Discover the Art of Face Painting
IF you haven’t yet experienced the joy and colour of The Australian Body Art Carnivale on the Sunshine Coast, QLD, then you’re missing out. Not only is it a great location, the Australian Body Art Carnivale is a well established event on the Australian arts calender boasting some pretty awesome talent.
Coinciding with the famous Eumundi Markets and held on the first weekend in May, the Australian Body Art Carnivale draws a big crowd of spectators, face painters and body artists from far and wide..
Event manager Danielle Taylor said attendance this year had probably set a record.
“It’s been a fantastic event with a massive turn-out and it’s all gone really well,” Danielle said.
Around 100 competitors converged on the village to take part, each with a different take on this year’s theme of ‘Dreams and Nightmares’.
“Some artists focused on dreams, other on nightmares, and many intertwined the two – showing the duality between good and evil, beauty and horror,” she said.
“We saw works that featured spiders, grotesque gore, sci-fi horror and monsters as well as angels, rainbow sprites, goddesses and knights in shining armour.”
With an inclusive family atmosphere and impressive prizes, the competition attracts fresh new talent as well as the more seasoned competitors.
From a spectator’s point of view, it was great to see how the organisers included the public, and in doing so, delivered the art form to a wider audience.
Held over two days and free to the public, the Carnivale has been showcasing Australian talent since 2008 and continues to build on its strengths. Watching the artists develop their ideas was one of the highlights for me.
Guest judges were Brady Neher, who now lives on the Sunshine Coast with his wife and fellow artist Nina, and Julie Tattam of Skincognito based in Sydney.
Scroll down to find links to published articles and galleries of photos.
I’d like to congratulate all the entrants, and the winners, for your awesome work. Special mention goes to Kim Cakebread from South Australia, Ayesha Henderson from Queensland, and 13-year-old Caitlin Tickner, also from Queensland – all of whom received prizes from Face Paint Shop Australia and the Face Painting School. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with next year!
The prize-winners for the 2014 Australian Body Art Carnivale:
Brush & Sponge BODY ART
Airbrush BODY ART
SPECIAL EFFECTS BODY ART
WIMMERS Face Painting
CAR BONNET PAINTING
Further reading and photo galleries
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