Since the past decades, Banksy’s art thrived from the graffiti community in his home city, Bristol to a worldwide phenomenon. His stencils – with their recognisable style and often bearing searing political statements – have unexpectedly appeared in various cities across the globe.
With wry wit and stealth, Banksy merged graffiti art with installation and performance. Aside his famous street pieces, Banksy have hosted and took part in various shows and art festivities.
Scroll down and enjoy these photos of Banksy’s participation in exhibitions and festivals in the early 2000’s.
Urban Discipline 2002 took place in a 1500 m² exhibition ground in the old Astra brewery in Hamburg, more than 30 artists from all over the world such as Banksy, Stak from France, Nami/La Mano from Spain, Nina, Herbert, Vitche, the Os Gemeos from Brazil and many others met to give evidence that some Graffiti is different to other Graffiti.
The exhibition went beyond the scope of many things: an enormous variety of styles was being showed, mentalities from all over the world met and many projects were realized.
The exhibition was held for only 2 weeks June 22nd – July 5th 2001. Very few images of this exhibition exist, with even fewer original flyers. Even though the exhibition was full of classic Banksy images.
Banksy hosted an exhibition called The Cans Festival in London, over the weekend 3–5 May 2008. It was situated on Leake Street, a road tunnel formerly used by Eurostar underneath London Waterloo station. Graffiti artists with stencils were invited to join in and paint their own artwork, as long as it did not cover anyone else’s.
In March 2002 Banksy heads up to Glasgow to participate in an exhibition at The Arches, a cafe/restaurant. Very little documentation remains from this event.