Kicking off on 7th October, The Art of Banksy expo will run through to late January showcasing over 80 of the infamous street artists’ pieces. To add a bit of a local touch, the exhibition also features a large range of some well-known and up-and-coming local Street Artists.
Melbourne’s street art scene will always hold a soft spot within Uncle Jack, with Hosier Lane influencing our very own Mily range, so this will definitely be an event we will be getting around!
Set up in ‘the dodgy car park, behind the good car park behind Fed Square’, the exhibition features an outside area, the Railyard, which has been transformed into the perfect summer session spot. With a rotation of food trucks provided by Welcome to Thornbury and its very own Circle Bar, keep an arvo free and head down to check out what’s on offer, grab a drink, a bite to eat and have a listen to the live DJ’s on offer.
Curated by Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s former manager, the exhibition has not been free of criticism with many seeing it as an opportunity for Lazarides to commodify Banksy’s work for his own personal gain following their falling out in ’08. As true as this may be, controversy and Banksy seem to go hand-in-hand and this may be one of the only times available for Melbournians to check out such a large collection of his work in the one place.
So whether you want to see an original Banksy or are just looking for a day out over summer, check out The Art of Banksy, to see for yourself what the hype is all about.