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Renowned contemporary artwork – including original Banksy’s – at Peterborough Museum’s major new exhibition

Renowned street art by some of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists is on display at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery in a major new exhibition. An exhibition of major national importance, Urban includes original works by graffiti artist Banksy, My Dog Sighs, Blek le Rat, Pure Evil, Kaws, Damian Hirst and other prominent artists.

Urban opens on 11 December and runs until May. Some of the items have rarely been exhibited in the UK before, and include the unique Banksy cottage from Merrivale Model Village in Norfolk.
Most of the work that will be on display is owned by John Brandler of Essex-based Brandler Galleries. The exhibition was made possible thanks to James O’Rawe, general manager at Peterborough Workspace Limited, who approached Brandler Galleries to bring the street art to Peterborough.

“This is an incredibly exciting event for the city of Peterborough and one its residents can be proud of,” says James.

“These are big international names and to have their pieces of art on display in Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery will bring people to the city and help Peterborough on the road to recovery from COVID. The positive impact on the city will be significant.”

Other events and activities linked to the exhibition over the coming months are planned, including an art trail and workshops involving local street artists. Pat Carrington, CEO at City Culture Peterborough, which runs Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, says:

“We’re delighted to be able to display these incredible artworks at the city’s gallery. Peterborough is home to many young and dynamic artists and this exhibition embraces that. We’re planning to get our local street artists involved in Urban as a way of recognising the creative talent in the city and bringing young people from different backgrounds into the museum to see the exhibition.”

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