Bristol is a city, unitary authority area and ceremonial county in South West England, 169 km west of London, and 39 km east of Cardiff.
With an estimated 1,006,600 residents, it is England’s sixth, and the United Kingdom’s eighth most populous city, one of the group of English Core Cities and the most populous city in South West England
Bristol is the largest centre of culture, employment and education in the region.
In more recent years the economy has depended on the creative media, electronics and aerospace industries, and the city centre docks have been regenerated as a centre of heritage and culture.
BRISTOL STREET ART PROJECT
Bristol’s street art scene is extremely diverse and has many talented street artists at its forefront. Street art is in a constant flux, pieces are appearing and disappearing constantly.
Banksy is a pseudonymous British graffiti artist. He is believed to be a native of Yate, South Gloucestershire, near Bristol and to have been born in 1974.
His artworks are often satirical pieces of art on topics such as politics, culture, and ethics. His street art, which combines graffiti writing with a distinctive stencilling technique.
Banksy’s stencils feature striking and humorous images occasionally combined with slogans. The message is usually anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment. Subjects include rats, monkeys, policemen, soldiers, children, and the elderly.
It’s in Bristol that Banksy made his first steps as a graffiti artist and you can still find classic pieces like ‘Mild Mild West’ and ‘Hanging Man’ around the city today. The book Bansky’s Bristol – Home Sweet Home chronicles much of his early work in Bristol. In 2009 he returned to Bristol with his biggest exhibition to date, entitled ‘Bansky versus Bristol Museum’, with over a 100 pieces on display.
BANKSY UK SUMMER SHOW:
On 13 June 2009, the Banksy UK Summer show opened at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, featuring more than 100 works of art, including animatronics and installations; it is his largest exhibition yet, featuring 78 new works. The reaction to the show was positive, with over 8,500 visitors to the show on the first weekend. Over the course of the twelve weeks, the exhibition has been visited over 300,000 times.
A burned-out ice-cream van is among 100 works Banksy installed at Bristol’s museum, replacing many of the museum’s regular artefacts. The reason the museum was closed was kept secret from top council officials.
BRISTOL, a new experience:
First of all, if we went to the United Kingdom we would visit Bristol because it’s a famous city for its culture and specially for its street art. It would be a great change to see live what we have been able to see in books or on our computers
This city is different to any other because on the walls of many streets you can see great graffitis and also its modern society.
Particularly you can learn in every graffiti a message about anti-war, anti-capitalism, etc.
Another important aspect is Banksy. He is one of the most important graffiti artists of the United Kingdom, and Bristol is supposed to be his home town.
We considered that all the people should visit Bristol not only for the art, also for its culture and its history.