26 June—31 October 2021

Vanguard | Bristol Street Art: The evolution of a global movement

Vanguard | Bristol Street Art explores the instrumental role that Bristol played in the development of British street art.

From anarchist origins in the ‘80s and ‘90s through to the explosion of the scene in the early ‘00s, this exhibition brings together one of the largest collections of original works and memorabilia ever seen in the UK.

Presenting new and original works from Adam Neate, Andy Council, Antony Micallef, Bill Posters, Carrie Hitchcock, China Mike, Conor Harrington, Dale VMN Collins (formerly known as Dale Marshall), Dicy, Eko, Feek, Filthy Luker, Inkie, Karen Dews, Kineta Hill, Lucas Price, Lucy McLauchlan, Matt Small, Mau Mau, Mr Jago, Paris, Rowdy, Sickboy, Swoon, Will Barras and Xenz.

Besides seminal works, notable moments, key events and extraordinary artists, the show examines the creative response of the city’s pioneering underground scene throughout the UK’s turbulent social and political history. It also considers the drive for social change that underpins the work of many of today’s street artists.

Beyond Bristol, Vanguard | Bristol Street Art explores the evolving disciplines of British and Irish artists as they draw inspiration from nature, new tech, activism and history to challenge the bounds of ‘street art’, actively contributing to a new unfolding visual genre.

The exhibition also reflects on how a new generation of global creatives are advocating for social and environmental awareness through art on the streets.


Image: © Karen Dews (K148)

Additional information

Some of the work on display contains imagery that some visitors may find offensive. One part of the gallery features mirrored walls and floor with some flashing lights.

Concessions are available with proof of identity for students, people over 65, NHS staff, unemployed people, disabled people (carers free) and Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.