5 June—31 October 2021

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

An extensive new exhibition celebrating the international street art movement will open at M Shed in 2021.

Vanguard | Bristol Street Art celebrates Bristol’s instrumental role in the development of British street art, with rare work by leading Bristolian, British and Irish artists – including seminal works from the late 90’s.

Works from Henry Chalfant, Banksy and Beezer will feature, through to deep fake viral sensation Bill Posters, and Conor Harrington. A selection of the works on display have not previously been seen and some not shown in public for over 20 years. Spotlight features will also include the work of artist, activist and Massive Attack musician, Robert Del Naja (3D) – Bristol’s earliest street artist.

The exhibition will explore the evolution of street art in response to Bristol’s unique identity and underground culture – beginning with its anarchist origins in the 80’s and 90’s to the global phenomenon that is street art today.

An additional focus on international artists beyond the UK will spotlight the growing relationship between art and sustainability.


Image: © Karen Dews (K148)