6 June—1 November 2020

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

Statement regarding coronavirus (COVID-19):

Due to these uncertain times, we are temporarily suspending online tickets. Exhibition dates are now subject to change. We hope to provide an update on this in the near future.


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

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.

We’ll be releasing more details over the coming months so please check back for more updates and announcements…

A double helping of street art this summer

Streets Ahead: Bristol Street Art 2020 (6 Jun – 23 Aug 2020) at RWA looks to the future of street art by inviting emerging and unsung street artists to take over the galleries. Focusing on artists who are pushing the boundaries of street, graffiti and urban art, the exhibition spans installation, interactive art, sculpture, sound art, collage, light-based works and performance, as well as fresh perspectives in mural painting. See both exhibitions for £10! Joint tickets will be available from RWA and M Shed soon.


We are temporarily suspending online advance tickets. 

£6 adult
£5 concession
Free for under 18s – ticket still required
Tickets include £1 voluntary donation to Bristol Museums Development Trust.

  • 50% off with National Art Pass.
  • Free entry for students and 18-25 year olds every Wednesday (with valid ID).
  • Groups of 10 or more must book in advance.
  • No groups on Wednesdays, weekends or free days.


Image: © Karen Dews (K148)

With thanks to the M Shed exhibition sponsor: National Friendly

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