How many times have you found you ears ringing with whinging along the following lines; "Oh my God, the Gold Coast is so devoid of culture. I mean, like, every time I feel the urge to gaze upon fine art, I have to catch the train all the way up to the Brisbane Museum. If not for the beaches, I'd, like, totally move to Melbourne, it's so much more cultured. So much more me."
Next time you hear someone say this, I advise you to pull out a flyer for Urban Canvas and ceremoniously cram it into their cultured mouth. This inaugural event, taking place on 23 March 2014, is cultural and arty enough to have even the hippest hipster popping out of their skinny jeans in excitement.
This event, held at Rabbit and Cocoon of Miami Marketta fame, is the official after party for the Bleach* Festival (check it out - good times ahead starting March 7th). Urban Canvas has been lovingly prepared by a team of three passionate Gold Coast art lovers, who have painstakingly hunted down all the best food, art, performance, booze, fashion and music just for us. Their vision is "a fun local event (to) introduce budding artists and increase the visibility of the underground arts community." They have noticed that "Gold Coast locals are hungry for more culture and social events. We hope our event satisfies their appetite." I think it would be rude not to consume what they have prepared for us.
They've got an artist called Zbanger, claiming to be 'the Macgyver of the art world.' If you ask him nicely, he might create an aeroplane for you from string, paperclips and a plastic cup. They've got guy called Barek who is known for decorating Brisbane with graffiti foxes, and a girl called Julia Rose who weaves fragrant dresses from flowers and pieces of tree. Event founder and painter Raquel Seresheff will be exhibiting a watery collection of languid ladies floating from the canvas to enmesh you in their watercolour embrace. Then there's Kate Sloane, who just likes to paint loads of naked chicks.
There's people who paint things on canvas, with oils, on tiles, and on other people. All in all, there are 36 artists and 7 designers showcasing their wares. It's like a smorgasbord of creative explosions. It is the art equivalent of the buffet at the Bellagio, but without the difficulty of trying to pile everything on your plate. And hopefully you won't vomit afterwards.
From Brisbane to Byron, every creation is locally designed and produced. Your attendance will be supporting your neighbours and community, while simultaneously enhancing your street cred; the word 'local' is so trendy these days. If you fancy yourself a bit of an artist, you can roam free and mingle and network with other inventive types, comparing notes on the torturous angst and sublime ecstasy of creation.
As well as static displays, there will be performance, parades, fashion and costumes, and a tribe of twisty and turny circus performers from The Australian Academy of Circus Arts will be curving and contorting for your amusement. Warning: you may succumb to the urge to call your boss, quit your job, and become a trapeze artist.
Laura Leone Hancock will be bringing on the fashion
Laura Leone Hancock (another organiser) will be showcasing a ravishing spectacular of exotic and erotic costumes, modelled by hot homegrown talent. Molly and Polly will be featuring a selection of their electric-fluro swimwear, which you may be familiar with after its recent appearance on a recent cover of the Bulletin. The floral/vintage aspect of the event is seen to by cute/fresh designer Minksy.
Intriguingly, another designer, Klara Belle, has perfected the art of forging clothing and accessories entirely from doilies, salvaged and de-mothballed from Lifelines all over the GC. This visionary doily extraordinaire, calls her work 'the doily revolution.' Watch out, the frilly lace table-pieces are coming for you…
Doily dresses, fluro bikinis, girls dressed in flowers, tattoos, acrobats, photography, tiles, oils, canvas, graffiti; they've got pretty much ALL THE ART. From the weird and wonderful to the classically beautiful, you are sure to find something you want to hang on your wall, drape around your body, or have permanently etched into your skin.
Three sexy bands will be taking charge of your ears throughout the afternoon and early evening, until the night folds in and gives way to the enchantment of electronic music. DJ Majk will take the helm, and you will stash your newly purchased watercolour or wheat paste under the table and boogie woogie harder than ABBA on speed.
This event is 18 plus only, so you will have to leave the kids at home. You can bring granny though – she'll be amazed by what they're doing with doilies these days. Just watch out she doesn't run off with the circus.