Street Art Meets Music at the Sunshine Coasts New Creative Playground NightQuarter
The Amity Affliction frontman Joel Birch has collaborated with artist collective The Brightsiders to create a large scale mural on the new NightQuarter precinct at Stockland Birtinya as the hero artwork in their new Street Art Gallery.
NightQuarter is a shipping container-based creative precinct with street food, live music, immersive experiences, bars and art. After three successful years on the Gold Coast, the precinct is thrilled to be making the Sunshine Coast its new home right here at Stockland Birtinya.
A large scale mural has transformed the structure spanning the shipping containers that form the facade of two sides of the NightQuarter precinct. The artwork can be viewed from the Stockland Birtinya side entrance to NightQuarter, from Kawana Way and Station Street. The collaboration with Joel Birch and the development of the Street Art Gallery is set to establish NightQuarter as a destination for street art.
The artist behind the mural is Sunshine Coast local and front man of The Amity Affliction, Joel Birch. Birch is an illustrator, a street artist, a writer and a true creative all-rounder. His design is a reflection of the Sunshine Coast drawing inspiration from music, rock legends, lyrics and the quintessential Sunny Coast lifestyle. It is being brought to life by local artist collective The Bright siders while Joel is on a world tour with The Amity Affliction. The Bright siders, who are also the internationally renowned art collective behind many of the silo projects, are no strangers to NightQuarter having previously created over ten pieces of street art for NightQuarter.
CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast Simon Latchford looks forward to welcoming the exciting new NightQuarter precinct to Stockland Birtinya and the region.
NightQuarter will offer a brilliant tourism and cultural experience for our region. It demonstrates a real vote of confidence to relocate from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast and is a testament to our rapidly growing arts and entertainment industry.
I have no doubt the locals and visitors will embrace this new tourism offering that provides yet another reason for tourists to come to the region, stay longer and spend more injecting dollars into the local economy. It aligns perfectly with our strategy to market the region as more than just beaches and will provide great exposure for the Sunshine Coast into the future, added Mr Latchford.
NightQuarter co-owner Michelle Christoe is passionate about incubating creative talent.
Our DNA is in being a grassroots cultural and live music space that is authentic to the community we are in. The mural is inspired by the sunsets over the Sunshine Coast with the vibrant colour palette and the voices of Australian music scene, said Christoe.
Collaborating with Joel Birch has been a dream. As a live music venue, we are huge fans of his work with The Amity Affliction and have a great appreciation of his artistic talent. He is a brilliant illustrator, typographer and artist, and an authentic voice for the Sunshine Coast.
A major new addition to the Sunshine Coast iteration of NightQuarter will be an interactive Street Art Gallery. From graffiti art to sculpture, to wearable art, to murals, there are already over twenty pieces in the collection. Ever-evolving as new pieces are commissioned, the Street Art Gallery invites people to explore the precinct to discover art and interact with their devices for a full multimedia experience with videos, interviews and behind the scenes content.
Sarah Neilsen, General Manager of Placemaking, Stockland, said: recognises and supports the value of community artwork in curating a sense of unique identity and pride in the places we live, work and play.
Street Art Gallery and large-scale mural are excellent examples of creative placemaking at its finest, and we hope that by integrating such beautiful art we can enhance the vibrancy and spirit of the already thriving community of Birtinya'.
The NightQuarter precinct is currently under construction. It will open with an exclusive opening weekend, operating Friday and Saturdays 4 to 10pm and Sundays noon to 7pm. Numbers are limited on the Opening Night. The early access registration is currently live on the NightQuarter website www.nightquarter.com.au