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FINALIST: Gold Coast City Gallery for Signs of the Time
Exclusive to Gold Coast City Gallery, Signs of the Time was an exhibition of street art by world-renowned, national and local artists from the collection of Ken McGregor and an anonymous collector. The exhibition featured works by urban-art megastars, including Banksy; Bambi, Britain’s best-known female street artist for her iconic Amy Winehouse portrait Amy Jade; the godfather of stencil art Blek Le Rat’s statement self-portrait The Man Who Walks Through Walls; Iranian street artist A1One’s anti-corporation work East Resist; and Swoon’s social-struggle print Milton, inspired by 17th century English poet John Milton’s epic Paradise Lost, about the struggles of life.
Combining wit with high technical skill, the selected artworks tackled poverty, war, injustice, the cult of celebrity, importance of place and the symbolism of animals.
In addition to the main exhibition, 32 different artists were given opportunities to showcase their work across the Signs of the Time activations. These artists came from a diverse range of disciplines including visual artists, street dancers and choreographers, live musicians and DJs, photographers, musicians and interdisciplinary live performance artists.