New exhibition celebrating Bristol's role in global street art movement to open in June

New exhibition celebrating Bristol's role in global street art movement to open in June

Posted on: 13 May 2021

Explore works from an array of world-renowned, Bristol-based artists at the M Shed.


An extensive new exhibition celebrating Bristol's influence on the international street art movement is set to open at the M Shed next month, with Vanguard: Bristol Street Art on show at the Harbourside museum from 26 June - 31 October.


Initially due to take place last summer, the show was rescheduled to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. All tickets booked for the initial dates remain valid, with remaining passes available here.


From bronze sculptures to immersive displays, Bristol Street Art reveals a host of new original pieces, as well as rare and unseen works, including bespoke edits from the iconic filmmakers and photographers who documented the unfolding scene.



Billed as both a celebration of Bristol street art and an exploration of the city's influence on the wider street art movement and graffiti culture, Vanguard: Bristol Street Art will showcase rare work by leading Bristolian, British and Irish artists.


A selection of the works set to go on display have not previously been seen by the public, while others haven't been shown for well over 20 years.


Beginning with its anarchist origins in the 1980s and 90s, the exhibition will document the evolution of street art with a strong focus on its links to Bristol's unique identity and deep-rooted underground culture.


Additionally, Bristol Street Art will shine a light on the growing relationship between street art and sustainability, and picking out artists around the world working to reduce the environmental impact of their craft.


For more information on Vanguard: Bristol Street Art, to book tickets for your visit or to find out what else is coming up at the M Shed in 2021, head to the Vanguard website or follow the M Shed on Twitter.


Main Image: Robert '3D' Del Naja photographed by Henry Chalfant, 1985

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