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Art After Dark: Art Battle Spectacular #2

RAD LIFE

Art After Dark: Art Battle Spectacular #2

Rachel Darling

As part of SALA Festival 2015, Art After Dark’s second Art Battle Spectacular is sure to be an icy fight (with brushes) as the winter version of the event follows a very successful session last summer. Taking place at the Queens Theatre on the 20th August, eight artists will fight it out for top place in a knockout style competition, with the winner determined by audience popularity. It is anticipated to be a a tricky one to judge, with artists from all over Adelaide bringing their own specific styles to the arena.

A piece by Chiara Beclu, one of the Art Battle Spectacular contestants

A piece by Chiara Beclu, one of the Art Battle Spectacular contestants

Always a supporter of the arts in South Australia, The Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese believes that events like these extend the connections between local artists and their audiences. ‘Adelaide is well-known for the arts,’ he says, ‘and for staging quirky and unique events that attract a diverse range of people.’ At This Is Radelaide, we feel that Art After Dark’s Art Battle Spectacular will fit Haese’s description- quirky and unique (if not a little feisty!)

A piece by Christina Georgiou, one of the Art Battle Spectacular contestants

A piece by Christina Georgiou, one of the Art Battle Spectacular contestants

Supported by Splash Adelaide, the reason behind the event and all the competitive vibes is to support up-and-coming artists and give them the opportunity to display their art in a quick and easy manner. Event organiser Kat Coppock came up with the idea for the event while watching art battles on YouTube from overseas.
'Watching artists paint live in real time puts a face to the work which people can relate to and really experience the emotion and sentiment that go into every piece,' said Coppock, ‘Splash Adelaide has been very supportive in helping us turn the idea of Art Battle Spectacular into a reality.’

A piece by James Dean, one of the Art Battle Spectular contestants 

A piece by James Dean, one of the Art Battle Spectular contestants 

If the fierce competition isn’t enough entertainment, food trucks, a bar (woo!) and live music will also be a part of the big night. Live streaming will also be taking place while the artists paint- just to add a little more pressure to the poor things!

Each piece of work will be on sale at the end of the event, with a live auction taking place for the winning piece- this is definitely one exhibition to be filled with nerves and excitement (no quiet art-analysing while swirling your wine glasses at this one!)

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Applications for the Splash Adelaide summer program are now open until Friday 21 August for anyone with ideas for spaces around the CBD and North Adelaide.

To keep posted on Splash Adelaide projects and events, visit their website and download the Splash Adelaide app by searching for ‘Splash Adelaide’ in the app store.

All images provided by Art Battle Spectacular #2 Facebook Page
Thumbnail via Splash Adelaide