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First ever permanent Banksy exhibition unveiled at London art studio

A London art studio has opened the first ever permanent exhibition dedicated to the work of world famous street artist Banksy.

A range of Banksy prints on display in the HangUp Gallery in East London.
A range of Banksy prints on display in the HangUp Gallery in East London. Image by HangUp Gallery
The HangUp Gallery in East London.
The HangUp Gallery in East London. Image by HangUp Gallery

The exhibition was unveiled at the Hangup Gallery in Stoke Newington, in East London, a contemporary art studio that now houses the largest public collection of Banksy’s work in the United Kingdom. Known as The Banksy Bunker, the exhibition houses more than 15 original pieces, made up of rare and authentic, signed and unsigned prints, ranging from 2003 to the present day along with canvas work and sculptures.

Named, "The Banksy Bunker", the collection has signed and unsigned prints by the artist.
Named, “The Banksy Bunker”, the collection has signed and unsigned prints by the artist. Image by HangUp Gallery

The collection includes prints of iconic Banksy designs such as Flying Copper, Laugh Now, Choose Your Weapon and Bomb Hugger that have become famous pieces of contemporary pop art over the past few years.

Love is is the Air by Banksy.
Love is is the Air by Banksy. Image by HangUp Gallery
The HangUp Gallery has built up a reputation of featuring diverse established and new artists over the past few years.
The HangUp Gallery has built up a reputation of featuring diverse established and new artists over the past few years.

The gallery also has selected Banksy work to buy, having dealt with over 500 sales related to the secretive artist over the past ten years. Every week sees the gallery being inundated with requests from hundreds of people inquiring about the rare work. As well as Banksy, the gallery houses rotating exhibitions from a range of different emerging and established artists.

No Ball Games by Banksy.
No Ball Games by Banksy. Image by HangUp Gallery
Flying Copper by Banksy.
Flying Copper by Banksy. Image by HangUp Gallery

“There is currently nowhere in the capital to view a permanent Banksy collection under one roof, so we thought we’d change that. It’s an intimate space packed full of a broad cross-section of his work from the start of his career to present day, so whether you’re a Banksy aficionado or seasoned collector it’s certainly worth a look,” said Studio Director Ben Cotton.

The Banksy Bunker is open to the public during gallery hours.
The Banksy Bunker is open to the public during gallery hours. Image by HangUp Gallery
Laugh Now by Banksy.
Laugh Now by Banksy.

The Banksy Bunker collection can be viewed during opening hours from 12 – 6pm.