Austin Nitsua an artist from Byron Bay with stencil art promoting his upcoming collaborative exhibition in Byron Bay, showcasing work from local and interstate artists in a range of different mediums.
Austin Nitsua an artist from Byron Bay with stencil art promoting his upcoming collaborative exhibition in Byron Bay, showcasing work from local and interstate artists in a range of different mediums. Patrick Gorbunovs

Artists staying young

"KEEP YOUTH" is a one-night artistic exhibition with a clear message: "Don't grow up".

Byron Bay businessman and artist Austin Nitsua has invited other artists from Melbourne, Brisbane and Byron Bay for a one-off artistic "happening" around the idea of staying young, playful and artistic.

On September 1, Mr Nitsua and another 10 artists will meet at The Early House, 16 Marvel St in Byron Bay from 6pm.

The theme of the exhibition revolves around skateboarding, urban culture and the loss of the concept of play among adults.

Street artists Burge from Melbourne, Barek from Brisbane and Asio from Byron Bay will paint three works during the exhibition using graffiti and paste-up techniques.

Some of the graffiti works will be painted on the house walls, while others will be done on skateboards and sold that night.

The rest of the artists, under the name of Early Creative, will be showcasing photography, video, illustrating, stencil and other media normally used by urban artists.

"Most people say 'grow up, what are you doing skateboarding?' This exhibition is saying: 'don't grow up, it's a trap'," Mr Nitsua explained.

Austin Nitsua, who lives at The Early House and also runs his business from that building, is hoping to open the place for this kind of artistic endeavour once a year.

"It is not the type of artistic exhibition you normally see in Byron Bay. This will be a more urban, one-off kind of artistic night, open to everyone", he said.



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