I recently had the pleasure of attending my first RAW: natural born artists event here in Brisbane and was delighted to be checking out the collective of emerging artists showcasing their talent at such a great initiative.
RAW is an independent arts organisation that spotlights local creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair and makeup artistry, photography and performing art at monthly events in over 60 artistic communities across Australia, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
In their own words, RAW describes their showcasing events as an ‘artistic circus of creativity,’ and that’s exactly what the event, held at The Arena in Fortitude Valley, was.
There was an art gallery full of visual artists works, photography and other creative endeavours, and show packed full of local music, short film screenings and fashion parades.
It’s perfect for the wacky and wild creatives among us, and also those with innovative ideas in the arts community.
Featured artists at April’s showcase included fashion from reciciaGEM, Harpi, Summa Shing, Seven Eves, Alice Nightingale, The Wanderers Co, Oxe Clothing and Maggie Steel, hair and makeup by Elise Heather, Xsentuate Makeup Artistry and Charmaine Warpaint among others.
There was music by Jarrah and the Lionhearts, Youngsmith and Fire and Whistle Theory, a performance by Betty LoveCat and a spooky short film Jade Chamberlain.
The art gallery had a whole bunch of artists and photographers work showcased in one spot, with wall to wall offerings of weird, wonderful and beautiful work. Showcased artists included Jessica Gehle, Roland Anthony, Sconnie and Jam, Merinela, Evy, Jemma Lobwein Art & Design, Kat Johnston, Brooke Dobbie, Wild Rice, OmiLee, Sam Galer, Eliah Lillis, TecaupRose and Moie Preisenberger.
If you missed the event you can check the artists out online through their links, and be sure to like RAW on Facebook to make sure you don’t ever miss the exciting creative initiative next time it rolls into town.