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But on the world wide stage the pseudonymous UK based Banksy has captured imaginations everywhere with his brilliant and satirical imagery. His audacious exploits have included painting an image three stories high inside a security fence, in an area that was monitored by CCTV.
The ACC's latest project has created intense interest in the Adelaide art community though - they are sponsoring the Oi You! Urban Art Festival in association with the state government and the Adelaide Festival Centre.
The Festival will bring 22 pieces of Banksy's urban art to Adelaide, together with works from some of the world's leading urban art megastars. Think names like Faile (USA), Swoon (USA), Antony Micallef (UK), David Choe (USA), Paul Insect (UK) and the Milton Springsteen (NZ).
While the main attraction will be the exhibition of the featured artists at the Artspace Gallery in the Festival Centre, Oi You! will feature a special, purpose-built annex that will house the Scrawl Wall – a place for budding local street artists to show off their talents.
The Oi You! Festival Opening Night Party on Friday 19 April will give art lovers a glimpse of the exhibition before it opens to the general public. It will feature talks from some of the artists as well as a DJ set from local electronic artist Oisima.
In addition to the main exhibition look out for these associated events:
The Great $5000 Art Giveaway will take place on 27 and 28 April from 10am until 4pm. There will be 38 works of art and 38 corresponding tokens. Over the two days, the tokens will be hidden across the Adelaide Festival Centre Plaza – find a token and walk away with a free piece of art.
Big Walls Adelaide Tours will take punters to the best sites of urban art around the city, led by the street artists themselves. These free tours will leave from the Festival Centre Plaza at 6pm on 3 May, and 11.30am and 4pm on 4 May.
A Street Art Film Night will be held in the Space Theatre Foyer on 10 May, and will feature screenings of locally produced documentary Who Owns The Street, as well as the Academy Award-nominated Banksy film Exit Through The Gift Shop. The bar opens at 5pm and the screening kicks off at 5.45pm.