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Will Banksy drop in to Gloucester art festival this weekend?

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 15, 2014

By Nick Webster

Will Banksy drop in to Gloucester art festival this weekend?

Is this artwork in Cheltenham by Banksy?

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THE timing of street artist Banksy’s suspected latest work to drop in Gloucestershire couldn’t have been better.

This weekend will see the cream of Gloucester’s emerging street art scene descend on the Docks to showcase their latest efforts.

Artists from Gloucester have been waxing lyrical this week about the latest Banksy-style ‘spy’ design in Fairview Road, Cheltenham.

The once underground world is emerging into the mainstream, with popularity of the stencil-type graffiti fashioned by the famous Bristol artist beginning to boom.

Reproductions of Banksy’s work can be found on anything from beer mats to lampshades. Originals command seven figure sums at auction.

Beastie, who is leading the pack of Gloucester’s rising street artists, took to Facebook to give his opinion on the latest work from the celebrated vandal.

He said: “We have GCHQ, the UK’s version of the NSA in the area – it is probably reading this right now. This is Banksy’s rather brilliant comment on it all, and he didn’t even pop in for a cuppa. That’s it, become the most famous artist on the planet and now you’re too big to meet up with unknown street artists from the next town over – typical!”

Flava, one of the next generation of emerging Gloucester street scrawlers, said the interest can only be good for other artists.

He said: “I think it’s clever and makes me think that maybe the underground graffiti scene around here is broadening out.”

Street art and reclamation crafts will be on show this weekend at the Main Basin from 9am. Speculation suggests secretive Banksy, believed to be Robin Gunningham, could visit as a friend of one of the organisers.

Organiser David Purchase, owner of Toast cafe, said the speculation won’t hurt interest in the event. “We have a lot of artistic talent in Gloucester with Trix, Flava and Beastie and this weekend’s festival will show off their work,” he said.

“Street art is not always appreciated or given the respect it deserves.

"I’m sure other street artists will be inspired by Banksy making an appearance in Cheltenham.”

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