Wanted: Sponsor for Banksy show

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Wellington arts promoter Stewart Macpherson is seeking sponsors to help him mount an Auckland exhibition in NZ of the art of Banksy – the celebrated English street artist of uncertain identity.

Macpherson says he will listen to any proposal, but believes the sponsor he’s looking for is probably a paint manufacturer.

Banksy is notorious for displaying his art on publicly visible surfaces such as walls and self-built physical prop pieces. He/they does not sell photographs or reproductions of the street graffiti, but art auctioneers have been known to attempt to sell the street art on location and leave the problem of its removal in the hands of the winning bidder.

In 2010 Banksy created an Oscar-nominated documentary film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, billed as “the world’s first street art disaster movie”, which made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Won at the Webbys
In 2014, he was named Person of the Year at the 2014 Webby Awards.

Macpherson hopes to bring The Art Of Banksy to NZ to the Aotea Centre early in 2018, and will feature over 80 works by this mysterious artist, including many originals sold to private collectors who have lent them back to the curator of the exhibition.

The insured value of the artwork is NZ$30 million.

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