Banksy to unveil exhibition in Weston-super-Mare

'Dismaland' to take place at former lido, the Tropicana

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A never-before-seen collection of satirical art and sculpture by the graffiti artist Banksy is to go on show in a seaside town.

The show - called Dismaland - is to take place at the Tropicana, a former lido on the seafront at Weston-super-Mare, which is owned by North Somerset Council.

Banksy said: "I loved the Tropicana as a kid, so getting to throw these doors open again is a real honour."

Council leader Nigel Ashton said: "It gives me enormous pleasure to be hosting this world-class art exhibition in North Somerset, as well as great relief to be able to talk about it, finally.

"We have been working closely with the organisers for months now, and for obvious reasons, have had to remain tight-lipped about the true nature of the event. In fact, only four people in the entire council knew what was really happening.

"I had a preview of the exhibition while it was still being assembled last week, and I have to say, it is absolutely brilliant. As well as entertaining, it's also incredibly thought-provoking."

The exhibition opens twice daily from this weekend.

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