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Splendour In The Grass – a monumental music festival, a 660 acre art gallery and now, from 26 – 28 July, also set to become the centre of the craft universe! Art and craft, they go together like glue and glitter. Yes?


Each year since the event’s inception Splendour has searched near and far to produce an Arts Program to engage, amuse, bemuse and always enhance the Splendour experience. This year is set to follow suit, with SPLENDOUR ARTS 2013 serving up a bumper program from Australian and international artists that includes performance, improvisation, street theatre, graffiti, living sculpture, installation, illustration, projection and… chocolate records.

SPLENDOUR ARTS curator Craig Walsh said "This year Splendour’s Arts program spans the spectrum, taking the audience from big and bold pieces like Bennett Millers Barnraiser to intimate and interactive work like Julia Drouhin’s Disco Ghost where punters literally digest the music.”

Never content to rest on their patch-worked laurels, in 2013 Splendour is taking things a step further, encouraging punters themselves to get creative at a new space, SPLENDOUR IN THE CRAFT.

From 11am to 6pm each day Splendour In The Craft will feature an awesome program of free workshops and activities to entice punters to get their craft on!

Spotlight, Australia’s largest fabric and craft retailer is synonymous with all things crafty, so being a part of Splendour in the Craft was a natural fit! Each day Spotlight will be hosting the Spotlight Sessions, working with Splendour goers to Pimp Their Tent or make their own tote bags and featuring craft stars like Beci Orpin.

There’ll also be some super awesome workshops and guest ‘crafters’ from Splendour lineups present and past at the frankie magazine Crafternoon Bandcamp Sessions!

You’ll be able to get your mending done at the Mend It Like Beckham stall, presented by Spotlight. There’ll be suitcase rummages, frock swaps, magazine and project libraries, postcard tarot readings and more. And to keep you energized Southside Tea Room – the awesome Brisbane café run by Patience and John of The Grates - will be ready to craft you up all the tea and coffee you need!

Keep an eye on the Splendour In The Craft webpage for program details as they develop and register your interest for workshops! Frock n roll!

Without further ado, Splendour In The Grass is proud to showcase the 2013 Arts Program.

Tent of Miracles - The People vs. The Tent of Miracles

Court hearings: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 

1.00-2.30pm / 3.30-5.00pm / 6.00-7.30pm

We, The People, have been slapped with a charge of Gross Public Indecency and subpoenaed to appear before the High Supreme Court to plead our case.  Who will face up to the charges and throw themselves at the mercy of the court in the case of The People vs. the Tent of Miracles.  All rise for the Honorable Judge Mentle!

The People vs. The Tent of Miracles is a confronting parody of the justice system in the space of an interactive festival playground… where anything goes!

Performance and installation artist, Andy Forbes, has performed and directed shows for Splendour in the Grass since 2002.  Using improvised theatre, video, sculpture and music, Andy captures the spontaneity and alchemy that occurs between artist and audience. Raw comedy blends with satire to parody popular culture through circus, freak show arts and religious cults.  

Barnraiser – Bennett Miller, Installation and Performance, 2013

Expect to encounter a community of a very productive, righteous people. For the duration of the festival this community will go about their own business, oblivious to those around them, demonstrating the virtues of plain living, creating a home for themselves within our new site, and raising a barn.

Artist Bennett Miller works across sculpture, installation and performance but for largescale outdoor festivals he develops ‘living sculptures’. Barnraiser is such a work.

Barnraiser was seeded out of the Splendid initiative, a program managed by Lismore Regional Gallery in collaboration with Splendour in the Grass.  Funded by the Australia Council’s Office of Young and Emerging Artists and supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

Create a plan B - Sam Songailo, Lights - acrylic on cement, 2013

Location:  Parklands Underpass

Are you miserable in life, dead broke, in a less than ideal relationship, under stress, is your life full of chaos and clutter or do you see no way out? This artwork will change all that.

You will pass through a tunnel on your way into Splendour where your current life will be wiped clean. Visualise your perfect life. You need to believe. Are you a believer?

Melbourne-based artist Sam Songailo's installation takes reference from science fiction, technology, album art, electronic music and video clips, and encourages the mindset of play through intervention. 

Murri:  Reko Rennie - Large format projection, 2013

Operating times: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights

Location:  McLennan Tent 

Reko Rennie is an interdisciplinary artist who explores his Aboriginal identity through contemporary mediums. Rennie’s art incorporates his association to the Kamilaroi people, using traditional geometric patterning that represents his community.

Through his art, Rennie provokes discussion surrounding Indigenous culture and identity in contemporary urban environments.

Rennie’s work has been shown across the globe.  An Archibald Prize Finalist, he has had solo exhibitions at SCOPE Art Fair in New York, commissioned to create a 35-metre art-piece by the Washington DC Arts and Humanities and produced a two-year public artwork, Neon Natives as part of the 2011 Melbourne Laneway Commission.

Bus shelters: Vans the Omega

Last year Splendour the Grass saw James Dodd paint three old-school bus shelters.  This year, the bus shelters are set for another artistic transformation.

Graffiti artist Vans the Omega will be scratching, buffing and creating a new masterpiece for this year’s festival audience.  A representation of design over time, new artists each year will be adding and subtracting to the work from the years before.  Accumulated iterations of graffiti!

Vans the Omega has been creating and painting letterforms for over two decades. Most of his influences have come from ancient scripts, architecture, engineering, nature and the idea of movement or balance. Recognised for his attention to detail and search for perfection within letter structure, Vans the Omega’s technique will be in the Splendour spotlight this year.

Statements: Stefan Marx - Large format projection, 2013

Operating times: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights

Location: Supertop tent 

Presented by Art Park Statements a collection of uniquely branded artwork and images by Stefan Marx will be projected onto Splendour’s main Super-top tent. 

Visible at night and illuminated to the wee hours, the Big Top will become a canvas for Stefan’s poignant black and white phrases and statements. 

With a style described as a crossover between DIY culture and fine art, the Hamburg-based artist is deeply rooted in the skate scene with added inspiration from techno culture.  Marx’s slogans may seem comical at first, but ponder them longer and they reveal their full impact.

Disco ghost: Julia Drouhin – Chocolate Records, 2013

Presented by artist Julia Drouhin, Disco Ghost is an incantation in the memory of dead musicians with delicious chocolate records.

Strasbourg born Drouhin casts exact replica chocolate records, plays them until they wear out, breaks them up and offers them to listeners to eat. She invites the audience to play with food whilst listening to the voices of the dead… digesting their music, literally!

Julia has been presenting sound drifts, radiophonic creations, installations and performances across all continents since 2003.

Lollipop ladies: Roundabout Theatre 

Operating times: Saturday and Sunday, 2:00-5:00pm

Roundabout Theatre presents Lollipop Ladies, a dynamic roving theatre show. With a unique style of visual comedy and playful absurdity the unfolding narratives of these skits entertain crowds of all ages.  Think mischievous street theatre at its most impulsive!

Be led across randomly appearing zebra crossings, revolve around spontaneous roundabouts made of unsuspecting people, obey bizarre road signs (or suffer the consequences!) and make sure you don't step on the cracks! Issuing fines is a special pleasure for these ladies. Watch the comedy unfold with you in it … crowd control at its most amusing! 

While Splendour In The Grass 2013 has sold-out, all hopes are not dashed! You can try your luck in The RESALE facility This is the only place where you can purchase legitimate tickets for Splendour In The Grass!

Splendour In The Craft is proudly supported by:

Splendour In The Grass is proudly supported by triple j, Channel V and in partnership with Climate Friendly 


Friday 26 July, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July

North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay


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