One of the largest Banksy street art collections in the world is on its way to Christchurch, New Zealand, for the RISE festival which will be taking place from the 20th of December this year, right up until 23rd March 2014.
Aiming to make the Garden City even more colourful than it sounds, RISE, will be commissioning both international and homegrown talent to showcase their artwork on up to 10 central-city walls.
Proudly sponsored by the Canterbury Community Trust, Mediaworks, CPIT, Christchurch City Council, Ministry of Awesome and YMCA, RISE will be displayed in more than three gallery spaces across three levels within the Museum and profile the best of street art from around the world and New Zealand. Leading international artists Banksy, Ian Strange (kid Zoom), ROA, Thom Buchanan, Milton Springsteen and Vans the Omega, will all have their talents on show alongside reputable urban artists from New Zealand such as Christchurch’s own Wongi.
Art collector, George Shaw, amassed the collection of about 22 works by Banksy, which have formed the centrepiece of successful street art shows he has staged in Nelson and Adelaide. The collection was also the centrepiece of the Outpost festival in Sydney.
Shaw is looking for a permanent home for his street art collection in Christchurch and hopes to stage the RISE festival every year.
Our vision and dream is to turn Christchurch into the street art capital of the southern hemisphere. In a short time, we could have a beautiful surprise around every corner, turning blank walls into beautiful vistas.
Shaw said street art could do for Christchurch what art deco did for Napier after the 1931 earthquake.
Street art is the art of this generation. It is an opportunity for this city to create a new identity for itself.
Museum director Anthony Wright said the festival would be a celebration of street art.
RISE has not been designed to glorify graffiti, encourage or promote vandalism. This exhibition will profile the very best of street art, a recognised genre celebrated worldwide – most recently at the 2013 Venice Biennale.
Australian street artist, Vans the Omega, has started work on a wall in Madras St. The artist, known for his angular and colourful style, will spend the next few days creating his large artwork on a CPIT campus wall opposite the Countdown car park.
I don’t have a drawing or a colour map. I feed off the environment, people coming past and the surroundings to create the work. I just let go and go for it.