Game Changer: Banksy celebrates NHS workers

Amanda Goh addresses Banksy's latest lockdown piece which celebrates the heroism of the NHS.

Amanda Goh
11th May 2020
As the world has been fighting with this virus for a few months now, we have all been constantly wondering when it will all end. And amidst this pandemic, Banksy's latest artwork has appeared at a British hospital honouring the NHS staff.
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The artwork titled "Game Changer" depicts a young boy playing with a nurse superhero toy, with his other toys (including batman and spider-man) lying untouched in a basket. The nurse figure, wears an apron which features a red cross - the only colour in this black and white artwork.

This artwork has been displayed in Southampton General Hospital and will later be auctioned to raise money for health charities

His new piece was also donated with a note reading, "Thanks for all you're doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if its only black and white." This artwork has been displayed along the corridor of Southampton General Hospital and will later be auctioned to raise money for national health charities.

"It will be really valued by everyone in the hospital, as people get a moment in their busy lives to pause, reflect and appreciate this piece of art"

Chief executive of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Paula Head stated that the piece helped to "boost morale" of hospital staff during this trying time. "It will be really valued by everyone in the hospital, as people get a moment in their busy lives to pause, reflect and appreciate this piece of art." she added.

Banksy, whose identity remains unknown, is an English-based street artist. He produces work that pops up in public places. His street art includes a combination of graffiti as well as dark humour which is executed in distinctive stencilling. This piece was Banksy's second during this lockdown period. The first being graffiti images of rats in his bathroom. Sharing the image on Instagram, he captioned, "my wife hates it when I work from home".

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Banksy is not the only artist that has been using their talents to pay tribute to NHS heroes, there have been many other artists painting murals all over England giving thanks to our front liners.

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