Aspiring graffiti artists and creatives can now attend a Banksy boot camp where they will be trained in the subversive techniques employed by the elusive street artist.
Students at the Fire Starter course, held in Bristol, where Banksy first displayed his graffiti work, and London, will be schooled in the guerilla artist’s “operational methods.”
The day-long courses will involve sessions on Banksy strategies such as “Designed Intervention” and “Conscious Opportunism”. The aim is to teach students how to create street art that stands out from the crowd and is informed by political sentiments and statements.
A place on the course can be secured by pledging £95 to a Kickstarter appeal launched to support a new art project from the team behind Dismaland, Banksy’s dystopian theme park which brought 150,000 visitors to Weston-Super-Mare last Summer. A book, Are We There Yet? Take a Trip to Banksy’s Britain, features images by renowned British photographer Barry Cawston, which catalogues Dismaland and its contrasting Weston locality. An accompanying touring exhibition will be launched at the empty theme park site later this year.
Kath Cockshaw, who has written an essay on Banksy for the book and will lead the course, said: “Banksy cut through straight away, with a bit of help from dealers. Others like Grayson Perry took decades to do the same. The class will help creatives – artists and film-makers – use their skills to encourage greater political engagement.” Banksy is aware of the book and Kickstarter campaign although he is unlikely to appear in person on the course. But if he does, you probably won’t recognise him anyway.
If you're interested in attending the course, you can find out more here
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