The May Lane Project is an outdoor gallery space located in St Peters, in Sydney's inner west. The project commenced in 2005 as an initiative of Tugi Balog, a local businessman who turned the exterior walls of his business premises into a site-specific gallery for street artists. The exhibition presents a selection of large scale street art, created at May Lane between 2005 and 2009 by legendary Australian graffiti artists and celebrated international street artists. Vibrant, dramatic and confronting, the May Lane work spans a range of street art styles, from New York graffiti, spray paint and paste ups, to stencils and sculpture. MAY'S: The May Lane Street Art Project is a Bathurst Regional Art Gallery touring exhibition in partnership with May Lane Arts Association Inc. and is supported by Visions of Australia.
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Friday 6 July, 6pm: Opening: Exhibition opened by Richard Perram, Director Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst NSW.
Saturday 7 July, 11am: MAYS: Exhibition Floor Talk: a free public program presented by Richard Perram, Director Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Tugi Balong, Curator of MAYS and Director of the May Lane Arts Association and two May’s artists Lachlann Patrick and Kevin McKay (from B.U.G.A.U.P.)
Saturday 14 July 2012 11am-3pm at Belco Skate Park: Hip Hop Jam (Follows Hubs Streetwise Skate Coaching clinic 9-11am), chance to try stencil art with well-known Canberra street artists. Free workshops: STREET ART (Byrd, Abyss 607 and George) / DJ COACHING (Melba Beatz) / RAP WRITING & PERFORMING (Fenella Edwards) and Skate, BMX and Hip Hop dance showcase. This program is coordinated by the ACT Community Cultural Inclusion officers.
Friday 20 July 2012, 1-4pm (ages 12+) and Saturday 21 July, 10am-4pm: Workshop: Intro to stencil making workshop with internationally known street artist and Mays exhibition artist Mini Graff,
Sunday 5 August 2012, 3pm THE NEXT GEN ARTISTS’ FORUM: Reuben Ingall (music); Jamie Winbank (dance); Michael Bailey (theatre) & George Rose (visual arts)
Saturday 11 August 2012, 1-5pm: Workshop: Design with aerosols workshop with well known graff artist Daniel Maginnity (aka Byrd).
Artists-in-Residence during exhibition: Abyss 607 and George, well-known Canberra street artists, will be artists-in-residence at the Arts Centre creating artworks using stencils and paste-ups and giving open demonstrations. The public will also be invited to have a go.
May’s has a collection of over 100 panels by celebrated Australian and international street artists spanning the life of the project and incorporating all the artists who have created work in May Lane.
MAY’S: The May Lane Street Art Project features a selection of 25 works from the May’s collection. It is the first comprehensive exhibition of street art to tour nationally. A partnership project between Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and the May Lane Arts Association Inc., the exhibition explores the history and evolution of the Australian street art movement with particular reference to the May Lane project and provides an opportunity for venues to enter into a dialogue with audiences about street artists, street art, and its position in contemporary culture.
“With street art gaining ground as a legitimate contemporary art form, and street artists exhibiting in major galleries around the world, the MAY’S tour is prescient,” says Richard Perram, Director of Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. “Bringing street art into a gallery is paradoxical in that it takes the artwork away from its intended context, but it also serves to educate and inform by making it accessible to a wide variety of audiences.”
Curated by Tugi Balog, Director of the May Lane Arts Association Inc., the exhibition includes work by; Adam Hill, B.U.G.A.U.P., Chor Boogie (USA), Deb, Die Laughing Collective, Dlux!, Dmote, Cultural Urge, Jumbo, Kenji Nakayama (USA/Japan), Kamion (UK), Luna, Mare, Mini Graff, Nails, Numskull, Otis, Peque (Mexico), Peru, Peter Burgess, Phibs, Scram, Spice, Taring Padi Collective (Indonesia), Zap and Zombe.
Talented local Canberra street artists will be artists-in-residence at the Belconnen Arts Centre during the Mays exhibition. There will also be other workshops on offer in the public program, and an amazing Hip Hop Jam at Belco Skate Park on Saturday 14th July.
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