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Famous Artists Will Feature in Unique Bury St Edmunds Exhibition

‘Moments’, will feature works by Banksy, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Kaws, Pure Evil, Connor Brothers and Rachel List.

This unique and one-off exhibition, with both original artworks and prints, is to be installed at Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk from Sunday 2 May until Sunday 30 September 2021. Run in association with Brandler Galleries.

Amongst the highlights will be a few artworks by Banksy, including his ‘Heart Boy’, which was originally painted on a wall in Islington, London in 2009, but has never been exhibited in the UK before. Some of the artworks and prints will be available for purchase.

The Moments exhibition, which will be of national importance and interest, is a major coup for West Suffolk Council which runs Moyse’s Hall Museum. It will play a major role in helping the town’s economic recovery, after the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.  Even with some restrictions, this exhibition could attract significant cultural tourism from outside of the West Suffolk area.  


It will be supplemented by a range of workshops, live art demonstrations, artist talks and pop-up activities themed around the concept of ‘moments’, some will be suitable for school and college students. These activities will take place at various locations around the town including The Apex entertainment centre. Where possible, ‘Moments’ will also link with local community art groups to offer workshops for all ages and levels of experience.

Art at Night preview with Rachel List

‘Art at Night’ a special preview on Saturday, 13 February between 5pm and 7pm will be attended by renowned artist Rachel List, who gained prominence during the first lockdown with her painting ‘NHS Angel’. Rachel will be finishing a new piece of work for inclusion in the exhibition, which will be kept on permanent display at Moyse’s Hall Museum. Tickets at £10 per person, including wine and canapes, will be offered on a first come first served basis. Book online at https://www.moyseshall.org/whats-on/details.cfm?id=615547&ins=836590, or call The Apex on 01284 758000. 


Together with support from West Suffolk College and University of Suffolk, Moyse’s Hall Museum and Brandler Galleries will be seeking West Suffolk’s next great artist through a competition sponsored by the Friends of Moyse’s Hall and Burnett Barker Solicitors. An art trail is also being planned to view installations around Bury St Edmunds such as in The Apex, Charter Square and Abbey Gardens.

Local businesses can sponsor various artworks and special events. Currently TREATT, the Angel Hotel and Outside Art as well as the Friends of Moyse’s Hall and Burnett Barker Solicitors have offered support. 

Cllr Jo Rayner, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture at West Suffolk Council said: “We are looking forward to welcoming this fantastic collection of modern art to West Suffolk. This will be of national importance and interest with some items having never been part of a UK exhibition before. On a local level we are looking at how, subject to any restrictions, we might be able to put in workshops and other activities to engage with schools and families.”

Cllr John Griffiths, Leader of West Suffolk Council, added: “We hope that as well as being something people can appreciate and enjoy, this unique exhibition will provide a boost to the economic recovery of the town and the wider West Suffolk area. We anticipate a lot of interest in this exhibition, not just in West Suffolk, but beyond bringing the potential to attract tourists to our area at what we hope will be a time of recovery. Obviously, it will be down to us to manage this in the context of what is happening then with the pandemic, but we look forward, with vaccines hopefully soon to become available, to working closely with Buy St Edmunds and Beyond and Our Bury St Edmunds to make the most of this for all concerned.”


‘Moments’ has been made possible thanks to John Brandler from Brandler Galleries who said; “This exhibition will be very special to me as I want it to be inclusive involving children, youths and adults in creating art and an even more beautiful town. It will no doubt attract a lot of cultural tourism to Bury St Edmunds, but I am just as excited about the additional things happening around the exhibition, such as the free workshops with local schools and special evening events with renowned artists such as Pure Evil and the Connor Brothers.  We’ll also be running four charity events during the exhibition, benefitting the entire local community. It is not just about showing art but also about opening people’s eyes to see what is around them”.

Looking forward to welcoming this fantastic collection of modern art to the town, Sue Warren, Brand and Marketing Manager at Bury St Edmunds and Beyond, said: “This is a fantastic coup for Bury St Edmunds, a unique exhibition which cannot be seen anywhere else. It will certainly appeal to art lovers across the country and provide a great boost for tourism as we promote spring stays.”

How to book

Admission into ‘Moments’ between 2 May and 30 September 2021 will be priced at £5 for adults, £3 concessions and children aged 5-16 years and £15 for a family (2+3). Moyse’s Hall is open 10am-5pm Monday – Saturday and 12noon-4pm on Sundays.

Timed viewing slots of one hour must be pre-booked either online at https://www.moyseshall.org/whats-on/ in person at The Apex or by telephoning The Apex box office on 01284 758000. An optional £3 donation per transaction will be put towards staging future events at Moyse’s Hall; there will also be donation points around the galleries. Covid-19 measures in place at the time will be followed including social distancing, track and trace and the wearing of masks.