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Banksy – Melbourne stole all the Aborigines pencils

Interesting interview on Australian radio

RACHAEL :Â British artist Banksy is quoted saying that Melbourne’s laneways were arguably Australia’s most significant contribution to the arts since they stole all the Aborigines pencils. Would you agree with a comment like that?

TRACEY AVERY: I think part of Banksy‘s comment implies that what graffiti provides is a place for ordinary people to have a voice and that it’s a place where it’s not an art form that has to be recognised in a gallery but it’s an art form that can be recognised on the ground. I think people would recognise say in Hosier Lane that the works there more reflect an artistic sensibility and are social comment and are not just mindless vandalism.

RACHAEL BROWN: One might assume artists would applaud the protection of graffiti but Melbourne curator and artist, Andrew Mac, says it would fly in the face of what graffiti and street art is all about.
ANDREW MAC: The work is ephemeral. It’s not meant to last. It lasts purely as long as the weather and other graffiti artists allow it to last. When you interfere with what is an organic process like that, you actually make the graffiti stagnant and what makes graffiti thrilling and interesting to the public and to other graffiti artists is the fact that it’s a never-ending changing kind of living art form”

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Banksy’s Fragile Silence on the move for £500,000

Banksy‘s latest work to go on sale is likely to move quickly – it’s on the side of a lorry trailer. Fragile Silence is likely to sell for £500,000. Owners Maeve Neal and Nathan Welland have known Banksy for 12 years .Banksy completed the work before the Glastonbury festival in 1998 .The couple sell tents at festivals all over the UK. The trailer has 2 bedrooms and is refrigerated .Norfolk dealer William Burroughs is selling the work. A wall featuring Banksy‘s work sold for £208,000 and a painting Space Girl and Bird , sold for £288,000

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Banksy not pursued by graffiti police

Bristol is the first city in the country to get a police team dedicated to eradicating graffiti and dealing with the so-called “artists”. However Bristol’s most famous tagger Banksy seems to be exempt from prosecution

Undercover officers are working round the clock to bring to book “taggers”

The fact that officials are not removing art by the notorious spray painter Banksy from buildings around the city is sending out the wrong message, police say.

They are also concerned that in spite of scores of spray-can vandals being arrested and put before the courts in recent months, not one has been sent to jail.

Some taggers, so-called because they daub their unique name tag on buildings and walls, are responsible for hundreds of acts of vandalism each.

One of the most prolific to appear in court was Daniel Tyndale, 21, of Fishponds Road, who was given a five-year Asbo, a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years and 300 hours of unpaid work in the community.

He admitted tagging 350 buildings, including a police station, the listed Bristol University psychology building and the Polish Church in Cheltenham Road.

He had a number of tags, including “dotcom”, “norm” and “planet” and targeted public car parks as well as private homes and vehicles, and even tagged a law firm outside the Crown Court. He alone was responsible for £1 million of damage, police estimated.

PC Ali Ross, who heads up the undercover graffiti team said: ” It’s about getting respect for their name around the world. They will spend a lot of time perfecting their style and the fact that Banksy’s work is being allowed to remain on buildings around Bristol is causing us a few problems.”

Bristol City Council refused to scrub off Banksy’s controversial painting of a man fleeing his lover’s bedroom daubed on the side of a Grade II listed building in Park Street.