Join internationally regarded place-maker, mover and shaker Simone Sheridan at the beautiful Ocean Baths at Merewether where you’ll be walked and talked all the way to the secret wooden steps up to the Mansion. Just in time for a performance of Dorr-e Darri!
And if you’ve bought a pre-sale ticket- stay to be part of the live studio audience for “Are you over Newcastle Tonight?”
Date: Sunday 6 October 2019 Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm Location: Henderson Parade (Outside Merewether Surfhouse) at Merewether Ocean Baths Ending Location: Secret Location – The Mansion
Street Art Walking has been invited to quote provide artists as entertainment for an event. The festival is held on 8 October from 11:00 until 18:00 with theme of “Art of Communication”. It’s free for community to attend and ran by council.
SAW is keen to hear from artists who can do live art in front of people. They particularly want to offer an interactive experience so artists that can work with people and facilitate group work would also be great.
Portrait drawing or painting
Live art workshops
There are three live art elements:
artists live drawing/painting
idea for a interactive sculpture
sensory walk in a marquee
Are you interested to share your idea or learn more?
Have you created live art for events before?
Can you facilitate some interactive art?
Key event info: Date: Sunday 8 October Time: 11am until 6pm (you will need to arrive earlier to set up before open at 11)
If you can paint all day great! But if you only want to paint for 4 hours, that’s okay too. Outline what time you can be available when you send us your EOI.
Email us (as soon as you can!) with an outline of your idea, examples of work, the duration of your live art performance and what your fee will be. Please include all costs or outline anything else you will require to complete the job.
Today a lucky wall near High Street in Swansea, Wales will be pasted up with Palace Posters as part of the Gŵyl Troublemakers’ Festival which is happening from July 13 – July 16.
Street Art Walking received over 35 posters to be part of the Paste Up project and today the amazing people at Volcano Theatre will begin pasting them to feature over the next few days – be sure to walk down High Street and find them!
If you are lucky enough to live near Swansea I hope you can share some photos of what you see at the Troublemakers festival, the full festival program, looks brilliant and it is an honour to be aligned with such interesting, inspiring artworks.
Based in Australia, SAW has collected posters from artists in UK and Australia for this temporary “pop-up” exhibition and shared some how-to tips for the festival team who will be getting pasted. Here are some mock up photos of what the artwork might look like.
We believe this theatre deserves to operate again and this project is your chance to wonder on what it might have been like when it was first launched in 1888, or when operated as a theatre until the 1970’s or what will it look like when it’s renewed from disrepair?
The Pavilion Theatre of Varieties opened in 1888. It was designed by the architectural firm Bucknall & Jennings on a triangular site. The stage end being at the apex, which originally had a circular tower feature. There were two square towers at the other two corners. The exterior is built in brick, with plenty of stone features.
The auditorium is up stairs at first floor level, leaving the ground floor to house shop units and offices. Inside the auditorium there are two balconies, which have open iron balaustrades, the upper balcony still retains its original bench seating. The main orchestra floor is now leveled for use as a dancefloor.
The building was re-named Empire Theatre in 1892, then became the Palace Theatre of Varieties in 1901. At this time stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Lilly Langtry, Marie Lloyd and Dan Leno appeared on stage. By 1908, films were being screened as part of the variety bill and by 1912 it was known as the Swansea Popular Picture Hall and Peoples Palace. By 1923 it had reverted back to live theatre again and took the name Palace Theatre of Varieties for a second time.
The history of 156 High Street is rich with interesting and significant cultural stories. Did you know it was the first place in Wales to show a silent film? The Palace hosted the first ever cinema show in Swansea in 1896.
I found this older image on this wikipedia and Cinema Treasures website.
The above photo was taken three years ago and found here. Today, it is in a very serious state of neglect.
This your chance to draw on the rich cultural history of The Palace and the amazing potential for its future to create your very own poster.
