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Banksy returns to Bristol for the first time im many years.
Previous shows have been held as far afield as New York and Los Angeles - something many fans' budgets could not stretch to.
But it is definitely worth the wait, though queuing for 4 hours is pushing it for art. The last time we did that sort of queue
was SHOCK at the Royal Acadamy - One day we will see Banksy there...One day!...

It is a fitting tribute to Bristol Bankys home city - this is far and away Banksys biggest and best show. There are about 100 works on display; of which 78 are brand new.
Highlights of the new pieces include an animatronic police man on a rocking horse and a gigantic painting of the House of Commons where the MPs have been replaced by chimps.
Damien Hirst
Banksy being Banksy, controversy is never far away. There's a painting of a woman dressed in a hijab wearing a revealing apron and a Ku Klux Klan member hanging himself from a tree.

Paintings are mixed in with the classics which are permanently on display.

Some of the Banksy work on show has been re-versioned for the exhibition. Boghenge from Glastonbury Festival is now placed in front of a mural of Stonehenge while the animatronic chimp from his New York Pet Shop show is now shown to be painting an idyllic scene rather than watching TV.
And it's not just Banksy's own work which he's updated. A Damien Hirst spot painting now features a classic Banksy rat, while The Flight to Egypt by Claude Derain now contains an advert for Easyjet.
Although the show is not a retrospective, it features all aspects of his multitude of styles.
Of course there's the stencil-based work which is what he's the master of, but there are installations (similar to what was on display at last year's Cans Festival) and paintings which hark back to the crude oils work of a few years ago.
Job centre
Banksy put on this show as a thank you to Bristol for supporting his early street art career which meant "putting up with a lot of mistakes that were made in public".

Mistakes which Bristol City Council were, in the early days, eager to paint over and cover up.
Irony has always played a part in Banksy's work, so the fact that the show is held in a council-run museum (without the council's big chiefs knowing) is both the ultimate tribute and last word.
Running until the end of August, it has created 14 extra full-time jobs; some of which were advertised at the local job centre (the employees can't believe their luck).
Although Banksy is known for his mystery, it is some feat to have pulled of a show of this size with only three people from the museum and none from the council in the know.
I just can't wait to see what he does next.

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