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Event Review – Raw: Ensemble — October 1, 2012

Event Review – Raw: Ensemble

What: RAW Brisbane: Ensemble
Where: Oh Hello!
When: 26 September 2012
Reviewed by: Steph Dooris and Andrew Watt, Brisbane Ambassadors

Somewhere between the visual art, samba dance routine and fashion shows, Steph and I looked at each other and realised: what a crazy amount of diverse talent exists in the Brisbane arts scene.

RAW Artists is an independent arts organisation originally from the United States, but last month saw their first international showcase at Oh Hello in Fortitude Valley. With RAW’s fourth showcase in Brisbane, dubbed “Ensemble” the organisation is fast solidifying itself as the hub of Brisbane’s art community.

After both attending the launch of RAW last month, Steph and I were eager to get along to the second Brisbane showcase and check out the fresh batch of artist’s work on show. Yet again we were dazzled with a slew of visual art, photography, music, fashion, dance, hair and makeup that our city’s art scene is bursting at the seams with talent.

This time around we wanted to connect with more of the attendees, and hopefully suss out some juicy information from them. As we floated through Oh Hello! mingling with the crowd, drinks in our hand, we got chatting to some interesting personalities and decided to share their opinions with you.

Nicki and Linda (exhibitor)

Thoughts so far: I’m loving tonight so far! I can’t wait for the showcases to begin. We’re very excited.
Excited about: The work by the other designers on the runway. I can really relate to how excited they will be. So far tonight has been a lot of fun.

I’ve met a lot of fun people and there were lots of fun behind the scenes. Hair and make up was really great. But we’re really just excited for the show to start.

Brad, Sonya, Emma

First time? Yes
Discovered RAW through: Zanee, my sister, is one of the design exhibitors here. She’s awesome.
Excited about: I’m quite excited to see the bands. I’ve been told that they’re quite good.
Three words for tonight: Raw, energetic, Zanee


Discovered RAW through: My friend, Megan Lumley, has art in tonight’s exhibit and she was like ‘Come along!’ So I thought OK because I haven’t seen her art before. But it’s really amazing and I’m really excited.

Everyone’s art tonight is really cool. I’m enjoying it a lot.
Inspired by: Damien Hirst. I love the skull he did that’s covered in diamonds! I really like him and he has really controversial artwork that I think are interesting.

Alex Gee (exhibitor)

Excited about: I really enjoy the photography, actually. I think I’m just attracted to photography in general and to see good work coming out of Brisbane is always exciting.
Inspired by: The studio that I work with inspires me every day. I work for Breeder, which is a part of another company called Josephmark. We’re doing really exciting things for a lot of really exciting clients, Myspace being one of them.
Points for: All of it. It all rocks.


Discovered RAW through: I was here to visit Kahlia Litzow, one of the artists. I’m really glad I came because I’ve been introduced to so many other amazing people as well. It’s been great.
Inspired by: It’s sort of hard to say because I’m not really involved in the arty scene. But I have been looking at a lot of burlesque stuff so I guess that’s been inspiring me.
Points for: It’s nice to have a bar where you get spirits, you can’t really do that at other art exhibitions so that’s definitely a plus.

Jose and Jacob

Thoughts so far: Jose: The art is really nice. I really like it. And all the artists are really friendly as well, so its great. Jacob: I’ve really liked the art tonight. It’s very good. Really diverse, as well.
Excited by: Jose: I like Fleur‘s work. She’s my friend’s sister. It reminds me a lot of Agnes Cecile, which is good.

Jacob: My favourite would probably have to be the landscape photography.

Three words for tonight: Jose Indie, fashion, art. Jacob: Lively, inspired, art.


Thoughts so far: I think the fashion show is definitely the most exciting part of the night. I also love all the artwork as well. I think it’s really good to get young artists out there.
Inspired by: Everything in Brisbane. Everything and anything that looks good to my eyes, which in Brisbane there is a lot.
Three words for tonight: Really fucking awesome.

Andrew and Steph attended the Ensemble showcase courtesy of RAW Brisbane. The next RAW event is on the 24 of October at Oh Hello!

Event Review: ArtWrite — September 16, 2012

Event Review: ArtWrite

What: ArtWrite – The Pitch
Where: QUT Art Museum
When: 21 August 2012
Reviewed by: Steph Dooris, Brisbane Ambassador

QUT Art Museum’s third seminar in the ArtWrite series focused on pitching to editors and featured Louise Martin-Chew (Brisbane arts writer) and Sarah Follent (editor of Eyeline Magazine).

Martin-Chew and Follent were the perfect choice for this seminar, as both have extensive experience working on either side of the table. Martin-Chew is a freelance writer who has written for The Australian, Australian Art Review, Art Monthly, InDesign and Green magazine, and previously worked as editorial manager at Art&Australia. Follent used to write for The Australian before her gig as Editor for Eyeline.

The hottest tip from the night was to research. Martin-Chew and Follent both strongly suggested knowing as much as possible about publications before pitching to them. They told the crowd that the best research was to just read the magazines and figure out what they cover, their deadlines and whether there are themes you will need to work within.

The next step, after reading up on who you want to pitch to, was to approach editors. For this, they suggested sending editors a short introduction of who you are and your previous experience (either with writing or in the arts industry), followed by a brief outline of your pitch. All in all, they suggested, the document should not be longer than a page. If you want to include a CV, Follent warned against making it longer as editors are unlikely to have time to look at much more.

When it comes to the actual writing, both Martin-Chew and Follent stressed the importance of sticking to word limits, checking grammar and proofreading. Although it may seem like common sense, the main message I took from this seminar was to be thorough in all aspects of the process, and to really know the magazine you are wanting to approach. The anecdotal advice of Martin-Chew and Follent, two heavyweights in Australia’s arts writing scene, was helpful, logical and reassuring, and definitely made this event a worthwhile way of spending a Tuesday evening.

QUT’s final ArtWrite seminar for the year, Copyright: Copyright for writers and artists, is on Tuesday 23 October at 6pm. RSVP via email ( or call 07 3138 5370.

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