Art & Design

Feed Your Creativity With These 9 Inspiring Events At Melbourne’s New Underground Festival

By Ioana Dragnef
20th Feb 2020

There’s no shortage of exhibitions and creative workshops happening around Melbourne. But this month, Can’t Do Tomorrow has really gathered them all under one roof. From street art to breathtaking installations to art chats and workshops, trust us when we say that Can’t Do Tomorrow is truly the only thing you’ll need to attend this month to get your fill on creative inspiration.

And if you’re strapped for cash, you can use the promo code URBANCDT when you book, you get $10 off your ticket cost. So really, you’ve got no excuse.

Without further ado, here are all the inspiring creative events you won’t want to miss at this year’s Can’t Do Tomorrow festival.

Meet 'China’s Banksy'

SATURDAY 22 FEB | 1-2PM (SESSION 1)

Chinese-Australian artist Badiucao is one of the most popular and prominent political artists in China. You can catch him speak at the first session on this day. His exhibition was initially set to be shown in Hong Kong but the organisers cancelled the event following threats made by Chinese authorities. At all sessions throughout the festival, you can catch the world premiere of Badiucao’s never-been-seen show Made In Hong Kong. Banned In China. and see what all the fuss is about. Book tickets here.

Stencil Workshop With Blender Studios

Saturday 29 FEB | 3pm-5PM (SESSION 2)

Making street art is the new Saturday sesh. Ditch the booze and unleash your inner street artist at Blender Studios’ stencil workshop where you’ll learn to draw your own stencil design, create a stencil, and practice painting. Give Lushsux a run for this money by booking here.

Artist As Activist: A Force For Social Change

Sunday 23 Feb | 1-2PM (Session 1)

Creativity is not only a means of personal expression but can also be used as a means of social change. Christopher Bradley (editor, art director and founder of Grass Fires) leads a panel that examines urban art as political and social currency addressing cultural power structures of our time. You’ll also hear from some of the movement’s leading artists like Scott Marsh, Kaff-eine, Cax One and CIVIL, as they share stories of their work designed to empower people and communities. Spaces are limited for this talk, so book ahead here.

Plastics Recycling Workshop

Friday 28 Feb | 2:30-3:30PM (Session 1)

Artist Cesar (Aoracreo) has researched and experimented with the potential uses of plastic bags for over 8 years and is ready to teach you the ropes in his Plastics Recycling Workshop. You’ll  begin by creating designs and experimenting with the material, and then have the opportunity to turn this into a functional artwork such as a phone pouch or wallet. Book tickets here.

Getting The Gig Live: B*tch Better Have My Money

FRIDAY 28 FEB | 8PM-9PM (SESSION 2)

We really wish Rihanna was hosting this one, but apparently she was too busy. Instead, learn how to fund your freelance dreams without crushing your creativity at this exclusive talk with artists Tom Gerard and Toby Benador (director of Just Another Agency) and moderated by Urban List's very own founder Susannah George. The crew will chat about how to know your worth and turn your skills into a profitable product without selling out and losing your mind. Don’t be a sellout; book it here.

HoMie Upcycled

All Sessions

Unleash your inner t-shirt designer at HoMie’s on-site heat-press, where you can customise your own blank HoMie t-shirt. Besides the heat-press, Melbourne’s beloved streetwear brand will also be publicly displaying and selling its unique Upcycled collection and new-season range. 100% of HoMie’s profits will go directly towards achieving its mission of supporting young people affected by homelessness, so book your tickets and do some good.

Patron Of The Streets

Saturday 29 Feb | 1-2PM (Session 1)

Arts patronage has been crucial to the development of the arts for centuries and is core to our understanding of culture and has significantly evolved in the last few years. Hear from modern-day patron Len Warson and artist Rone on their relationship and creative collaborations that include Rone’s ALPHA and OMEGA projects. Spots are limited, so grab tix here.

Exquisite Corpse

All Sessions

Try your hand at becoming Melbourne’s next body-builder extraordinaire, and see just how many different combinations you can make with the Grass Fires’ Exquisite Corpse immersive installation. In the original parlour game, paper is folded to conceal the last part of a drawing and new artists add in turn to complete it; Grass Fires takes it to a whole new level, making it into 4 lifesize, 3-Dimensional, fully dynamic, interactive art piece with contributions from Luke Day, Pat Rogash, Kentaro Yoshida, Ben Brown and many more. Book tickets here.

Hustling 101: Mysterious Al On Finding His Way As An Artist

Saturday 29 Feb | 4-5PM (Session 2)

Mysterious Al has been at the street art game for decades, delicately walking the line between hustling and preserving his authenticity. You won’t want to miss this exclusive talk as the artist talks about the progression of his work, his challenges and what making art for the public in an urban setting is really like. Spots are limited for this talk, so book ahead here

Can't wait to check out Can't Do Tomorrow? Get your tickets here and use the promo code URBANCDT to get $10 off.

The Details

What: Can’t Do Tomorrow
When: Thursday 20 February to Sunday 29 February
Where: The Facility, 12 Elizabeth Street, Kensington
For tickets, head to cantdotomorrow.com.

Image credit:
Artist: Badiucao
Photo: 
Michaela Dutková​

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