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Banksy. Who is he? How does one define what he does? Is it art? Street art? Graffiti? Since he hit the headlines in 1997, he has retained his anonymity, yet his 'stencil' images, paintings and installations continue to appear.
In 2013, New York was treated to a new Banksy each morning for a month! In 2014, his artwork, girl with a balloon: 'There is always Hope', was recreated and projected onto Nelson's Column (and simultaneously in venues in New York, Washington, Paris, Moscow and Jordan), to draw attention to Syria's plight. Since 2014, new images have appeared annually. He has worked in Bristol, London, Barcelona, Palestine, Bethlehem, & New York. Museums and Art Galleries such as Moma & the Tate have found 'Banksys' on their walls.
His images & installations are humorous, political & satirical, OR stupid, rude, annoying and childish - it depends on your point of view. In 2009, following a successful exhibition in America, 30 thousand people from all over Britain queued for hours to see 'Banksy vs The Bristol Museum' at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. The outsider, had become the insider...on his terms!
THE ARTS SOCIETY ACCREDITED LECTURER
Mrs Pamela Halford
Freelance lecturer. Has lectured variously to the English Speaking Union, National Trust, Art & Historical societies, Festivals, The National Gallery and Bath University's Department of Continuing Education. Past President and Chairman of Bristol DFAS. Previously lecturer and researcher/scriptwriter/director (BBC).