Banksy's Dismaland Gets South Bank Awards Nod

Banksy's grim and controversial Dismaland attraction is among the nominations for the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

The elusive graffiti artist took over a derelict seaside lido in Weston-super-Mare last summer for five weeks.

His "bemusement park" featured a boat filled with migrants, a dilapidated Disney-style castle and a stall offering "pocket money loans" for children in an exhibition which painted a stark picture of modern society.

Banksy is up against two other entries in the visual art category: Cornelia Parker's Magna Carta (An Embroidery) at the British Library, along with Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's Verses After Dusk at the Serpentine Gallery.

Well-known TV programmes up for a gong include the acclaimed epic Wolf Hall, which starred Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance, as well as Peter Kay's Car Share, a sitcom based around two colleagues who begin to commute to work together.

Banksy's Dismaland preview

Ex Machina, 45 Years and Brooklyn will battle it out in the film category.

This is the 20th anniversary of the awards, which will be held at London's Savoy Hotel on 5 June and hosted by Lord Melvyn Bragg.

He described this year's nominations as an "extraordinary tapestry of talent", adding: "The South Bank Sky Arts Awards freeze-frame on a unique moment in British cultural history.

"It's when 30 nominees in 10 categories across the arts, from opera to pop music, from comedy to theatre, meet to celebrate the best work being done by artists in this country across a wide range of ages and backgrounds."

:: The South Bank Sky Arts Awards will be broadcast on Sky Arts on 8 June.

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