Banksy paints primary school wall as ‘present’

Banksy: The school had recently named one of its houses after the artist.

Banksy: The school had recently named one of its houses after the artist.

Allow me a moment of pride; I am a former pupil of Bridge Farm School.

It’s disappointing that the head teacher is planning to cover the image with protective plastic; I can understand that he’d want to protect it from the weather, but…

The letter from the artist (itself probably worth a bomb) states: “If you don’t like it feel free to add stuff” – and that won’t be possible now, unless Mr Mason intends to provide a space for wall art nearby?

I would also point out that, with one of its houses named after Banksy, Bridge Farm School has an obligation to encourage creativity and alternative thinking in its pupils.

But then, this is the school that produced me – so perhaps I don’t have to say anything.

Street artist Banksy has left a half-term surprise “present” on the walls of a Bristol primary school.

The elusive artist composed the mural at Bridge Farm Primary after it recently named a school house after him.

It was discovered as teachers returned from the half-term break along with a letter saying “it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission”.

A spokesman for Banksy confirmed to BBC News that the artwork is genuine.

Head teacher Geoff Mason intends to preserve the mural and has “no plans to sell it”.

He said the surprise addition to the school’s surroundings is “inspirational and aspirational” for his pupils.

Source: Banksy paints Bridge Farm Primary Bristol wall as ‘present’ – BBC News


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4 thoughts on “Banksy paints primary school wall as ‘present’

  1. kelly

    Nice one Banksy 🙂
    If they cover it with clear perspex, then the pupils can add to the image without damaging it.

  2. Matthew

    I think you’re being overzealous here; the headteacher – as the head of the school – clearly thinks the piece is good and worth protecting for future generations.

    To use that as an excuse to have a go at the school for, in some way, stifling creativity is utter nonsense and a clear example of hackism. If they were stifling creativity, they would remove the image.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      That’s a bit of an extreme response.
      I was suggesting that the head should not try to block his pupils from putting the piece to the purpose for which it was intended, and did in fact suggest a way this could happen while still allowing him to protect Banksy’s image.
      I didn’t say anything about stifling creativity. My comment about encouraging it was a general suggestion for the school – one which I immediately subverted with the admission that it produced me. There was nothing wrong with that place’s support for creativity when I was there.
      Your suggestion that I’m having “a go” at my old school is very silly.

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