Tinsel is a jam-packed night of hilarious performances and a delicious Christmas-in-summer inspired feast!
Presented at the Mission to Seafarers amongst the beautiful historically-listed Spanish-style architecture, we put on a 3-course dinner & show every night in the lead up to Christmas. Our drag queens prepared brand new acts and our hosts were some of Australia's freshest comedic talents.
Artists involved: Uff, Vin Tagè, Miss Friby, Dazza and Kief, Lou Wall and Jack Hardmen.
In 2015 Scratch Arts operated out of a large warehouse space in North Melbourne offering artist studios, a theatre, gallery, photography studio and a 300 capacity events space.
For two years Scratch Arts produced a diverse range of exhibitions, theatre shows, runway shows and events that drew staggering numbers. The space offered affordable opportunities for emerging and established Melbourne creatives whilst becoming a community hub for contemporary and queer cultural gatherings.
Scratch Arts Hub
Over 2 weeks at the Mission to Seafarers we had 48 theatre shows, 5 breathwork sessions, 5 light & sound shows, 2 life drawing sessions, a beautiful exhibition and an amazing Blankë Pop party to wrap it all up.
In the middle of a pandemic we were able to pull off a huge hub of visual and performing arts from some of Victoria's best contemporary and queer artists. It was an absolute delight to have just shy of 3000 people come through the space and experience some wonderful art from the 104 artists involved.
Many thanks to the support from City of Melbourne, State Government of Victoria, The Mission to Seafarers - Victoria and The Village Festival.
Each year, since 2017, Scratch Arts has built, managed and presented a theatre and nightly cabarets at Australia's largest regional Burning Man event.
Working with a team of 30, each year we have created unique, contemporary and risque entertainment for a festival of over 5000 people. Our nightly cabarets have included performers from across Australia and the world - with some of the standouts being; NICA graduates with elaborate aerial performances, magicians sawing audience members in half, multiple burlesque dancers performing whilst washing a firetruck, a flame-throwing trumpeter and a piano built out of volunteer audience members' bodies connected to an elaborate system of wires.
Our purpose built space has also provided many workshops, life drawing sessions, late night dance parties and a huge interactive UV reactive black-light installation called The Night Garden. This installation provides an otherworldly experience to escape to; built from 90% recycled materials it is a labyrinth among the trees where guests are invited to play or relax within the many hammocks.
Over the 2018 - 2019 summer, Scratch Arts held 10 special events in conjunction with Rubix Warehouse in Brunswick.
These events had a specific focus on artists from the Brunswick community and the surrounding suburbs - featuring performers, musicians, DJs, visual artists and crafting artists.
Misfit Mansion brought together a diverse audience who came together to dance, create, relax and be entertained as they wind down, wire up and weird out on the dancefloor.
The Business of Art
This free two-day workshop, supported by the Victorian Government, has been developed to improve the business practices of emerging and mid-career artists. Our 4 facilitators presented the workshop in 14 towns across regional Victoria over July, August and September 2021.
Over two days the workshop facilitators addressed a range of practical skills to assist artists in working towards generating a sustainable income from their practice.
Facilitators: Elizabeth Dawson-Smith, Timothy Christopher Ryan, Gerard Geer and Kathryn (Camila Cream)
Your everyday life has been abstracted, documented and celebrated through the works of these diverse artists.
They've delved deep into the spaces where we feel most comfortable to truly express our identities - The nightclubs, our bedrooms, our kitchens and our love-lives.
This group exhibition presented as a part of Midsumma 2021 showcases the artists making waves in the queer contemporary arts scene.