Wall Posse B‑Girl St Paul’s Car­ni­val, 1986 Photo Cred­it Beez­er

An extens­ive new exhib­i­tion cel­eb­rat­ing the inter­na­tion­al Street Art move­ment is set to open at M Shed museum in Bris­tol this sum­mer.

‘Van­guard | Bris­tol Street Art: The Evol­u­tion of a Glob­al Move­ment’ cel­eb­rates the instru­ment­al role of Bristol’s cre­at­ives in the devel­op­ment of Brit­ish Street Art, with rare works by lead­ing Bris­to­li­an, Brit­ish and Irish artists of the genre, includ­ing sem­in­al works from the late 90’s. An addi­tion­al focus on inter­na­tion­al artists bey­ond the UK will spot­light the grow­ing rela­tion­ship between art and sus­tain­ab­il­ity.

Sem­in­al works from Henry Chal­fant, Banksy and Beez­er will fea­ture, through to deep fake vir­al sen­sa­tion Bill Posters, and Con­or Har­ring­ton. A selec­tion of the works on dis­play have not pre­vi­ously been seen and some not shown in pub­lic for over twenty years. Spot­light fea­tures will also include the work of artist, musi­cian and act­iv­ist Robert Del Naja (3D), Bristol’s earli­est street artist.

Van­guard will address the devel­op­ment of the move­ment from the sub­cul­tur­al per­spect­ive of one of the UK’s most diverse and dynam­ic cit­ies, Bris­tol. Through an extraordin­ary visu­al nar­rat­ive, we explore the tri­umphs and hard­ships of Street Art’s anarch­ist ori­gins in the 80’s and 90’s, the explo­sion of works in the early 00’s to ‘Then and Now’ where we explore a selec­tion of Bris­tol artists styl­ist­ic devel­op­ment over the last three dec­ades, namely Nick Walk­er, Dicy, Par­is, Mr Jago, Dale ‘Ver­min’ Mar­shall, China Mike, Xenz, Will Bar­ras, Rowdy,  Jody, Cheo, Banksy, Inkie, and Ekoe.

The exhib­i­tion looks bey­ond Bris­tol to the United King­dom and Ire­land to reflect on the diversity of prac­tice brought about by the momentum of the move­ment. Artists include Sick Boy, Lucy McLach­lan, Lucas Price Adam Neate and Ant­ony Mic­allef. The exhib­i­tion con­cludes with a spot­light on artists evolving glob­ally from Street Art prac­tices to affect mean­ing­ful change in the world. Artists and groups fea­tured include Swoon, The Pansy Pro­ject and Mark Jen­kins.

Van­guard is cur­ated by a col­lect­ive of artists, spe­cial­ists and col­lect­ors involved with the glob­al street art move­ment. The team is headed up by Street Art spe­cial­ist Mary McCarthy, who has worked with­in this field for the past twenty years.

Mary McCarthy says: “Van­guard cel­eb­rates the unique envir­on­ment that Bris­tol provided and its role in gen­er­at­ing some of the world’s most not­able names in music and art. Con­sid­er­ing the ongo­ing evol­u­tion of the glob­al move­ment, we recog­nise the import­ance of the city as the birth­place of Brit­ish Street Art.”

Coun­cil­lor Craig Cheney, Deputy May­or of Bris­tol, says: “Bris­tol is the indis­put­able home of Brit­ish street art so what bet­ter place to host this land­mark show than M Shed. With plenty of excit­ing details still to come, it prom­ises to be one of the biggest cul­tur­al events in the city in 2020.”

Van­guard is presen­ted in asso­ci­ation with the Bris­tol City Coun­cil cul­ture team at M Shed. The M Shed exhib­i­tion spon­sor is Nation­al Friendly.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.