The Internet has been abuzz this week with news of Britney Spears hosting her first ever personal art exhibition. While it turns out that “news” seems to be false, The Watsonia Bugle can exclusively reveal that the 1990s pop icon is actually saving her exhibiting debut for the art capital of the southern hemisphere: Watsonia.

Our suburb, long renowned for its thriving art scene, is believed to have been in discussions with Spears for the best part of a year, carefully planning a wide-ranging exhibition of some of the recording artist’s best work on canvas. An inside source insists that the project is close to realisation, with organisers waiting to confirm the best venue before making an official announcement with exhibit dates.

In an exclusive interview, the source claimed, “It’s really close, trust me. The final decision is the venue, and organisers are working closely with Britney’s people to make sure we can display her work in the best setting available. Our local team is keen to rent a shop front space on Watsonia Road, while Britney’s agent is keen on a more lavish venue such as the upstairs function room in the local RSL. Choosing the venue will be the final piece in the puzzle.”

Despite the potential of such an exhibition to put Watsonia on the global art map, local art critic Dianna Flintoff is unimpressed by the plans. She said, “This is an unnecessary intrusion on our niche artistic community. We don’t need some overrated celeb with kindergarten painting skills to muddy the water. A Britney Spears exhibition would put our scene back decades. I’m not impressed.”