As part of a visit to Glasgow in early 2001, Banksy’s ‘Peace is Tough’ exhibition at The Arches in Argyle Street (held jointly with Jamie Reid) saw the elusive, subversive artist leave three works inside the venue.
They are of Mona Lisa surrounded by a picture frame and, on her left, a gun-toting monkey sporting a tutu. Between the pieces are the words, ‘Every time I hear the word culture, I release the safety on my 9mm.’
However, all three artworks are in poor condition, having been accidentally covered with grey emulsion paint in 2007.
The team at Argyle Street Arches have partnered up with the Fine Art Restoration Company to save these artworks so they can be put on public display as originally intended.
A crowdfunding campaign has been set up for the project, and official restoration gifts have been created for donors.
From August to December, the Banksy murals will be restored live in Argyle Street Arches. Join us from Friday-Sunday throughout the 5 months and help save Banksy's artworks for Scotland!