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Seven foot wall featuring artwork by Banksy to go on display at Bury St Edmunds museum

A seven foot wall featuring art work by Banksy is to go on display at a town museum.

'Heart Boy' was originally painted by the anonymous, subversive and satirical graffiti artist on Goswell Road in Islington, London, near Kings Cross Station.

The demolition of the building in 2009 led to the removal and conservation of the mural - which now measures more than seven feet tall and more than 2000 kg.

Heart Boy. Image courtesy of John Brandler.
Heart Boy. Image courtesy of John Brandler.

Heart Boy, is a life-size image of young boy wielding a wet paintbrush, having just painted a large graffiti pink heart on a brick wall, will be one of the highlights of a modern art exhibition at Moyse's Hall next February.

It has never been exhibited in the UK before.

The exhibition, called 'Moments' which runs between February 14 and May 30, will also feature work by other modern art luminaries including Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Kaws, Pure Evil, Connor Brothers and Rachel List. These will include both original artworks and prints.

It is hoped the exhibition which is run in association with Brandler Galleries, will attract visitors from across the region, and country and help boost the town economy next year.

Cllr Jo Rayner, cabinet member for leisure and culture at West Suffolk Council, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming this fantastic collection of modern art to West Suffolk.

"This will be of national importance and interest with some items having never been part of a UK exhibition before.

"On a local level we are looking at how, subject to any restrictions, we might be able to put in workshops and other activities to engage with schools and families.”

Cllr John Griffiths, Leader of West Suffolk Council, added: “We hope that as well as being something people can appreciate and enjoy, this unique exhibition will provide a

boost to the economic recovery of the town and the wider West Suffolk area.

We anticipate a lot of interest in this exhibition, not just in West Suffolk, but beyond bringing the potential to attract tourists to our area at what we hope will be a time of recovery.

The exhibition will be supplemented by a range of workshops, live art demonstrations, artist talks and pop-up activities at various locations around the town.

Artist Rachel List, who gained prominence during the first lockdown with her painting 'NHS Ange'l will feature during a special preview evening.

Moyse’s Hall Museum and Brandler Galleries will also be seeking West Suffolk’s next great artist through a competition, supported by West Suffolk College and University of Suffolk.

Visit www.moyseshall.org

More on the exhibition in this Friday's Bury Free Press Culture Section - December 18 edition.

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