Archive for June, 2009

banksy vs bristol

June 13, 2009

The official banksy vs bristol trailer appears above. I can’t wait to go and see this! As I’m living in Bristol, I’ll be sure to pop down this week or next….

Graffiti artist Banksy has chosen his home city of Bristol (reputedly, but actually I am fairly certain he is not from Bristol) to host his new exhibition of more than 100 installations, his most ambitious British project to date.

Staged in the council-owned City Museum and Art Gallery, Banksy v Bristol Museum was such a closely guarded secret with only the Museum’s director, Kate Brindley and a handful of others aware of the plans. Even senior councillors were unaware of the ambitious project, while visitors and staff were told that filming had been taking place. The exhibition features animatronics, installations and a sensory display. Ms Brindley said: “We gave the staff a couple of days off and said we were filming. We were taking a huge risk because no one has spoken to Banksy, it’s all been done through his agents.”

Banksy said: “This is the first show I’ve ever done where taxpayers’ money is being used to hang my pictures up rather than scrape them off.”

The reviews are great so far…. I’ve been an admirer of his for some time and find the work interesting – guerilla marketers could certainly take inspiration from some of his famous stunts, which are now making him an artist with a worldwide appeal.

Take a look at Banksy’s website;     or Banksy’s Myspace;

ITN news report about the exhibition;

Banksy on Brtistol Street Art website (a great source of information pictures and videos on bristol street art);

The queue on the first day of the banksy vs bristol museum exhibition

The queue on the first day of the banksy vs bristol museum exhibition

I also found this article through Bristol Street Art’s Twitter Feed;              Behind the scenes in BanksyLand The pictures show a glimpse at behind the scenes…

Banksy has played host to many a stunt in the past including, most recently doctoring Paris Hilton CDs and placing them in HMVs around the country. You can see some pictures here.

Other Banksy Links and Reviews;
Banksy Forum
Banksy vs Bristol Telegraph review
Times Review – Banksy vs Bristol