Sunshine Coast, Australia: Australia’s premier body painting festival has relaunched in 2015 with an expanded arts program and exhilarating guest artist line up that culminates in a three-day creative collaboration of body painting, fashion, street art, music, photography, beauty and street culture.
The festival will take place on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland arts hub of Eumundi from Friday 16 – Sunday 18 October, 2015 and will encompass a program including workshops, competitions, exhibitions and a Saturday evening arts jam in the style of the ‘Warhol Factory’.
The 2015 theme is POP Trashion – a cool melding of the Neo Warhol movement with enviro fashion style – calling for participants to reinvent fashion in a completely cool new way on a human canvas. Think eco chic peppered with pops of colour and you’ve got a creative fusion of fashion, recycling and pop art that also reflects the up-cycling and artisan ethos of the world famous Original Eumundi Markets (OEM), the town’s premier tourist destination and also organiser of the ABAF.
Program highlights include:
A series of workshops have been included in the revamped Australian Body Art Festival program, which will all take place on Friday 16 October. Led by some of the most prevalent members of the Australian artistic industries, these workshops have been designed to both inspire and refresh artists ahead of the upcoming weekend competitions.
Up Close & Personal with Emma Hack
ABAF special guest artist Emma Hack is one of the world leaders in the body painting movement. Learn and be inspired by the talented artist behind Gotye’s infamous film clip ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’.
Have a Go! Beginners Workshop with Nina Neher
No experience is necessary in this beginner’s body painting workshop, led by recognised artist and local resident Nina Neher. Imagine a body painting jam session set to great music, and you’ve got the idea.
Airbrush Intensive with Symon Molony
The use of the airbrush for body painting is extremely popular worldwide as it enables artists to do things quickly and easily. A fast but enjoyable introduction allowing participants to experiment and be individual.
Spotlight on Special FX with Juliet Bradford
Special Effects maestro Juliet will instruct and assist students in the creation of their appliances made with found objects and finally guide artists in applying their creations to their human canvas.
Wearable Art Workshop with Peter Dwyer
Fashion designer, stylist and master of wearable art Peter Dwyer is bringing POP TRASHION to the 2015 ABAF line up with his wearable workshop focusing on the sculptural potential of paper and recycling old materials.
Wearable art, face painting, doll art, surf and skateboard design.
Saturday 17 October
Brush and Sponge
Sunday 18 October
Surf & Skateboard Design
All Dolled Up
On the evening on Saturday 17 October, the Australian Body Art Festival will host Lost Movements, a staged collaborative creative arts happening featuring a rich palette of activities including multi-award winning artists and body painting displays, street art, live musical acts, graffiti, burlesque and slam poetry alongside many other artistic animations and great food and wine.
For a complete event program, artist profiles and to sign up to the Australian Body Art Festival newsletter, please visit http://australianbodyart.com.au