Auckland gets a glimpse of Banksy

One of the largest Banksy collections will be open to the Auckland public from Friday.

More than 80 works by the well-known yet anonymous British artist will be on display at the Aotea Centre.

Project manager Steve Swift says they tried to make the best show possible.

"We've taken a lot of time and care to put it together… not only are we showing the works, but telling a story as well."

The Art of Banksy exhibition will run for the next month.

"[It'll] show a lot of Banksy's early works [from] around London and Bristol, which help to tell the story of the man, the artist, and what he's all about," says Mr Swift.

"I know a lot of people have heard of Banksy and are quite curious."

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said in November the exhibition shows a renewed focus on arts and culture for the city.

"Auckland has a vibrant art culture and this exciting exhibition of Banksy's collection is a huge win for our city," he said.

"I look forward to seeing Aucklanders embrace this opportunity to engage with works by one of the world's most prolific, enigmatic and outspoken artists."

The exhibition, made up of pieces all privately-owned by collectors, will run from January 5 to February 6.


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