Banksyside: Calls for Hull’s Bankside area to become ‘Street Art Hub’

2 February 2018

There are calls for the area around Banksy’s recently unveiled ‘Draw The Raised Bridge’ artwork, to become a commissioned ‘Street Art Hub’, writes Lewis Scott.

The Bankside area of Hull, now dubbed ‘Banksyside’, has seen more visitors than ever before in the last week, following the unveiling of the mysterious street artist’s work.

After being revealed on Friday afternoon via Banksy’s Instagram page, the work was then vandalised late on Sunday evening, only to be saved by local window cleaner Jason Fanthorpe, and his bottle of white spirit.

Since last Friday, two more similar pieces of artwork have appeared in the area, in Cooper Street and Bromley Street. Although still unconfirmed by Banksy himself, many fans believe the pieces are by the Bristol-based artist, given the similarities in design and handwriting.

Following the city’s sudden obsession Banksy and similar pieces of work, there have been calls from one local street artist to designate the whole Bankside area a ‘Street Art Hub’.

Hull graffiti artist Ollie Marshall believes the surrounding area should become a “creative art space”, with designated legal walls so artists can paint murals.

Mr Marshall’s claims are backed by Labour Councillor Alan Clark, who has claimed he will ask council officers to approach local businesses and residents in the coming weeks to consult them on the idea, and inquire about their walls being used.

The idea is being put forward as a chance to regenerate the largely derelict industrial area of the city, and bring more visitors to a part of Hull than hadn’t been previously visited.

Local resident Ray Davis, who went down to Bromley Street on Friday morning to inspect the rumoured third Banksy piece, spoke to Hull Central and offered his support for the idea.

“It’s a great idea for the area. I’d rather look at work like this than scribble on the wall like there is a lot of around here.

“I don’t like all this tagging on the buildings, but for me, this work here is art.”

You can watch the full interview with Ray below, as Hull Central reporter Lewis Scott inspects the latest potential Banksy work.

Banksy’s work has reignited the city’s debate about what is actually constitutes as art. In Hull’s year as City of Culture in 2017, this was a common topic, especially with installations like The Blade, and the Made in Hull light show.


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