The OUTPOST PROJECT is all set to transform the gritty industrial spaces of Cockatoo Island into an explosion of urban art. An outcome impossible, without the talent, commitment and energy of more than 150 artists from around the world, all willing to come on a journey with curators Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and aMBUSH Gallery, in a first for the Southern Hemisphere.
Renowned international and local artists such us ROA (Belgium), Ethos (Brazil), Kid Zoom (USA/Australia), Anthony Lister (USA/Australia) and the Everfresh Collective (Australia) will illuminate the island with large-scale installations, live art creations including aerosol art, stencilling, paste-ups, sticker art, cup rocking, sculpture, murals and bill boards.
Exhibitions and forums will immerse visitors into global street art culture. Must-sees include George Shaw's Oi You! Collection boasting works by Os Gemeos, Swoon, Faile and the world's best known and most influential Street Artist Banksy.
The OUTPOST PROJECT will also exhibit works from the 2011 Australian Stencil Art Prize, a major T-shirt street wear exhibition, the May's Lane Street Art Project presented by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, plus local collectives collaborating with international artists.
Against this backdrop, a vibrant live and changing weekend events program offers a mix of grand experiences and unexpected happenings. Street sports will take centre stage with the creation of a vast waterfront skateable plaza setting a scene for Skateboarding Australia's Pro/Am Tour Grand Final.
Alongside the action, an array of pop-up bars, retail and gallery spaces, artist battles, demos, DJ's, tours and art-making projects will cover the island with activity for all ages. The OUTPOST PROJECT will also present an innovative education program, engaging students with the artists, voices, styles and issues of Street Art. Escape the mainland and immerse yourself in street art on Cockatoo Island.
Rubinee Hoyne, OUTPOST PROJECT Executive Producer, Sydney Harbour Federation Tru