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Offensive Art? – Art as a vehicle for provocation and change.

Exhibition brief:

Art can be sulphurous and that is a significant reason for its fascination power. Provocation and censorship, transgression and taboos, scandals and social standards shape our society and the evolution of art. Religion, politics, corporeality and sex have always been the favourite playgrounds of artistic provocation. In all periods and societies, all these elements have been explored and transgressed, as an inextricable part of artistic gesture, but as soon as one boundary is moved another boundary is erected. 

Offensive Art? – Art as a vehicle for provocation and change will showcase works that indicate provocation through exploration of censorship, transgression, taboos, scandal and social standards. 

This exhibition is timed with the Melbourne Fringe Festival. 

Artworks will be selected based on their fulfilment of the above brief and work that demonstrates high skill/craft level. 

PLEASE NOTE: While we endeavour to not censor artwork, works that represent wholly or partially an illegal element shall not be accepted. Likewise, artwork that poses a health risk to gallery patrons and staff will similarly not be exhibited. 


Applications now open: Applications are now open to artists working any medium to participate in this upcoming group exhibitionwhich will be exhibited 7 – 23 September 2018.

Exhibition fees: 
Participation fee $55 per work. Only works selected for exhibition are liable for a fee.
(Works larger than 1m may incur a higher fee. Please contact gallery manager for details)

To apply: 

Applications should consist of images of the works to be submitted along with an artist statement responding to the exhibition brief. If application includes unfinished works, progress photos or sketches/plans may be submitted. 

Application deadline: **DEADLINE EXTENDED** 
Applications close Sunday 22 July at midnight. 

Exhibition dates: 
7 – 23 September 2018.

Opening night: 
Friday 7 September 6–9pm.

Gallery commission: 
Brunswick Street Gallery takes a 25% commission on all sold works.