Email your poster to streetartwalking[at]gmail[dot]com before July 2017 to be part of this temporary artwork. Posters may be pasted up and over, depending on the number of submissions received.
Let your imagination run wild to promote your own theatre production. Inspire people to ponder on what might have happened back in the day or what shows might come to the theatre once it reopens.
Call Out Opens 05 April 2017
Posters Due 6 July 2017
Festival 13-16 July 2017
Find out more about the Palace by visiting these resources:
The Palace Theatre Paste Up Project is a cornerstone project of From the Station to the Sea, a collaboration between Volcano Theatre and Coastal Housing Group funded through the Arts Council of Wales’s Ideas : People : Places initiative (more here).
Find out more as we go
Follow our Facebook page and Instagram to learn more about The Palace and this project over the next three months before 6 July.
This year Street Art Walking (and interested artists/designers) have the very exciting opportunity of recreating the Theatre Lane Project in Swansea, Wales, UK for the Troublemakers’ Festival held from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 July.
A number of people within our Newcastle, Australia audience might remember the paste-up project held in Theatre Lane Newcastle which involved a global call out for posters to be made. The posters needed to feature The Victoria Theatre, which has been sitting closed for a number of years. The project resulted in many posters being printed in a variety of sizes and I would paste them up over a number of weeks which helped to create activity in what was a rather sad looking lane – see the photos below.
Whilst this project was still (barely) pasted up in March 2013, Dan Thompson of Revolutionary Arts and the Empty Shops Network was visiting Newcastle, Australia for the Renew Australia Creating Spaces Conference. To my absolute honour, this temporary street art project has resonated in Dan’s mind since. Fast forward to now and we will be re-creating the concept for a very special theatre in Swansea, Wales, UK.
To call Dan’s keynote speech as inspiring would be an understatement. I recall leaving his presentation being gifted a calico bag because I tweeted the #wewillgather whilst he discussed the riot clean up project initiated via a Twitter hashtag to bring people together to clean up the London streets in 2012 . Dan said it was about “place shaking, not place making” and this really resonated with me.
Making posters for the empty theatre drew attention, in a subtle way, to the cultural importance of the building and gave people a chance to reinterpret the history and future. It was so much fun to put art up in a place that was blank before, whilst also drawing attention to the building’s significance.
This week are excited to be launching the Swansea, Wales, UK version of this project and we will be calling for artists to imagine up their own theatre show for the currently empty Palace Theatre on High Street – see it on Google Maps here.
Over the coming months we will be sharing history, images and anything we can find to help inspire you to create your very own theatre poster. Our friends at Volcano Theatre in the UK will be pasting them up for the Troublemakers Festival from 13-16 July.
Look out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more details to come this week!
Failure:Lab the USA founded event focused on crushing the stigma associated with failure is coming to Sydney on 28 May 2016. With the theme of ‘The Highs & Lows of the Creative Journey’ this night is filled with successful creative professionals whom are going to erase the negativity associated with the F word – Failure, that is.
Seven creative professionals each share a story of failure, joining Failure:Lab’s global mission to eliminate the fear, stigma, and isolation around failure which, in turn, helps remove roadblocks to communication, innovation, and community.
Failure:Lab is a raw and intimate event showcasing personal stories of failure. With a refreshing environment of openness, it helps pave the way for change by crushing the isolation and stigma around failure. Failure then takes its rightful place as the crucial first step to the next big thing.
Our storytellers share memories of failure in a safe space for mistakes – no lessons learned or talk of who’s to blame! The audience can reflect on Twitter using #failurelab during the moment of reflection between stories.
Performances follow each story to recharge the audience. Electro poetry, spoken word, ‘gyp-hop’, acoustic melodies and oscillating guitar strings will lift the air between stories.
Don’t let the name fool you – while the stories may be about failure, the event is really about courage, determination, and the strength to get back up.
Crush the stigma around failure. Embrace it, learn from it, build on it.
Storytellers (who will have 9 minutes to share their failure story before dropping the mic and exiting the stage!)
