RAW – An Artistic Circus of Creativity

posted by Teagan West May 8, 2014 1 Comment

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.





Laneway Learning

posted by Teagan West April 13, 2014 0 comments

Looking for something new to do? Then you should definitely check out the cheap and fun classes run by Laneway Learning – a ragtag series of evening classes that cover a number of unique subjects including knitting, beauty, photography and cooking.

Classes are usually a one-off, $12 event held in buzzing Bean Café, a laneway café located on George Street in the city (right between Irish Murphy’s and Flight Centre).


Laneway Learning has only just started its initiative in Brisbane after finding success in Melbourne and Sydney, with attendee’s appreciating a new topic after each class and finding value in the informal learning environment.

So far Brisbane has had a ‘10 Quick Hairstyles from Workday to Runway’ class and another titled ‘Around the World in 80 days – cross-continental cycle touring,’ delivered by adventurer Greg Browning who has cycled in over 30 countries.

Don’t fret that you’ve missed these two crackers because the upcoming classes look just as good!

April’s classes are bound to capture your attention, with classes in the mix titled ‘iPhoneography for Foodies: Make your own cookbook’ (I’m personally excited about this one!), ‘The Art of Visual Storytelling,’ ‘Miso: Beyond Miso Soup,’ ‘How to Make Music – the wonder of everyday objects,’ and ‘Learn to Make Lemon Butter your Nan would be proud of.’ You can’t tell me that none of them ignite a little bit of curiosity inside you!


So jump online and register for an upcoming class, or check out the list of previous classes run in Melbourne and request a rerun in Brisbane – there’s worm farming, green cleaning, discovering the internet, language and culture, clothes repair, songwriting, beekeeping and more!

For more information and to reserve a spot in an upcoming class visit the Laneway Learning Brisbane page here and see the FAQ’s page here.

Images from http://brisbane.lanewaylearning.com

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