Thirty something girl, originally from Sydney but Brisbane is home now. Eats, drinks, socialises, watches art-house, studies the stars, and loves music. I'm a professional copywriter and editor. Hearts writing things.
Calling all hipsters
Fancy yourself a bit of a hipster? Then you should check out RAW - a collaboration of indie artists, who, as the name suggests, put a spotlight on fresh creative talent by hosting public events showcasing the works of upcoming creatives in the first 10 years of their career in the areas of film, fashion, music, visual art, photography, performing art, and hair and make-up.
The RAW revolution began in the US where it has been showcasing in over 50 cities. And now, after three years, RAW has finally hit Australian shores. Brisbane has claimed golden child status as the first state in Australia to host the events. According to RAW organisers, 'We're not your average white wall gallery. We're loud, colourful, creative and all about our raw artists'.
Events take place on the last Wednesday of each month, and ticket prices are very wallet friendly at $15. When you buy your ticket online, your name goes onto a door list, so there is no need to print a paper ticket, all you have to do is show up. While the RAW calendar traditionally runs from February to October there is a lot on offer all year round.
I went along to Brisbane's fourth RAW event 'Ensemble' at Oh Hello nightclub in the Fortitude Valley. I was only there to support a talented designer friend, Claudia Cranford, who has successfully turned her hand to make-up artistry, but after having such a fabulous time these events will definitely get a regular look-in on my social calendar. Oh Hello was beautifully decked out with visual art displays embellished with prayer flags, gorgeous feathers and vintage floral, and large glittery disco balls and paper lanterns containing coloured lights lined the ceiling.
RAW events generally run from 7.30pm to 11pm, and the evening's program includes the screening of a short independent film, a fashion show from up-and-coming local designers, local bands playing cool tunes, and quirky performing artists such as comedians or fire twirlers.
As is par for the course with any hipster, you can also follow RAW on Instagram (rawbrisbane), Twitter and Facebook. If you're a promising artist looking for exposure, you can also apply to be part of this community by going on to the website and submitting your work.
It's always good to get behind local talent to ensure our community continues to thrive with creative diversity and mind-blowing sensory experiences. So do yourself a favour and sign up to RAW on Facebook to find out more about this ingenious organisation and its special events.