Painting the town with large scale murals and street art features, Brisbane is about to become a blank easel to over 50 Australian and international artists.
From Saturday March 31 to Sunday April 15, the Brisbane Street Art Festival (BSAF) will return in its third year with their biggest program yet! Redefining the way people engage with public art, BSAF is set to broadcast Brisbane’s creative potential through 50 large scale murals in South Brisbane, Spring Hill, Fortitude Valley, Paddington, Annerley and Brisbane’s CBD. Doubling the number of murals created in 2017, spaces such as Fish Lane, the Telstra Exchange Building, Ric’s Bar and Brisbane Powerhouse will be completely transformed.
For BSAF 2018, festival organisers have curated street art masters from Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, England, Colombia and Mexico to join leading Australian locals such as Sofles, Gus Eagleton, Fuzeillear, Emmanuel Moore, The Brightsiders, Sindy Sinn, Shida and Sirmano.
This year Brisbane City Council have provided four city-owned public walls as canvasses, two of which will be painted by artists involved in the BCC Youth Art development program, which links emerging talent with industry veterans.
The festival will officially kick off on Sunday April 1 with a free launch party at Ric’s in Fortitude Valley. The infamous Drapl and Treazy will paint a mural in the bar’s backyard area and live music will be provided by The Gametes, FeelsClub, Desmond Cheese and YELLOWCATREDCAT. The launch will also see the resurrection of Scribble Slam: a live art battle between two artists, Bao Ho and Sunshine Coast artist, EJ Zyla.
It’s going to be a colourful April in Brisbane, with culture, art and social activity peaking to the highest level of Brisbane’s canvas buildings!