In the summer of 2009, Bristol saw a remarkable phenomenon that made international news. An estimated 300,000 people queued for hours, often in pouring rain, for admission to the city's museum and art gallery having been attracted by the media hype surrounding an exhibition ambiguously entitled, Banksy vs the Bristol Museum.
This illustrated talk will raise a number of questions:
Is Banksy a subversive influence or merely a bit of fun?
Why is Banksy so important to Bristol?
Paul Gough has compiled a book about the Banksy show; it is the first non-partisan documentation of the Bristol event and an attempt to assess its local and wider impact.