Tattoo artist, XXX tries his hand at canvas for the first at The Workshop's first art battle Photo Christine McKee / The Morning Bulletin
Tattoo artist, XXX tries his hand at canvas for the first at The Workshop's first art battle Photo Christine McKee / The Morning Bulletin Christine Mckee

Feel that new buzz around Rockhampton's CBD after hours

THERE'S a new buzz around Rockhampton's nightlife as the city emerges from behind its outdated reputation and breathes life into the idea of a good night out.

New bars like Chango Chango, the Cuban rum bar, The Verandah Bar upstairs at the Giddy Goat and The Workshop are a mile away from the younger nightclub scene that marks the city's entertainment precinct.

It was The Workshop that hosted a unique event on March 6, very different to anything the city had seen before, and a mark of the new breed of arts and music venues on offer to a more worldly crowd.

Six artists, including internationally renowned Lucas Grogan who painted the Quay Lane mural, went head to head on blank canvasses for 100 minutes before the 'audience' voted and the paintings auctioned to cyclone recovery.

As each artist set about their creations, about 100 people watched the images unfold - from the street-style of Lucas Grogan, the ultra-femininity of artist-in-residence Emma Ward, relative newcomer Marie Seeman, two tattoo artists who had never painted on canvas and winner, Daniella Pretorius who took home $500.

For those who like their entertainment hard, fast and loud, that night also saw the return of Rock Force to The Criterion.

It was pub rock at its absolute best and the first time in 15 years the four members had played together.

Rock Force shook the night all night long in 'tribute' to Cyclone Marcia and to a tough city built on resilience.

The Workshop backed up on Saturday night with Ladies of Jazz - cool, funky, very entertaining and a glimpse of things to come.



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