Monthly Archives: June 2009

Round Morley Street, St Werburghs

Few bits of familiar but unsigned graf round by Morley Street in St Werburghs, first up round by the end of Conduit Road, a nice version of one of those rabbits, probably not done yesterday, not seen a new one for a while…

rabbit long shot


rabbit close up

Then round on Morley Street itself, a strange set of three stenciled policemen.

three police stencils morley place

See no evil…

see no evil

…hear no evil…

hear no evil

…speak no evil.

speak no evil

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News Story Created At Banksy Show

This story’s come in, bound to happen really wasn’t it. As Sean Ryder once said whilst sweating profusely on a late night Channel 4 culture program “Yeah, it’s like, art, imitation, art. Innit”

If you don’t know who Mclevey is, there’s more here.

Monkey see, monkey do

A trip to the opening day of ‘Banksy vs Bristol Museum’ gave
opportunity for a bit of a surprise. It seems that Mclevey has done a
Banksy to Banksy. In a note found at a nearby pub, he said he wanted
to add some proper work to the exhibit, and that that Banksy fellow
needed to be taught how it feels. There was something about a
so-called ‘Golden Rule’, but this is unconfirmed.

Just before closing, the artist was seen exposing a canvas of a monkey
chained to a typewriter and inserting it into a monkey cage. Other
museum visitors looked on, thinking that this new addition must have
been painted by the animatronic monkey in the cage, who was busy at
work on a landscape piece.

The canvas, ‘Typo’ (24 inches x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas), was
visible from all around, though Mclevey himself seemed to have
disappeared rather quickly. Unlike the notable attempts of Banksy to
make such museum insertions, Mclevey was disguised only by a bit of
stubble, having opted not to shave that morning.

Visitors to the museum are now warned that, in addition to the fake
historical artefacts that abound in the institution, there might be
fake Banksy artefacts, as well. Worse still, it appears that many of
the museum staff members who walked past the display were unable to
spot the difference. Should you visit a pub with these people, it is
highly advised that you not seek their counsel on the Spot the
Difference Quiz machine games.

Guards were despatched after Mclevey, but showed themselves to be
modern-day Keystone Kops, confused about who or what they were being
sent after, and generally discontent with being pulled away from the
shrine they had erected in front of the donut escort canvas. With a
bit of ‘breaker breaker one nine’ on their walkie-talkies, they
shuffled off to the side, attracted to the sound of the ice cream
truck in a further room.

The artist is asking that if anyone has photos of the monkey’s new
piece, they send them to Visitors are also
encouraged to share information if they hear that damn dirty ape
taking credit for the piece.


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Weapon Of Choice Gallery Tonight

Just a reminder if you’re in town for the Banksy show, the Weapon of Choice Gallery opens its new show tonight over on St Michael’s Hill.

There’s been debate online about the mention of ‘special guest’ on the flyer. Apparently it turns out there’s a few of them; Dones, who’s from out of town and painted at Upfest the other weekend, D*Face from that London, and possibly one other.

woc gallery june flyer

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Friend And Co Show At The Spotted Cow – Photos

Really good night down the Friend and Co show down the  Spotted Cow in Bedminster last night. Loads of people, lots of chat and a load of stuff to look at too. Loads sold as well apparently, which is interesting when everyone’s meant to be worrying about their money.

Here’s a gallery of most of the bits there.

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Banksy At Bristol Museum – The Run Up

So, best kept secret of the last few months then, Banksy’s Summer Show is at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. It’s been fun watching the rumours online for a while, it was guessed eventually, but people still didn’t seem to want to believe it. The museum’s a clever idea too, if you’re world famous for graffiti and setting up shows in derelict places, then going for somewhere like this is a top idea.

So, this blog normally covers the making of shows as well, but obviously that’s not been as easy with this one. Still though, been fun keeping an eye on the preparations from time to time.

Looks like the show’s been being set up for a good while, this was the view of the exhibition door a week or so ago (4th June). That steel shutter looked oddly new somehow, might not be though.

Banksy show exhibition doors

…there was even a bit of a clue sitting there on the other door as well in nice bold red letters.

banksy museum show exhibition doors sign

Bit of an opportunity to cover that piece anyway, bought from the Rivington Street tunnel exhibition back in 2001 apparently.

Long shot, placed above a Rolf Harris inspired piece…

banksy museum piece long shot

…bit closer, a monkey on a bomb over a background that otherwise went behind a ‘Heavy Weaponary Elephant’ stencil.

banksy museum piece close up

By Wednesday 10th June, it seems the show was getting harder to hide.

They’d cleared out the space where the cafe normally is…

Banksy exhibition area 1

…and the kids play area too, steel shutter still firmly down on the exhibition.

Banksy exhibition doors and cleared space

Here’s the justification they gave for it…

Banksy show preparation sign

…no mention of the massive glass windows/doors to the porch being pasted over with black paper though.

museum windows blacked out

So, for what it’s worth, that’s as much as could be seen of the run up until yesterday when people started poking cameras through holes and so on, which seems a bit much really. Search the web if you want to see that kind of antics. Sorry about the crap quality of these photos btw, there was a greater than usual need for speed and subtlety in taking them…


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Banksy Show – Now With Added Internet

So, the circus has come to town, and it’s all nice and official over the web now. Banksy’s show is at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, open from tomorrow (13th June) until the 31st August.

The BBC’s got the full story here, and they’ve got a ton of preview pictures here too.

Got a couple of other posts around this, will be going live over the next day or two…

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Well, looks like this blog’s not going to be able to get into the Banksy show for photos tomorrow sadly. Been funny the last few days, loads of people have all been emailing each other to try to find a way in, but sounds like it’s very much been a case of ‘don’t call us, we’ll call you’ from the Banksy camp. Understandable really, everyone and his dog in this city probably has a reason to be in there one way or another.

So, whilst wishing they’d hurry and and formally confirm the venue already, this blog’s not going to be bringing photos of the show til after the weekend probably. Fighting the crowds on Saturday doesn’t sound fun or even that worthwhile.

In the meantime, feel free to send photos in, or use the comments to post links to your own sets on Flickr or whatever…

Bet the bloody Evening Post get an invite over local free independent media, mutter, grumble…


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