Art collector: museum for Yarmouth and Lowstoft Banksys

12:47 August 17, 2021

12:53 Aug 17, 2021

A private art collector believes that Banksy’s recent works of art in the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft areas should be kept in a gallery.

John Brandler, owner of Brandler Galleries in Brentwood, Essex, said in order to preserve the pieces they should be left in the hands of a private company.

“The east coast could have a one-day wonder, or we could work together and provide a space that will draw people in for a long period of time.”

Banksy graffiti on Katwijk Way in Lowestoft.
– Credit: Danielle Booden

Mr Brandler said there are currently five street art museums around the world and he wants the east coast to be home to the sixth.

The art dealer exhibits part of his collection in the Moments exhibition at Moyes’s Hall in Bury St Edmunds.

“The exhibit had an incredible effect on the city,” said Mr. Brandler.

The artwork depicts a man and a woman dancing while an accordionist plays.

The artwork on Admiralty Road, which was discovered on Friday August 6, was verified to be Banksy the following week.
– Credit: James Weeds

“We know that a street art museum will attract at least 250,000 visitors per year.”

Mr Brandler shared his desire to collect the works of art for a museum in Great Yarmouth or Lowestoft.

“We will put our money where our mouth is and we will preserve the work of art.

“But I have to work with someone.

“When Banksy does something on your wall, it’s a poisoned chalice.

“People are happy to be there, but if the pieces are left on their own, they will last about three months.

Banksy graffiti on North Beach in Lowestoft covered after being degraded with white paint

Banksy graffiti on North Beach in Lowestoft covered after being degraded with white paint.
– Credit: Danielle Booden

“I would like to be the one to decide what happens to them.”

In a joint statement, the Borough Councils of East Suffolk and Great Yarmouth said: “We are examining all options for the future of these works of art, which are valued by our communities and attract visitors from all over. the country, showcasing our wonderful part of the world.

“While no decision has yet been made, we hope that these pieces will remain in situ, as they were intended, for the benefit of our residents.

“The main objective of our joint bid to become UK City of Culture 2025 is to provide and highlight cultural activities that bring people together and in which our communities can get involved and although we cannot be sure. , we would like to think that Banksy supports these plans.

Graffiti by Banksy at Nicholas Everitt Park in Lowestoft.  Photo: Danielle Booden

Graffiti by Banksy at Nicholas Everitt Park in Lowestoft.
– Credit: Danielle Booden

Norma D. Ross