Marcus Westbury Marcus Westbury is the CEO of Contemporary Arts Precincts Ltd that is leading the development of the Collingwood Arts Precinct in Melbourne and the founder of the multi award winning Renew Newcastle and Renew Australia. Marcus has been a writer, media maker and festival director and is the author of Creating Cities (Niche Press, 2015) and has been the writer and presenter of the ABC TV series Bespoke and Not Quite Art.
Somaya Langley Somaya Langley has a built a career at the nexus between the arts and technology. She has worked for multiple government cultural institutions, broadcasters, festivals and not-for-profit arts organisations as a curator, director, producer and technical specialist. As a creative practitioner, her work primarily focuses on embodied and immersive audiovisual experiences. Her life is equal parts failure and success. Somaya is the Digital Curation Specialist at the State Library of New South Wales.
Jeremy Staples Jeremy Staples’ work is all about creating spaces for community engagement and providing a platform for people to be heard and share their skills. He enjoys questioning, documenting, reading, writing and travel. He’s passionate about inspiring people to think and helping them along their own journeys. Over the past five years, he has been researching the future of radical print media abroad and worked alongside with and met with everyone from Maximum Rock and Roll to Tokyo’s largest English print magazine.
Dr Annetta Mallon PhD Annetta was awarded her PhD in Social Science in 2016, and she specialises in feminism, identity, personal stories, sociology and professional practice. She is currently employed as a lecturer and tutor, with Western Sydney University in the areas of Social Science, Sociology, and qualitative research methods. In addition to her academic pursuits and teaching, Annetta is also a freelance writer & editor, and is currently involved in developing works in both the academic and fiction arenas. Her previous career was as a practising counsellor, advisor, and psychotherapist for over twenty years working in Australia, Italy, and the USA in the fields of injury and trauma recovery, grief and loss, mental health, and personal growth and development.
Chloe Beevers Chloe has over 15 years experience as a creative strategist, collaboration broker, program producer and keynote presenter. As the founder of the consultancy firm Strategic Artistry, Chloe builds the capacity of governments, organisations, industries and communities to deliver creative outcomes.
Adam Monaghan Intermittent breaks from nursing to work in office jobs (not his thing) as well as dabbling in photography. Never quite believed in himself as photographer. Made redundant in 2013 and took another leap into video production. Taught himself to shoot, script, edit, produce and direct. Has grown the business into a six figure turnover enterprise in under three years.
DA Carter DA Carter is a musician & lyricist who’s toured globally on streets and stages from Berlin to Burning Man to the Sydney Theatre, National Young Writers, Subsonic, Regrowth, Crack Theatre & Fringe Festivals.
DA performs his heady mix of beatbox, spoken word & freestyle with a microphone & loop machines.
Performers (who will shift your mood with a 4 minute entertainment piece!)
Casio Gloria “The Kook, The Keys and the Curious. You decide who’s which.” From the grottos of Newcastle to the far reaches of the imagination, this eclectic/ electro performance-poetry explosion will have you sidestepping and your sides splitting. Launching the newest version of their bespoke music software MusicFox for Vivid Ideas Sydney 2016.
The Tinderbox Lullabies The Tinderbox Lullabies are Blue mountains singer /Song writer Nic Alexander, and Sydney soul poet Brent Clarke, also known as B.C. They perform a mongrel breed of roots music and rap delivery, creating the affectionate term on which they’ve grown from, ‘Gyp-Hop’.
Structured on acoustic guitar, sweeping vocal melodies and rhyming poetry, The Tinderbox Lullabies tell their stories through a truly honest dialogue using humour, hindsight, tongues in cheeks and big, dumb hearts on sleeves.
Spindles Spindles is a Sydney-living musician who spins songs about the two things she thinks are most important: love and revolution. Sometimes her feelings about these things become so strong that they demand physical space – for guitar strings to oscillate, vocal cords to vibrate, stereocilia to reverberate. Spindles has spent the summer adorning these spaces with sea glass and cicada shells and midnights and Blue, and you are invited in.
