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Banksy's Dismaland gets prestigious award nomination

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Banksy celebrates 25 years of street art with a South Bank Sky Arts Award nomination for Dismaland.

The elusive Bristol graffiti artist has been recognised in the visual art category and will compete against Cornelia Parker for Magna Carta (An Embroidery) at The British Library and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Verses After Dusk at the Serpentine Gallery.

The controversial attraction featured migrant boats and an anarchist training camp. Credit: ITV West Country

Dismaland opened at a derelict seaside lido at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset in August and sold out every day of its five-week run.

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the South Bank Sky Arts Awards honours the very best of British culture and achievement.

This year's ceremony, hosted by Lord Melvyn Bragg, will be held at London's Savoy Hotel on 5 Jun.

Dismaland was dismantled and sent to Calais to be shelter for migrants. Credit: ITV West Country

Lord Bragg has served as editor and host of the awards since their inception.

Talking about this year's nominations, he hailed 'an extraordinary tapestry of talent'.

It's when 30 nominees in 10 categories across the arts, from opera to pop music, from comedy to theatre, meet to celebrate the best work being done by artists in this country across a wide range of ages and backgrounds.

– Lord Bragg