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Chalk: An Australian Perspective – NOW SCREENING!

Our Chalk documentary airs on SBS1 7 October at 1pm 'Chalk: An Australian Perspective' follows Australia’s Champion Pavement Artists Jenny McCracken and Anton Pulvirenti We journey with them to the piazza of Grazie di Curtatone in Italy to compete at the world’s most influential yet gruelling pavement art competition, Incontro Nazionale dei Madonnari.  We explore how this once dying art form has evolved and exploded in popularity around the world.                   Above: ‘My Blue Angel’ 3D chalk ar

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Kurt Wenner – Recreating Creativity

While at Sarasota Chalk Festival I attended a lecture on creativity by Master Artist, Kurt Wenner and almost 3 weeks later I'm still thinking about it.  Here's a very brief summary that touches on a few points that were discussed as well as a few images that demonstrate Wenner's creativity.   In his lecture Wenner discussed how society is starting to realise that creativity is a vital part of human intelligence that may determine the success or failure of an individual or even of a nation in the next decades. But, he questions, how can creativity be incorporated into edu

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Sarasota Chalk Festival 2012 – It’s a wrap!

Well over a hundred thousand people visited Sarasota Chalk Festival this year, I was one of the lucky ones to experience the festival from start to finish and see international chalk artists, street painters and graff artists produce magnificent works of art.  Having taken a sabbatical from Chalk Urban Art Festival to experience other festivals and explore international opportunities I am really glad I included Sarasota on my list this year.Sarasota Chalk Festival has a great program that attracts people from far and wide. In addition to the artworks there was great music,

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Sarasota Chalk Art Festival begins

After a great evening out in Deep Ellum checking out the street murals and live music scene in Dallas I made my way back to Dallas Airport (is there a bigger airport in the world?) and caught a flight to Sarasota. First day on site was a reunion!  I caught up with Denise Kowal, the Organiser of Sarasota Chalk Festival and artists I met in Italy including Tommo Saito (Japan/Italy), Marion Ruthardt (Germany), Ruben Martinez (Mexico), Cesar Paredes Pacora (Peru) and many others.  They and others are here to work with Master Artist Kurt Wenner on his 3D illusion designed for

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In Dallas, Texas having a nice day…

I can't remember being in a place where everyone is so polite, even the discussions about the election are polite!  "Have a nice day" they say, and so that's what I did.   I'm here in Dallas for a 2 night stopover before going to Sarasota Chalk Festival in Florida.  After the long haul flights to Europe back in August I was determined to take a break this time and I'm very glad I did. Dallas has a great art scene and Tex-Mex food is perfect for this hungry art fan.  After ducking into North Park Mall and grabbing a pair of Levi's to fight off the cold (9 degrees today