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Street art show comes to Bristol
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Dozens have taken part in the exhibition

Forty-five of Bristol's most well-known street artists, including some internationally-famous names, are taking part in a new exhibition.

The Royal West of England Academy (RWA) will host a selection of Bristol street art from 22 March until 4 May, 2009.

It will include installations and murals, film screenings, talks and a schools' education programme.

The monetary value of Bristol artists' work has significantly increased in the last two years.

The development of street art in Bristol is now an internationally-recognised cultural and commercial phenomenon.

Street art, commonly known as graffiti, erupted in the UK in the early 1980s, thanks to artists and musicians who were influenced by what was going on in New York City.

Graffiti artists active on the Bristol scene at that time included Banksy, Nick Walker, Inkie and Robert del Naja, or '3D', of Massive Attack.

The curators hope that the carefully selected artists will show a real cross-section of the kind of work being made by street artists in Bristol today, and the directions in which they are taking their work.

Most of the artists featured in this exhibition continue to make work in the urban environment.

Many have faced challenges from the law in the past for work which they have made on illegal sites, while most now seek opportunities for creating work in the public domain using permitted sites.

It's hoped the exhibition will highlight the particular vibrancy and original creativity of Bristol artists.

The last urban art exhibition hosted by a public gallery in Bristol was at Arnolfini, more than 20 years ago in 1985.




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