There’s no doubt that Australia is churning out some pretty impressive talents and when galleries and beer combine, the new-wave Australian dream is born. Yep, now is the time to create and create and create some more and in between all that it’s worthwhile checking out what others have been grinding away at for some weekly inspo. We could probably go on for ages about the benefits of doing more with your week than just rocking up to work and then smashing out a couple episodes of Stranger Things when you get home, but that’s not a life choice we would disapprove of either. However, if you are looking to inject a little more culture into your routine, we’ve got you covered. So have a flick through this week’s list and check out what’s happening in your area.
WYD: Your weekly slice of the local art scene, August 29
Inject some art into your week
01. Date Night, Collingwood
Artist and designer, Marcus Dixon is set to hold a banger of a show alongside a very well-stocked pop-up shop. Shirts, hats, hoodies, tea towels, drawings and pretty much everything you could ask for will be up for sale. Be sure to check out Dixon’s event on his Instagram post below. Oh, and it’s sponsored by Corona… just saying.
Known as a designer of some pretty sweet decks for PASS~PORT, this isn’t one you’ll want to miss. Held in the RVCA Corner Gallery in Collingwood, public are welcome to come through as of Friday August 26.
02. Dogwrong667, Melbourne
Next Wednesday, Fiftyfive Artspace is set to host yet another exhibition and a half by Doug Bennett. Titled Dogwrong667 and carrying the tag line “provocative, visual, emotionless jazz on canvas”, we’re sure we’re in for something pretty special. The young artist explores some relatively dark themes in his work, and when they’re coupled with such a blast of colour, his work is hard to turn away from. Having recently whipped up a heap of dope denim jackets for the LITTLEESTABLISHMENT gallery, and put out yet another zine, Dogwrong667 comes as a testimony to the amount of work this one is putting in.
Set in the heart of the city, be sure to come along and soak up what Bennet has been cooking up and check out the Facebook event for more details.
03. Sunday Walls, Sydney
The Lord Gladstone is back at it again for their monthly Sunday jam. This month’s instalment of ‘Sunday Walls’ comes in support of the Let SCA Stay campaign against the closure of Sydney Collage of the arts. Presented by Goodspace and Sugar Artist’s Arcylic, artists include the likes of OX, MANGO, FATSE and INDN. With a music line-up featuring the likes of Big White DJs, Slim Set and more, it’s set to be a lit evening with a cause worth coming down for. Not to mention $10 fried chicken, just to really sweeten the deal. Live art, music, beers and chicken: heaven sent.
You can see some of MANGO’s work above to get an idea of what expect, and be sure to peep the Facebook event for more details.
04. Citipower photography exhibition, Fitzroy
If you’ve heard of Citipower then you should know that any event they put up is worth getting down for. Holding regular parties with both international and local DJs, the team are set to take it to the next level for their second photography exhibition. As celebrators of the quality music in Melbourne and hosts of regular parties, this event extends from music to art and encourages viewers to explore the intricacy of the work presented by photographers and designers alike. We’re talking the likes of Rayyan Roslan, Jayden Reynolds, Morgan Hickinbotham and the elusive Alistair McDonald. The night takes DJing beyond the club walls and delves into a more artistic realm.
Citipower brings visual and sonic experiences alive to allow spectators to soak up some of the fresh talents Melbourne has to offer. The gallery will remain open the day after but hopefully, you can get down on Saturday September 3 to see it all come to life and be sure to look at their Facebook event for more details.
05. Erik Yvon x Twofold, Melbourne
Melbourne based designer Erik Yvon has been on the go lately. After giving NZ a taste of what Melbourne has to offer on the runways of New Zealand Fashion Week recently, Yvon is set to hold two pop-up spaces showcasing his recent work with TWO FOLD.
ERIK-YVON is bringing their gender neutral line together with TWOFOLD’s handmade contemporary jewellery to create the collection titled “GANG-GANG”. As part of the MSFW 16, each piece is handmade, guaranteeing individuality—which perfectly suits Yvon’s ready to wear collection. Drawing their inspo from paper folding techniques and Zen calligraphy, the pieces are local cast and each present a modest elegance, aptly complimenting Erik’s work which draws from his Mauritian background. The pop-up shop gives customers a chance to meet two designers set on creating products that engage with their patrons’ wants and desire to invest in ethically made pieces that will last a lifetime.
Be sure to check out the space at RMIT Building 80, opening on August 26.
06. New Wave, Fortitude Valley
Doubling down on the celebrations, our Brisbane pals can head down to brand new art space Analogue Gallery on September 1, for their launch and opening night of the New Wave group exhibition.
A showcase of artistic talent from Queensland’s South East, New Wave will feature inspired works from the likes of Adam Busby, Leonie Rhodes, Heather Blair-Smith, Luke Kasper, and a tonne more. For those local to the Valley, Analogue Gallery will continue its support of emerging BNE artists with innovative shows every month, so keep an eye on their socials for the next event.
Check out the New Wave Facebook event for details on the September 1 exhibition.