The tone of the night was set before guests entered the ball, with the facade of the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) beaming a vibrant and enticing shade of pink in the dark of the night.
The highly anticipated ball was the brain child of some of Perth’s most dedicated fashion and cultural influencers, and the first event co-presented by Vogue Australia along with the AGWA Foundation and Audi.
“The event came about after the AGWA Foundation identified a need for an event that made the gallery an appealing place to visit for a younger demographic,” explains director of Muse Bureau Public Relations and ART BALL event producer, Grant Capriotti. “It was also about bringing various disciplines of art together under the roof of an iconic Perth institution.”
AGWA’s featured international exhibitions Sacred and Profane and Comic Tragic were open for guests to stroll around and view, while other entertainment and installations were scattered throughout the two levels, allowing guests to explore and see AGWA in a new light.
“A Creative Committee of fashion, art, business and PR identities was formed and the event format started to take shape. We wanted to break away from the traditional sit-down dinner and single stage show, instead creating an interactive experience of music, fashion, fine art, performance, costume and makeup,” says Grant. “We wanted it to be the best party in Perth in a style that hasn’t been done in decades – a sensory feast with the best champagne.”
The night was full of drama and fun, transporting guests to another world. There were aerialists and live nude drawing from Ultimo Interiors, a performance from the Perth Symphony Orchestra, virtual reality headsets in an Imagination Room, as well as interactive photobooths.
Aurelio Costarella’s garments raced around AGWA on roller derby girls from Crazy Skates, and Drag Queens from Connections Nightclub amped-up the crowd with one of their flamboyant performances.
Though, it was Sneaky Sound System who stole the show with tunes that made guests race to the dance floor and dance the night away.
“The aim of the Audi ART BALL was to give guests the opportunity to see things differently at the Art Gallery of Western Australia while creating an unforgettable experience that would be talked about for months following the event.”