Brisbane Street Art Festival celebrates its biggest program to date, welcoming a plethora of acclaimed local, national, and international street artists from around the globe this May. Brisbane will opens its doors to one of Australia’s biggest street art festival programs from 4 to 19 May.
The free public art event has 46 commissioned artworks across Brisbane CBD and surrounding suburbs. From live music and panel talks, through to exhibitions and workshops, the program will have something on offer to suit every age group over the two week period.
Festival Director Lincoln Savage said the public can expect to see more diversity and creative license for artists in 2019 with the program doubling in size from 2018. “For us, the key driver in doing BSAF year-on-year is the ability to provide a platform that will ignite artistic potential, showcase emerging talent and offer a diverse program of knowledge sharing, creative development and collaboration,” Savage said. “Our goal is to help create one of the most vibrant, culturally rich cities in Australia that supports the development of emerging artists and continues to empower its creative industries through BSAF.”
BSAF has support from Brisbane City Council and State Government, local businesses and academic institutions that has enabled the program, scope, and scale to grow dramatically. Queensland Minister for the Arts, Minister Leeanne Enoch, said the festival was one of Queensland’s most exciting emerging arts events; contributing to the state’s impressive and diverse arts and cultural
program. “Brisbane Street Art Festival is a fantastic way to showcase a vibrant and engaging art form while enlivening spaces across the city with colourful and creative mural artworks,” she says. “The Queensland Government supports emerging talent, creative development and collaboration in the arts – everything this festival is about.”
The city will be awash with colour by artists from countries including England, Spain, Nepal, China and Argentina alongside homegrown talents such as Leonie Rhodes, Leans and Sofles. The program reflects the diversity of the street art community with 27 prominent female street artists taking part, including Argentinean duo Medianeras and Colombian born Zurik who are helping to break gender disparity in street art.
BSAF acknowledges that First Nations people were the first street artists on this land, stretching back for thousands of years. BSAF is proud to have a number of Indigenous artists in the 2019 festival program, and collaborating with Digi Youth Arts on their ‘where we stand’ program; supporting creative outcomes across regional Queensland communities.
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