Urban art exhibition planned in Weymouth to celebrate ‘Banksy boom’ | Dorset Echo

Urban art exhibition planned in Weymouth to celebrate 'Banksy boom' | Dorset Echo
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The showcase, called ‘GREED’, will be on display at 11 St. Nicholas Street from Friday, April 7 until Monday, April 10.

The exhibition will comprise of subversive and urban art created by more than 70 renowned artists on a 14 metre wall. 

‘GREED’ is being organised by a newly-formed art collective based in Weymouth, whose aim is to create a grassroots art scene whilst shining a spotlight on local and international artists. 

It will feature paintings, photography, film, brandalism, sculptures, performances and public live art, with orgamisers wanting to celebrate ‘revolutionary and alternative’ culture.

The four-day event will also see performances from bands, poets and musicians along with a series of talks, workshops, activities and film screenings.

All of work on display acts as social commentary and marks what is known as the ‘Banksy boom’ which has spawned a wealth of artists and activists who want to respond to a wide range of subjects, from the cost-of-living crisis to gender politics.

Included in the exhibition are world renowned artists Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives, Foka Wolf, Subvertiser, My Dog Sighs, Wefail, Frank Riot, Haus Of Lucy, Hats Richardson and Guy Denning along with local artists Bod and Sock Oven and street photographers, Paul Russell and Si Jubb.

Artist BOD, who will be displaying work at the exhibtion and is one of the organisers of the event, said: “Since moving to Weymouth four years ago, I’ve been completely overwhelmed by the vacuum of culture here.

“There’s a couple of galleries with ‘safe’ art but the more interesting art around here has been hidden away on social media mostly.

“So I decided to pull together a large group of artists for four days in Easter as a kind of ‘exposure therapy’ for this dormancy in the hope of inspiring others to do more challenging art in the area.”

Andy Smith, an artist and activist who is involved in the Weymouth project, added:  “Art has always acted as a mirror to the world; as we continue our descent into apocalyptic consumer capitalism and political greed we’re going to see more and more artists reflecting the social struggles we’re all increasingly facing on a day to day basis.”

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