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Bury St Edmunds artist Peace Cans donates genuine Banksy artwork to art exhibition at Moreton Hall's Christ Church after misunderstanding




Bury St Edmunds' own Banksy has gifted a genuine piece from the Bristol-based artist to an art exhibition following a discovery of one their own works last week.

Sam Reid, one of the organisers of the exhibition, which is due to take place this weekend at Christ Church, Moreton Hall, found what she believed was a genuine artwork by the world renowned artist on a walk one morning.

Creations by the anonymous artist have been spotted around the town at the Moyse’s Hall and on High Baxter Street, leading to rumours that Banksy could have visited the town.

The artwork, by Peace Cans, was discovered by Sam Reid early one morning. Picture: Andy Abbott
The artwork, by Peace Cans, was discovered by Sam Reid early one morning. Picture: Andy Abbott

However, the artist behind the series of artworks, who goes by the name of Peace Cans, has come forward to confirm that he is behind the work found by Sam.

Ms Reid confirmed that the artwork would be displayed at the exhibition before the anonymous artist came forward.

Now, though, Peace Cans has donated an actual Banksy to be displayed at the church after feeling bad about the misunderstanding.

The Rev Canon Jonathan Ford and Sam Reid at Christ Church, Moreton Hall with the ceramic tile. Picture: Andy Abbott.
The Rev Canon Jonathan Ford and Sam Reid at Christ Church, Moreton Hall with the ceramic tile. Picture: Andy Abbott.

The anonymous artist said: “I’m so glad Sam found the tile and connected it to the image.

“I also like what she said about the possible reasons for its creation. I’ve since been told about the excellent work she does for the town, and I thought the cycle rickshaw service was a great example of this.

“I genuinely feel sorry that they don’t have a work of art by the worlds greatest living artist, but just some Suffolk lad that’s into mindful vandalism.

One of the new artworks in Bury St Edmunds on High Baxter Street
One of the new artworks in Bury St Edmunds on High Baxter Street

“I have access to a real Banksy welcome mat. The mat is hand-stitched using the fabric from life vests abandoned on the Mediterranean beaches. The mats were designed by the world-renowned artist, Banksy, and fabricated in Greek refugee camps.

“They are very welcome to display this at the event so they and the town can enjoy the real thing for free.”

Sam added: “We are going to display both pieces at our exhibition.

“We are very excited about our exhibition being a success, and through the fantastic opportunity this has brought about, we really hope all ages can get inspired to be creative and bring a regular class at church for those wishing to explore art further.”

The artwork by Banksy will be displayed in the exhibition alongside the tile that Sam found. Peace Cans’ tile will then be auctioned off to raise money for the church.

People looking to go to the exhibition will be able to visit between 11am and 6pm on Saturday, and 1pm and 5pm on Sunday.

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