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Bristol Street Art: The Evolution of a Global Movement

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Vanguard presents ‘Bristol Street Art: The Evolution of a Global Movement’, an exhibition exploring the instrumental role of local creatives in the development of British Street Art from the 1980s to the present day.

Celebrating notable moments, events and artist actions belonging to Bristol’s dynamic history, the narrative reflects on the creative response of the city’s pioneering underground scene throughout the UK’s turbulent social and political history.

From anarchist origins in the ‘80s and ‘90s through to the explosion of the scene in the early ‘00s, the exhibition brings together one of the largest collections of original works and memorabilia ever seen in the UK.

Beyond Bristol, we explore the evolving disciplines of British and Irish artists moving from walls, to bridge the contemporary and a new generation of creatives advocating for sustainable action through art on the streets.

Vanguard is curated by a collective of artists, musicians, specialists and collectors involved in the global street art movement and is presented in association with Bristol Museums at the M Shed.


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  • mshed
  • bcc-culture-team

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