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Cigarettes. Ikea furniture. Posh chocolates. Some things belong in white boxes. We don’t think art is one of them.

Between 20 and 29 of February 2020, we’ll be transforming the Facility, Kensington, into an outlandish Eden populated by a crowd more hedonistic than a 90s warehouse rave.

Feast your eyes, gorge your stomach, shimmy to live music, play intellectual ping pong, snort espresso martinis and salute the scene’s most smouldering talent.

More than 100 artists, galleries, crews and collectives will descend on the Facility to display (and distribute) work in urban art disciplines as varied as: painting, murals, photography, stencil, sculpture, video, illustration and epic immersive installations.

We want to change the way you experience public space. To holler ourselves hoarse about Australia’s urban art scene and inspire (as well as invest in) a new generation of talent. Ultimately, we’re keen to question the very nature of art itself.

We don’t pretend to be custodians of the contemporary urban art scene. We’re a micro-movement inside a macro-movement. The underground grows, advances and develops with its own organic energy. We’re just here to provide the platform.

Tickets on sale October 2019

People

Kent Johnston

Founder
Kent Johnston has over 18 years experience in experiential marketing and production, delivering innovative concepts, builds and event management for leading brands and music and cultural festivals worldwide. Kent is Founder and Director of The Facility, an experiential agency, multi-disciplined workshop and production house delivering bespoke projects and big ideas since 2008. Clients include Telstra, Sydney Opera House, Nike, Mountain Goat, Stella Artois, Maserati, Heineken, Asahi and Melbourne Art Fair.

Zoe Paulsen

Festival Director
Zoe Paulsen is an arts professional with over 10 years experience in the creative industry. Zoe started out Producing for some of Australia’s top creative agencies such as Leo Burnett and M&C Saatchi before embarking on a career in the Arts. Former Director of The Other Art Fair, Zoe is credited for successfully launching the international fair into the Australian market. Eight editions on and now firmly cemented in the Australian art scene, Zoe is proud to have established an event highly regarded in the industry.  Zoe’s interest in the visual arts has been further fed by her long term membership of the Young Ambassador program at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). In her role as Committee member, she seeks to activate awareness, engagement and support for the arts to a younger demographic.

Genevieve Kelly

Marketing Manager 
Genevieve’s career started out selling tickets at the arthouse haven of Dendy Cinemas in Brisbane while she completed her Creative Industries degree at QUT. Since then, she has had more than 11 years’ experience working in the arts and entertainment industries in Australia with Dendy and Palace Cinemas, 3 Degrees Marketing and Barefoot Cinema. Her roles have encompassed everything from event management and marketing to partnerships management and film festival curation.

Also a qualified yoga instructor, Genevieve keeps her head together by teaching (and practicing) yoga both in Melbourne and on the Great Ocean Road.

Emily O'Brien

Operations Director
Emily O’Brien has worked extensively in the field of production both locally and internationally, working primarily in theatre, dance, festivals, cultural and corporate events. Emily was awarded an undergraduate degree from the VCA School of Production in 2002. In 2012, she completed a Masters in Arts Management at the University of Melbourne and is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma in Public Safety (Emergency Management). She is a co-founder of the production collective, First In Last Out (FILO) and a passionate advocate of emerging practitioners.

Emily’s clients, collaborators and projects (current and past) include;
All Tomorrow’s Parties, BalletLAB, Dark Mofo, Emily Goddard, Federation Square, Film Victoria, Harvest Music Festival, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Fringe, MONA FOMA,  the Wheeler Centre and White Night Melbourne, amongst others.

Advisory

Our Advisory Board members have drive and passion for street and urban contemporary art. They are advocates for the scene who continue to inspire and invest in a new generation of talent. We are excited to introduce you to our impressive Advisory Board for Can’t Do Tomorrow. 

Toby Benador

With 14 years’ experience, Toby Benador has cemented herself in Melbourne’s vibrant creative arts community. A widely respected leader amongst her peers she has diligently and passionately worked to secure her standing within the top tier of arts professional’s currently working in this highly competitive field. In 2010 Toby launched Just Another-an artist management agency based in Melbourne. Boasting a plethora of tools in their wheelhouse Just Another quickly become known within the creative community as a company fiercely dedicated to supporting, encouraging and providing opportunities for some of the industry’s best creative talent. Something that has come to be expected with anything that Toby puts her name and brand to.

(Image credit: Kara Riri)

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Dean Sunshine

Dean Sunshine has lived in Melbourne all his life and experienced first-hand the graffiti and aerosol art movement as it began there in the 80’s. For the last decade he has followed the development of the local street art scene and photographed and documented thousands of works for no other reason than the appreciation of the art form. He started the blog Land of Sunshine in 2010 which led to the self-publication of two books–Land of Sunshine (2012) and Street Art Now (2014). Aside from documentation, he has created an outdoor graffiti and street art gallery on the exterior walls of our warehouse in Brunswick for local and international artists to paint named Sunshine Lane and has curated countless large and small street art/graffiti projects.

Salvatore Malatesta

What began in 2005 down a South Melbourne laneway in a dumpster-chic warehouse space has become the ST. ALi Family, and under the indefatigable energy of owner Salvatore Malatesta, is a worldwide leader in specialty coffee with a unique multi-brand strategy.

Malatesta continues to push the envelope with innovative coffee environments and best in category in Australia beginning with ST. ALi and Sensory Lab in David Jones Melbourne, shortly followed by another store in David Jones, a Sensory Lab on Collins Street, another in the Rialto Building and most recently at Tullamarine International Airport. In January 2016 ST. ALi opened its first café in South East Asia in the upmarket area of Jakarta with two Sensory Lab cafes across Jakarta. In 2017 ST. ALi in conjunction with Mercedes Australia opened the first Mercedes me store in Australia, one of only eight in the world.

Salvatore is a former lawyer from an Italian migrant background steeped in tradition. Food, wine and coffee was an integral part of any family get together. 

Salvatore and the ST. ALi Group continues to grow as a best incategory, not only in Australia but internationally.

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Jeremey Gaden 

Jeremy Gaden has worked in Victoria’s creative sector for the last 25 years, and has a background in venue management, festival coordination, producing, state government and organisational leadership. He has worked for a wide variety of arts organisations, including Melbourne Fringe, National Institute of Circus Arts, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and Melbourne International Arts Festival. Jeremy was Program Manager at Footscray Community Arts Centre, where he oversaw many of the organisation’s large-scale community engagement projects, and the inaugural director of The Substation in Newport, delivering the final stage of a large infrastructure project and establishing its position as a regionally significant contemporary arts centre.

More recently, Jeremy has held the position of Senior Manager, Partnership Programs at Creative Victoria where he oversaw many of the Victorian state government’s creative industries development programs, including those that support economic and social outcomes. Specifically, he was responsible for Creative Victoria’s regional development, Aboriginal, Social Impact, Education, and Contemporary Music programs. In this position Jeremy was also responsible for many intra-government relationships, such as those with Regional Development Victoria and Visit Victoria.

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