Port Talbot Banksy – Council statement
11 July 2019
“There are absolutely no plans to move the artwork from its current location at Ty’r Orsaf on Station Road whilst the three year agreement remains in place.
“The plan for Banksy’s artwork in Port Talbot was always meant to be a two stage process.
“Firstly to keep the artwork in the town and to facilitate its relocation to a more suitable and secure venue where people could still view it. This has been achieved.
“Secondly, to continue to work with our partners on a constructive way forward to develop a gallery / museum proposal, addressing the necessary financial, legal and technical issues of a potentially significant project which would see the Banksy and other contemporary, urban art displayed at Ty’r Orsaf.
“Despite publicly announcing his own proposal for a street art museum several months ago, the owner of Season’s Greetings, Essex based gallery owner John Brandler, has so far failed to provide any further detail on how it would be paid for or run.
“Meanwhile, Neath Port Talbot Council has been actively pursuing the opportunity of securing a gallery facility for the area as part of the Welsh Government’s plans to create a National Contemporary Art Gallery for Wales. This would involve directional signage for the gallery plus a well thought out display area. Plans for a café/restaurant/shop may also be considered if regarded as feasible.
“This work began before the Banksy appeared in Taibach and will continue.
“We are also working with a number of local artists and community groups to ensure that the legacy of Banksy appearing in Port Talbot is not lost and that the full cultural, economic and educational benefits of its impact can be realised.
“We’re continuing a dialogue with Mr Brandler about the possibility of other art works being displayed in Ty’r Orsaf and we are also continuing discussions with other potential partners.”