The artwork was discovered on 26 January on Scott Street Bridge in Hull, a town in eastern England. The stenciled piece depicts a boy, raising a makeshift sword with a pencil attached to the tip, carrying a shield and wearing a cap and a colander on his head.
On his Instagram account, Banksy changes the wording to “RAISE THE DRAWBRIDGE”. Banksy being for EU and Hull was the City with the highest Brexit leave is one take on the artwork. It could also refer to the “Siege of Hull” in 1642 when King Charles I was refused to enter Hull by Sir John Hotham and the Parliament.
Banksy’s take on Brexit comes at a contentious time for European politics: the UK is currently undergoing a general election that will dictate the relationship with or without the EU. On the other side of the Channel, only 80 km away, France is deciding on its European future. Confirmed by Banksy’s Instagram account on 7 May 2017.
Banksy Brexit mural in Dover. 7 May 2017
Detail of Banksy Brexit mural in Dover. 7 May 2017
During 2016 there were only two street art pieces documented. One in London in January and the other one in Bristol in June.
London, January 2016
Bristol, June 2016
After a frenetical activity during the previous years, Banksy is slowing down in 2014. There are six works documented, all of them in the UK, and only one in London (!!). One can assume that The Banksy team was preparing for 2015.
Besides the stencils for the London Olympics there are only a handful street art pieces in 2012, and all of the in the UK. Inscriptions are coming back.
After spending some months in the US in the first half of 2011, Banksy is back in UK for the summer. One piece in Liverpool, and maybe two in Bristol, the rest of them in London.
Photos: http://www.banksy.co.uk, http://www.arrestedmotion.com
After Banksy’s tour of the US following the premier and promotion of “Exit through the Gift shop”, he is back in the UK for the summer and fall of 2010. Goes to Glastonbury where he stencils the crazy hippies and where he also films a prank with Prince Charles.
Photos: http://www.banksy.co.uk, http://www.arrestedmotion.com, http://www.woostercollective.com
In 2009 there are some interesting street art pieces in the UK and only one abroad, the “Zebra” in Mali.
Photos: http://www.banksy.co.uk and http://www.arrestedmotion.com
One can see several changes in Banksy’s street art from 2006 and onwards. The pieces are fewer but much more elaborated. Banksy goes to Bristol in October to paint a police sniper and a boy with a paper bag waiting to burst it in his ears.
Banksy goes to the Glastonbury festival where he erects “Boghenge”, a version of Stonehenge. He also stencils “cop frisking a little girl”.