Brisbane’s Citywide Street Art Festival returns in May with 50 new large-scale murals

The streets of Brisbane are about to look a lot brighter – and sport a lot more paint, feature lots of giant murals, and feature a whole lot more art in general. The reason: the return of the Brisbane Street Art Festival, which will take over the city from Saturday May 7 to Sunday May 22 for its sixth and largest physical event.

When it comes to splashing art in the streets, spraying paint and storming a storm, this festival offers a firm reminder: no, Banksy is not the only artist worth celebrating and not never has been. Indeed, the street art scene has been thriving in Brisbane for years, which is why this festival even exists.

The 2022 BSAF will also feature international artists for the first time since 2019, helping to put 50 new large-scale murals around the square – albeit only temporarily. This includes Miss Birdy, Iñigo Sesma and Fivust, with the talent lineup spanning people from the US, Spain, Russia, Thailand, Indonesia and New Zealand. They will paint a storm alongside Australian artists such as Sofles, Lisa King and Rachael Sarra.

Aleja Hine by @mellumae

Also on the list: everyone from 23rd Key, Bronik, Drapl and GERM to Gus Eagleton, Katherine Viney, MAUY and Yin Lu. Over the 16 day festival, their efforts will be complemented by a range of art events – including Scribble Slam, a Brisbane– themed photography exhibition and a big party at Felons Brewing Co – and workshops.

One place you’ll want to go is Northshore, where BSAF takes over an entire warehouse and uses it as their headquarters. Dubbed Superordinary Northshore, it will host 12 mural activations, as well as numerous events, including the festival’s opening night.

Yes, that means there will be some impressive large-scale artwork by the riverside – as well as at Howard Smith Wharves and South Bank. Also a fresh coat of paint: Queen Street Mall, RNA Showgrounds and Valley Mall, and that’s just a preview of the list of locations.

Drapl and Treazy by Aimee Catt

BSAF brings Tools of the trade, an exhibition of Hong Kong, our way too. It covers the history of Street art and graffiti, but views it through the tools artists use to create their work.

And if you want to pick up a new skill, the aforementioned range of workshops has doubled since last year and now offers everything from yarn bombing to tufting.

The Brisbane Street Art Festival 2022 runs from Saturday 7 May to Sunday 22 May. For more information, visit the event website.

Top Images: Cam Scale; Gus Eagleton and Jordache of Lincoln-Savage; Joshua Taten’s Sheep Chen and Adnate.

Posted on March 31, 2022 by

Sarah Ward

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