Whether you’re in need of something cheerful to hang on your walls, fancy yourself as the next Andy Warhol, or simply love a good ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over some top-notch visual stimulus (we’ve heard there’ll be cat doodles and pug puns), Supergraph graphic art fair—one of Melbourne’s best art exhibitions—has you covered.
The three-day event returns this month, seeing Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building transformed into a celebration of everything creative within the graphic arts world. Catering to all tastes, ages and skill levels, the fair showcases the best in global and local illustration, graphic design, craft, printed textiles and more, offering visitors the chance to discover the latest hot visual talent all under one roof.
While traditional approaches to putting pen to paper are aplenty, Supergraph 2015 features some more unconventional methods. In need of a new profile pic? Tobias Guttman’s Face-o-mat will be in town with the illustrator on hand to draw your very own portrait using his signature style. If you’re more interested in revisiting the classics, Melbourne artist Kara Baldwin plans to recreate one of Jackson Pollock’s famous splatter paintings, mixing it up by using pens taped to the tails of robotic dogs—surely a sight not to be missed.
If you’re looking to pick up a masterpiece, our top ‘ones to watch’ include:
- Spenceroni, the illustration alias of Melbourne doodler, Spencer Harrison.
- Graphic designer, Dylan McDonough, who will be showing alongside creative studio, The Snake Hole, and Mornington collective hub, The Nook.
- Northcote design and letterpress gurus, The Hungry Workshop.
- Fitzroy poster and print emporium, The Galerie.
- Print Club London, who will be bringing their top design and illustration talent to our shores.
Supergraph is teaming up with leading creatives to offer a series of workshops during the exhibition’s residency, a must if you’re looking for new things to do in Melbourne. Experts in tattoo design, fashion illustration, hand-lettering and felt crafting will be running workshops throughout the event.
Old School New School’s lettering masterclass is an essential for anyone who’s keen to up their greetings card game. Alternatively, if cut-and-stick pizza craft is your thing (if it’s not, you’re on the wrong website…), felt whiz Kitiya Palaskas—whose portfolio includes work for Lily Allen and Frankie magazine—will be on hand showing you how to create the perfect slice.
Supergraph 2015 opens the evening of Friday 13th, with a party hosted by Melbourne’s first lady of hip-hop floor-fillers, DJ Yo! Mafia. Booking is recommended, especially for special events and masterclasses, so be sure to purchase tickets via the Supergraph website before you go.
Supergraph Graphic Arts Fair | Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton
13th – 15th February 2015 | Opening event: 6pm – 10pm, Friday 13th January
Image credit: Supergraph via Facebook