North Somerset welcomes international art exhibition by Banksy

North Somerset welcomes international art exhibition by Banksy

Weston-super-Mare is set to become the centre of the contemporary art universe for the next six weeks as world-renowned graffiti artist Banksy brings his latest curated creation Dismaland to the town’s seafront.

Featuring a never-before-seen collection of Banksy satirical art and sculpture, the exhibition also features pieces by artists from around the globe including Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and Jimmy Cauty.

The exhibition will be open from this weekend, seven days a week, and tickets must be purchased in advance through www.dismaland.co.uk for one of the twice daily sessions.

The whole event takes place at the Tropicana, a former lido on the seafront at Weston-super-Mare, which is owned by North Somerset Council.

Banksy said: “I loved the Tropicana as a kid, so getting to throw these doors open again is a real honour.”

Cllr Nigel Ashton, Leader of the Council, said: “It gives me enormous pleasure to be hosting this world-class art exhibition in North Somerset, as well as great relief to be able to talk about it, finally.

“We have been working closely with the organisers for months now, and for obvious reasons, have had to remain tight-lipped about the true nature of the event. In fact, only four people in the entire council knew what was really happening.

“I had a preview of the exhibition while it was still being assembled last week, and I have to say, it is absolutely brilliant. As well as entertaining, it’s also incredibly thought provoking.

“I am hugely proud that North Somerset Council is hosting this event. As well as welcoming the many thousands of people who will visit over the coming weeks, from all over the world, we are also keen to use this event to profile North Somerset, the opportunities that are here, and our ambition for the area.

“This fantastic event fits perfectly with our recently launched Prospectus for Change - our vision for Weston-super-Mare as a centre for contemporary urban living, combining the best in living, learning and lifestyle.

“Cultural development is central to a modern, vibrant urban environment, and I look forward to discussions over the coming weeks with organisations and businesses who can see the potential for long-term cultural and capital investment in the town.”

Anyone coming to the event can get advice to help them make the most of their visit at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/dismaland or follow @NorthSomersetC,  Time out in North Somerset on facebook, and @WestonSeafront for updates.

Published 20 August 2015