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The only Banksy in Wales to be moved

Image credit: Neath Port Talbot Council

The temporary agreement between Neath Port Talbot Council and art dealer John Brandler to house his Banksy artwork Season’s Greetings in an unoccupied shop unit in Port Talbot’s town centre is coming to an end.

The Banksy appeared on the walls of a Taibach garage in December 2018 sparking widespread interest and the Welsh Government paid for around-the-clock security while its future was decided.

The piece was purchased by Essex based Mr Brandler with the Welsh Government agreeing to pay for the valuable artwork to be moved at its expense to a new unoccupied retail unit in Pobl’s Ty’r Orsaf, Port Talbot, where it could be viewed by members of the public. That arrangement terminates on January 14th next year and we understand that Season’s Greetings is to feature in a street art exhibition in Peterborough due to start next month.

The council wishes to thank Pobl for its agreement to house the Banksy since 2018, giving many people the chance to view the piece. Since its appearance and its subsequent display in the town centre, it has  sparked great interest in street art generally within the County Borough and has led to the development of further street art works in Port Talbot in particular, which the council supports.

One of the street artworks in Port Talbot inspired by the arrival of the Banksy

In a statement, the council added: “The council wishes the owner of Season’s Greetings well and is grateful so many people had the chance to view it here in the time it was loaned to us. The future of Season’s Greetings is now of course a matter for Mr Brandler.”