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Street Art Museum for Port Talbot

Banksy art will take pride of place in town centre

Britain's first street art museum is set to open in Port Talbot - and Banksy is the star of the graffiti show.

The street art museum called SAM will be one of only six around the world when it opens in the town.

It was chosen as a location after Banksy spray-painted the side of a garage in Taibach for his painting Season's Greetings.

The graffiti shows a child standing under falling ash that appears as snow over the steel works.

Art collector John Brandler splashed out a six-figure sum on the work. He will now display it in the museum.

Mr Brandler said: "It's going to be an international museum of street art.

"I'm talking to a couple of other artists who are among the same level as Banksy.

"The aim is to get people off the motorway and into the town, spending money."

He estimates 100,000 to 150,000 people will visit the museum every year.

It will feature other works by Banksy, pieces from Swansea-based street artist Pure Evil and French graffiti artist Blek le Rat.

The museum will be free to local people and under-16s - but tourists will pay to see the collection.

Mr Brandler said: "Banksy gave this piece to Port Talbot so people who live here don't have to pay to go to see it."

Welsh Assembly deputy culture minister Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas confirmed the move.

It will take about five weeks for the work to be cut out of the garage of Ian Lewis, 55.

As many as 20,000 people visited his garage after it was painted in December.

 

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