The winning design for the Adelaide Fringe 2012 poster has been launched in spectacular fashion, tethered to four weather balloons filled with high purity helium and floated above Victoria Square, Adelaide.
Adelaide Fringe Director and Chief Executive Greg Clarke says that selecting this year’s winner from over 280 entries was an enjoyable challenge.
“The theme for 2012 is Tour of the Unexpected, which was perfectly addressed in the entry by local Adelaide artist Sue Ninham. Her poster presents a collective of painted watercolour monsters which are bright, energetic and original.”
Each of the monsters is adorned with “vehicular qualities” including wheels, tracks and aerials. “The overall impact of the poster suggests adventure and excitement which is perfectly in keeping with plans for Adelaide Fringe 2012” added Mr Clarke.
"It occurred to me what a great opportunity it was for me to see my monsters throughout Adelaide. I was pleased for me, and for my monsters. I had to have a Bex and a lie-down."
New initiatives for 2012 announced to coincide with the poster celebration include:
- Tickets go on sale 1 month earlier – The 2012 program will be available online on 10 December 2011 via Adelaide Now and Adelaide Fringe websites, with the official printed guide in the Advertiser on 7 January 2012.
- A change of location for the Opening Night Parade – The Fringe Parade will travel down King William Street on Friday 24 February at 8pm.
- The Tour of the Unexpected Buses – Free Fringe buses with on-board Fringe tour guides will entertain passengers whilst pointing out and promoting all of the Fringe venues throughout the CBD.
BankSA general manager Chris Ward said, “BankSA is thrilled to be Principal Partner again in 2012, with the bank’s Support Act program to help artists expand their audience, and exciting new digital media elements enhancing the talkfringe.com website.''
Adelaide Fringe Chair Judy Potter, congratulating Sue Ninham on her winning design for the 2012 poster said, “It is an honour for us to feature the work of an accomplished local artist, reinforcing the role that Adelaide Fringe plays in bringing together artists and audiences.”
Sue's upcoming exhibition of oil paintings, "Legend in a Lunchbox", opens 3 November 2011 at Gallery on Waymouth. Sue will be exhibiting during Adelaide Fringe 2012 at contemporary art space Paper, String, Plastic at 99a Hindley Street. Sue's work is available in Adelaide at Urban Cow and at www.sueninham.com