Banksy: Mural painted by street artist to go on public display after charity gains ownership

The work, known as 'Art Buff', was spray-painted on the wall of an amusement arcade in Folkestone, Kent

Brian Farmer
Saturday 12 September 2015 01:46
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The work, known as ‘Art Buff’, was painted on the wall of an amusement arcade in Folkestone
The work, known as ‘Art Buff’, was painted on the wall of an amusement arcade in Folkestone

A mural thought to have been painted by street artist Banksy is set to go on public display after a charity won a court fight over its ownership.

The work, which features an elderly woman and is known as “Art Buff”, was spray-painted on the wall of an amusement arcade in Folkestone, Kent, about a year ago, a judge was told. The Creative Foundation – an arts charity based in Folkestone – and arcade bosses disputed ownership.

Mr Justice Arnold ruled in favour of the charity after a High Court hearing, a decision that could impact on future ownership battles. Creative Foundation bosses said the owner of the building where the arcade is based had given the mural to them. A firm called Dreamland, which runs the arcade and is a tenant, said they owned the mural under the terms of a lease.

“We are thrilled,” said Creative Foundation chief executive Alastair Upton. “I would hope that Banksy is pleased too.”

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