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Library After Dark: Bad Art Party with local artists Jen Denzin and Joanne Back


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Thursday 19 May 2022


Newcastle Library

15 Laman Street

Newcastle 2300

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Free event, bookings essential. 
Location: Newcastle (City) Library, 5pm-9pm
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No art skills? No problem!
Bad Art Party is a social art event filled with kitschy craft making and is a fun celebration of the underrated art forms taking the world by storm!
See you for 'bad-art' making guided by the artists Jen Denzin and Joanne Back.
Live acoustic set at 6pm with singer Regina Kamanda and Teg Brazier from local neo-soul/reggae band, Regikay. 
Plus food, drinks, and more!
This is an 18+ event. Complimentary drink for each valid ticket holder.

Artist-led Workshop:

Make your creative dreams come true! Make a vibrant collage assemblage, or piece of BADdazzled wearable art with the artists Jen Denzin and Joanne Back. Jen and Jo will explain their crafting methods – from sourcing everyday art materials to coming up with unique assemblages.  

About the Artists:


Jen Denzin has exhibited in Newcastle for well over a decade. She uses commonplace materials such as plastic buckets, drinking straws, cable ties and tacky mementos to construct gaudy assemblages and vibrant environments. Her work is typically informed by historical meeting points and exchanges between people-groups and cultures mainly in the Asia-Pacific region. Insta. @jen_denzin_


Joanne Back studied a Bachelor of Education (Visual Arts) at University of Newcastle and graduated in 1995. The artist explains her art practice, 'In 2018, on the hunt for folkart, I visited Krakow in Poland. A trip to the Ethnographic Museum did not disappoint. It housed richly embroidered costumes, carved religious offerings and exquisite paper cuts.  I, too, dabble in various materials to create objects that reflect vibrant, joyful celebrations of everyday life.' Insta. @banana_lounge_studio 

Regikay is a six piece, neo soul/reggae band based on Awabakal land, led by singer Regina Kamanda. Producing Afro funk/reggae with modernised neo-soul, Regikay brings to life a personal lived journey through lyrics, melody and music. @regikay_music

About Autumn Alive:

Autumn Alive program is a month-long celebration bringing the CBD alive. We've put together an exciting program of events in collaboration with Civic Theatre, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle Library and Newcastle Museum while also highlighting our diverse and unique local businesses. Autumn Alive will be the only excuse you need to fall back in love with our city. To view the full program of events for Autumn Alive, go to:

Autumn Alive is proudly funded by Investment NSW as a part of the CBD Revitalisation Program.

Image credit: Jen Denzin, 2019. The Looking Up Room, Mixed Media installation. Image: Artist's own

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