Banksy Artwork

7th May 2020

You may have heard that Banksy’s latest artwork (see below) called 'Game Changer' was put on display yesterday in a corridor at Southampton University Hospital. Banksy left a note for workers saying,'Thanks for all you're doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it's only black and white'. It is uncharacteristic for Banksy, a piece behind glass in a frame! It however means that everyone in the hospital can safely view it, and take a moment in their busy lives to pause, reflect and appreciate this piece of art. It will be put on public display later, then sold at auction to raise money for the NHS.

Some of you will remember that two years ago the diocese theme for the Year 6 Leavers' Service was Everyday Heroes, highlighting the fact that you don’t need a cape or superhuman powers to be a real hero. Our school, along with many others across the diocese, created and decorated a chair as a piece of art that was then displayed in the Cathedral. The idea of an Everyday Hero has never been more relevant than it is now and therefore the diocese are planning to set up an art display, using children’s responses to Banksy's artwork and the theme of current Everyday Heroes - nurses, doctors, refuse collectors, bus drivers, care home workers, etc. They would like as many children as possible to create their own piece of art under the theme ‘Everyday Heroes’.

The artwork needs to be no bigger than A4. It can be 2D or 3D and can include any media that the children have available to them e.g. paper, plastic, card, wood, stone, slate, etc.

I know that we have a number of budding artists at St Martin's. If this is something that your child would like to take part in, please ask them to produce the piece of artwork and then keep it safe until I receive details of where to send it.