Beer and art. It’s like the perfect spring combo. And it’s just like Burleigh Brewing to dish up both. They’re pulling together some of the Gold Coast’s best artistic talent for BLA! (Brewing Local Artists) this weekend.
Live art displays are planned for the evening, allowing guests to engage with the creative minds behind the artwork. The brief given to artists was centred around the iconic lifestyle that exists on the Gold Coast. They were asked to create a piece that they believe represents balance, character and soul.
BLA! will feature artists who specialise in fine art, sculpture, photography and typography and Burleigh Brewing CEO Peta Fielding said she was excited to have such a creative group of artists transform the brewery into a pop-up gallery.
“Here at Burleigh Brewing we lovingly craft works of art every day, then bottle them for others to savour,” she added.
Christan Saumon, AKA SK412 also lovingly crafts works of art every day (pictured) . He’s best known for his street art and is one of the talents exhibiting.
“If graffiti and street art got together, my artwork would be the illegitimate child they would produce,” he said, adding that this exhibition has him excited for obvious reasons.
“Beer and art are two of my favourite things in life, so combine them and you have my idea of nirvana,” Christan said. “We are getting more and more of these sorts of events happening on the Gold Coast. You combine that with the craft beer scene, which is an art form in itself, and you have a winning combo.”
Fellow artist Kiel Tillman, who references traditional tattoo images in his work (think skulls, daggers and snakes) and is also exhibiting and he agrees.
“Events like BLA! help promote both established and up and coming artists and illustrators which is great for the overall culture of the city,” Kiel said.
BLA! is free and sponsored by Blank GC, Symphony Hill Wines Solution Red and takes place Saturday 5 November from 5.00 – 8.00pm.
You can check out Christan’s work on Instagram at @christansaumon and Facebook: SK412.