Exhibition book



Edited by Jaklyn Babington

Off the street and into the gallery. This exciting book looks at work from the past five years by some 35 contemporary artists from around Australia.

Playful, edgy, clever, satirical and political, street art has significantly altered Australian visual culture over the past decade and has announced the arrival of a new generation of contemporary artists.

Space invaders engages with these developments and the radically differing aesthetic offshoots of street art, from stencils to paste-ups, stickers and zines. It also explores the legal and commercial issues particular to street art in Australia, and reveals the strategies artists have used to divide their practice between the street and the gallery.


  • insightful essays by people engaged with the scene
  • interviews with artists practising on the streets today
  • a multitude of fabulous images, all from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia
  • and a dynamic design by Sydney-based Monster Children
this book is essential for anyone interested in street art and new directions in contemporary art. 



Pub date: Oct 2010
Approx. 128 pages
250 x 250 mm, hc with poster wrap
ISBN 9780642334114

RRP AUD $49.95
$39.95 special NGA and exhibition venue price
Available from the NGA Shop, NGA mail order & selected bookstores.

Distributed by Thames & Hudson Australia, Thames & Hudson UK and University of Washington Press, USA

Published in conjunction with a major exhibition
at the National Gallery of Australia

30 Oct 10 – 27 Feb 11
+ touring venues around Australia 2011–12


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