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Singer-songwriter Amber Nichols performs.

Canberra’s Academy Nightclub recently saw a sold-out event quite unlike anything to have graced those hallowed walls before. RAW is an international organisation designed to showcase creative types from all sorts of mediums. On September 4th it arrived in Canberra, showcasing a huge variety of local talent including singers and musicians, circus acrobatics, contemporary dance, photographers, painters and more. This is the capital’s first RAW: natural born artists showcase…

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Local circus group Poncho Circus perform for the cameras. One of the group’s signature acts involves a rather unconventional game of Jenga. Which, as we all know, is the best kind of Jenga.

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Sophie P-Y (AKA EDDIE SHAGGZ) on the decks.

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Self-taught artist Houl’s bizarre characters adorn all sorts of random objects, including skate decks, razor discs, street signs and game consoles.

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Walrus, whose work is described as an intensely spiritual and psychedelic interpretation of the subconscious.

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Collaboration between Walrus (left of canvas) and Howl (right of canvas) drawn progressively through the night.

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Britt Nichols displayed her intricately patterned artworks, inspired by tattoo culture and ancient symbolism.

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Designer of label Rockstars and Royalty, Vicky Kidd-Gallichan.

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Pendants on display from Rockstars and Royalty.

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Azim Zain performs to the crowd.

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Bonnie McArthur demonstrating her painting live on the night. Her work captures the beauty of imperfection through a brutal adherence to realism.

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Artistic director of the Canberra Dance Theatre Liz Lea performs.

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A piece created in collaboration between visual artist Houl and hair stylist Leslie Henshaw. This work was covered in painted hair which was removed from the canvas and used as part of a hair piece during the hair show.

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Mr Michael performs his characteristically genre transcending music with a violin to the beats of techno and house.

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Revellers watch short films on the big screen.

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Walrus gets naked.

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Host Del Cat gettin’ funky.

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Models show off clothing from Dissonance.

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Leslie Henshaw works frantically to create hairstyles live on the catwalk.

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A model awaits the hair show to begin.

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