The Public Art Program involves artists aged 26 and under in a series of workshops, forums and masterclasses where they engage in public and street art experiments.
This program invites artists of national or international significance to ignite, inspire, provoke and challenge local practitioners and audiences, profile innovation and stimulate critical debate.
In the past artists including The Graffiti Research Lab (NY), Blast Theory (UK), Hiromi Tango, KAB101 & Ghostpatrol and Craig Walsh (Aus) have worked with local practitioners presenting workshops, masterclasses and interventions throughout Adelaide, with a focus on sharing work practices with emerging professional artists.
At the Adelaide Railway Station.
A project by Hiromi Tango, with collaborating artists Celeste Aldahn, Neha Awasthi, Laura Brenko, Sam Evans, Laura Haigh and Laura Wills.
Hiromi Tango was invited to Adelaide to work with six artists in the creation of a site responsive temporary public artwork. The objective of the work was to create a space for organic modes of collaborative interaction between artists and the general public, through the creation of a growing artwork in the Adelaide Railway Station.
The Garden became a meeting place, an evolving installation that created an environment for open art making. Garden's originality lay in the effect of this openness toward the community that use the Railway Station on a daily basis. The work rapidly grew through the commuter responses, attracting around 100 co-collaborators each day.
Presented by Carclew with support from the South Australian Government through Arts SA, the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, and Adelaide City Council.
Carclew engaged professional street artists to mentor three young emerging artists to collectively design and paint a mural in Topham Mall. Carclew was commissioned by Adelaide City Council to undertake the first artwork in a new mural series for the wall, which will see new work created every three weeks.
The emerging artists were selected from participants of Carclew’s CANS workshops, a series of free skills development opportunities offered to young artists during May, which explored the techniques and skills of graffiti/street art.
Professional artists Ladie Poise, Ishk, KAB101 and Dash mentored the emerging artists through the process of designing a collaborative mural and around the cultural protocols of undertaking public artwork of this style. The emerging artists also used this exclusive opportunity to further develop and refine their techniques while executing a large-scale public artwork.
For further enquiries about the Topham Mall wall, please contact Adelaide City Council on 8203 7203.
At the Deep Creek Conservation Park.
The masterclass explored digital media and projection within the natural environment of the Deep Creek Conservation Park, navigating the uses of video projection, performance and public installation.
Primarily working with hybrid, site-specific projects and the exploration of alternative contexts for contemporary art, Craig Walsh’s work often utilizes digital projection in response to existing environments and contexts. His work has been selected for major survey exhibitions, commissions and residencies including; the Yokohama International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Japan; The National Sculpture Prize & Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia; Havana Biennale, Cuba; and the Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art.
Presented by Carclew and Come Out, the Australian Festival for Young People with support from the South Australian Government through Arts SA.
Adelaide Festival of Arts
The Graffiti Research Lab (GRL) masterclass was held over 5 days, fostering intensive creative exchange in an environment where artists were supported in innovation and risk-taking through the exploration of ephemeral street art using open source technologies.
Cross art form practices were underpinned by the philosophy of Open Source with a particular focus on how to make the fundamentals of research, development and creative outcomes freely available to the general public for ongoing development and use. Participants were empowered to use non-permanent, non-destructive technologies to respond to the public environment in considered ways.
Presented by Carclew and the Adelaide Festival of Arts with support from the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, Adelaide City Council and the Australian Network for Art & Technology.
Buff Diss is known throughout the graffiti world for his use of masking tape to create astounding public installations. A practice of composing large scale, free-hand imagery within urban contexts gives the artist a distinct approach. Moreover, the temporary nature of the tape and the boldness of Buff’s imagery combine in a highly unique form of art. Remi Picheta, Jason Ankles and Josh Smith worked with Buff Diss to create a number of works in the Adelaide Central Market, which were left to degrade over a few days.
One of the images from the Market installation made it into the 2012 Wooster Collective Calendar. The project also featured as one of the top street art spots in the world according to the Huffington Post.
This project was funded by Adelaide City Council.
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