Banksy will be leading the metropolitan invasion when Summer of Art – The Urban Takeover brings the creative heart of the city to the Devon countryside this summer. Building on Hannahs relationship with some of the most respected galleries in the UK, the Gallery at Seale-Hayne will feature a Street Art exhibition on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, including iconic pieces by Banksy as well as Blek le rat, Jamie Hewlett, Pure Evil and D’face. The Summer of Art launch will take place on June 21st with live music from The Scribes.
Alongside the V&A exhibition three street artists will be exhibiting their work. They were the winners of a nationwide competition which attracted an overwhelming response from all over the UK. Street artists Lucy Sparrow, Oh Jiwon and Wei will be part of Hannahs Urban Takeover. Lucy works with fabrics and tapestries to make political street art often with a humorous twist and is the only textile artist working on the UK street scene. She will be creating 6ft spray can monoliths to go into the gallery itself with textile graffiti on the walls. Wei, whose work includes Coca Cola and Google, is well known on the Bristol graffiti scene and will be creating a large scale mural for Seale-Hayne as well as a time lapse video. Jiwon produces beautiful urban illustrations including designs for stage sets, short films, buildings, books and ceramics and will also be creating a permanent mural for Seale-Hayne.
There will be a street art trail around the site, featuring more exciting commissions and works, while visitors will be able to spot some rather unusual objects dotted around the grounds, usually only found in town and city centres, like traffic lights, a phone box and even a pelican crossing. A series of urban themed events will also be taking place over the summer months, involving live music and club events, as well as food, dance and even horticulture. Look out for classes and workshops aimed at younger people too.
One of the most groundbreaking elements of the whole exhibition will be an Augmented Reality Exhibition (A.R.T) supported by Everything Everywhere. People are being invited to enter pieces of street art, which will then be geo-tagged onto walls across the site. Although completely invisible to the eye, these can then be viewed through smart phones and tablets, with mobile phone technology allowing people to vote for their favourites. The winning piece will then be in line to win a Samsung Galaxy Note kindly donated by Everything Everywhere.