STREETCON, the Urban Art Festival

It's finally here...STREETCON (Street Art Connection) kicks off today and runs until 2 May at Al Ghurair Centre. The urban art festival will bring together art, music and street culture, with over 20 local and international artists involved.

Among the many activities and art installations on offer are regular workshops with Dubai-based street art collective, The Brownmonkeys; a mural wall created by artist Tarsila Schubert; an exhibition of bicycles transformed into artworks; and a moving display of photographs documenting the stray cats of Dubai by artist Jandri Angelo Aguilar.

Not to be missed - Capsule Arts artist Matt Ryder will also be doing some live painting, creating an incredible paint splattered, UV-lit Neon Room! You can see more work by Matt and buy art prints of his work here.

For the full round of events click here, and for regular updates, visit the Facebook event page.

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street con
 

Ruben Sanchez takes on the ING Creative Community Wall

Capsule Arts' pick of the weekend is most definitely this live art event organised by Dubai-based non-profit creative community ING. Prominent Spanish graffiti artist Ruben Sanchez will be painting a large mural in public on a JLT exterior wall from 2pm-6pm tomorrow, Friday 13 Feb. The event is free to the public and more information can be found here. As well as being a colourful addition to the area, the mural serves as a reminder of the thriving creative community within Dubai.

Ruben's mural is already underway and he's making great progress...

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In progress collage

If you're not already familiar with Ruben, the artist hails from Madrid and in 2013 was an artist-in-residence at Tashkeel in Dubai. Since then he's been taking over the UAE with his colourful and surreal artworks, which really do have a life of their own. Our favourite new addition to Dubai might just be Catzilla...

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catzilla

Throughout his artwork you can find inspiration from Mediterranean life, graphic design, flamenco, graffiti, cubism, reclaimed materials and objects, skateboarding, 80’s music, surrealism, and contemporary society in general.

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collage 2

Speaking about his art, Ruben says, “I’m interested in reviving old spaces, in resurrecting stuff, giving life to dead boring things through colours, creatures, or silly faces. Where there’s an abandoned factory, a cut tree or a dead train, there were humans before messing it all up. Sometimes I try to make that footprint nicer. Sometimes I paint on clean walls and white canvases too.”

We had the pleasure of working with Ruben in 2013 for one of our bespoke projects; he created some vibrant, site-specific murals for Salero Tapas & Bodego restaurant in Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates.

Aside from this cool community event, ING also hosts talks, workshops, and portfolio reviews for creatives in the region. Other upcoming events include a large conference which will take place on March 27th and 28th, 2015, featuring a range of international creatives speaking.

Images courtesy ING & Ruben Sanchez

 

Freshly Ground Sounds line up for our launch night

We're delighted to reveal the line up of musicians from Freshly Ground Sounds for our launch night this Thursday 11 September from 7-10pm. Come down to our warehouse in Al Quoz 3 to catch their performances and see a fantastic range of artworks as part of our new limited edition print collection. Click here for the Facebook event.

THE LINE UP

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DBG_combo

7.30pm: David Beats Goliath

George Driscoll (vocals, guitar) and Lakshmi Ramirez (double bass) will be coming along from the Dubai-based folk rock band, David Beats Goliath. The band was formed in 2011 by Driscoll, Daniel Tovey (lead and rhythm guitars, vocals) and Jonathan Coulles (percussion, acoustic guitar, vocals) in Birmingham, UK. Lakshmi joined the group as the bassist in 2013, after Driscoll saw him at a gig in Dubai in February.

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8pm: Josh Monteath

It's Just Me & My Guitar

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petercombo

8.30pm: Peter Martin

Peter began to gig the London scene starting off at open mic nights followed by gigs and festivals in and around London with his band Pedro VIII. Now he's in Dubai and back on the acoustic guitar.

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physcombo

9pm: Physical Graffiti

Physical Graffiti is a contemporary folk four-piece. At the Capsule Arts event, Zubin Aroz (vocals & guitar), Ankhurr Chawaak (vocals, guitar) and Darren Dharmai (bass) will all be coming along.

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