Banksy: The Bristol Legacy



Prof Paul Gough, Vice Chancellor at University West of England invited Kath to contribute a chapter on the Bristol Street Art scene for his book, 'Banksy The Bristol Legacy', published by Redcliffe Press Ltd in 2012.


Analysis carried out by Bristol City Council following 'Banksy v the Museum' at Bristol City Art Gallery & Museum in 2009 (bankrolled by the artist), demonstrated the extent of economic and cultural benefits resulting from the project for the city. In her essay, Kath makes the point that this data clearly illustrates that Bristol must invest more in local talent to gain future return.


To illustrate her argument, Kath explores the importance of 'Banksy v Bristol Museum' and the RWA exhibition, 'Crimes of Passion: Street Art in Bristol', which immediately preceded it, in the context of the international street art movement.


Later in 2012, Kath joined a panel for 'Banksy: Prankster or Painter?' with Kate Brindley, then Director of Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery, who worked with Banksy and Pest Control on the infamous 'Banksy v The Museum' show in 2009, which was seen by 300,000 people; and Will Ellsworth-Jones, author of 'Banksy, the Man Behind the Wall'.


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