Do you think that you’re the next Andy Warhol, Banksy or even Leonardo da Vinci?

If you love nothing more than putting your creative side to the test, with a drink in one hand, here’s the good news: internationally celebrated gin brand, Bombay Sapphire, has collaborated with two talented Australian artists for a series of virtual painting classes to unleash just that.

Launching in 2018, Bombay Sapphire’s Stir Creativity campaign has since travelled into a global mission calling for all gin-lovers to engage with their creative side and unlock their potential. And to inspire art lovers and gin drinkers at home, the renowned spirits brand will be working alongside two Melbourne- and Sydney-based artists for Sip & Learn sessions throughout August.

Hosted on the first two Thursdays of August, Melbourne collage artist Maximillian Malone and Sydney visual artist Ngaio Parr will be streaming sessions via Zoom from their studios, asking attendees to find their inner creative by learning new skills whilst sipping on their favourite Bombay Sapphire-infused cocktail.

The first session (Thursday 06 August) directed by vibrant and psychedelic collage artist Maximillian Malone, will allow Australian’s to have an in-depth look into how this Melbourne artist uses a range of media including magazines and books to help create his collages. Attendees will have access to a downloaded link where Maximillian has compiled a library of cutouts to use during his Cut & Paste Sip & Learn session.

Offering the perfect mid-week lockdown activity, Maximillian said that, “Creativity feels more important than ever during these times. My main creative expression is through collage, and even at home, you can find materials to explore this art form. This is a great opportunity to partner with Bombay Sapphire and share my passion with others.”

For those Australians missing out on some much-needed travel, Ngaio’s Thursday 13 August Sip & Learn session may just be the perfect solution. Based in Sydney, Ngaio Parr uses her original aesthetic through a range of illustrations, design and overall art curation. And to seal off Bombay Sapphire’s Sip & Learn, guests are asked to bring along an image from a previous holiday or their future ideal getaway spot from which, with the help of Ngaio, they will be recreating their own masterpiece all from the comfort of their own home.

“My art practice encompasses still life as self-portrait and travel documentation as journal, and I hope I can inspire others to unlock their creativity as we create a colour study inspired by their dream holiday. With Bombay Sapphire encouraging everyone to engage with their creativity, it’s exciting to be collaborating to bring to life our shared love of art,” said Ngaio.  

Of course, to stir up your artistic side just that little bit more, guests are asked to bring along their favourite Bombay Sapphire-infused cocktail or you can visit Bombay Sapphire’s website to learn how to make a series of at-home cocktail recipes.

Bombay Sapphire Sip & Learn
Where: Your Home
When: Thursday 06 August at 7pm (Maximillian) and Thursday 13 August 6:30pm (Ngaio)
For more information and to register: Maximillian Malone and Ngaio Parr

Looking for some new gins to try? Why not support locally with these seven Australian-made gins. Or if you’re looking for some more inspiration, these are the top five rated Australian artists of 2020.

Feature image: Maximillian Malone “Rainbow Mountain” (left) and “Sapphire Mountain” (right). Image supplied