Wonderwalls turns Port Adelaide in to art oasis

By / 11th of December, 2014

Influential street artists from Poland and New Zealand will headline Wonderwalls, an interactive art festival that transforms Port Adelaide, South Australia, in to a giant canvas.

Artist duo Etam Cru from Poland as well as New Zealanders Askew One and Elliot Francis have been invited by Australian art collective The Hours to help renew the Port as part of their three day festival in January 2015.

Member for Port Adelaide Susan Close said the festival will bring a unique arts experience to the area.

"Wonderwalls is bringing the world's most highly acclaimed street artists to work alongside Adelaide's finest and we expect some of the murals to be the largest ever seen in Australia," she said.

She said the festival will kick off with an official launch party at the recently upgraded Flour Shed at Hart's Mill.

“This will be the first opportunity for people to experience the impressive internal upgrades to the Flour Shed, which provides a unique facility at the Hart's Mill precinct," Close said.

The Hours is jointly presenting Wonderwalls as part of RenewalSA's 'living port' project that aims to celebrate Port Adelaide's maritime past whilst embracing a forward thinking future.

Wonderwalls runs from January 23-25, 2015.

Artist Profiles:

The Hours
The Hours is an art collective made up of some of Australia's most distinctive contemporary street artists focused on presenting a wide range of art based creative projects, exhibitions and ideas to the public through collaborating with forward thinking cities, brands, galleries and institutions.

Etam Cru
Etam Cru is the artist duo Bezt and Sainer. They both graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in ?ód? and work today as freelancers expressing themselves between murals, canvases and graphic design with a focus on illustrations and portraits. Etam Cru enjoys depict real objects and human figures in unexpected contexts. In doing so, the artist duo invites the viewer to their very own world of imagination, where meaning is never strictly defined.

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Askew One
With a strong self-taught background in graffiti, graphic design and video-making, Askew is considered to be one of the leading figures of graffiti and urban contemporary art from the Pacific region. The end result of his urban contemporary works is the product of his innovative process, which uses his skills in photography, graphic design, graffiti and traditional painting. By capturing his audience with visually complex and pleasing paintings, he is able to bring a greater story to the viewers’ attention.

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Elliot Francis Stewart
Born in 1982, Elliot Francis Stewart is the third youngest of nine children and grew up in the Eastern Auckland suburb of Pakuranga. Initially garnering a reputation for his often offbeat cartoon-based graffiti, Elliot became part of TMD (The Most Dedicated) in 2001 and quickly established himself as the foremost talent in character based work in aerosol. His early shows featured at The Gully Lounge in St.Kevin’s Arcade and Disrupt Gallery, allowed him to showcase elaborate and influential illustrative works often created on found objects in common house paint and ballpoint pen. Elliot currently lives in Auckland and works as an artist and freelance illustrator.

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