2006 Red Bull Music Academy
Richmond, Victoria, Australia



Everyone wants one.

Each year the Red Bull Music Academy seeks out a city that cultivates the coming together of like-minded communities from around the world; a place where friends can draw from the vibrant environment of their surrounds, a place that acts as a ‘real’ inspiration, and a place that can assist in closing the gap between the aural and visual creative arts.

In addition, the Academy ensures that the chosen venue is utilised as a platform for the host city to share it wares. As each Academy passes, the need to further integrate the musical and artistic components into one environment deepens.

In collaboration with Chris More from Studio Organic, Moth, a local design collective headed up by Kate Hannaford and Justin Hutchinson, were engaged to reinvent the process of interaction confined to the inner walls of the cultural precinct. Originally home to the Australian Knitting Mills, the shell of the three storey warehouse has been transformed from a typical dumping ground into a giant web of studio suites, recording rooms, and interactive spaces showcasing a resounding diversity in the visual arts.

Curators David Hagger, Kano Hollamby and Alex Mitchell have united some of the country’s most exciting artists in ‘Real Friend’, a dynamic exhibition that reflects Australia’s heritage, both past and present. Their experience within the local community has enabled them to incorporate site specific installations, digital film, street art, sculpture, photography and numerous painting methods into the surrounds, creating an arresting impact for participants and guests.

From the traditions of indigenous painting, through to the contemporary practices of the fast evolving street art scene, Real Friend highlights not just Melbourne’s, but Australia’s undeniable cultural integrity in Red Bull Music Academy’s latest installment.

Whether they make you think, make you smile, or make you cry, these are the works of new friends.