Presented in partnership with Central Park’s The Living Mall as a featured event of Art & About 2015.
Arcadia launched on 18 September and continued for three weeks of retro gaming brought to modern life through artistic collaboration with international graffiti artist Sofles, who painted aMBUSH Gallery from floor to ceiling with technicolour murals. Artists James Jirat Patradoon, Georgia Hill, Chris Yee and Gerald Leung whose curated line-up of urban contemporary artists converted the pinball machines and ping-pong tables into customised, interactive art installations. World-renowned videographer Selina Miles documented Sofles’ transformation of the gallery and her work played as part of a video installation throughout Arcadia’s duration.
Gallery Three, located within aMBUSH Gallery’s Chippendale space, became a mini cinema dedicated to the screening of Japanese cult favourite anime in partnership with Madman Entertainment and visitors were invited to bring along their own vinyl records and play as Arcadia’s DJ on the customised turntables. There were opportunities for play throughout The Living Mall and in the outdoor precinct as part of Game On at Arcadia, Chippendale Central Park’s spin-off event. Arcadia attracted over 37,000 visitors to the gallery on Level 3 over the 3 weeks.