RAW Revolution Recap

Heather Lansdowne 30 May 2014

Art and alcohol make for a great combination right? Patrons at the Uni Pub explored this theory as Canberra was again treated to a feast for the senses this Wednesday at the RAW Revolution event.

RAW: natural born artists, is an international organisation of artists devoted to throwing the spotlight on upcoming creatives, giving them a chance to shine within their local communities.

The event described itself as an “artistic circus of creativity” showcasing a number of local visual artists, filmmakers, performance artists, musicians, hair and makeup artists and fashion designers across multiple floors of the bustling pub.


A number of innovative brands were in attendance such as Eastern Weft, a company that creates its own fabric dyes for their textiles using locally grown fruits, vegetables, leaves, seeds and flowers. One of the other artists, Lisa, explained that she had been creating art of different types for over 20 years without ever really stopping to document her collections. This is perhaps a particularly interesting mindset to adopt given the modern propensity to capture and share every miniscule life achievement through social media.

As always, the crowd was warm and friendly, with strangers making conversation on the staircase landings and chatting with artists about their creations.


Host del cat kept the crowd pumped with her flirtatious take on emceeing, interviewing a number of artists between performances in rounds of “artist speed dating”.


Of the musical acts, Sparrow-Folk was a real highlight, delighting the crowd with their unique brand of folksy musical comedy. Of particular note was their hilarious and fantastically feminist jingle “ruin your day with tits”, which supports a woman’s right to breastfeed in public (and was recently made famous on the Today show).

We were also treated to a fashion show, and a routine by Susi, an Italian-born former Cirque du Soleil performer. Susi wowed the awe-struck audience with her pole dancing number that was sultry, controlled and elegant, despite the massive amount of strength required to pull it off. Hats off to this lovely lady and all the other performers and artists who put themselves out there on the night!

Did you get to the Raw Revolution showcase? Who was your favourite artist?

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