Project 5 Live Art at Cockle Bay Wharf
International urban art trailblazers and home-grown talent in-the-fast-lane take the workshop outside for the return of Project 5 – fast becoming Sydney’s
definitive live show for street art. Catch home-grown talent Kid Zoom, Stormie Mills, James Jirat Patradoon and Deb making art history at Cockle
Bay Wharf across three days in February (Opening night 25 – 6-9pm, then continues 26 and 27 – 12-3pm) in collaboration with aMBUSH Gallery –
who will auction the groundbreaking works on Thursday 3 March (6-9pm). All proceeds go to charitable arts and media organization Information and
Cultural Exchange (I.C.E).
The wonderfully diverse collection of artists lured to Sydney by Project 5 offer up a seriously formidable, exceedingly watchable and eminently collectable
live group show. Hard at work in their outdoor studio – New York based graffiti legend Kid Zoom – barometer for the future of urban art,
favourite of RnB superstar Chris Brown and student of Ron English – NYC’s own godfather of graffiti; dark and delicate wall painter Stormie Mills; macho
cyberpunk character king James Jirat Patradoon, and the glamorous femme fatale Deb – street art’s queen of fantasy and tattoo pin-up – create
large scale canvasses live for the auction.
aMBUSH Gallery’s Bill Dimas says “across three days cranking tunes from the funky Future Classic deejays, stunning water views, sunny days (we
hope), and the chance to see cutting edge creatives producing some of the best examples of where urban art is heading globally, make for an incredibly
“Last year the works of Anthony Lister, Meggs, Ears and WBYK’s raised a record $15K for Project 5; and the works of other street artists earlier
raised $10K in Australia’s first-ever street art auction at Leonard Joel auction house. All the money has gone to charitable organization I.C.E to run
creative arts programs for disadvantaged youth in Western Sydney.” “Project 5 is a great weekend to come and check out what street art
is all about, and if you already know, then a chance to catch some of the Aussie artists leading the charge, or catch the live-webcast streaming
directly from Cockle Bay Wharf at http://www.cocklebaywharf.com.au.” he says.
The resulting works will be auctioned off by Anne Phillips, chief auctioneer of Project 5 supporters Leonard Joel. The auction takes place at Ambush
Gallery in Waterloo, days after the live event; and is made possible through the generous support of Cockle Bay Wharf.
Street art is hot property right now. Big names for those in the know are England’s controversial Banksy recently nominated for an Oscar for his doc/
mockumentary Exit through Gift Shop; street artist Shepard Fairey famous for his iconic politically inspired Barack Obama poster “Hope”; Frenchborn
eastern European/Tunisian photographer artist JR noted for an 100ft menacing mural of a man with a video camera pointed as a gun for the
Tate Modern in London; and Italian street surrealist artist Blu also commissioned for the Tate.
Significant growth in Australia’s own street art movement both at home and abroad are further evidence of the rise and rise of urban art. The artists of
Project 5 are at the forefront of the movement, and present a particularly appealing investment opportunity for those with an eye for talent.
Project 5 is collaboration between the four artists and the charity I.C.E. The Project is made possible by aMBUSH Gallery who have been exhibiting
cutting edge street art many years, and have significantly contributed to supporting new and emerging local artists across Australia, and Cockle
Bay Wharf, who are using their resources to support Project 5 as part of the Wharf’s policy of investing in community and charity, and to engage visitors
with something unexpected and fresh.
Where: Cockle Bay Wharf
When: February 25 – 27, 2011 (Auction – Thursday March 3, 2011)
Time: Friday (6-9pm), Saturday & Sunday (12-3pm)
Price: Free public event
Further info: www.project5.com.au