Four artists. One charity. High Five! Come and experience Project Five’s latest incarnation – Volume 8 – as Australia’s longest-running and award-winning contemporary street art project once again seamlessly blends art and philanthropy.
Comprising four distinct components (a public art exhibition, live art events, art workshops and a charity auction), Project Five featured the work of four of Australia’s most distinctive street artists during a compelling month-long exhibition, from 30 September to 30 October. The visual stories of Brett Chan, Georgia Hill, Kaff-eine, and Mik Shida were explored.
Brett Chan is a multimedia visual artist, musician and filmmaker, known for his ‘future primitive’ style and bold line work, which form tessellating sacred geometry. Georgia Hill is a prolific illustrator specialising in hand-drawn type artworks that combine bold, monochromatic textures and lettering within experimental compositions. Kaff-eine’s signature illustrative freehand style, delicate line work, and quiet melancholic characters are concerned primarily with social impact. Mik Shida specialises in large-scale murals, painting, sculpture, video work and installation. His dynamic murals, monumental in scale, adorn walls across the east coast and internationally.
Each of the exhibition’s four headlining artists have been allocated one enormous cube on which to present four large-scale artworks at aMBUSH Gallery’s stunning pop-up exhibition space OPEN, located at Darling Quarter’s bustling Civic Connector.
A launch party on Friday 30 September (from 6-9pm) kicked started the artists’ live painting weekend, with Darling Quarter’s Village Green transformed into an open-air studio by the Harbour. The featured four continued to paint before a live audience on both Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October (from 12-4pm), with the energy and vibrancy of the atmosphere accompanied by tunes from local DJs. It is an event the community loves to be a part of, with a captivated audience increasing each year.
An exciting addition to the Project Five programming was a series of kids’ urban art workshops facilitated by aMBUSH Gallery with a group of commissioned artists during the September/October school holidays. The workshops catered to kids aged 5-16 years, and were facilitated by a different group of artists to the main line-up. It offered hands-on experience in urban art disciplines, including stencilling, wheat pastes, aerosol painting and more.
Brett Chan, Georgia Hill, Kaff-eine, Shida