Banksy (Born 1976)
Margate, Kent, United Kingdom
Stencil & Spraypaint on painted brickwork and found materials
Dimensions 230 x 375 x 30cm approx
60,000 in total, up to 27,000 pieces available to be purchased
A 1950s housewife with a black eye and a missing tooth closes a chest freezer with the legs of a man protruding from it. The piece implies a scenario of domestic violence where the abused partner has allegedly murdered her oppressor and hidden him in the freezer.
Having been safely removed from the original wall in April 2023, conservator Thomas Organ of Arte Conservation stabilised and restored the piece. The piece now resides within the Dreamland amusement park in Margate, where it will remain on display for the rest of 2023.
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14 February 2023
Residents of Margate were delighted to learn that Banksy chose their neighbourhood to daub a new piece of poignant art timed for Valentine’s Day.
The Valentine’s Day Mascara experience powered by Futura Art
Enjoy your Banksy with experiential ownership. Not only will you be able to view Valentine’s Day Mascara in Dreamland, but Showpiece will also inform you of upcoming exclusive events whenever the piece is visiting another location. If you are looking for something closer to home, we have partnered with Futura Art to digitally immerse yourself in Banksy, including exploring your very own 360 degree model and the ability to place custom stickers within the real world through AR.
Considered to be one of the oldest-surviving amusement parks in Great Britain, the site of Dreamland dates back to the British railway boom of the early 1870s. Today it is a hub of culture on the south east coast, with its music venue and art installations. After its removal, ‘Valentine’s Day Mascara’ found a new home at Dreamland. This means you will be able to see the wall on display all year round.
Our collection spans 157 years of unique, culturally significant collectibles, with the youngest piece to date (Reigning Queens HC 3/3) a spritely 38 years young. Now, Valentine’s Day Mascara brings this collection into the present day. Banksy has graffitied his place into history as a movement defining artist, communicating bold messaging, with an unmistakable style. We have no doubt this piece is already the definition of a collectible item, but its provenance will only grow as Banksy’s story unfolds.
Banksy’s work has always served the purpose of commenting on social and political issues worldwide to raise awareness, and Valentine’s Day Mascara is no different. We are asking for donations in aid of Refuge, the nation’s largest domestic abuse organisation.
On any given day our services support thousands of women and their children, helping them to overcome the physical, emotional, financial and logistical impacts of abuse and rebuild their lives — free from fear. More than one in four women in England and Wales experiences domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime, and two women a week are killed by a current or former partner. You can find out more about Refuge’s work on their website www.refuge.org.uk.
Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247, is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for free, confidential specialist support.
Oasis Domestic Abuse Service supports people affected by domestic abuse in Kent - in refuge, in the community and through specialist services for children and young people. Their vision is of a world free from abusive relationships where every person is safe at home. To make a donation to support their work, please go to www.oasisdaservice.org/support-us/donate.
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