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    Shots taken of the exhibition – BANKSY in the Canterbury Museum.

    December 30, 2013, Christchurch New Zealand.

    A collection of prints and canvases by the world-renowned artist will be on display at Canterbury Museum as part of a major street art festival opening in December.

    The RISE festival aims to make Christchurch more colourful by commissioning international and New Zealand street artists to showcase their talent on up to 10 central-city walls.

    RISE will be one of the largest exhibitions staged at the Canterbury Museum, with work by international and local street artists on display across 1000 square metres on three levels. The exhibition will also feature the Banksy collection and new work by Australian artist Ian Strange.

    Nelson 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.

    British artist Banksy first emerged on the streets of Bristol in west England during the late 1990s and has gone on to global success, an Oscar nomination, sold-out exhibitions and his work selling for millions of dollars.

    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," he said.

    "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," Wright said.

    Australian street artist Vans the Omega yesterday 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," he said.
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