Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art hosting new Banksy show

Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art hosting new Banksy show

A new show by Banksy opens this Sunday in Glasgow, revealing for the first time the stencils used to create many of the artist’s most iconic works.

Spanning from 1998 to the present day, the artist calls it ‘CUT & RUN - 25 years card labour’.

Banksy said:

“I’ve kept these stencils hidden away for years, mindful they could be used as evidence in a charge of criminal damage. But that moment seems to have passed, so now I’m exhibiting them in a gallery as works of art. I’m not sure which is the greater crime.”

The show includes authentic artefacts, ephemera and the artist’s actual toilet. Staged at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), it will run for three months and open all night at weekends.

If it proves popular, the show may then tour. The artist has been plagued by a number of unsanctioned global exhibitions in recent years.

Banksy said:

“While the unauthorised Banksy shows might look like sweepings from my studio floor, CUT & RUN really is the actual sweepings from my studio floor.”

Gareth James, Museum Manager at GoMA, said:

“This has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with an artist who has been exciting and challenging people around the world with their work over the past 25 years.

“GoMA has been welcoming artists who champion social justice, take risks and utilise innovative practice for almost three decades – hosting this exhibition is a perfect fit for GoMA and the city. This is an exhibition that people will talk about for years to come and will reward repeat visits to appreciate its scope, insights and subversion.”

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: 

“I’m really excited to welcome this exhibition by Banksy, which might be the perfect partnership of artist, gallery and host city.

“Street art has become one of Glasgow’s signatures and there’s no one who’s done more to put street art at the heart of culture, politics and society than Banksy. We’re delighted Banksy has chosen Glasgow to host their work.

“This exhibition is going to generate huge excitement and demand, so we’re looking forward to welcoming even more visitors to Glasgow and Scotland this summer.

“If you’re planning a visit to enjoy this unique exhibition, grab the opportunity while you’re here to take in some of Glasgow’s wonderful murals across the city and our other world-class cultural offerings.”

Tickets for CUT & RUN will be on sale from Thursday 15 June, with first public admission on Sunday 18 June.

Running until 28 August, more tickets for CUT & RUN have been released on the website.

A limited number of tickets are available at the GoMA box office.