Vegas Spray is an online-based artist-run initiative, established in Brisbane in 2009. Vegas Spray aims to support and develop Brisbane’s creative industry by shaping new ways in which the arts are accessed, viewed and shared. By developing strategic arts infrastructure, Vegas Spray works towards engaging and educating audiences locally, nationally and internationally about Brisbane’s creative culture.
Vegas Spray is focused on developing contemporary modes of marketing and promotion which support local artists and arts workers, alongside audience development for the independent and commercial arts sectors.
Directors: Travis Dewan & Rachael Parsons.
Vegas Spray is proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Brisbane Art (BNE ART) is a digital visual arts guide produced by Vegas Spray. The information network is updated with the latest events and industry opportunities, alongside current artist and art space information. Brisbane Art is available online through Facebook, Twitter, iPhone and the web. In 2014 we will release an updated version of our current IOS mobile application, along with a new Android application.
Brisbane Art is an independent information platform which aims to support and strengthen Brisbane’s visual arts sector. The website acts as an access point and archive-resource for the online public wishing to learn more about Brisbane’s visual arts culture. With the purpose of audience development and education, the Brisbane Art online platform will continue to develop into a more resourceful, critical and functional tool for curators, artists, creative practioners, and the wider public.
Brisbane Experimental Art Festival (BEAF)
Brisbane Experimental Art Festival was established in 2010 to promote and present Brisbane’s leading emerging artists and the city’s contemporary arts culture. The vision of the festival is to highlight and connect local artists, while being a catalyst for new and experimental arts practice. The festival has been presented for 5 years and will return again in 2016.
The Brisbane Experimental Art Festival makes a significant contribution to the development of contemporary emerging art in Brisbane and engages with communities nationally and internationally. With the support of the local creative community, Brisbane Experimental Art Festival has become an annual event which engages and celebrates Brisbane’s unique arts sector.
Sister City Artist Residency Program (SCAR Program)
The Sister City Artist Residency Program (SCAR Program) was a platform which supported professional development and cultural exchange for artists based in Brisbane and Chongqing. This was a collaborative project between Vegas Spray and 501 Artspace, supported by Arts Queensland and The Australia Council for the Arts.
The 2005 Asia Pacific Cities Summit hosted by Chongqing, People’s Republic of China, saw the signing of the Brisbane-Chongqing Sister City Agreement.
The agreement allows exchanges and cooperation in fields such as:
Within the Sister-City context, the SCAR Program provided a residency platform between Chongqing and Brisbane for recent fine art graduates. The purpose of the program was to develop meaningful networks and relationships between the art sectors of the two sister-cities and support local artists with a significant opportunity to develop their arts practice.
Chongqing is located in Southwest China and is one of the five national central cities in the People’s Republic of China. It is the largest direct-controlled municipality, and comprises of 19 districts, 15 counties, and 4 autonomous counties. Chongqing has a significant history and culture and serves as the economic centre of the upstream Yangtze basin. It is a major manufacturing centre and transportation hub and in July 2012 was named as one of the 13 emerging megacities in China.
Selected SCAR Program artists were situated at 501 Artspace in Chongqing. 501 Artspace was founded in 2006 and is located in Huang Jue Ping, Chongqing’s art district. Covering over 10,200 square meters, the old warehouse was converted into 800 square meters of a public exhibition hall, 180 square meters of an artist studios and an artist reception room. 501 Artspace currently hosts, 75 artists, 65 artist studios and two independent arts organisations.
Click to view some of 501 Artspace’s projects
2013 SCAR Program Residents (Chongqing)
– Zheng Jing
– Wu Peng
2013 SCAR Program Independently Supported Resident (Chongqing)
– Wu Shuang
Vegas Spray Roadtrip (2013)
The Road Trip project tours an exhibition of Brisbane-based emerging artists to new state or territory around Australia. The purpose of the tour is to promote and present contemporary emerging art practice being developed in Brisbane and to engage new audiences nationally. The exhibition is supported by Vegas Spray ARI.
Exhibiting Artists 2013:
Elisa Jane Carmichael
Genine Marie Larin
Judy Ann Moule
2013 Road Trip Destination : The Lock-Up Cultural Centre (Newcastle)
Located in the heart of Newcastle’s heritage precinct in Newcastle’s original Police Station, The Lock-Upcombines an art gallery, Artist in Residence (AiR) program and museum to create a unique destination with a range of cultural activity not offered anywhere else in the Hunter Valley.
As a multi-arts cultural centre The Lock-Up fosters the work of visual artists, performers, writers, novelists, playwrights, architects and musicians with a calendar of activity that is as idiosyncratic as the city it resides in.
The Lock-Up was the Newcastle Police Station from 1861 until its closure in 1982. Listed in the NSW Heritage Register, The Lock-Up is believed to be the only example in NSW that includes the work of three of the State’s important early architects; Alexander Dawson, Mortimer Lewis Jnr. and Walter Vernon. Constructed in Sydney sandstone, the building is one of a row of four significant buildings on Hunter Street that reflect the prosperity of early Newcastle.
Exhibition Dates : 4th July – 21st July, 2013
Papergirl Brisbane Project
- Collect artwork and writing.
- Exhibit all the submitted pieces of work.
- Deliver all the work to random people via bicycle.
Papergirl Brisbane is a community project where art and writing is collected from creative people, exhibited in a gallery, rolled up, and then distributed by bicycle to the random passers-by in Brisbane’s CBD. Papergirl is an inclusive, non-commercial art project that brings people together in celebration of art and community in an unconventional way.
In this annual project, artists of all ages and abilities are invited to donate their work to a non-juried exhibition. Afterward, the artwork is rolled into bundles and is distributed by a team of cyclists (in the style of the American paperboy) to anyone they meet along specific bike routes around Fortitude Valley, Brisbane City, South Bank and West End.
Anyone who wishes to be involved is invited to participate and submit work, regardless of age, education, profession, gender, or location. Artworks accepted include drawings, photographs, text, pictures, stickers, posters – anything creative and considered that can be rolled and distributed by bicycle. Writers, poets, and lyricists are invited to get involved in the project.
We view this simple act as a significant performance, where the individual artworks become part of a larger community-engaged project. When an artist gives their work as a gift, they build a relationship with the recipient and with others affected by their creativity and this act of kindness. Papergirl brings art back to its identity as true creativity: a ‘pure gift’ that builds community through sharing.
For Us By Us – 2010
For Us By Us was a collaborative project between 24 fashion design students and 6 local emerging artists. Inspired by the work of each artist, the designers created garments from recycled clothes over a term length, with the outcomes exhibited in fashion film. The premiere of the works took place on the 29th of October, 2010 at the Tribal Theatre in Brisbane.
The collaboration was documented through film exploring the themes of (1) creative capital and popularity in fashion and art and what cross-disciplinary collaboration offers in this respect, and (2) the viability of a raw creative economy in underdeveloped cultural hubs like Brisbane.
This project was created by RaraCurio and Vegas Spray, in cooperation with QUT Creative Industries and numerous other central figures to the local and national creative sphere.