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Little Festival

The small-scale street art festival

Inviting you to look beyond the ‘big hero walls’ of Mayfield's street-art scene, Little Festival is a diverse and inclusive curation of small-scale street art in the suburb’s most intriguing spaces, along Maitland Road, in alleyways, and shrouded from view.

This vibrant and whimsical street art festival incorporates live street art and graffiti painting, miniature street art installations, pop-up exhibitions and activations throughout the day. 

Little Festival launched in October 2022 in Newcastle as an inclusive and diverse street art festival format. Festival Director and Producer Jacinta Fintan had noticed that there was a need for more diverse programming and curation in the street art industry and developed Little Festival.

“It has always been the smaller organic street art pieces that have caught my attention when I’m walking down laneways and alleyways. I’m excited to curate an inclusive artist lineup for Little Festival, it’s a real chance to elevate the issue of diversity in the street art industry,” says Jacinta Fintan, Little Festival Director, and Curator.

The Little Festival
Mini Zine Libraries (Brisbane) by o85c3n3

The Little Festival Mayfield

Funded by Mayfield Business Improvement Association (Mayfield BIA), Little Festival is part of Mayfield BIA’s broader Mayfield Arts Trail event on Saturday. Visitors can follow the street art walking trail to discover work by Little Festival artists including:

Tinky (Melbourne)
Tinky gathers and assembles vintage or abandoned objects with miniscule characters and uses wordplay to create humorous dioramas in non-spaces... think gutters, holes-in-the-wall in streets, buildings, laneways, and curated gallery spaces.

KEOB (Newcastle)
KEOB is a local artist, father and daydreamer with a passion for all things art, culture, and Country creating one-off artworks, working closely with the community helping to create vibrant large-scale murals and street art.

Ruby Rickard (Newcastle)
Ruby is a self-taught artist who specialises in acrylic painting and experimental mixed media designs, drawing inspiration from the picturesque landscapes of my hometown and the abundance of raw beauty on the coastlines of Australia.

Shan Primrose (Newcastle)
Shan is a Burmese-Australian visual artist and designer who explores themes of self-identity, culture, and her own mental health journey through art.

Jordan Lucky (Newcastle)
An enigma in theNewcastle street art scene, Jordan is known for their excitingly vibrant and detailed large-scale works, and an unwavering and contagious enthusiasm.

Broken Hartist (UK)
Broken Hartistis a UK street artist with a desire to spread love and well being on the streets around the world through collaged multi media paste on posters, playing cards, and polaroid photos.

085c3n3 (Brisbane)
A multidisciplinary artist who explores the interrelationship between inspired nostalgia and the viewer role in creating a sense of place, recontextualising redundant objects, discarded machines, and antiquated artmaking methods.

Mini Zine Libraries (Brisbane)
Tiny libraries on the streets, developed by 085c3n3 to encourage exploration of zines in public space.

SaturnBelle (Sydney)
Queer, non binary, neurodivergent artist of Wiwadjuri blood, creating paintings exploring gender, sexuality, mental health, and the eccentricities of existence.

James (Jimmy) Jenkoz (Newcastle)
With a recent exploration into integrated bold colour palates, James has introduced typography and vivid linework into his practice, moving away from more traditional black and white formats.

Ashley Joy Art (Newcastle)
Meet Ashley Joy, a self-taught artist evolved from Newcastle/Mulubinba. Her love for fluorescent colours and glow paint sets her apart. Ashley's art is not just a reflection of her eye for colour and dedication to create, but also of her deep love for life and all its colours. Her paintings are acelebration of the beauty and joy that can be found in even the darkest of places.

To see the full lineup and festival program, head to the Little Festival website here.

Little Festival

When: Sat 13 Jan | 10am-2pm
Where: Mayfield NSW

Little Festival