An expressive national touring exhibition – drawn from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s internationally renowned collection of prints, Street Art: Contemporary Prints from the V&A – sees its Kent debut in No. 1 Smithery: The Gallery, in the heart of The Historic Dockyard Chatham.
This vibrant exhibition, runs from 13th October until 27th November and is included in the normal admission price to The Historic Dockyard Chatham. It explores the (sometimes controversial) ways Street Art has moved away from the painted wall into printmaking and other media, creating distinctive, exciting visuals along the way. It showcases established and emerging street artists – both British and international – including names such as Banksy, D*Face, Jamie Hewlett, Eine, Miss Tic, Shepard Fairey and Swoon. Items on display include paintings, screen prints, linocuts, stencil prints, stickers and folded books that open out.
Street artists produce work in a variety of media, including the works on paper seen in this exhibition. Street art prints offer the opportunity to collect and preserve this otherwise ephemeral art form, which now moves between the street and the gallery. Street Art prints are an interesting development, both within the medium of printmaking and within urban art. Although street artists produce work for exhibitions and galleries, most still continue to work outside the gallery system, or in some cases, creating galleries of their own. This exhibition explores the recurring themes within the genre, such as historic and current subjects, traditional methods of image making and styles familiar from art history.
Inspired by this exhibition, there will be a series of workshops for older children, running during October half term, from 24th – 28th October where children will be able to design and create their own “tag” in the courtyard then have the chance to reproduce it on a full size wall – a small charge applies to this.