Ebb Tides A tiny town musical duo comprising the abilities of multi talented writer, director, choreographer Erin Brookhouse and childhood friend, poet and rap artist Brent Francis Clarke, also known by the stage name B.C.
Ebb-Tides take their name in reference of the river they both grew up by on the mid North Coast of N.S.W. before moving to Sydney and meeting again later as fans of each other’s work.
Beginning from beautiful melodies Erin would draw from the sounds and songs Brent was creating as B.C, a series of collaborations turned into a project that both agreed to continue, taking shape as the colourful duo. Two friends who truly love creating art together.
Get tickets now whilst you can to this Australian first!
Come with us, on foot or bike, as we lead you through the streets of Newcastle sharing stories about the artworks, how they came to be, about the artists behind the murals, techniques used to create them and our role in in the burgeoning street art scene of Newcastle, Australia. As Simone takes you along the SAW history you will discover Newcastle with new eyes as your guide shares knowledge of Newcastle’s public art, placemaking and street art.
Saturdays from 10am until 12pm. $30pp. Call 0410115736 to confirm.for more information.
You know it has been a busy when you log into your website to find your last post was calling for volunteers for a street art festival that happened over three months ago. So, what has happened in Newcastle Street Art since November? Plenty!
Hit The Bricks Festival, produced by Look Hear, was a great success with over fifteen new artworks being produced across the Newcastle CBD during 22-24 November 2013. The program began with a Street Art Panel featuring Askew One, Shida, Phibs and Numskull which was hosted by Jonathan Boonzaaier. If I took notes, they would have probably said something about the great discourse addressing what is means to be an artist in a gallery and on the street, what is means to work in both realms of (high and low) art and why graffiti should not be seen as something to battle against.
My favourite part of this talk was when Askew made a correlation between Newcastle, Australia and Detroit, Michigan based on the urban landscape. The two cities that have experienced a post-industrial shift, affecting their urban environment, resulting in empty shopfronts and development lots. Whilst Newcastle may not have the extreme population decline of Detroit, the closure of steel magnate BHP certainly had economical impacts to the city. I have personally been making connections between to the two cities since my visit last year, so it was rewarding to see that I may not be the only ones who sees potential for connections between the two places. Art based interventions are doing fabulous things for both cities, as I type. I am looking forward to seeing the video of this talk which was documented by Look Hear.
I will be doing some posts on each site soon but to give you a taste of all the cool new art in Newcastle here is a selection of photos taken on the weekend of HTB. All in all, it was an epic weekend for our city and it was feel the city buzzing with excitement.
It is all happening in Newcastle, Australia, at the moment with Look Hear presenting Hit The Bricks next week from November 22nd until 24th. Hit The Bricks is the first street art festival of it’s kind for the city once known for steel production with twelve walls being painted over the duration of the festival. Newcastle has been emerging as a city to watch for street art over the years with a number of pieces by local and national artists making their mark here.
Hit The Bricks will see Newcastle host some of street art’s most globally recognised artists to share their talent in painting large scale aerosol artworks. The line up is nothing short of stellar so check it out here. The festival will also include a street art panel, a bike ride tour to see all the works in production and a HTB shop to you can find a momento to take home.
The local interest and support is strong with a number of articles and interviews coming out over the past week. Today there is a feature article in The Herald with Adnate which is well worth a read, here. It is really good to see people getting behind the concept of street art, showing support for this ever-growing art form. 1233 ABC Newcastle have even gone to far as to start a catalogue, which is already getting many contributions from across the region. Artists from Hit The Bricks met with 1233 to talk about the festival and street art in Newcastle earlier this week – listen to it here.
Street Art Walking will be on the ground (overwhelmed with excitement to see the Newcastle cultural facelift happen!) taking photos and hoping to snap some interviews up with artists so keep an eye on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to stay in the loop online.