New Banksy artwork pays tribute to NHS heroes

A new artwork painted by Banksy during lockdown has gone on display in a hospital corridor.

The piece, entitled Game Changer, is now on view to staff and patients on Level C of Southampton General Hospital.

It shows a boy dressed in dungarees playing with a nurse superhero toy, with figures of Batman and Spiderman in a waste paper basket on the floor.

The nurse, wearing a cape, face mask and a white apron featuring a red cross, has her arm raised as if she is flying.

Banksy left a note for hospital workers, saying: "Thanks for all you're doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if its only black and white."

After lockdown measures are lifted, the piece – which is approximately one metre high and one metre wide – will be put on public display.

It will then be auctioned to raise money for NHS charities, a spokeswoman for Banksy confirmed.

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File photo dated 21/12/18 of Banksy's Season's Greetings mural. The owner of the mural, John Brandler, has cancelled plans to create an international street art museum in Wales following disagreements with council officials.
A painting of 'Girl with a balloon' seen during the exhibition. 'Banksy The art of Protest' at cultural center 'La T�rmica' is an exhibition showing for the first time in Malaga. the work of famous and mysterious British street artist 'Banksy', display more than 40 creations such originals works, sculptures, videos and photographs provide by international private collections including the original print of "Ni�a con globo". (Photo by Jesus Merida Luque / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Visitors seen looking at a painting during the exhibition. 'Banksy The art of Protest' at cultural center 'La T�rmica' is an exhibition showing for the first time in Malaga. the work of famous and mysterious British street artist 'Banksy', display more than 40 creations such originals works, sculptures, videos and photographs provide by international private collections including the original print of "Ni�a con globo". (Photo by Jesus Merida Luque / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
New Banksy 'masterpiece' on a wall in Marble Arch. A new piece of 'Banksy' artwork left after the Extinction Rebellion protesters left Marble Arch last week could be worth �1 million. If genuine - and art experts claim it is definitely him - it could sell for around �1million, but only if it can be removed. Westminster Council have now placed a protective perspex plate over the piece of street art as it had already been the subject of some defacement with red and blue writing and a yellow 'smiley' leaflet stuck to the wall. (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Isabelle Schofield takes a photo of herself in front of the painting 'Devolved Parliament' by the graffiti artist Banksy, which is going on show at Bristol Museum.
Traffic passes the Brexit-inspired mural by artist Banksy in Dover, Kent, as MPs will vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal later today following last-minute talks with the EU.
A visitor is seen walking by Banksy�s Dismaland and Others exhibition at Alfandega Congress Center. The exhibition, includes images taken by Barry Cawston from the project Dismaland (2015), the well-known theme park created by Banksy, integrate other works identifying the artist as "Walled Off Hotel" (2017) or "Flower Thrower" (2005), one of his best known works. Apart of Barry images, the exhibition also integrates a series of works by young Portuguese artists, also serving as a launching pad for new names in the universe of urban art. (Photo by Omar Marques / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A view of the Brexit-inspired mural by artist Banksy in Dover, Kent, ahead of the debate and vote on the Brexit motion at the House of Commons, London.
A view of the Brexit-inspired mural by artist Banksy in Dover, Kent, ahead of the debate and vote on the Brexit motion at the House of Commons, London.
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Paula Head, chief executive of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Here at Southampton, our hospital family has been directly impacted with the tragic loss of much loved and respected members of staff and friends.

"The fact that Banksy has chosen us to recognise the outstanding contribution everyone in and with the NHS is making, in unprecedented times, is a huge honour.

"It will be really valued by everyone in the hospital as people get a moment in their busy lives to pause, reflect and appreciate this piece of art.

"It will no doubt also be a massive boost to morale for everyone who works and is cared for at our hospital."

The hospital previously paid tribute to members of staff Mike Brown, 61, and Katy Davis, 38, who both died after testing positive for coronavirus.

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Mr Brown, a linen porter who had been with the organisation for 20 years, died on April 29 after receiving care in the hospital's critical care unit.

He was described as a well-recognised and popular member of staff who shared his good sense of humour with those around him.

Ms Davis, who worked in child health, had been unwell for some time before her admission to hospital and died on April 21 after testing positive for Covid-19.

She was described by Ms Head as a "nurse people would aspire to be like".

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