Ipswich University campus to host Banksy artwork


06:00 18 January 2022

A Banksy mural could make its way to the Ipswich seafront in a move hailed as a “breath of fresh air” by the artwork’s owner.

Season’s Greetings, which appeared in a garage in Port Talbot, Wales, in 2018, reflects on the dangers of pollution.

Looking only at the right corner of the garage, a child appears to be playing in the snow – but seeing the full perspective reveals that the “snow” is actually ash from a dumpster fire.

The play appeared just before Christmas, hence the ironic title; the typical seasonal welcome is not all it seems.

John Brandler, an art dealer who owns the work, said he was asked to move the work from its current home in Port Talbot and said he was impressed by Ipswich’s desire to become the new mural house.

Mr Brandler said he was working with the University of Suffolk, but a university spokesperson said he could not comment at this time.

The University of Suffolk, Waterfront campus in Ipswich. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown
– Credit: Archant

Mr Brandler said: “I’m looking for people who are forward-looking, not backward-looking, and the people of Ipswich and the University of Suffolk have been very forward-thinking.

“There are people in Ipswich who want to shake things up and that’s phenomenal.”

It is understood that the entrance to the university is the planned location for the mural and “hopefully the start of something bigger in the longer term”, Mr Brandler said.

Banksy's incredible work of art on Admiralty Road

Banksy’s stunning artwork on Admiralty Road
– Credit: Denise Bradley

Banksy's artwork on a seawall on East Cromer Beach.

Banksy’s artwork on a seawall on East Cromer Beach.
– Credit: Stuart Anderson

It’s not the first time the street artist’s work has been in the county after his ‘Great Spray-cation’ across Norfolk and Suffolk last summer.

Banksy's stable at Merrivale Model Village

The Banksy stable remains on display at Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth, although it may be replaced by a model.
– Credit: Liz Coates

Mr Brandler said: “The university has also said there are a number of empty buildings near the waterfront and city center and there may even be scope for an international art gallery. de rue, with other Banksy pieces but a range of artists.

“That’s the goal, that’s the intention, and it would be amazing if we could make it work. The university doesn’t have the facilities to handle it all, but the people I talk to can see the benefits. .

“Dealing with the University of Suffolk and Ipswich has been a breath of fresh air.”

Banksy Lowoft

Banksy’s play was a huge talking point for the town.
– Credit: Mick Howes

The art dealer expressed disappointment that Lowestoft did not take more action to keep its Banksy mural ‘in the heart of the city“.


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