Banksy reveals 'secret' exhibition due to open in Weston-super-Mare

Dismaland opens at the weekend Credit: SWNS

New and never-before-seen satirical art and sculptures by renowned graffiti artist Banksy are set to go on show for the first time in major new exhibition in Weston-super-Mare.

The artist is to host the event, entitled Dismaland Bemusement Park, at the disused Tropicana - a former lido on the popular resort's seafront.

The official Dismaland website claims the park provides "an alternative to the sugar-coated tedium of the average family day out" - or at least, it adds, it is "much cheaper".

It goes on to describe some of the pieces due to be on show, which include:

  • Water Cannon Creek: "An armour plated riot control vehicle built to serve on the streets of Northern Ireland. Equipped with sniper posts, grenade launchers and now – a children’s slide."

  • Guerilla Island: "Features a bus-mounted museum, library, gallery of guerilla art, Comrades Advice Bureau and workshops in how to hack billboards."

  • Jeffrey Archer Memorial Fire Pit: "Warm yourself around an authentic real open fire ceremonially lit each day by burning one of the famed local perjurer’s novels."

Even security workers outside the building appear to have been given orders on behaving according to the 'dismal' theme:

Featured artists range from Jenny Holzer, the first woman to represent the United States in the Venice Biennale, to Ed Hall, a pensioner who has spent 40 years producing every major trade union banner from his garden shed.

Knives, spray paint, and legal representatives of the Walt Disney Corporation will not be allowed inside, the website adds.

Read: Top 10 things you never knew about Banksy

Huge installations were initially set up at the lido under the pretence of a crime thriller called Grey Fox being filmed at the site.

The exhibition will feature works from a collection of artists Credit: PA
A plan of the Dismaland Bemusement Park site Credit: Dismaland

The 'bemusement' park also has a display highlighting the dangers of seagulls, as ITV News' Rupert Evelyn reports:

North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton admitted the Hollywood film story had been a cover - and said it was a "relief" to be able to speak about what was really happening.

Dismaland opens at the weekend Credit: SWNS

In statement from the elusive artist, Banksy said he had "loved" the Tropicana as a child, adding: "Getting to throw these doors open again is a real honour."

He added:

Suspicions over the 'Grey Fox' story were raised when Holly Cushing, widely believed to be Banksy's agent, was spotted at the site.

Financial records then revealed she had set up a limited company called Dismaland Ltd with Simon Durban, who is believed to Banksy's accountant, on May 1.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, with the exhibition opening twice daily from this weekend for five weeks.

The Dismaland logo Credit: Dismaland