponge, airbrush, special effects, face painting, wearable art, photography, human canvases, Opening Night Function ticketed event, prizes, spectacular event
Wearable art? Image: Australian Body Art Festival FB


There has been an absolute rush on for artists to compete at the prestigious Australian Body Art Festival, so some of the categories have already been 'sold out' with the quotas having been filled. There are still a few categories open, which I will list below, for artists who might be keen on competing, at the 2019 Australian Body Art Festival.

Brush & Sponge | 1 spot available

Airbrush | 2 spots available

Special Effects | 1 spot available

Wearable Art | 5 spots available

2019 Australian Body Art Festival, Other Worlds, free to spectators, Cooroy, Apex Park, body painting art event, temporary art, brush and sponge, airbrush, special effects, face painting, wearable art, photography, human canvases, Opening Night Function ticketed event, prizes, spectacular event
2017 winner for Special Effects - Image: www.australianbodyart.com.au



For the rest of us, we have the absolute pleasure of participating in this spectacular Australian Body Art Festival, from the sidelines. You can take it from me, this is a fabulously unique event and well worth attending - you will be totally awe-struck by the innovative talent on display. With the bonus of FREE admission to spectators for the two day weekend, the all-ages 2019 Australian Body Art Festival in Cooroy, is definitely one to bookmark!

2019 Australian Body Art Festival, Other Worlds, free to spectators, Cooroy, Apex Park, body painting art event, temporary art, brush and sponge, airbrush, special effects, face painting, wearable art, photography, human canvases, Opening Night Function ticketed event, prizes, spectacular event
Bookmark the picturesque little hinterland town of Cooroy for early April - Image: author

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Why? To support from the sidelines or to participate in magically evolving human canvases
When: Friday 5 April to Sunday 7 April 2019
Where: Apex Park, 2 Maple Street, Cooroy, QLD
Cost: FREE for spectators
Your Comment
Congratulations winning second place!
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12470) 207 days ago
I was an official photographer when the Body Art Awards were in Adelaide a few years ago and I can tell you - this is an event that's worth going to. The artists are so very clever!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3382) 224 days ago
Spectacular and a bit creepy.....
by May Cross (score: 3|5382) 226 days ago
Always amazed by the talent. Well worth a visit.
by Barry (score: 3|1311) 225 days ago
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