The secret’s out. The Art of Banksy exhibition will invade Melbourne in October.
Inspired by the streets of London, the exhibition will take visitors on an artistic adventure, exploring the mind of the notorious Banksy and his satirical street art.
More than 80 works will be on display, including the iconic Girl with Balloon, Flag Wall and Laugh Now pieces, making it the largest collection of Banksy artwork ever to grace Australian shores.
The exhibition is curated by Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s former manager, and the works come from his own collection, as well as other private collections.
“This exhibition is a one-off — never will you be able to see this amount of work in one place again,” Lazarides says.
“Once the show is over, the artwork will dissipate back to the other 40 collectors around the world, and the likelihood of them being brought together again in the future is very slim.”
The exhibition will be held in The Paddock (the dodgy car park, behind the good car park, behind Federation Square), from Friday 7 October to Sunday 22 January.
To celebrate the exhibition, The Paddock will be transformed into a hub of art, food, drinks and music, with local legends Welcome To Thornbury providing an ever-changing roster of much-loved food trucks. There’ll also be craft beers and summer cocktails to refresh your palette at the Circle Bar.
The huge outdoor area, named The Railyard, will host live DJs on selected Friday nights and during Saturday sessions.
Of course, Melbourne has its own history of street art, and the work of local street artists — including Adnate, Kaffeine and Sirum — will be showcased on external walls surrounding the exhibition.
Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle says the exhibition is a coup for Melbourne and its cultural scene.
“Melbourne has one of the most vibrant street art cultures in the world and this exciting exhibition of Banksy’s collection is a major coup for our city,” he says.
“A few years ago, I extended an invitation to Banksy to return to Melbourne so I am pleased that his works will be on display for everyone to enjoy during the summer months.”
Tickets for The Art of Banksy are on sale now at ticketek.com.au.