WONDERWALLS PORT ADELAIDE 2023
4 March 2023
Wonderwalls Port Adelaide
4 March 2023
Wonderwalls returns in 2023 for its 5th Arts Festival since 2015
Set upon the beautiful Port backdrop, our world class live painting and installation event will host numerous artists and activations throughout the CBD.
Wonderwalls 2023 is a family focussed community event to launch the 8 new murals as part of this iconic street art festival.
Family activities and performance will take place during the afternoon between 11am – 4pm. The site will include live music, roving performers, VR spray painting demonstrations, information/concierge tent, and family drop-in activities by the Digital Learning team.
The event aims to launch the newest murals as part of Wonderwalls, encourage engagement with The Big Picture Series Augmented Reality artworks, and promote the historic Port area and celebrate local creative experiences. As part of this free, all-ages event, people will be able to jump on an artist-led tour through the streets of Port Adelaide, discovering Wonderwalls murals new and old along with our award-winning AR artworks.
Wonderwalls murals by:
Graff Jam by Demon, Erlos & TV Crew
The Big Picture Series AR artworks by:
Vans The Omega
ETAM x Wonderwalls (Poland)
Charles & Janine Williams (Love Birds)
Demsky x Wonderwalls (Spain)
Russell Fenn, better known as Sofles, is an Australian graffiti artist originating from Brisbane. Self-taught, he has been honing his skills for over 20 years, exploring various mediums such as spraypaint, acrylic, drawing and brush painting, as well as digital and illustration works. Sofles’ large scale murals have taken him around the world ten times over and now grace many of the world’s largest cities, including Berlin, Copenhagen, Oslo, Las Vegas, and LA.
Clients he has worked with include Amazon Prime, Amity Affliction, Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Culture Kings, ESPN, Ironlak, Juddy Roller, Marvel Stadium, Miami Art Basel, Mural Oasis, Quicksilver, Red Bull, Tennis Australia, Uber, Universal Studios, Westfield and many more. His bright graphics, strong colours, fine details and abstract elements have caught the attention of many art-lovers and those alike.
Sofles has a clear goal with his art; he aims to create strong images that evoke emotions in people. “I believe art should be an important part of the city landscape. I want to create public art for people to enjoy, to transform spaces”, he says. Drawing inspiration from nature, society, graffiti and traditional art, his work focuses on the ideas of time, dimensions, and an abstract mix of past experiences.
Many have been in awe whilst watching Sofles create artworks in real time. His preferred way to paint is to do so freely, with no sketch or preprepared plan. When one sees his vision transform from his mind to the wall or canvas, it is clear that he has an incredible imagination and expert skills and technique with his “tools”, be it a spray can, a brush or digital stylus. He explains, “Some graffiti pieces are painted with scrap paint and no plan. Others are large-scale, thoroughly planned artworks. My favourite process is to create large and detailed artworks in a free and unrestricted manor.”
As Sofles moves forward with his art, he continues to inspire those around him as he enjoys the journey of learning and growing his craft. Art has endless techniques and mediums, and in the future he hopes to explore the digital realm more deeply, intrigued by how this ever-evolving art form may inspire and influence his renowned exterior artworks. Regardless, he will always be one to continue to push boundaries and expectations with his art.
Ella is a renaissance artist with multi facets to her work which includes music, presenting and artistic sides. Her use of bold colours and detail through line work are her signatures in style.
Ella is well versed on canvas and has now been painting murals and upscaling her work.
Kate Kurucz is an early career artist working in Adelaide. Kurucz’s oil paintings explore the relationship between absurdity and the sublime and her current work is driven by an interest in loneliness and connection. Recent areas of interest include doomed expeditions, extraterrestrial communication, and world records.
She has been involved in several solo and group exhibitions and been awarded numerous opportunities, including the Guildhouse Collections Project, the R.S.A.S.A Portrait Prize and was recently created a portrait of Dame Roma Mitchell for the Adelaide City Council Chambers.
Originally from the South Coast of NSW, Smug has called Scotland home for 20 years.
