• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Banksy's artwork handed over for display in museum

A BANKSY artwork removed from a wall by a youth club has been handed to a city council and will now go on public display.

Mobile Lovers, showing two lovers embracing while checking their phones, was attached to a plank of wood screwed on to a wall in Clement Street, Bristol.

It was removed from the wall, believed to be owned by Bristol City Council, hours after its location was discovered by workers at the nearby Broad Plain & Riverside Youth Project.

The youth club, run by Dennis Stinchcombe MBE, 58, installed the piece in a corridor .

Mr Stinchcombe had planned to sell Mobile Lovers to raise funds for the youth club, which is attended by 1,000 youngsters and requires £120,000 to survive.

But after speaking to officers from Avon and Somerset Police, the youth club decided to hand the piece to Bristol City Council.

George Ferguson, the mayor of Bristol, said the piece would go on display at the City Museum and Art Gallery.

A screen print of Mobile Lovers has been installed in the artwork's original home, a boarded-up doorway overlooking the busy A4032 road into Bristol's centre.

The discovery of Mobile Lovers comes days after a piece depicting three 1950s-style agents listening in on conversations in a telephone box appeared on a house in Cheltenham.

Contextual targeting label: 
Arts and Entertainment

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

227284