Street art has a new home in Scarborough

Sally Ann Conwell with some of her artwork. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR
Sally Ann Conwell with some of her artwork. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Graffiti moves from the alleyways to the eateries this week, with an all-female cast of creatives opening a street art exhibition at Scarborough.

The Matthew Gillett Gallery at the Scarborough Hotel plays host to the Sirens Of Street Art show, a collection of prints, oil, spray paint, digital and pencil work presented by seven artists from around the country and the world.

Faces of rappers Ice Cube and Notorious BIG splashed on plywood, an image of Batman with an Adidas-emblazoned cape, and vividly coloured faces created from house paint dot the walls of the hotel.

Como artist Sally Ann Conwell jumped at the opportunity to exhibit in an all-female showing.

"Often street art is seen as a male-dominated genre," Ms Conwell said.

"It doesn't get enough attention. There is a movement of street art into galleries and off the streets."

Street art has gained much legitimacy in recent years, with British artist Banksy's controversial works leading outdoor work to be accepted as pieces to be admired. Sydney artist Shannon Crees, the only Australian included in Banksy's Cans Festival in London, contributed several pieces to the show.

"There is a stigma associated with street art, and it hasn't had a legitimised place to be," said exhibit curator Kate Edwards.

"It is a very purist form of art, but it's difficult to put it in a gallery."

Sirens of Street Art runs at the Matthew Gillett gallery until October 5.


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