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Banksy art show draws in 300,000

The queue on Monday morning
Queues started before dawn on the last day of the exhibition

More than 300,000 people have visited the Banksy exhibition in Bristol, it was revealed on the final day of the 12-week art show.

The Banksy Vs Bristol Museum exhibition saw people queuing for up to six hours to gain admission.

Visitors to the free show have donated more than £45,000 towards museum funds - roughly the amount usually collected across an entire year.

On its last day people were queuing before dawn to see the exhibition.

Banksy charged Bristol City Council £1 to stage the exhibition in his home town on condition all CCTV footage of him preparing the show was destroyed.

Fish finger

It features 100 artworks, 78 of them new, including animatronics and installations.

Among the exhibits are a fish finger swimming around a goldfish bowl and a riot policeman riding a carousel horse.

James Stevenson, 24, who queued for five-and-a-half hours to see the show, said: "It was well worth the wait, the queues are huge but I suppose it's part of the experience.

"Banksy is the artist of a generation. His work is amazing but it also has a powerful message about society."

Jan Ormondroyd, chief executive of the city council, said: "Banksy has done his city a great service. We've been able to promote our city far and wide.

"We've brought people into the city who will, having seen what we have to offer, be back."



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