$30,000 in street art commissions up for grabs at Gold Coast City Gallery

Works by world-renowned urban artists Banksy and Bambi will feature in an upcoming exhibition at Gold Coast City Gallery.

Signs of the Time, running 18 February – 9 April, is a street art exhibition developed by Gold Coast City Gallery.

The exclusive exhibition of world-renowned urban artists from the collection of Ken McGregor has been commissioned by Gold Coast City Gallery and will feature works from urban art megastars.

But the exciting news for local artists, is that the Gallery is offering two very special commissions.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Gold Coast City Gallery is taking art live to the streets through the Shedload of Street Art project.

Housed outdoors next to The Arts Centre Gold Coast are two corrugated iron storage work sheds, which the Gallery sees as ‘blank canvasses’, awaiting transformation.

Artists or artist groups are being called on to pitch their ideas of how they can transform these unassuming sheds into active creative sites. The artists will be in the running for two separate commissions, one for $13,000 and another for $17,000, including materials and production costs. The works will be completed in the week leading up to exhibition’s opening where visitors can view the finished results.

Signs of the Time will feature some of the movements most talked about artists and the Gallery is excited to be bringing a major collection of street art exclusively to the Gold Coast,’ said Gallery director Tracy Cooper-Lavery about the exhibition. She’s hoping the program will attract younger audiences as well as the wider community – many of whom are still discovering the gallery exists.

‘This is a rare opportunity for a local audience to see works by the mysterious and global urban phenomenon Banksy and his female counterpart Bambi, who has an impressive collection of celebrity fans that includes Rihanna, Robbie Williams, Adele and Brad Pitt,’ Ms Cooper-Lavery said.

The full exhibition program will include opportunities to engage with live art and urban artists, a series of workshops, skate events and demos as well as dance, food and music.

Expressions of interest for the Shedload of Street Art project close 5.00pm on Monday 9 January. Get all the details, including the expression of interest form online.

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