Outpost is the largest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and features an incredible variety of street art, from stencils and sculpture to murals and more. Cockatoo Island has proved the perfect choice for such an event. Its gritty industrial and convict heritage provides viewers with a snapshot of Sydney’s past and is a stark contrast to the fresh, vivid and often futuristic street art on show.
The event – curated by the innovative Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and street art pioneers aMBUSH Gallery – has provided opportunities for local artists such as the Everfresh crew, Ha-Ha and Miso to be presented alongside renowned internationals ROA (Belgium) and Ethos (Brazil) in addition to Banksy (UK), Os Gemeos (Brazil) and Swoon (USA) thanks to collector George Shaw.
The project has also succeeded in bringing Australian-born, internationally based artists like Anthony Lister and US based Ian ‘Kid Zoom’ Strange back to our shores. His installation, aptly titled Home, has seen him recreate his early adolescent dwelling from memory alongside the documentation of the destruction of three Holden Commodores.
Outpost also features regular events including street sport workshops, forums and programmes set to engage attendees with Sydney’s harbour views and its vibrant and evolving cultural scene.
The Outpost Project is on at Cockatoo Island until December 11. Entry is free with a ferry ticket.