What is Raw?

RAW is for natural born artists and it’s an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists.
RAW is an international community made up of creative individuals across the globe.  
RAW’s mission is to provide independent artists within the first 10 years of their career with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity.


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The organisation welcomes all genres of art including independent film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, hairstylists, makeup artists and more. 

RAW currently operates in nearly 60 cities across the United States, Australia, Canada and, London and now Japan!


RAW Directors hand-pick and spotlight local artistic talent in film, fashion, music, visual art, hair & makeup artistry, and performance art. With artists from all genres in each showcase, RAW events come together to form an amazing one-night circus of creativity. These showcases occur once a month in each city location. The RAW season runs from February-October and comes to an extravagant end with its indie arts awards show RAWards in Hollywood.

What can you expect when attending a RAW Showcase?

You’ll experience an independent film (usually a short, webisode or music video), a fashion show from an up-and-coming local designer, a musical performance, an art gallery featuring several independent visual artists and photographers, and performance art (comedy/dance/fire dancers, you name it…). You’ll get a little taste of everything. Combine all this creativity with drinks, fun, and good company! To partake in the experience, RSVP and purchase a ticket to any of Raw’s 60 monthly, city showcases by clicking on the city tab at the top of the homepage!


www.RAWartists.org is designed to showcase RAW artists online. RAWartists.org hosts a plethora of online profiles — exclusive to Raw’s hand-picked RAW artists. RAWartists.org is open to the public to view, however, the site profiles and perks are reserved for only selected RAW artists. RAW artists can connect with other RAW artists, post videos and music, promote upcoming projects, and track their success. Raw also hosts what they call their RAWk Wall, where art gets down to business. This portion of the site consists of exclusive art-to-business opportunities for RAW artists to partake in.


RAW’s Annual Indie Awards Show
At the end of season (October), Raw hosts  its annual RAWards Show. During a two month-process, Raw asks the community, a panel of judges and the nation-at-large to vote for their top five favorite artists of the year in film, fashion, music, art, photography, performing art, accessories, hair and makeup. RAW takes that popular vote and narrows down nominees in each city location. they then ask the community to place a live vote (complete with a ballot) at a special City Semi-Final nominee showcase in November. One winner from every city, in every category is chosen by the community (e.g. RAW:Denver, Fashion Designer of the Year). One winner from every city in every category goes on to be judged by the RAW panel of industry professionals in each field. The scores are based on criteria in skill, creativty, wow factor and professionalism. The winners are announced online in December, and honored with their awards at the annual RAWards Show in Hollywood, CA (mid-January). The winners receive big career-boosting prizes like distribution, store placement, studio time, gallery placement and consultations with industry executives and professionals. It’s truly an awesome event with performances and highlights from the RAW season.



30 MAY 2014

Manning Bar, Manning Rd, University of Sydney


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If you would like to come to the show you can buy the ticket by selecting the artist you would like to support.

Artist Rachel Sheree will be showing her  Art  at the show please come along and support Rachel on the night.

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Vinh Van Lam
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Vinh Van Lam, co-founder of ArtSHINE, is a visionary art coach and entrepreneur with a passion for fostering creativity. With a diverse background in art and business, he brings a unique perspective to empower emerging artists, enabling them to thrive in the dynamic art industry through the innovative platform of ArtSHINE.

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