Location: Bristol Museums M Shed, Bristol, UK
Date: Saturday 26th June 2021 – Sunday 31st October 2021
Tickets: Admission £8 adult* / £7 concession* (*Tickets include £1 voluntary donation to Bristol Museums Development Trust)
We are so delighted to be the only ‘Logistics Sponsor’ for this event. Our ShipArtTM roots come from Bristol’s early street art scene. Today we support some of the best known and pioneering names from the area.
The Press Release came out yesterday and we have provided a slightly cut down version for you below:

Press Release – expurgated version
Vanguard in partnership with Vans presents Bristol Street Art: The Evolution of a Global Movement – an exhibition exploring the instrumental role of Bristol’s creatives in the development of British Street Art, from the 1980s to the present day.
The seminal works, notable moments, key events and extraordinary artists belonging to Bristol’s dynamic history are highlighted in this comprehensive and compelling exhibition, which examines the creative response of the city’s pioneering underground scene throughout the UK’s turbulent social and political history and considers the drive for social change underpinning the work of many of today’s street artists.
From anarchist origins in the ‘80s and ‘90s through to the explosion of the scene in the early ‘00s, the exhibition brings together one of the largest collections of original works and memorabilia ever seen in the UK.
Beyond Bristol, Vanguard explores the evolving disciplines of British and Irish artists moving from the street art conversation to bridge contemporary fields by fusing traditional techniques with new technologies. The exhibition also reflects on how a new generation of global creatives are advocating for social and environmental awareness through art on the streets.
From bronze sculptures to immersive displays, Vanguard reveals a host of new original pieces, as well as rare and unseen works, including bespoke edits from the iconic filmmakers and photographers who documented the unfolding scene.
Outside of the exhibition, Vanguard has partnered with Vans to launch an exciting city-wide, community-based outreach programme running throughout the duration, aligning with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The outreach programme hopes to promote discussion and participation at the intersection of culture and sustainable action and will include art activations, workshops, panels and film screenings.
Exhibition Highlights
New and unique works by Bristolian, British and international artists include:

  • New and original works from Andy Council, Antony Micallef, China Mike, Conor Harrington, Dale VMN Collins (formerly known as Dale Marshall), Dicy, Eko, Feek, Filthy Luker, Inkie, Lucas Price, Mr Jago, Paris, Rowdy, Sickboy, Will Barras, Matt Small and Xenz
  • A life-size bronze sculpture of an old favourite from Nick Walker
  • Kineta Hill and Karen Dew’s photographic projections, Watching Paint Dry, female documenters of Bristol’s scene
  • A bespoke five-minute edit of the film Wild Style by Charlie Ahearn
  • A bespoke seven-minute film by Scottish filmmaker Doug Gillen of Fifth Wall TV with an original score by drum and bass producer and DJ Krust
  • Carrie Hitchcock and Yan Saunders’ unseen photographic archive
  • Legendary photographer Henry Chalfant’s unseen photographs of his time in Bristol for Spraycan Art

Project Partners
Flight Logistics | Graphenstone | Niche Frames | M Shed
Media Partners
Sky Arts | Juxtapoz Magazine | Crack | Fifth Wall TV | The Vanguard Team
Felix FLX Braun | John Nation | Inkie | Mary McCarthy | Charlotte Pyatt | Dave Smeaton | Justin MacCarthy | Graham Dews