Melbourne newest urban art festival, Can't Do Tommorrow, opens this Thursday, on from the 20to to the 29th of February, 2020.
A celebration of urban art and contemporary culture in one of the most iconic underground spaces in Australia - The Facility in Kensington - the new event promises to show more than 100 street artists, galleries, musicians and collectives, who will present artworks across every surface ranging from paintings, murals, photography, sculptures and illustrations, to projections and epic installations.
The largest showcase of street and urban art in Australia, visitors will also be able to purchase original artworks presented directly from artists and galleries.
Some of the biggest names in the underground urban arts scene will transform the space with awe-inspiring installations and site-specific murals.
The first major artworks revealed include:
Artist and finalist for 2012 Archibald Prize, Michael Peck, will float a full scale, hand painted sailboat in a temporary pool created from a shipping container.
New media artist and projection illusionist, Nick Azidis, will present a new work created in response to the building, which will take over the exterior walls and tunnel entry of the venue.
To celebrate LGBTQI identity and culture, street artist Kaff-eine will create Infinite Thanks, a collection of small paintings with detailed images and written stories called ‘ex votos’, dedicated to LGBTQI icons, communities and personalities (rainbow deities). The paintings will be displayed inside a purpose-built shrine on the Warehouse level.
UK born urban contemporary artist Mysterious Al, who rose to fame in the early 2000’s London through the explosion of street art, will completely transform an area within the venue with a new piece unlike anything he’s done before.
Additional artists transforming The Facility venue include: established street artist Ruskidd, known for capturing the natural world in vibrant colour; New Zealand born fine art and mural artist Jason Parker; internationally established street artist Unwell Bunny; French mural artist Lucy Lucy; David ‘MEGGS’ Hooke, known for his large scale murals and detailed paintings that combine elements of nature, industry and pop-culture with abstraction; artist and graphic designer Steve Leadbeater; and renowned muralist and street artist Heesco.
The 10-day festival will also include an extensive program of talks focusing on the workings of the street art scene and intricate subcultures within the graffiti writing world. A stellar line-up of panel discussions, interviews and debates will be held with prominent artists, collectors, critics and activists. Headlining the program as the opening keynote speaker is the internationally acclaimed artist, exhibition curator and film director Aaron Rose. Based in Los Angeles, Rose ran the legendary Alleged Gallery in New York City’s Lower East Side district and is well known for his award-winning feature documentary Beautiful Losers, following the lives of a collective of artists including Shepard Fairey, Mark Gonzales, Margaret Kilgallen, Mike Mills, Geoff McFetridge, Jo Jackson, Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, Harmony Korine, and Ed Templeton.
From first image to last: Mysterious AI, Leadbeater, Michael Peck, Ruskidd, Lucy Lucy, Kaff-eine, Jason Parker, Callum Preston, Heesco, and Projection Teknik
Featuring a carefully selected music lineup, live acts, DJs and artist-led workshops will run throughout the festival alongside pop-bars, food and exclusive warehouse club nights. The brand new Tallows club, will be open until 1am keeping the festival vibe going into the night, where party-goers can gather and unwind after a day full of immersive art.
Closing the program, renowned street artist Rone will be in conversation with high profile collector and developer Len Warson in the special event Patron of the Streets on Saturday 29 February, exploring the relationship between patron and artist, and the acclaimed Omega and Alpha project.
Attend this one-of-a-kind urban art festival featuring some of the best contemporary artists of our time, Can't Do Tomorrow, on this February!
Dates: 20 – 29 February 2020 (sessions available Thursday - Sunday)
Location: The Facility, 2R Chelmsford St, Kensington