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Painting the Port

September 28, 2015 @ 11:00 am - November 15, 2015 @ 3:00 pm


Multicultural Arts Victoria is excited to be working with The City of Port Phillip on ARTcontained which features four shipping containers at Station Pier being transformed into a series of artworks between now and April 2016. ARTcontained is part of the City of Port Phillip’s Vibrant Villages program, which was developed to encourage the creation and maintenance of vibrant and viable villages through the joint efforts of the Port Phillip Council, local community groups and traders.

Artists Michael Fikaris and Ero will invoke their different styles onto the shipping containers in the theme of ‘our paths: we come from different roads and points in life and the community we are part of helps us realise our own futures and the paths we can travel on. Fikaris and Ero will also mentor emerging artist Guled Abdulwasi in creating large scale murals for the installation.

Public Program: Community Art Project – Workshops
Monday 28, Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 September, 11am-3pm

Participants will have the opportunity to develop skills in painting under the guidance of Ero Art and Michael Fikaris. These workshops will offer the opportunity to develop art to be exhibited inside and outside the installations and open to the public every weekend until Sunday 15 November 2015.

If you’re looking for something fun and creative to do over the school holidays come and join us:

Spray paint and stencils for bigger kids (10+) and brush painting for the little ones (5+)

Register by emailing: Meg.Larkin@multiculturalarts.com.au or calling 03 9188 3681

Ride your bikes or catch the 109 tram and enjoy a day by the beach with plenty of great places to eat!

Michael Fikaris
A ‘Graphic Art Guru’ (The Age), Fikaris is a Melbourne-based visual artist working with contemporary comic books, illustration, print and story-telling in any medium. Exhibiting his work for over 10 years and he has done several artist residencies, including the NGV Studio (Inherent Vice, 2011) and has had his work collected by various organisations, including the National Gallery of Australia (Space Invaders, 2010). Outside his practice, Michael is also a passionate small press publisher of many Australian comic pioneers and the editor of the on-going Dailies anthology of comic art and illustration of daily happenings.

Ero is a Melbourne-based street artist originally from New Zealand. Heavily influenced by colour and the work of New York artist Keith Haring, Ero produces bold works which examine themes of community, sustainability and human’s connection to nature. Ero is a co-founder of artist run initiative ‘The Look Collective’ and has worked extensively on community art projects with local councils and youth.

Guled Abdulwasi
A student of Architecture at Deakin University, Guled is a multi-disciplined artist inspired, primarily, by culture and geometry. Living in the Fitzroy Commission Flats for over 10 years, Guled has based his arts practise at YarraYouth Centre. His connection to the area and his African-Australian background has influenced his work significantly, exploring themes of home and cultural interpretation and the relationship between art, architecture, space and our cultural and social interaction with these aspects of our built environment. Guled’s works have been exhibited in Emerge Festival 2014, Signal Screen Commissions 2014, was a finalist in the City of Yarra uneARThed Prize presented at Collingwood Gallery and exhibited in the 2015 Gertrude Street Projection Festival.

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September 28, 2015 @ 11:00 am
November 15, 2015 @ 3:00 pm