Simon Mercer, Co-Director of Name This Bar with Heat Winner

Simon Mercer, Co-Director of Name This Bar with Heat Winner

Darlinghurst’s Name This Bar on Oxford Street at Taylors Square, is the venue again for the return of Art Battles Australia, which commenced at the end of March, with the launch of The Quay Series.

DSC_0746Art Battles Australia provides an innovative series of events for artists to showcase their talents to the general public and patrons of the bar, along with live entertainment, DJs, and celebrity MCs and judges.

An all new artist line up, selected from a pool of both established Sydney visual artists and up and coming artists, takes part in six heats, held weekly each Thursday at Name This Bar.

Each week, up to four artists per heat will battle it out on canvases in a 100 minute showdown.  Artists create their works using a number of different styles and techniques on canvas from street art to fine art, using tools such as brush, marker pens and for the first time spray paint provided by Art Battles partner Liquitex.  Each heat will see artists judged on artistic ability, creativity and crowd response.

The six heats will culminate in the Grand Final, which will take place on 4 & 5 May at Sydney’s Circular Quay.  With the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as a backdrop, this two day finale will run in conjunction with Tiger Beer’s Translate initiative, a collaboration of music and art. The winner of the Art Battles Quay Series grand final will be flown to Vietnam to represent Australia at Tiger Translate Vietnam as a guest of Tiger Beer Australia.  Sandra Tiltman     Photos:  John Pond



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