Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery is going 'Urban' with an impressive new exhibition which will draw national attention to the city.
Banksy always attracts a crowd and now we're set to see one of his artworks up close here in Peterborough.
Renowned street art by some of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists will be on display at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery in a major new exhibition.
‘Urban’ will include original works by graffiti artist Banksy, My Dog Sighs, Blek le Rat, Pure Evil, Kaws, Damian Hirst and other prominent artists.
The exhibition of major national importance will open on Saturday December 11 and run until May. Some of the items have rarely been exhibited in the UK before. It will 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,” said 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. Peterborough has some great local talent of its own so we're looking forward to these street artists getting greater attention in the coming weeks.
Pat Carrington, CEO at City Culture Peterborough, which runs Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, said: “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.”
A special preview will take place on Friday December 10 for ticket holders, who can get a first look at the exhibition before it officially opens to the public the following day, including drinks and food.
The headline sponsor for the exhibition is Cross Keys Homes.
General admission for the exhibition is £8 for over 18s, £5 for youngsters aged 12-18 and free for under 12s. To book visit www.cityculturepeterborough.org.uk