An internationally renowned artist known for his realistic large-scale mural installations Smug takes inspiration from people and nature, exploring the harmony in the relationship between the two. With his trademark understanding of light and shadow Smug’s painting can often juxtapose themes together such as death, playfulness, melancholy and unadulterated joy.
Whilst his technique stays true to his foundation with traditional graffiti Smug’s murals can be seen as “stylized realism” with hyper realistic elements achieved freehand, primarily with spray paint.
Shane Cook also known as Mankitya, is a proud Wulli Wulli man with many family connections throughout Queensland and Adelaide. He has many ancestors who were also artists. Shane has been adopted by and was named Mankitya which translates to “the scarred one” by Kaurna Tradition Owners. Shane was born on Kaurna Yerta, South Australia.
Shane is heavily inspired by both city and country environments, nature and urban landscapes, his people and his own personal journey.
Shane’s style has no material boundaries, from acrylic and canvas, large scale murals, graphic design, tattooing and working with ink. He has designed and created artworks for the AFL, JD Sports, Bellroy, Anthony Mundine, Tai Tuivasa and Shaquille O’Neal.
Shane’s practice as an artist began from a young age learning to paint from his mother, his interests then developed further into graffiti culture, murals and tattooing as he got older. These art movements are hugely prominent in Shane’s unique contemporary style he has developed which has led him to becoming a nationally recognised artist.
Lucinda Penn is an emerging artist bringing together art and design under the name of LCND. She works in the realms of large scale murals to up-cycling found canvases, and everywhere in between.
Since breaking onto the public art scene in 2019 on the main street of Stirling in the Adelaide hills, Lucinda’s work can be found all over South Australia. From Echunga to Henley Beach, the Barossa Valley to Noarlunga. Some of her clients include Department for Infrastructure and Transport, WOTSO Workspace,
Adelaide Central Market, Two Hands Wines, City of Adelaide Council (CoA), Walker Corporation x Renewal SA and Adelaide Airport. In 2022 Lucinda designed a 120m long printed mural on the hoarding of city’s new Festival Centre Plaza on King William Road, and hand painted a feature mural at the Adelaide Airport, launching the region as a National Park City in a new international environmental association with London.
Bringing together communities through public art is at the heart of her practice as she engages locals in her painting process through running mural painting workshops.
Inspired by the everyday world around us, Lucinda is intrigued by using symbolism to tell unique stories. Optimism and perspective underpin her bright and energetic colour palettes. Lucinda’s exhibition work also explores moments captured in her photography and upcycling found and surplus materials. She strives to colourise our streets and homes, and to connect with diverse people through her universal visual language.
Morris Green is a self taught aerosol artist with over 20 years painting experience focusing on strong contrasts and depth of field to create three dimensional paintings. Starting off on the streets of the Southern suburbs of Adelaide through the night, his work has developed and progressed towards photo realism private and commercial murals. He has been fine tuning his details and techniques on skin, tattooing black and grey realism for the past 7 years. Some notable awards and clients include works for The Adelaide 36rs, South Adelaide Football Club, Redbull and taking out the win in 2018 for Longview Vineyards “the piece project” event.
AR (for Under 13’s) drop-in activity
Augmented Reality blends the virtual world with our own. Using the incredible ‘Quiver’ app, see your colouring come to life in animation and game play on our iPads.
VR (For 13+) drop-in activity
Let’s get creative in with Virtual Reality! Lean into your artistic side with the Painting VR app. Spend time in the virtual studio and paint your masterpiece!
Bait Fridge performances
The Bait Fridge is a performance collective made of visual artists and musicians that began their practice creating performative painting exercises. Much of their early performance work took place in public space, drawing on Fluxus principles of process-centred art making and using only recycled and found materials. They aim to communicate these values through multi-disciplinary performance experiences for varied audiences and places.
There will also be Inkswel spinning tunes, VR spray painting demonstrations, artist led tours, an interactive large VR screen and surrounding activity by POP, PCAC, Mixed Creative and local businesses. A “concierge”, run by the Digital Learning team, will be on hand to assist audiences with accessing and using The Big Picture AR app and providing information and maps for new and existing Wonderwalls murals.