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REVIEW: Drawing the Line: The Bristol Influence in association with Cheltenham Paint Festival


Following a screening of the 1989 BBC documentary “Drawing the Line”, street artists Inkie, Felix Braun and Turo and leader of the notorious Barton Hill Youth Club, John Nation, reminisced about their part in Operation Anderson, the biggest anti-graffiti police operation in British policing history. Thirty years later they acknowledge the profound effect it has had on their lives and see it as a key influence in Bristol's thriving art scene today.

Fascinating insight into a time when street art was a crime and ironic to note how the work of these artists are now much sought after. Some very funny stories including the search for Lenny, who the police believed was a key figure in the movement but who, they eventually found out, was John Nation's dog.

Interesting to hear the artists' perspective on why they did it and how they saw the art they made as adding to the individuality and character of an area rather than destroying it.



John Nation, Turo, Felix Braun and Inkie talk about their arrests during Operation Anderson.



Turo talks about how a group of lads kicked off a counter-culture in Bristol



Paintings by Inkie as part of the Drawing the Lines Exhibition at Chapel Arts Gallery



Inkie painting


Review by RB




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