Weston-super-Mare could get it’s own street art festival – to build on the legacy left by Banksy’s Dismaland.
Weston Town Council has put cash in its budget to investigate the possibility of running a street art festival in the seaside town.
The move comes nearly six years after Banksy arrived at the resort’s Tropicana with his Dismaland ‘bemusement park’ art installation.
The exhibition ran for five weeks, pumped an estimated £20 million into the local economy, and attracted visitors from across the globe.
A-list stars including actor Brad Pitt and comedian Russell Brand were among those to make a visit, with musicians including Run the Jewels, De La Soul and Damon Albarn performing live.
The town already boasts a number of murals and street art, including work by artist Martin Darcy.
The idea for Weston to have its own street art festival came from councillor Helen Thornton. She said: “It is still very much an idea at the moment and is in the early stages. And it depends on what happens with the current pandemic whether any sort of festival could run this year. There are already successful street art festivals in other cities including Bristol and Cheltenham.
“Every time I see a good bit of street art somewhere, it brightens my day.
“Looking around Weston, I see many empty walls that could be brightened up by some good street art.
“We already have some fantastic artwork across Weston by local artists and there is a growing interest in art in this form.
“Banksy chose Weston to showcase Dismaland and a street art festival would continue to build on this legacy.”
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The town held its first ever ‘Spray Jam’ event last year with artists using their creative talents to paint hoardings outside the former police station in Walliscote Road.
The sprayjam was organised between Culture Weston and Weston community arts initiative S.M.ART and supported by North Somerset Council.
Twenty street artists from Weston, Clevedon, Bristol, Burnham, London, Slough, Portsmouth, Cornwall and Wales featured in the event.
The news that Weston could get its own street art festival comes at the same time as the town council has earmarked £5,000 to help facilitate more street art in the seaside town.
The money would be used to help facilitate the work, covering the cost of the materials and other expenses.
Weston mayor Councillor Mark Canniford said: “We already have some fantastic pieces of art in Weston from local artists.
“This money will help bring more street art to the town.
“We are open to suggestions as where this could be and we are always keeping our eyes open for suitable locations.
“Any artwork would have to be in the right location and in keeping but we are keen to her from the public about what they would like to see
“Street art is a great way of being able to brighten up the town.”
The famous Pinwheel which featured in the Dismaland exhibition is due to be put up in Weston town centre.