In times of political, social and economic turmoil, street artists around the world have made some of the most impactful commentaries.
Later this month, a new urban art festival in Melbourne celebrates the medium. The inaugural Can’t Do Tomorrow event brings together over 100 street artists, galleries, musicians and collectives to transform a massive warehouse in Kensington!
Every inch of the multi-level venue will be covered with paintings, murals, photography, sculptures, illustrations, projections and installations in Australia’s largest-ever showcase of street and urban art. Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to purchase works directly from artists, as well as limited edition prints available from a print store on site.
A highlight piece of the festival is a dynamic, interactive installation by Archibald Prize finalist Michael Peck. A full scale, hand-painted sailboat will float in a temporary pool made from a shipping container, which visitors are invited to draw on themselves. Elsewhere, prominent Chinese-Australian political artist and cartoonist Badiucao will present the world premiere of his never-before-seen exhibition Made in Hong Kong, Banned in China, following its cancellation in Hong Kong in 2018.
Alongside the artworks, Can’t Do Tomorrow will also be running a program of talks and interviews to further explore the global street art scene, featuring an impressive program of international heavy hitters. Legendary Los Angeles based artist, curator and director Aaron Rose will appear in conversation with our very own Lucy Feagins. Known for running the iconic 90s NYC Lower East Side gallery, Alleged Gallery, as well as the 2008 documentary Beautiful Losers, Aaron will reflect on stories from his early experiences in the scene, stories from the glory days, and how the medium of street art has evolved.
Another major festival drawcard is a conversation between renowned Melbourne street artist Rone and high profile collector and developer Len Warson in Patron of the Streets, exploring the relationship between patron and artist.
Can’t Do Tomorrow
February 20th – 29th
12 Elizabeth Street