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Banksy collector, John Brandler, believes East Suffolk Council should place the recent works in Lowestoft into a museum




East Suffolk Council is being urged to place the recent artwork created by Banksy in Lowestoft into a museum.

The world renowned artist recently visited the town for his 'Great British Spraycation', where he visited several locations along the Suffolk/Norfolk coast.

John Brandler, owner of Brandler Galleries in Brentwood, Essex, has approached the council and urged them to create a street art museum.

The Banksy artwork in Lowestoft, which has now been protected by East Suffolk District Council contractors. Picture: Effective Imaging Ltd/East Suffolk District Council
The Banksy artwork in Lowestoft, which has now been protected by East Suffolk District Council contractors. Picture: Effective Imaging Ltd/East Suffolk District Council

He said: “I have contacted the council and said ‘Would you like to create a street art museum?’

“The problem is preserving it, as it is a valuable piece of art, which gives the council a golden opportunity.”

Mr Brandler said that the recent works, including the boy holding a crowbar on Regent Road and London Road North, ‘need to be in a seaside town’ due to the significance of the location.

A Banksy artwork on London Road North and Regent Road at the former Lowestoft Electrical premises. Picture: Rose Sapey
A Banksy artwork on London Road North and Regent Road at the former Lowestoft Electrical premises. Picture: Rose Sapey

“[Other] pieces have been sold at auction over the years, so it is difficult to price because the location is significant to the piece,” he said.

He added that it would also be difficult to price due to the need for the broken paving surrounding it.

However, should it be sold, he estimates it could be worth a ‘low six-figure fee’.

One of the artworks created by Banksy in Lowestoft. Picture: East Suffolk Council
One of the artworks created by Banksy in Lowestoft. Picture: East Suffolk Council

A joint statement from East Suffolk and Great Yarmouth Borough Councils said: “We are looking at all options for the future of these artworks, which are being enjoyed by our communities and are attracting visitors from across the country, showcasing our wonderful part of the world. Whilst no decisions have yet been made, we would hope that these pieces will remain in situ, as they were intended, for the benefit of our residents.

“The main focus for our joint bid to become UK City of Culture 2025 is to provide and highlight cultural activities which bring people together and which our communities can get involved with, and whilst we cannot be sure, we would like to think Banksy is supportive of these plans.”

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