Come July the fields of North Byron Parklands will become a canvas bursting with so much more than astonishing live musical performances.
Each year the Splendour Arts program provides some of the most unexpected, unforgettable and Instagram-breaking festival moments from some of the world’s most innovative and boundary-pushing contemporary artists.
From performance installations, handcrafted micro-universes, epic inflatable sculptures and of course Splendour’s much-loved Tent of Miracles – one of Splendour Arts’ magical moments is never far away, you just have to keep your eyes peeled and Snapchat open.
Highlights for Splendour Arts 2015…
Live art installation
The 3rd iteration of an ongoing collaboration between Bennett Miller and Splendour in the Grass, ANABAPTISTER follows on from BARNRAISER (2013) and RUMSPRINGER (2014).
Expect once again to encounter a mysterious community of people living and working within the festival grounds, joined this year by a series of special guests giving one off performances in the barn. On the final day of the festival, members of this unique community will be asked to decide between reaffirming their commitments in a special ceremony, or leaving their community behind for good.
NICOLAS CAGE IN A CAGE
Last year the Barcelona-based art collective Hungry Castle brought us the internet-breaking Lionel Richie’s Head and this year they present a giant inflatable sculpture of Nicolas Cage in a cage. You can face off with Nicolas Cage in a cage. Yes. You can. The meme-inspired cage was built to bounce. This is an artwork that reflects the internet and the internet’s effect on culture. Love him or hate him, you won’t break Nicolas Cage.
Acrylic paint, paste up
For the third year a new work by a different artist will take over the iconic entrance tunnel to North Byron Parklands as its canvas. Each artist has responded to the previous artist’s work and remnants remain of all three commissions. The 2015 commission will consist of large-scale flash symbols along the entire tunnel with a mixture of colours and backgrounds. The work will integrate with the previous works to create pattern effects distinctive to the artist Reko Rennie – an interdisciplinary artist who explores his Aboriginal identity through contemporary mediums.
Splendour in the Craft
Just when you thought the glitter aftermath was over, we’re back to shower you with shiny shit all over again!
This year we are pumping up the jam with more awesome workshops, free form body painting, crafty chill spaces and dancing in the dark than ever before!
Get ready to flex your makin’ skills with a craftastic array of workshops from some of Australia’s premiere craft freedom fighters – high fives to you Beci Orpin, Kitiya Palaskas,Fancy Free, Meet Make Create, Each to their own, Regular Wildcat and Craft Mafia!
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2015
Friday 24 July, Saturday 25 July and Sunday 26 July
North Byron Parklands
For further information visit splendourinthegrass.com