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Dismaland timber heading to refugees in Calais

All the timber will be sent to the refugee camp at Calais Credit:

Ahead of it's closure this evening (Sun 10pm) an announcement on the Dismaland website has declared that all timber and fixtures will be sent to the refugee camp near Calais to build shelters.

After 5 weeks, the exhibition in Weston will close it's doors for the final time. Around 150 thousand people have visited the site at the Tropicana.

All the timber and fixtures from Dismaland are being sent to the ‘jungle’ refugee camp near Calais to build shelters. No online tickets will be available.


Queues build on Dismaland's final day

It may be one of the most Dismal experiences in the region, but Banksy's Dismaland is still drawing thousands of visitors to Weston. Today (Sun) the queue for tickets began earlier than normal, because today is the final chance to see behind the walls of the old Tropicana and all the exhibits on offer.

Queues build on the final day of the Dismaland exhibition Credit: ITV News West Country

Since the attraction opened 5 weeks ago more than 150,00 visitors have been to see the mysterious exhibition.

A fire-ravaged Disney-style castle has been the star attraction of the secret exhibition as well as a Punch and Judy style exhibition with references to Jimmy Savile.

Dismaland also included a cinema, circus tent and amusement arcade - all with unique twists.

It's estimated that the exhibition boosted the tourism industry in Weston-super-Mare, by an estimated £20 million in the time it was open.

Numerous famous faces visited the 2.5 acres site, including Ant and Dec, Jude Law, Neil Patrick Harris, Russell Brand and Jack Black.


Artwork from Banksy's Dismaland up for sale on Ebay

The 40ft instillation was created by Peter Kennard and Cat Phillipps Credit: Dismaland

An art instillation from Banksy's Dismaland has gone on sale on the popular auction site Ebay with the billboard expected to fetch thousands of pounds.

Known as ' The Shove', the giant billboard features a picture of David Cameron holding a glass of champagne with a city backdrop, being crumpled up.

The 40ft instillation was created by Kennardphillipps, made up of Peter Kennard and Cat Phillipps, who said they wanted it to go to a "public home" once the park had closed it's doors.

Describing the artwork on the website, the artists say "It's been a wonderful, wonderful time, but like all happy times it must melt away now until the next time.

"This billboard did it's job good in Dismaland. Now where's it going to go next? Maybe in a field of pigs?

"Roll up roll up, who's got a good place to take the fight back further."

It currently has 24 bidders and has reached £673.00 with bidding ending on the 29th Sept.

Banksy's £20million boost for Weston-super-Mare

Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare Credit: PA

Banksy's pop up exhibition Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare opens it's doors for the final time this weekend.

It's brought in an estimated £20million to the local economy.

The impact of the Banksy Exhibition is triple what was first thought, according to Visit Somerset, the official Destination Management Organisation for the county. Initially predicting a £7m economic boost.

A concert tonight features Pussy Riot and De La Soul among the lineup. Visitors have been asked to wear masks so Banksy can attend incognito.

The final batch of tickets sold out within minutes - with people desperate to get inside before the bemusement park closes for good on Sunday.

Ant and Dec go to Dismaland

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly with their BAFTAs for Entertainment Performance earlier this year Credit: PA

Two of TV's biggest stars have been spotted at Banksy's Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare.

Ant and Dec visited the Bemusement Park on the seafront yesterday (20 September) and were happy to star in a few photos.


Massive Attack pull out of Dismaland finale

Dismaland ask people to attend finale in masks Credit:

The final batch of tickets for Banksy's Dismaland art show sold out this morning - but finale headliners Massive Attack have cancelled plans to perform.

They were due to play at the pop-up Tropicana exhibition next Friday, but show organisers have confirmed that the Bristol Band has pulled out due to 'technical complications'.

A post on the attraction's website says that Banksy has requested people come in masks so he can attend the event without being photographed by paparazzi.

More Weston beach hut controversy: did council break own rules?

Toby Blackburn believes the size of the huts means North Somerset Council breached the terms of its own planning application. Credit: ITV West Country

Controversy over new beach huts at Weston-super-Mare has intensified, with claims from local residents that the council which installed them has breached its own planning application.

Campaigners, already angry they've been told not to walk in front of the huts, now say they're bigger than they're allowed to be, and they've made an official complaint.

Bob Cruwys went to find out more.

'Some Disney is very good', says Banksy

Credit: ITV West Country

We may have all been thinking that Dismaland is a direct sneer at Disney, but Banksy has told a Sunday newspaper that it isn't at all - and admitted that, like millions, he has a bit of a thing for Frozen.

"I don’t have an issue with Disney. I’m not a hipster, so I don’t think something is evil or vacuous simply because its popular. The Dismal Land branding isn’t about Disney at all – its just a framework that says – OK, we accept that making art puts us in the light entertainment industry, and we’ll attempt to engage at that level – but for the left.

Some Disney is very good, the Let it Go sequence in Frozen is brilliant – the ‘journey’ between the beginning and end of that three minute song is pure cinematic gold."

– Banksy

The enigmatic graffiti artist talks more about the inspiration behind Dismaland, and answers some of his critics, in the rest of the interview - which you can find here.

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