April 16, 2012

Struth! Art Carnival is a Body of Work

IN his continuing search for the more weird, whacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says it's anyone's guess what you may find at this year's Australian Body Art Carnivale that will be held on May 12 an 13 at Eumundi on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Australia's premier body art event, the Carnivale is a colourful and creative festival experience for all ages, and with entry for visitors free.

The Carnivale attracts artists and spectators from across Australia and overseas to Eumundi, that's 15-minutes from Noosa and around an hour north of Brisbane.

Event Manager Danielle Taylor says the Carnivale is centred on competitions in full body art (temporary paint – not tattoo) and face painting, but also includes competitions and exhibitions in wearable art, vehicle art and photography.

"As the name suggests, the Australian Body Art Carnivale certainly has a strong focus on body art in its many and varied forms – from the more readily seen face painting right through to full body painting in the categories of brush and sponge, airbrush and special effects," she says. 

"For members of the public, it's an event like nothing they've seen before as human canvases take shape right before them.

"While we will have experienced body and make-up artists competing, many entrants in previous Carnivales had never before painted on a body – they simply used their artistic flair to work on a very different canvas … the human body."

The competition's theme for this year is "Under the Sea", with artists competing for over $12,000 in cash and prizes.

There'll also be street performers, buskers and bands, craft workshops, and a Saturday Night Gala Event (ticketed.) Visit www.australianbodyart.com.au for more information.

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