Banksy’s Powerful Artwork on Domestic Abuse to Spark Conversations in Margate

Banksy’s Powerful Artwork on Domestic Abuse to Spark Conversations in Margate

…By Larry John for TDPel Media.

An artwork by renowned street artist Banksy, titled “Valentine’s Day Mascara,” is set to be publicly displayed in Margate, with organizers hoping it will initiate discussions about domestic abuse.


The mural, originally found on the side of a house in the Kent seaside town, now resides at Dreamland amusement park’s Roller Room and will open to the public on June 11.

Artwork Symbolism and Purpose:

The mural portrays a 1950s housewife wearing an apron and yellow washing up gloves, with a swollen eye and missing tooth, throwing a man into a freezer.

The real-life freezer used to complement the artwork was removed twice, leading to the decision to relocate the piece to a more accessible environment.

The homeowner desired for the artwork to remain local, be publicly displayed for free, and contribute to fundraising efforts for the Kent and Medway domestic abuse charity Oasis.

Addressing Domestic Abuse Stigma:

Oasis Chief Executive Claire Williams expressed gratitude for Banksy’s attention to domestic abuse, considering it a unique opportunity to challenge the stigma surrounding the issue.

She believes the artwork will have a significant impact by initiating conversations that might not naturally occur, particularly among groups of young people, families, and individuals who view the piece.


The Relocation Process and Potential Sale:

The removal of Banksy’s artwork from the house was a collaborative effort involving Dreamland, Red Eight Gallery, and Turner Contemporary, with the assistance of engineers and an art conservator.

The team faced challenges in accessing the Dreamland Roller Room, ultimately having to make minor alterations to the walls for the artwork to fit through the doors.

While the gallery is in final discussions with a potential buyer, the piece will remain in Margate for at least 12 months for public enjoyment.

Impact on Margate and Future Plans:

Dreamland’s involvement in showcasing the artwork aligns with the park’s cool and quirky aesthetic.

Margate, as an emerging hub for arts and culture, benefits from the presence of the Banksy piece, attracting visitors and contributing to the town’s regeneration.

Despite the possibility of a future sale, the focus remains on preserving the integrity of the artwork, raising awareness about its message, and providing an avenue for public engagement.


Banksy’s artwork, displayed in Margate’s Dreamland amusement park, aims to generate conversations about domestic abuse.

The thought-provoking mural and its symbolic elements shed light on a sensitive topic while raising awareness and challenging stigma.


The collaborative efforts to relocate the artwork, the involvement of a local charity, and the potential sale underscore the significance of the piece in fostering dialogue and promoting artistic expression in Margate.

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