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Banksy street art gallery could come to Liverpool


Joe Jones

A new gallery dedicated to showcasing British street art, including works from Banksy, could soon set up shop in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle area.

The city council’s planning committee is being asked to approve a project to transform a building into space for work from a number of street artists.

The Berry House Building represents the second phase of the larger Gallery+ development on Norfolk Street.

The scheme by Liverpool-based North Point Global will also feature 25 apartments, commercial space and workshop space for start-up creative businesses.

Banksy art to be featured includes the Liverpool Rat, which previously adorned the exterior of the White Horse pub on Berry Street, as well as Liverpool Bi-Plane, which was painted on the side of a Rumford Street building.

Never Liked the Beatles, from the former Community College catering school building, will also be featured, as well as Secured, which was rescued from a skip.

The gallery at Berry House is the brainchild of Peter McInnes, an art collector and chairman of North Point. 

He said: “We’re delighted to be gathering together and restoring all of Banksy’s Liverpool works.

“Banksy gave them to Liverpool and we’re bringing them back and putting them somewhere where they can be enjoyed by the people of the city.

“The Baltic seems to be the ideal place to exhibit this collection, but also establish a street art gallery which will be as much about supporting young artists and creating a space for them to develop their talent and reputation."

Work on the Gallery+ development’s first phase is already underway. If planning consent is granted, North Point hopes to start work on phase two in early 2016, with completion scheduled for 2017.

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