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Council to decide what to do with Banksy's latest murals

Two murals by street artist Banksy have appeared in central London.

The works, near the Barbican Centre, mark the opening of an exhibition by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Banksy mural
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"We can confirm that two new pieces by Banksy have appeared near the Barbican Centre..... Banksy's graffiti is in Culture Mile, the north-west corner of the Square Mile that is being developed into a major destination for culture and creativity. We plan to discuss the pieces with City Corporation colleagues and Barbican residents over the next few weeks.

City of London Corporation spokesperson

Banksy: New murals pop up in London

The new Banksy works appear in a tunnel near the Barbican Centre
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Two murals by Bristol street artist Banksy have appeared in central London.

The works, near the Barbican Centre, mark the opening of an exhibition by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The New York City graffiti artist turned painter died aged 27 in 1988 of a suspected drug overdose.

On Instagram Banksy described the murals as an "(unofficial) collaboration".

Vandals and Visionaries - the debate over Bristol's graffiti

For many years Bristol has enjoyed a reputation as the UK's number one city for graffiti and street art.

But along with that reputation comes an ongoing debate about creativity and criminality.

On BBC One on Friday, the eve of street art festival Upfest, presenter Miquita Oliver will be assessing the debate and asking why Banksy’s work is protected when other graffiti artists are being prosecuted and sometimes imprisoned for their work.

In three special online-only videos, Bristol photographer Beezer takes us back to three key locations in the city’s early graffiti story. Part one is below, and parts two and three will follow tomorrow and Thursday.

'Vandals and Visionaries' is on BBC One at 7.30pm on Friday, 28th July.

Photographer Beezer reflects on Bristol's graffiti heritage.