With a new gallery opening on Friday, the city’s art scene is set to take a leap forward in 2017 with an art exhibition opening in Melbourne’s CBD.
The first of its kind in Australia, the Art in Action gallery is expected to attract visitors from across the country and around the world, including a visit from British artist Banksy.
The artist, who is best known for his work in London, is expected visit Melbourne’s Museum of Contemporary Art on Saturday to sign autographs for the first time.
The art gallery’s website said the show, which runs until November 22, would focus on a range of contemporary art, from contemporary fashion to “visual art” to a range from traditional architecture.
“This exhibition is a unique collaboration between artist Banksys artworks and Melbourne Museum of Art,” the gallery said.
“Together, the artist and the museum will bring together two of Australia’s leading contemporary art institutions to explore how these two worlds intersect.”
Our exhibition will bring a diverse range of styles, mediums, and visual art to life.
“It will also include works by artists from the likes of David Byrne, Banksy and David Kowalski, as well as local artists such as Daniel Smith and the artist John Williams.
The gallery is also planning an exhibition of prints by local artist Margo, who has previously worked with the artists who created Banksy’s iconic murals in the US.”
We wanted to create a space where artists from around the country, including Banksy, could have their work showcased alongside their local work,” it said.
Margo said she was “overwhelmed” by the response she had received from artists who had shared their artworks with the gallery.”
I think it’s fantastic, I think it will be really cool to see some of the artists from Australia come and interact with some of our artists,” she said.
Ms Margo said the exhibition was a way for her to “celebrate the beautiful local artists” and to “show off my work”.”
I’ve always been interested in art, so this exhibition really represents my love for the art and the art of the local community,” she told ABC Radio Melbourne.
Ms Banksy said he was excited about being a part of the show.”
It’s going to be an amazing opportunity to show my work to people from around Australia and internationally,” he said.
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