Banksy. Who is he? How does one define what he does?
Since he hit the headlines in 1997, he has retained his anonymity, yet his ‘stencil’ images, paintings and installations continue to appear, how does he do it In 2017, New York was treated to a new Banksy each morning for a month! Recently his artwork – girl with a balloon (there is always hope), has been 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.
He has worked in Bristol, London, Barcelona, Palestine, Bethlehem and New York. Museums and Art Galleries such as Moma and Tate have found Banksy’s on their walls. His images and installations are humorous, political and satirical, or they are stupid , rude, annoying and childish, it depends on your point of view. In 2009, following a successful exhibition in America, 30 thousand people from al over Britain queued for hours to see ‘Banksy vs The Bristol Museum’ at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. The outsider had become the insider.
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).