Exhibition of 145 Banksy artworks to open at MediaCity in Salford

Banksy's 'Girl With Balloon' will feature in the exhibition. Credit: PA Images

A touring exhibition of original artworks by Banksy is set to open in Salford's MediaCity this autumn after a year-long run in London.

The Art of Banksy display, which will feature 145 authenticated works including prints and canvases, will open on 21 October.

The exhibition has not been authorised by the famed graffiti artist and all the works are on loan from private collectors.

Despite being one of the country's most well-known artists, Banksy's identity remains top secret.

Banksy's 'Flower Thrower' on display at The Art of Banksy exhibition in London in 2021. Credit: PA

Among the collection are works from 2002 to 2017, including pieces that brought the artist international recognition such as Girl With Balloon (2002).

Flower Thrower (2003), which sees a young protester throwing a bouquet of flowers, will also be on display as well as Rude Copper (2002), which depicts a policeman holding up his middle finger.

Also among the pieces is Brace Yourself (2010), which made headlines when Banksy gifted the painting to the band formerly known as Exit Through the Gift Shop in exchange for the rights to their name.

'Brace Yourself' on display in London in 2021. Credit: PA

The display will be housed in a purpose-built 1,200 square metre temporary structure, offering visitors the chance to view the artist's work in a way not possible on the street.

The exhibition has previously travelled to Melbourne, Chicago, San Francisco, Sydney, Washington DC, Boston, Tel Aviv, Auckland, Toronto, Miami, Gothenburg and London.

The Art Of Banksy, presented in association with HOME, is at MediaCity from 21 October to 8 January.

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