Banksy Bristol Street Art Tours

A digital guided tour of Banksy paintings and artwork in Bristol 2015


This site is created and run by WHERETHEWALL.COM and BRISTOL STREET ART TOURS.

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You dont need planning permission to build castles in the sky

Banksy painting titles Well Hung Lover
Story behind the painting:
Hidden away and only accessible to a few who know it's location, now WHERETHEWALL tells you how to find this artwork based upon the quote by Banksy, "You dont need planning permission to build castles in the sky". Painted in 2011.
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Name:
You dont need planning permission to build castles in the sky
Painted:
2011
Address:
41 Lower Lamb St, Bristol BS1, UK

Paint Pot Angel

Banksy painting titles Well Hung Lover
Story behind the painting:
Banksy's exhibition at the Bristol Museum in 2009 attracted over 350,000 people in one month. Organised and curated in top secret, not even the head of the council was aware of the event. When the exhibition opened, queuing times quickly rose to up 5 hours, and spending time in the Banksy queue became a social event, even spawning a book of it's own.
The event was rated in the top three of world wide tourist events for that year.
As a gift to the people of Bristol, Banksy provided the exhibition for free, but the council insisted on some form of payment, with Banksy eventually accepting £1
The Paint Pot Angel which is in the main foyer of the Museum was donated by Banksy at the end of the exhibition.
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Name:
Paint Pot Angel
Painted:
2009
Address:
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queen's Rd. BS8 1RL17

The Well Hung Lover

Banksy painting titles Well Hung Lover
Story behind the painting:
Banksy spoke to the building owners who at the time were the band, Massive Attack, and after receiving their permission to paint on the building, he arranged for enclosed scaffolding to be errected, and then posing as a builder was able to paint in secrecy and seclusion. A number of years later the Council bought the building and instead of removing the painting, they decided to consult with the people of Bristol who indicated that they wanted the painting to remain.
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Name:
THE WELL HUNG LOVER
Painted:
2006
Address:
7 Park Street, BS1 5NF

Mild Mild West

Banksy painting called Mild Mild West Stokes Croft Bristol
Story behind the painting:
With the help of the building owner Banksy painted the 'Mild Mild West' over a few days on a raised platform. At the time, it was one of the first pieces of street art in the area, Stokes Croft, which has now gone on to become Bristol's cultural and artisitc quarter.
The painting is a tongue-in-cheek joke at the people of the West Country being more 'mild mild west' than 'wild wild west', having said that, the painting reflects what can happen if the people are antagonised.
Voted Bristol's 'alternative' most iconic image after the Brunel Suspension Bridge.
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Name:
MILD MILD WEST
Painted:
1999
Address:
80 Stokes Croft
Bristol
BS1 3QY

Grim Reaper

Banksy painting of the grim reaper on the thekla bristol
Story behind the painting:
One of the most infamous Banksy's work can be viewed on the side of the Thekla Social boat moored in Bristol harbour. The story goes, that Banksy borrowed a friends boat and left some graffiti on the side of the Thekla depecting the letters of his name, 'Banksy'. When the Harbourmaster saw the graffiti he came along and painted it over in black. This made the owner of the boat very angry -as he was a Banksy fan- and threatened the Harbourmaster with legal action for criminal damage. Hearing about the dispute and never one to hide from mischief, Banksy borrowed his friends boat again, leaving a stencil of the Grim Reaper in a boat and wondering of the Harbourmaster would act again.
In 2014 the Thekla was taken into dry docks for repainting. The owners decided to have the Banksy art removed. It was cut from the hull of the boat, and donated, indefinitely, to the MSHED museum for the public viewing, where it is now on display.
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Name:
Grim Reaper
Painted:
1997
Address:
M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN


This site is created and run by WHERETHEWALL.COM and BRISTOL STREET ART TOURS.

“Unmissable - a ‘MUST DO’ in Bristol” “beautiful tour” “Brilliant experience - recommended v.highly!” “PHENOMENAL!” “fascinating insight into a hidden world” “AMAZING tour”