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Workers have begun work on iconic statue's thumb damaged during storm

Street cleaners erase Banksy rat

A street-cleaning crew inadvertently painted over a stencil of a rat by the world-renowned British graffiti artist Banksy, leaving officials in Australia's second-largest city scrambling to explain the error.

Genius or vandalism? The guerrilla artists subverting our streets

Painting on live snail shells, scrawling portraits on Metro tickets and eating meatballs out of potholes. Matilda Battersby discovers the guerrilla artists working today

Exit Through the Gift Shop (15)

The secret location for the screening of this film – a cavernous brick vault beneath Waterloo Station – is an appropriate match to its director, the street artist and mystery provocateur Banksy.

Exit Through the Gift Shop, Banksy, 87 mins

The hype-meister conquers a whole new medium

Exit Through The Gift Shop, 'Lambeth Palace', London

A pop-up premiere for Banksy

Banksy makes his mark on the film world - but stays incognito

First Night: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Camera-shy Banksy to appear on film at last

Sundance premier for reclusive street artist's film debut

Support for Sutton's Banksy

A public vote on whether to keep a piece of Banksy graffiti in the London borough of Sutton has seen an initial wave of support for the renowned guerrilla artist.

Tom Sutcliffe: The word on the street art

There's a proposal coming up before Bristol City Council shortly that local citizens should be allowed to vote on whether graffiti – or street art – should be power-hosed or preserved. It isn't a done deal yet, although it was widely reported the other day as if it is. But for the moment it's just an idea – outlined in one BBC report by Councillor Gary Hopkins, who explained: "We think in the case where there is genuine artistic quality that we actually ought to ask people." It's apparently a response to the fact that Bristol has become something of a magnet for street artists – and a feeling that the council's cleaning operations aren't entirely in line with changing public sentiment about gable-end daubings. So, candidate art works will be posted online to allow people to give the thumbs up or the thumbs down before the cleaning squads move in. The council has actually tried this before – retaining a Banksy painting after 93 per cent of respondents said that they thought it added to the gaity of urban life.

DVD: Beautiful Losers (15)

In the 1990s a gallery in New York, Alleged, became the centre for a new collective of American artists.

First Night: Goldie 'Sine Tempore', Royal Albert Hall, London

Classical evolution for drum 'n' bass star in Proms

All-new cover versions: The best new street artists have been let loose in a record shop

Street artists paint on the street, graffiti writers tag on walls and urban artists paint on canvass – right? Think again. The boundaries between these genres are blurring to create a new movement that echoes the punk ethos of anything goes. Artists grouped together under this "street" umbrella are not just spraying Bansky style stencils on walls. Some, like German duo Herakut, are highly skilled painters who create "photorealistic" graffiti with spray paint, others, like Tel Aviv artist Know Hope, are more craft-based.

As art market bottoms out, a painter gives his work away for nothing

Urban artist to leave pieces worth an estimated £1m around London, starting at dawn on Friday

Council wants Banksy mural removed

A council wants to take down a mural by street artist Banksy but admits the work "has value in the right location".

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When the band asked busker Theo Eastwind to perform songs from their new album, he couldn't really say no
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