SURFACE FESTIVAL

Over the first weekend of March, 35 urban artists installed murals on 30 walls and structures in Braddon, Civic and the National Triangle. Presented by the ACT Government, curated by acclaimed graffiti artist PHIBS and produced by The Wall Station, Surface is a festival of urban art in the ACT that celebrates the raw energy and rich diversity of this scene. Artists work encompasses street art, graffiti, portraits, stencils, Indigenous art, geometric and abstract art.

ARTIST LINE UP

AEODE, ATUNE, BEASTMAN, BOHIE, BRONWEN SMITH, BRT, BYRD,  CLAIRE FOXTON, CRISP, DAI, DAN POWER, DELM 413, DREZ, EDDIE LONGFORD, FAITH SPRAYS, GAVIN CHATFIELD, HAPPY DECAY, HELEN PROCTOR, HOON, HOUL, KARRI MCPHERSON, KRIMSONE, LUKE HADLAND, PAW, PHIBS, RAPHAEL TAIB, RAWS, REM, RUB3N1SM, SCOTT NAGY, SETH ONE, VOIR, WISKEY, YANNI POUNARTZIS AND YARRUDHAMARRA CREATIONS.

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About Surface Festival

Over the first weekend in March 2022, 35 urban artists transformed the built environment of Braddon, Civic and the National Triangle in Canberra. Presented by the ACT Government and curated by acclaimed graff artist PHIBS and produced by The Wall Station, Surface was a festival of urban art in the ACT that celebrates the raw energy and rich diversity of this scene. Artists encompassing street art, graffiti, portraits, stencils, Indigenous art, geometric and abstract art worked across 30 walls and structures.

 Urban art is as integral to the city infrastructure as bus lanes and commercial buildings, a cultural marker in time. Like Verdigris on copper, it forms a patina to urban life, striating the 9–5 with raw expression, city walls as urban galleries hung with reaction, rebellion and story.

As networks of tree canopies, rain gardens, and green spaces contribute to the living infrastructure of urban areas, so too does cultural and artistic expression, with a growing trend for site-specific art in the public domain.

Urban environments are made up of historical, social, environmental, and cultural layers, contours of life that signpost humanity’s story. On the surface is a landscape of visual imagery that spools around us, from billboards and screens to light, sculpture, and paint, melding with the built environment as skin softens to bones.

ACT Surface Festival channels contemporary placemaking, urban cultural renewal, and community connection. It explores and broadens existing notions of artmaking and asks us to think about art and its role as a cultural compass, both on and off the street.