Arts Council urged to help bring back Banksy

Publication date: Wednesday 20 February 2013

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Haringey Council has written to the Arts Council to ask for help to bring a missing Banksy mural back to the borough.

Banksy artwork

The ‘Slave Labour’ artwork appeared on a wall at the corner of Whymark Avenue and Wood Green High Road in May 2012.

But it was removed from Haringey last weekend and will be up for sale in the United States on Saturday.

The mural is expected to fetch up to $700,000 when it goes under the hammer at Fine Art Auctions Miami.

The council is leading a campaign to bring back Banksy, and has called on the Arts Council to intervene due to the local and national significance of the art work.

Cllr Alan Strickland, Wood Green ward councillor and Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Culture, and Social Inclusion, said:

“The Banksy created a huge amount of excitement when it first appeared, and residents are understandably shocked and angry that it has been removed for private sale.

“The community feels that this art work was given to it for free, and that it should be kept in Haringey where it belongs, not sold for a fast buck.

“This is an area that was rocked by riots less than a year before this mural was painted, and for many in the community the painting has become a real symbol of local pride.

“I’ve written to the Arts Council to ask them to explore whether this art work is being exported appropriately.

“We’re asking the Arts Council to intervene because we believe that the strong local and national significance of the mural mean it is wrong to export it.

“We’re determined to do what we can to bring back Banksy to Haringey.”

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