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Born in Bris­tol in 1974, Banksy was in­volved in the wave of street art that took Bris­tol by storm in the 1980s. Through­out the fol­low­ing decades, his work has cropped up in Lon­don, LA and New York, and of course, in his home town of Bris­tol. There are a num­ber of Banksy orig­i­nal pieces lo­cated through­out the city, although an­other could pop up at any time! Many of the pieces are con­tro­ver­sial and Banksy is well-known for shin­ing a spot­light on so­cial is­sues and dif­fi­cult sub­jects. Take a street art walk­ing tour or an im­mer­sive ses­sion learn­ing to spray your own art­works. Dur­ing the tours, vis­i­tors get a fresh per­spec­tive on a sub­stan­tial amount of street art from a va­ri­ety of fa­mous artists, hear their sto­ries and get to grips with some of the is­sues that con­cern artists and Bris­tol lo­cals and in­spire the art. Be­sides the art, this is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore a side of Bris­tol that is not eas­ily re­vealed to the unini­ti­ated.

Pic­tured above left-below: Banksy The Mild Mild West, art­work lo­cated on Stokes Croft, right next to The Can­teen Bris­tol; and Banksy 'Love Cheat' Mu­ral at the junc­tion of Frog­more and Park Street Bris­tol.

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