Hip-hop hub at Ballarat's Backspace Gallery

STREET savvy creatives, hip hop DJs and skateboarders are set to converge on Ballarat’s Backspace Gallery as part of a new exhibition by local artist Casey Tosh. 

Sugar Punk Fairy, the latest offering from the painter, designer, curator and self-described campaigner, opens on January 5. 

The exhibition is set to close with a January 12 event in Alfred Deakin Place with DJs, dance demonstrations, Parcour performance art, a skateboard deck-painting workshop and real-time ’zine production. 

Tosh said skateboarding, music and street art were the foundations of his work, which is full of “swooping rhythms and the staccato pace of the streets”.

He has a deep commitment to looking at the methods of contemporary art and avatars. 

“Bringing the show to Backspace is an opportunity to both introduce a new audience to my work, and bring a whole new rash of street-savvy creatives to the gallery,” Tosh said. 

“At first glance, the images seem equally gestural however a closer look reveals considered drawing within a wide experimentation with technique – not to mention a dark humour.” 

Backspace Gallery exists to provides artists and curators the opportunity to exhibit or perform in a professionally supported and well-promoted program. 

The venue aims to actively engage Ballarat’s creative sector and the general public through the provision of excellent, innovative and socially relevant programs profiling local artists and high quality contemporary art.