May 19-21, 2017
Artwork by over 170 juried fine artists and craftspeople exhibiting original works of art in 10 different categories will be available for purchase, including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodwork and more. Artists’ booths will line Fayetteville St. Artlets will anchor the streets intersecting Fayetteville St, With performance stages on Fayetteville St. Artsplosure highlights superb performing artists, with an emphasis on jazz, blues, traditional and roots-inspired musicians. Moore Square will also be home to a kid musician stage at Kidsplosure!
Architects of Air build ‘luminaria’ – monumental inflatable structures designed to generate a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour. From, Hong Kong to Honolulu, Taipei to Tel Aviv, Sydney to Singapore, the monumental walk-in sculptures of Architects of Air have enchanted audiences around the world. Since 1992, over 3 million visitors in 41 countries across 5 continents have immersed themselves in the spectacular, luminous world of Architects of Air. Built in 2016, Katena takes its name from the catenary curve – the shape of a chain suspended between 2 points. Gaudi used suspended chains when he designed the Sagrada Familia. The catenary has a visual sympathy with pneumatic forms and in Katena. Entering the airlock provides the first encounter with the catenary as the airlock windows are in the form of the inverted catenary. Proceeding then to the first of the 3 dodecahedral domes the catenary makes its appearance as a motif generated by displaced seams. Catenary curves may be found elsewhere in the structure – altogether there are more than 100. The Main Dome of Katena is said to resemble a pineapple and has been likened to a Hindu temple from the inside. Its construction was particularly intricate with a fine mesh of riveted and sewn reinforcement defining the shape and over 200 colour spots swirling upward to a green finial.
Children under the age of 16 to be accompanied by an adult.
Artsplosure Festival Lawn
Sponsored by: Briggs Hardware
It’s not a music festival without a festival lawn! Relax in the grass right in front of our main stage on Fayetteville St! Bring a lawn chair, blanket, or your bare feet to this pop-up parklet in the middle of downtown Raleigh! Brought to you by your downtown Briggs Hardware store.
Student Art Exhibition
PNC Plaza Lobby (Fayetteville Street)
Friday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Student Art Exhibition and activities in the PNC Plaza Lobby are free and open to the public. Original artwork by some of the best Wake County middle and high school student artists.
Back by popular demand, come tickle the ivories on our outdoor pianos located on Fayetteville street. They are painted by local artist, Dare Coulter.
Acrobats Tobin Renwick and David Graham are The Red Trouser Show. Do not miss this chance to check out their awe-inspiring feats from juggling fire to balancing acts as they perform throughout Artsplosure!
Statues come to life with Statute Viva’s creative interactive performance!
Triangle Potters Guild
Sponsored by: Clark Nexsen
Comprised of professional and recreational potters and ceramists, the organization was formed to the promote the art and craft of ceramics across the region.
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Sponsored by: Elliott Davis Decosimo
Pop-up artistic experiences that encompass the full range of artistic expression. Music, dance, theatre, and more!
Saturday: 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Sponsored by: City of Raleigh Arts Commission
To celebrate the ten year anniversary of the Art-On-The-Move project the City of Raleigh is turning the R-Line into the aRt-Line. The bus will become a moving stage featuring performances by actors, comedians, and musicians. The event is free and open to the public.
Saturday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sponsored by: Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP
Challenge a friend to a game of larger-than-life chess!
Build the Raleigh Skyline!
The City of Raleigh Museum
The City of Raleigh Museum is excited to celebrate International Museum Day and Artsplosure! From Thursday, May 18th until Sunday May 21st, you can help us construct the skyline of Raleigh using miniature building blocks. Guests of all ages will be able to help with this fun community art project!
The City of Raleigh Museum is located at 220 Fayetteville St. and is open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Tuesday-Saturday and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Sunday.
Blue Lotus Yoga
Saturday: 9:00 – 10:00 am
Media Sponsor: Carolina Woman
Kick off your weekend at Artsplosure by joining Blue Lotus Yoga on the Artsplosure stage for a yoga class! Blue Lotus, aka “the blue,” is downtown Raleigh’s eco-friendly, urban sanctuary for yoga, offering a full schedule of classes, including Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Kids Yoga, Foundations, Meditation and more, for students of all levels. All are welcomed for this hour-long class as we use movement and breath to explore the mind-body relationship and uncover a new way of being in our bodies and in the world.